As Muslims gather in their homes around the world, many refugee families are observing the Holy Month of Ramadan away from their homes. Australia for UNHCR's Islamic Philanthropy supporters and partners provide hope to vulnerable refugee brothers and sisters.
Give your Zakat Al Fitr, Zakat Al Mal or Sadaqah to Refugees
Credible. Sharia Compliant. Effective.
UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund is a trusted, compliant and effective distributor maximizing the power of Zakat to transform the lives of refugees, including in hard-to-reach areas.
Due to the prompt development of the economy of the Islamic World and philanthropy sector, specifically pertaining to Zakat donors and institutions increasing desire to distribute a portion of Zakat funds to refugees and IDPs, UNHCR directed the receipt of $14.4M Zakat funds in 2017 and 2018 to assist approximately 7,000 families in Jordan and Lebanon . As a result of this, in 2019 UNHCR launched the “Refugee Zakat Fund”: a credible, Sharia compliant and a pioneering structure of Zakat funds which is transforming the lives of refugees.
UNHCR ensures 100% of Zakat funds are distributed to those most in need, by covering overhead costs from non-Zakat sources, to guarantee that 100% of Zakat contributions are given to most vulnerable, Zakat eligible recipients in critical need.
UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund supports vulnerable families by providing them with cash assistance enabling them to support their essential needs. The fund follows rigorous governance tools and is monitored to ensure transparency at every stage. This governance approach entails the following pillars:
UNHCR's fourth Islamic Philanthropy Annual Report on the impact of the Refugee Zakat Fund in 2021, supporting over 1.2 million beneficiaries among displaced populations.