• UNHCR’s Zakat initiative is fully compliant and backed by five fatwas, which mention three essential points:
  • UNHCR can collect and re-distribute Zakat on behalf of Muslims; Zakat funds must be given to the categories mentioned in Quran 9:60; Zakat funds must not be used to cover expenses or wages.
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  • The majority of the world’s 25.4 million refugees fall under at least four of the eight stipulations required by recipients of Zakat funds: The Poor (Al Fuqara'); The Needy (Al Masakeen); The Wayfarers (Abna’ al Sabeel); The Debtors (al Gharemeen).
  • UNHCR is unique in pledging that 100% of Zakat funds go directly to eligible refugees. Through the UNHCR Zakat initiative, your support for refugees facing hardship is felt immediately by those most in need.
"Take from their wealth a charity by which you purify them and cause them to increase."
[Al Tawba:103]
Will you help those in need with your Zakat?

 

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Step 1

Please use the following bank account details: Kindly note the different IBAN for each currency.

UNHCR Non-Interest Bearing Fundraising Accounts:

In the transfer description field, please use “Zakat MENA” followed by the destination country of your Zakat (Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Egypt and Mauritania)

Step 2

Please notify us at care@unhcr.org when the bank transfer is done. Please make sure to include your name, the amount of your donation, contact info and country of residence. This will help us track your donation and update the counter of the families supported.

Please include your contact details (Email and phone number) when proceeding with the transfer so we can confirm receiving your gift and communicate with you properly

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UNHCR: a trusted agent to fulfil your Zakat obligations

UNHCR’s Zakat initiative is fully compliant and backed by five fatwas from leading scholars and institutions.

It is permissible to give Zakat to UNHCR for distribution to victims, refugees and displaced individuals in the region. In such a case, UNHCR is considered an agent. The entirety of the collected Zakat must be distributed to eligible recipients mentioned in Quran [9:60]. None of it can be used to cover operations or wages; those must be covered by other sources.

Dar al-Ifta al-Missriyyah
Fatwa
Dar al-Ifta al-Missriyyah

Dar al-Ifta al-Missriyyah is one of Egypt’s centers for Islamic legal research. It was established in 1895 CE and is…

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The Senior Scholars’ Council of Morocco
Fatwa
The Senior Scholars’ Council of Morocco

The Senior Scholars’ Council of Morocco is the highest official religious authority in Morocco, which includes a fatwa council. Their…

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The Fatwa Council of Tareem
Fatwa
The Fatwa Council of Tareem

The Fatwa Council of Tareem is located in Hadramaut, Yemen. Hadramaut has been a major center for scholarship for over…

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Dr Sheikh Ali Gomaa
Fatwa
Dr Sheikh Ali Gomaa

Dr Sheikh Ali Gomaa is the former Grand Mufti of the Arab Republic of Egypt and professor of Islamic jurisprudence…

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Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayya
Fatwa
Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayya

Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayya is an instructor at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah. He was the deputy head of the…

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Why should I give my Zakat for refugees?
The majority of the world’s 25.4 million refugees fall under at least four of the eight stipulations required by recipients of Zakat funds.

These stipulations are:

pink icon Al Fuqara’ wal Masakeen
The Poor and the Needy
The Poor and the Needy
Al Fuqara’ wal Masakeen
The Poor and the Needy

Most refugees are poor and in need of support to survive; they lack assets or income in their long stays…

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pink icon Abna’ al Sabeel
The Stranded Travellers or Wayfarers
The Stranded Travellers or Wayfarers
Abna’ al Sabeel
The Stranded Travellers or Wayfarers

A wayfarer is someone who is travelling on foot, which is the case for the vast majority of refugees, who…

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pink icon al Gharemeen
The Debtors
The Debtors
al Gharemeen
The Debtors

Over 50% of refugee and displaced families are in debt. After losing their homes and possessions, and exhausting their savings,…

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100% of your Zakat obligation goes directly to eligible refugees.
UNHCR is unique in pledging that 100% of Zakat funds go directly to eligible refugees. Through the UNHCR Zakat initiative, your support for refugees facing hardship is felt immediately by those most in need.

UNHCR is following a 100% Zakat policy. Exceptionally for the Zakat initiative, UNHCR has waived its standard 7% overhead costs, and any other expenses associated with the distribution of Zakat funds are covered by other (non-Zakat) sources of funding. UNHCR publishes quarterly reports about the received and distributed amounts of Zakat funds. UNHCR implements a wide range of humanitarian assistance programmes including provision of shelter, healthcare, education, and cash assistance; the latter has been identified as the best fit for Zakat funds. All Zakat funds received by UNHCR are strictly dedicated to compliant cash assistance programmes, which complements other aid provided by UNHCR.


How do refugees spend your Zakat?

How refugees spend your Zakat

In Jordan, research shows that 88% of refugee families spend the most on rent; followed by 84% who spend the highest amount on food; 64% who spend the highest amount on healthcare; and 10% who spend most of the cash assistance on debt repayment.

In Lebanon, research shows that 99% of refugee families spend the highest amount on food; followed by 64% who spend the highest amount on healthcare; 46% who spend the highest amount on utility bills; and 37% who spend most on transportation.

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