• More than 17 fatwas endorse UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund from across the world.
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  • The Refugee Zakat Fund delivers life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable refugee and displaced families in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, and many more countries.
  • UNHCR pledges that 100% of Zakat funds go directly to the most vulnerable refugees. 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]

Let your Zakat be the lifeline they need.

Families forced to flee their homes from conflict, violence, persecution, and climate shocks need UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency’s humanitarian assistance.

UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat ensures 100% of your Zakat contribution makes the most impact to vulnerable families in need. The Fund is trusted and zakat-compliant allowing UNHCR to provide cash assistance, livelihoods support and emergency relief to refugees and displaced persons in countries including Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Yemen.

You can calculate your Zakat here and rest assured that 100% of your Zakat will go directly to the world’s most vulnerable.

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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 Africa”.

Step 2

Please notify us at africa@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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The Refugee Zakat Fund is a trusted, compliant, and effective Zakat distributor.

The Fund does not charge any fees in distributing Zakat and ensures that 100% of your Zakat goes to vulnerable families forced to flee.

Before establishing the Refugee Zakat Fund, UNHCR consulted several leading Islamic scholars and fatwa institutions across the Muslim world. To date, 17 fatwas have been received from more than 10 Islamic institutions globally.

International Shariah Research Academy (ISRA)
Fatwa
International Shariah Research Academy (ISRA)

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

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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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  • Being fully Shari‘ah compliant based on the Islamic rules and laws pertaining to Zakat collection and distribution, whereby 100% of its funds are given to eligible recipients amongst the specified refugee populations within the global Muslim community;
  • Having transparent financial management and accountability, whereby funds are deposited in a dedicated interest-free bank account and the disbursement of the funds is fully traceable; such management and accountability also includes providing customized Zakat fund reports on a regular basis to its partners and contributors, alongside those interested from within the general Muslim community;
  • Having the means for consistent assessment and monitoring of the aforementioned in place to ensure continuous compliance of the UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund with Islamic principles of Zakat collection and distribution.”
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    Canadian Council of Imams | Canada
    Fatwa
    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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    Zakat Al Fitr | Egypt
    Fatwa
    Zakat Al Fitr | Egypt

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

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    Refugee Zakat Fund. However, because the fees are paid on behalf of the refugees, the Majlis considered it to be Zakat compliant under the following three conditions:
    1. There should be a strict scrutiny for Zakat eligibility and only for serious, deserving and qualified refugee students
    2. There should be a dedicated agent (wakeel) who is acting on behalf of UNHCR’s Islamic Philanthropy and following up with the progress of the refugee students until graduation
    3. Tuition funds should be paid only on Education subjects of essential nature like engineering, trade, teaching or medical studies.
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    Fiqh Majlis of Canada | Canada
    Fatwa
    Fiqh Majlis of Canada | Canada

    The Fiqh Majlis of Canada is an independent non-profit organization working with Muslim Scholars of Fiqh to act as a…

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    Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department
    Fatwa
    Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department

    Dr. Ahmed Al Haddad has served as the Grand Mufti of Dubai since 2011. He holds a PhD in Shari’a…

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    The Tri-State Imams Council
    Fatwa
    The Tri-State Imams Council

    The Tri-State Imams Council is a non-for-profit organisation, established in the state of New Jersey in 2011. It aims to…

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    Tabah Foundation | UAE
    Fatwa
    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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    International Islamic Fiqh Academy | KSA
    Fatwa
    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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    Muslim World League | KSA
    Fatwa
    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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    Why should I consider refugees with my Zakat?
    Majority of the world’s 108.4 million displaced people 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.

    pink icon Abna’ al Sabeel
    The Stranded Travellers or Wayfarers
    The Stranded Travellers or Wayfarers
    Abna’ al Sabeel
    The Stranded Travellers or Wayfarers

    Refugees often travel on foot to find safety. They are without home or possession and are in need of assistance.

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    pink icon al Gharemeen
    The Debtors
    The Debtors
    al Gharemeen
    The Debtors

    Over 50% of people forced to flee are in debt after losing their homes, possessions and exhausting their savings.

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    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

    The vast majority of people forced to flee face poverty and are in need of assistance to survive.

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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.

    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.


    Do you know...

    Your Zakat can help save the lives of vulnerable refugees and forcibly displaced families?

    Imagine one day fleeing your home not out of choice but out of fear for your life and the lives of your family members. You have no time to pack your belongings. You have nothing in your possession, and you are in search of safety. This situation is the reality of millions of people forced to flee their homes because of conflict, violence, or persecution each day. Nigerian, Afghan, Rohingya, Yemeni, Iraqi, Syrian, Somali brothers, and sisters experience horrific hardship.

    Your gift of Zakat can provide much-needed cash assistance, emergency relief items, and livelihood resources to thousands of these families forced to flee their homes because of no fault of their own.

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