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Zakat Funds

This year, winter comes to tighten the hardship of refugees in the region who are already living in extreme conditions. Many families will require UNHCR’s humanitarian assistance to survive the cold months ahead. Every $345 of Zakat funds received will allow 1 vulnerable family to cover their immediate needs for the entire winter. Through providing urgent cash assistance for families to afford their heating costs, warm food and clothes for their children, and medicine if needed, you can help a vulnerable family in need to stay safe and warm all winter long.

Most refugees and IDPs are deserving of your Zakat, as they live in extremely difficult circumstances, having lost almost everything, except their faith in a better tomorrow.

You can calculate your Zakat here and dedicate it to eligible families who have fled devastating crises. 100% of your Zakat is guaranteed to reach those in need as lifesaving cash or goods.

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 (Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt , India, Jordan, Yemen, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Nigeria 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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UNHCR's Refugee Zakat Fund is a trusted, compliant and effective distributor.

UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund is subject to rigorous governance and oversight, ensuring transparency at every step of Zakat collection and distribution.

Before establishing the Refugee Zakat Fund, UNHCR consulted several leading Islamic scholars and fatwa institutions across the Muslim world. To date, 16 fatwas have been received from more than 10 Islamic institutions globally.

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

More than 50% of the world’s refugees and IDPs originate from Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries and most of them are hosted in low to middle-income countries, many of which have weaker health and water systems.

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UNHCR is following a 100% Zakat distribution policy.
100% of Zakat donations is distributed to the most vulnerable refugee and internally displaced families, including in hard-to-reach areas.

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.