Donate Zakat Today

This Ramadan, embody the spirit of collective generosity and join Oxfam in working hand-in-hand with communities facing poverty.

Your Zakat could fund one of our expert partners who are driving sustainable change in Muslim communities across the globe.

Zakat payments will be restricted to...

  • A member of the Economic and Social Development Center of Palestine (ESDC) ticks off vegetable packages on a list.

    Responding in emergencies

    Your Zakat payment will help us respond to emergency situations in Muslim-majority communities.

  • Nujhat (Entrepreneur, Talha Company Co-Founder) standing with Monjuara and Mahmuda who are working making rugs in Talha home factory in Rangpur.

    Promoting development

    Supporting specific projects that are taking place in Muslim-majority communities and tackling extreme poverty.

Your Zakat will create sustainable change

Together, we foster a future where local organisations take the lead: turning initiatives into lived realities, ensuring your donation goes beyond charity.

Your support amplifies our collective effort to create sustainable change in countries with significant Muslim populations.

Learn more about Oxfam's Zakat policy.

Discover our expert partners driving sustainable, long term change

We work on access to education, healthcare, food, improving people’s chances to earn a living, providing clean water and promoting women’s rights.

Nujhat and Zakir, Co-Founders of the Talha rug company, BeshiDeshi, in Bangladesh.


Discover how local partners BeshiDeshi create sustainable, long term change change for communities like Nujhat and Zakir’s in Bangladesh.

Workers hired by Oxfam in Gaza working on manufacturing six desalination units.


As the crisis in Gaza continues to intensify, discover how local organisations are providing urgent support to displaced families.

Dulu is wearing a pink hijab and holds a blue megaphone outside a village building.


Dulu Begum worked with JAGO NARI to become a community leader and an outspoken advocate for reducing climate crisis induced disaster risks.

We are working in partnership with the National Zakat Foundation, who are supporting our work on tackling poverty in the UK. If you would like help calculating your Zakat, the National Zakat Foundation have an online calculator service which is free and easy to use.

If you have any questions about Oxfam's approach to Zakat, please download our full Zakat policy below or get in in touch with the Oxfam team.

Frequently Asked Questions

Zakat is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, an obligatory charitable contribution that financially capable Muslims make to support those in need. It's calculated as a percentage of one's wealth and assets.

Muslims who meet specific criteria of wealth and assets are required to pay Zakat. This includes individuals whose wealth exceeds the Nisab threshold, and it's obligatory for them to fulfil this duty annually.

Zakat is typically calculated as 2.5% of one's wealth and assets that have been held for a full lunar year and exceed the Nisab threshold. This includes savings, investments, gold, silver, and other valuables.

Zakat funds are distributed to those who fulfil the requirements to being a Zakat recipient. Oxfam GB ensures that Zakat donations are used efficiently and effectively to tackle the root causes of poverty and support sustainable development initiatives.

While Zakat is primarily intended for Muslims, there are circumstances where it can be given to non-Muslims in need, such as those facing poverty, hunger, or other hardships.

Oxfam GB ensures that Zakat funds are allocated where they can have the most significant impact, regardless of religious affiliation.

Zakat and Sadaqah are both forms of charitable giving in Islam, but they have different purposes and requirements.

Zakat is obligatory and has specific criteria for eligibility and calculation, while Sadaqah is voluntary and can be given at any time and in any amount.

Oxfam GB provides various convenient methods for Muslims to fulfil their Zakat obligation, including online donation platforms, bank transfers, and designated Zakat funds.

Donors can specify their Zakat contribution, and Oxfam GB ensures that it is used in accordance with Islamic principles.

In some countries, Zakat donations made to registered charitable organisations like Oxfam GB may be eligible for tax relief or deductions.

Donors are encouraged to consult with local tax authorities or financial advisors to understand the tax implications of their Zakat contributions.

While donors can specify their Zakat contribution to support Oxfam GB's various programs and initiatives, ultimately, it is allocated based on the organisation's assessment of need and priority areas to maximise impact and address poverty and injustice effectively.

Oxfam GB is committed to transparency and accountability in all its operations, including Zakat distribution. The organisation maintains rigorous financial management and reporting processes, conducts regular audits, and adheres to best practices to ensure that Zakat funds are used efficiently, ethically, and in accordance with donors' intentions and Islamic principles.

An Oxfam dedicated interest free bank account (Lloyds) holds and manages any Zakat donations prior to them being sent to the designated countries. Donations will be spent within one lunar year of you making your payment. Oxfam will acknowledge receipt of all Zakat payments (online payments will be automatically acknowledged immediately, payments through other channels will be acknowledged within 72 hours).

Where possible and should you wish, we will inform you of the help that has come from your Zakat donation. However, given the nature of our programmes in emergency humanitarian responses, this is often not practical or possible.

UK administrative costs are not claimed on any Zakat donation and Oxfam does not profit from interest on Zakat payments. 100% of Zakat donations are spent in selected countries to help those in need.

Yes. If you are a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid can be claimed in the normal manner and will be allocated to Oxfam’s general unrestricted income. Please make sure you provide the requested details when making the payment.

Gift Aid reclaimed on your donation will be directed into Oxfam’s general unrestricted income. How Oxfam spends its general unrestricted donations.

Donations will be held in the interest free bank account until such time that they are transferred to the specified country. Each country project that receives the Zakat donations will spend the funds within the lunar year on direct costs in Muslim-majority communities.

Oxfam does not currently use Zakat to fund UK projects. However, we are working in partnership with the National Zakat Foundation, who are supporting our work on tackling poverty in the UK.

Oxfam met and consulted with several Muslim scholars and leaders along with peers from Muslim development charities. We undertook research that included 485 interviews, ten focus groups and several extensive 1:1 interviews with British Muslims from a range of ethnicities, backgrounds, education, gender and age.