• UNHCR's Refugee Zakat Fund is compliant and backed by 5 fatwas, mentioning 3 essential points: UNHCR can distribute Zakat funds, Zakat must be given to the categories mentioned in Quran 9:60, and Zakat must not be used to cover expenses or wages.
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  • The Refugee Zakat Fund delivers life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable refugee and displaced families from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Myanmar, and Mali. Refugees are eligible to receive Zakat as they fall under 4 of the 8 Zakat categories.
  • UNHCR is unique in pledging that 100% of Zakat funds go directly to the most vulnerable refugees, including in hard-to-reach areas. Through the Refugee Zakat Fund, your support 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]

Imagine what your gift can do for refugees this Eid Al Adha.

This year, in the blessed days of Dhul Hijjah and Eid Al Adha, refugees are living in an ‘emergency within an emergency’, and more families desperately need UNHCR’s humanitarian assistance. Our goal is to maintain the lifesaving support that refugee and displaced families rely on all year long. Every $920 of Zakat funds received allows 1 vulnerable family to cover its immediate needs for an entire year. Providing urgent cash assistance allows families to pay for rent, food, water, medicine and debt repayments.

Calculate your Zakat here and dedicate it to the families of your choice; and rest assured that 100% of your Zakat will go directly to them.

100% Zakat Distribution Policy

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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 or 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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Refugee Families
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11214
People Donated Their
Zakat in 2020

UNHCR's Refugee Zakat Fund is a trusted, compliant and effective distributor.

Majority of the world’s 26 million refugees fall under at least 4 of the 8 Zakat categories.

Over 80% of the world’s refugee population and nearly all the world’s internally displaced people are hosted in low to middle-income countries, many of which have weaker health and water systems.

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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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Senior Scholars’ Council of Morocco
Fatwa
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

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Dr Sheikh Ali Gomaa

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Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayya

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Why should I consider refugees with my Zakat?
Majority of the world’s 26 million refugees fall under at least 4 of the 8 Zakat categories.

Over 80% of the world’s refugee population and nearly all the world’s internally displaced people are hosted in low to middle-income countries, many of which have weaker health and water systems.

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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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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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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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UNHCR is following a 100% Zakat distribution policy.
UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund is subject to rigorous governance, ensuring transparency at every step, from donation to distribution of Zakat.

100% of Zakat donations is distributed to the most vulnerable refugee and internally displaced families, including in hard-to-reach areas including Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Mauritania and Bangladesh. This support goes in full to help families affected by lockdowns and lack of economic opportunities. Exceptionally for Zakat funds, UNHCR has waived its standard 6.5% indirect support costs, in order to ensure that 100% of your Zakat goes directly to the most vulnerable families. Any expenses associated with the distribution of Zakat are covered by other sources of funding to UNHCR. Annual reports about the distribution of Zakat funds and their impact on the lives of beneficiaries, are published on this website. All Zakat received by UNHCR is strictly channeled through Zakat-compliant cash and in-kind assistance programmes that complement other forms of aid provided by UNHCR.

 

The Journey of Zakat Funds from Donor to Recipient


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How your Zakat helps vulnerable refugee and displaced families

By ensuring their immediate needs, cash assistance helps prevent thousands of refugees who are restricted from working in host countries from facing severe hardships, and enables them to address their needs according to their own priorities. It also helps in improving their social networks by repaying loans borrowed from family, neighbours, and landlords which therefore reduces household tensions. Additionally, it benefits the local economy as refugees become customers at local shops and markets. Vulnerable families are often headed by women alone who can face cultural, legal and childcare obstacles when looking for work. Providing them with cash assistance helps prevent them from resorting to desperate survival strategies – such as pulling children out of school and child labour.

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