It took seconds for the lives of millions of refugees to change. And it takes a second to share the blessings of Ramadan with a family who lost everything. #EverySecondCounts
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This Ramadan, whether through Sadaqah or Zakat, we ask for your help to share the blessings of the Holy month. It takes a second to share the blessings of Ramadan today. #EverySecondCounts.
Through its Zakat initiative, UNHCR has become the first major agency of its type to provide an efficient, trusted route for people to fulfil their giving obligations. All Zakat funds received by UNHCR are strictly dedicated to compliant cash assistance programs, which complements other aid provided by UNHCR.
As the third pillar of Islam, Zakat is mandatory for adult Muslims who fall over the threshold of Nisab. Use our Zakat calculator to quickly determine how much you should give. Calculate your Zakat based on currency, including gold, silver, cash or stocks.
UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund is Zakat compliant, backed by fatwas from leading scholars and institutions
- The majority of today’s refugees and IDPs (some 60%) fall under 4 out of 8 Zakat categories:
- Poor (Al Foqara’)
- Needy (Al Masakeen)
- Debtors (Al Gharimin)
- Wayfarers (Abna’ Al Sabeel)
- UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund is Zakat compliant, backed by fatwas from leading scholars and institutions.
- All Zakat donations are received in a dedicated interest-free bank account.
- How are families selected?
- Zakat money is provided to eligible vulnerable families living in areas of need based on poverty indicators as well as protection indicators.
- The Refugee Zakat Fund follows a 100% Zakat distribution policy, whereby 100% of Zakat contributions is delivered directly to the most vulnerable refugee and internally displaced families. UNHCR covers the overhead costs and other related expenses.
- Annual 3rd party field visits to monitor distribution and issue compliance reports and recommendations.
UNHCR is a trusted agent to fulfill your Zakat obligations
- UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund is subject to rigorous governance, ensuring transparency at every step, from receipt to distribution of Zakat funds to eligible families.
- Collaboration and partnerships with individuals, foundations, scholars and faith-based and financial institutions is at the core of UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund strategy.
- UNHCR had a data-base for all of people of concern and follows a vulnerability assessment framework to identify eligible beneficiaries, in addition to post distribution monitoring, to measure impact and improve implementation.
- UNHCR has a 70-year track record in assisting refugees in need throughout the world.
- UNHCR publishes regular reports to showcase impact of funds received on the lives of the most vulnerable refugee families. You can read them below:
The Zakat fund is an effective way to help refugees
- Through the Refugee Zakat Fund, your support for refugees facing hardship is felt immediately by those most in need in the form of cash and in-kind assistance.
- UNHCR operates an expansive cash and in-kind distribution network in many countries. Zakat this year can be distributed in countries including Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Mauritania, Turkey, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, and Nigeria.
- For distribution of cash assistance, ATMs, IRIS scan, mobile wallets, and other technologies are used to deliver Zakat to vetted refugees and IDPs.
Why should I give my Sadaqah to UNHCR?
Your Sadaqah is an act of solidarity with a community that is in need of our collective support. The Holy Qur’an instructs Muslims to give protection to those who need it. UNHCR will act as an intermediary to deliver aid to the most vulnerable families in order to meet their most basic needs.
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