- Why You Should Give
The Refugee Zakat Fund is fully compliant and backed by five fatwas from leading scholars and institutions.
It is permissible to give Zakat to USA for UNHCR for distribution to refugees and other families displaced by war and persecution. In such a case, UNHCR is considered an agent. The entirety of the collected Zakat will be distributed to recipients mentioned in Quran 9:60. None of it will be used to cover operations or wages; those are covered by other sources.
Dr Sheikh Ali Gomaa
Dar al-Ifta al-Missriyyah
The Senior Scholars’ Council of Morocco
Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayya
The Fatwa Council of Tareem
The International Islamic Fiqh Academy | KSA
Muslim World League | KSA
Canadian Council of Imams
International Shariah Research Academy (ISRA)
Al-Azhar Islamic Research Academy (AIRA)
USA for UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund is subject to rigorous governance, ensuring transparency at every step, from donation to provision of assistance.
USA for UNHCR is pledging that 100% of Zakat funds go directly to refugees in need, including those in hard-to-reach areas. Through the Refugee Zakat Fund, your support for refugees facing hardship is felt immediately by those most in need. The Refugee Zakat Fund follows a 100% distribution Zakat policy. Any expenses associated with the distribution of Zakat funds are covered by other (non-Zakat) sources of funding to UNHCR.
USA for UNHCR is responding to a refugee crisis unlike anything we've seen before. Millions from Syria, Yemen, Myanmar and all over the world are fleeing their homes to escape conflict and violence.
Your donation will help make an immediate impact — and rush lifesaving supplies like medicine, tents, clean water and other critical aid — to those who need it most.
You can make a difference and bring hope to refugees today with a tax-deductible donation.