• UNHCR's Refugee Zakat Fund is compliant and backed by five fatwas, mentioning three essential points:
  • UNHCR can distribute Zakat funds, 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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Trusted Zakat Distributor
  • The Refugee Zakat Fund aims to channel life-saving support to thousands of the most vulnerable refugee and displaced families from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Myanmar, and Mali. Refugees are eligible to receive Zakat as they fall under at least four of the eight Zakat categories mentioned in the Holy Quran.
  • UNHCR is unique in pledging that 100% of Zakat funds go directly to eligible refugees, including in hard-to-reach areas. Through the Refugee Zakat Fund, your support for refugees 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 Zakat Can Do For Refugees This Ramadan

Refugee and displaced families desperately need your help today. This Ramadan, every $920 of Zakat funds gathered allows one vulnerable family to cover their basic needs for an entire year, providing urgent cash support to provide shelter, food, water, medicine and help families repay their debts.

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.

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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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320
Refugee Families
Saved in 2020
573
People Donated Their
Zakat in 2020

UNHCR: a trusted agent to fulfil your Zakat obligations

The Refugee Zakat Fund 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 the chairman of the UAE’s Fatwa Council, and an instructor at King Abdulaziz University in…

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Why should I give my Zakat for refugees?
Majority of the world’s 26 million refugees fall under four of the eight Zakat categories.

#ZakatForRefugees

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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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 provision of assistance.

100% of your Zakat goes directly to eligible refugees. UNHCR is unique in pledging that 100% of Zakat funds go directly to eligible refugees, including those in hard-to-reach area. Through the Refugee Zakat Fund, your support for refugees facing hardship is felt immediately by those most in need. The Refugee Zakat Fund follows a 100% distribution Zakat policy.

Exceptionally for the Refugee Zakat Fund, UNHCR has waived its standard 6.5% indirect support costs. Any expenses associated with the distribution of Zakat funds are covered by other (non-Zakat) sources of funding to UNHCR.

The Refugee Zakat Fund publishes on this website, annual reports about the distribution of Zakat funds, and their impact on the lives of beneficiaires. UNHCR implements a wide range of humanitarian assistance programmes including the provision of shelter, healthcare, and education, in addition to cash and in-kind assistance. All Zakat funds received by UNHCR are strictly dedicated to Zakat compliant cash and in-kind programmes that complement other forms of aid provided by UNHCR.

 


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How your Zakat helps vulnerable displaced families

By ensuring their basic needs, cash assistance helps prevent thousands of refugees who are restricted from working in host countries from facing severe hardships and enables displaced families to address their own identified gaps according to their own priorities and modalities. It also helps them in improving their social networks by allowing them to repay loans borrowed from family, neighbors, 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 labor.

 

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