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:
  • The Poor (Al Fuqara')
  • The Needy (Al Masakeen)
  • The Wayfarers (Abna’ al Sabeel)
  • The Debtors (al Gharemeen)
UNHCR is authorized to collect Zakat funds
UNHCR’s Zakat initiative is fully compliant and backed by five fatwas, which mention three essential points:
  • UNHCR can collect and re-distribute Zakat on behalf of Muslims.
  • Zakat funds must be given to the categories mentioned in Quran 9:60.
  • Zakat funds must not be used to cover expenses or wages.
 
UNHCR guarantees zero loss of Zakat funds.
100% of your Zakat obligation goes directly to eligible refugees.

  • UNHCR is unique in pledging that 100% of Zakat funds go directly to eligible refugees. Through the UNHCR Zakat initiative, your support for refugees facing hardship 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]

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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:
Al Fuqara’ wal Masakeen
The Poor and the Needy
Al Fuqara’ wal Masakeen
The Poor and the Needy
Many refugees are poor, lacking assets or income and fall under these categories. They have a limited ability to cover…
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Abna’ al Sabeel
The Stranded Travellers or Wayfarers
Abna’ al Sabeel
The Stranded Travellers or Wayfarers
A traveller, whilst they may be wealthy in his or her country of origin, is deemed to be stranded and…
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al Gharemeen
The Debtors
al Gharemeen
The Debtors
Refugees may be considered debtors, since, in many cases, they lose their homes, their belongings and personal possessions, which prompts…
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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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 pledging that 100% of Zakat funds go directly to eligible refugees. Through the UNHCR Zakat initiative, your support for refugees facing hardship is felt immediately by those most in need.

UNHCR is following a 100% Zakat policy. 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.

 


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