• UNHCR's Refugee Zakat Fund is compliant and backed by 9 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, Afghanistan, Nigeria 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]

It takes seconds to dedicate your Zakat to those who need it the most.

Zakat Funds

For the second year, refugees are living in an "emergency within an emergency", and more families need our help to face the challenges to come. Today, thousands of refugee and displaced families are living in extreme poverty and facing food insecurity. Zakat funds help eligible families to cover their immediate needs, such as food, water, shelter and medicine.

The families we meet every single day have lost everything, except their faith in a better tomorrow. They are eligible for your Zakat.

You can calculate your Zakat here and offer it to families who have fled some of the world’s most devastating crises. 100% of your Zakat is guaranteed to reach those in need as lifesaving cash or in kind assistance.

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, 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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5403
Refugee Families
Reached in 2021
11245
People Donated Their
Zakat in 2021

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.

Zakat Al Fitr | Egypt
Fatwa
Zakat Al Fitr | Egypt

Following several requests from donors interested to devote their Zakat el Fitr to refugees and IDPs, UNHCR reached out in…

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Canadian Council of Imams | Canada
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Canadian Council of Imams | Canada

Established in 1990, the Canadian Council of Imams gathers imams from around the country to serve the Muslim community in…

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Al-Azhar Islamic Research Academy | Egypt
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Al-Azhar Islamic Research Academy | Egypt

The university-mosque of Al-Azhar, situated in Cairo, Egypt, is the foremost center of religious learning in the Muslim world and…

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ISRA | Malaysia
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ISRA | Malaysia

International Shariah Research Academy (ISRA) was established in 2008 by the Central Bank of Malaysia as an Islamic finance and…

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Tabah Foundation | UAE
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Tabah Foundation | UAE

Based upon our previous report and taking into consideration new fatwas from Dr Sheikh Ali Gomaa and The Fatwa Council…

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Muslim World League | KSA
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Muslim World League | KSA

The Muslim World League (based in the Holy City of Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) was established in 1962 following…

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International Islamic Fiqh Academy | KSA
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International Islamic Fiqh Academy | KSA

The International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA) was created in 1981 and is located in Jeddah, KSA. It is a subsidiary…

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Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayya | UAE
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Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayya | UAE

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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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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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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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

Vulnerable families are often headed by women alone who often face cultural, legal and childcare obstacles when looking for work. Providing refugee families with cash or in kind assistance prevents those most in need from having to resort to desperate survival strategies – such as pulling children out of school or child labour. Cash assistance in particular ensures that the immediate needs of families are met according to their own priorities. This also means that thousands of refugees who are restricted from working in host countries avoid facing severe hardships, while being empowered to manage their own finances. It helps to improve social networks through enabling refugees to repay loans borrowed from family, neighbours, and landlords, thereby reducing household tensions. Additionally, it benefits the local economy as refugees become customers at local shops and markets.

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