• The Refugee Zakat Fund is fully Shariah compliant and backed by five fatwas, authorizing the collection of Zakat funds to be delivered to eligible refugees under rigorous stipulations.
 
  • The Refugee Zakat Fund aims to channel lifesaving support to 24,000 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.
 
 
  • 100% of your Zakat goes directly to eligible refugees; UNHCR abides to Fatwas that prohibit deducting any amount donated as Zakat funds.
"Take from their wealth a charity by which you purify them and cause them to increase."   [Al Tawba:103]

Your Zakat can shelter and protect refugee widows, orphans, and the elderly

Refugee and displaced families desperately need your help today. Every $1,350 of Zakat funds gathered allows one vulnerable family to cover their basic needs for an entire year.
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

1,777
Refugee Families Saved
6,077
People Donated Their Zakat
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
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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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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
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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
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Dr Sheikh Ali Gomaa
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Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayya
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Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayya
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Remember Refugees In Your Prayers, And Remember Them With Your Zakat
The Refugee Zakat Fund aims to channel lifesaving support to 24,000 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.
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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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The Stranded Travellers or Wayfarers
The Stranded Travellers or Wayfarers
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The Stranded Travellers or Wayfarers
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The Debtors
The Debtors
al Gharemeen
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UNHCR is following a 100% Zakat policy.
The Refugee Zakat Fund is subject to rigorous governance, ensuring transparency at every step, from donation to provision of assistance. 100% of your Zakat obligation goes directly to eligible refugees.

UNHCR is unique in its commitment to follow a 100% Zakat policy, and pledges that 100% of Zakat funds go directly to eligible refugees. Through the Refugee Zakat Fund, your support for refugees facing hardship is felt immediately by those most in need. The Refugee Zakat Fund does not deduct the standard 7% overhead costs of humanitarian operations from Zakat donations, 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 on this website.

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.

 


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“Tax Disclaimer: Donations made directly to UNHCR may not be tax deductible in your country of residence. Laws regarding contributions to United Nations agencies vary from country to country. UNHCR does, however, partner with dedicated fundraising associations in a number of countries as well as having country specific offices with their own fundraising capacity. These countries include the USA, Germany, Spain, Japan, Australia, Italy, Canada, UK, South Korea, Hong Kong and Belgium. In order to make tax deductible donations through these offices you will need to donate through their individual websites. We are, however, able to issue a receipt of donation from UNHCR international that may be accepted in certain instances. We would suggest that if in doubt you contact your local tax advisor for guidelines on whether your gift is eligible or not.”