• UNHCR’s Zakat initiative is fully Shariah compliant and backed by five fatwas, authorizing the collection of Zakat funds to be delivered to eligible refugees under rigorous stipulations.
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  • From this Ramadan, the Refugee Zakat Fund aims to channel lifesaving support to 24,000 of the most vulnerable refugee and displaced families from Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. Remember refugees in your prayers, and remember them with your Zakat.
  • 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 this Ramadan

This year, in such uncertain times, refugees are living in an ‘emergency within an emergency’, and more of them will require UNHCR’s humanitarian assistance. Our goal is to maintain this lifesaving support that refugee and displaced families solely rely on all year long. This Ramadan, every $920 of Zakat 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.

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

Disclaimer: Transaction fee may be applied by a few credit card-issuing banks. For details, please contact your card-issuing bank.

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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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UNHCR: a trusted agent to fulfil your Zakat obligations

UNHCR’s Zakat initiative 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?
The majority of the world’s 22.5 million refugees fall under at least four of the eight stipulations required by recipients of Zakat funds.

These stipulations are:

pink icon Al Fuqara’ wal Masakeen
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
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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pink icon al Gharemeen
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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UNHCR is following a 100% Zakat policy.
UNHCR’s Zakat initiative 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 its Zakat initiative, your support for refugees facing hardship is felt immediately by those most in need. Exceptionally for the Zakat initiative, UNHCR has waived its standard 7% overhead costs, 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.

 


Did you know

How do refugees spend your Zakat?  

In Jordan, research shows that refugee families spend the most on rent; followed by food; healthcare; and finally on debt repayment.

In Lebanon, research shows that refugee families spend the highest amount on food; followed by healthcare; utility bills; and finally transportation.

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