A refugee mother and daughter sit against a backdrop of rubble.

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It takes seconds to give families shelter, water and medicine.

Refugees need your Zakat

Zakat is an obligatory payment Muslims are required to make as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. This charitable practice requires Muslims with wealth over a certain amount – known as nisab – to donate 2.5 per cent of their savings to help those in need.

By giving your Zakat to Australia for UNHCR, you can support families who have fled some of the world’s most devastating crises. You can rest assured that 100% of your Zakat will reach refugees and displaced people, either as life-saving cash or in-kind assistance such as shelter and clothing.

  • $247 can help one refugee family cover the cost of rent, food, and medicine
  • $394 can help two refugee families cover the cost of rent, food, and medicine
  • $835 can help three refugee families cover the cost of rent, food, and medicine

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Trusted Zakat distributor

UNHCR is trusted, compliant and effective

UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund is subject to rigorous governance and oversight, ensuring transparency at every step of Zakat collection and distribution.

Before establishing the Refugee Zakat Fund, UNHCR consulted leading Islamic scholars and fatwa institutions across the Muslim world. To date, UNHCR has received 16 fatwas – or endorsements – from more than 10 Islamic institutions globally.

100% Zakat distribution policy

UNHCR follows a 100% Zakat distribution policy. This means all Zakat donations are distributed to the most vulnerable refugee and displaced families, including in hard-to-reach areas. Your Zakat is not used to cover administrative costs such as salaries.

Thanks to incredible support for the Refugee Zakat Fund, UNHCR has reached refugees and displaced people in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Rohingya people, Syria and Yemen.

Zakat fundraising commitment

100% of Zakat donations are distributed to refugees and displaced people, in accordance with the Islamic principle of Zakat. Your Zakat contributions will not be used to cover administrative costs. Read more about the impact of Zakat in UNHCR’s Islamic Philanthropy Annual Report 2023.

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