UNHCR has a 70-year track record in assisting refugees in need throughout the world, regardless of the background of their plight.Through its Zakat initiative, UNHCR is the first major agency of its type to provide an efficient, trusted route for people to fulfil Zakat obligations.
Through a unique cash-assistance programme, fully 100% of Zakat contributions go directly to the people most in need in the region: refugees. Furthermore, refugees are worthy recipients of your Zakat, meeting four of the eight criteria prescribed for Zakat beneficiaries.
Amid controversies over some charities and aspects of charitable giving in the region, UNHCR provides complete peace of mind: our Zakat initiative is subject to rigorous governance and oversight, ensuring transparency throughout the process, and our core mandate and groundwork set the global benchmarks for the provision of aid. The Zakat initiative is fully Shariah compliant; it is backed by fatwas from five respected scholars and institutions.
In providing a fast, efficient, discreet and safe way for people to fulfill their Zakat obligations, through online bank transfers and digital payments, UNHCR is bringing Zakat provision into the modern era.