Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) is an international humanitarian organization that provides development programs and humanitarian relief around the globe, regardless of race, political affiliation, gender or belief.

Founded in 1984 in the United Kingdom. It also owns a subsidiary company, ICT International, based in Birmingham, UK. It collects and recycles clothes to raise funds. [2]

Memberships and key partnerships

IRW is a member of the UN Economic and Social Council and is a signatory to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGO in Disaster Relief. It is also a member of the British Overseas NGOs for Development and a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), along with 14 other charities.

IRW is co-owner of the International Civil Society Center, a global action platform, and an affiliate of the INGO Accountability Charter Company.

The organization states icts That key partners include WFP , IDB , UNHCR , UNOCHA , EC , DFID , UNDP , ICO , AIDS , Bahrain RCO START Network, ROTA , and CAFOD .

Islamic Relief is part of the global Make Poverty History coalition which is campaigning to end extreme poverty and the Beyond 2015 coalition, which aims to influence the development framework which will replace the Millennium Development Goals . It also has a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate with Lutheran World Federation (LWF) [3] and also formed a partnership with the African Union to tackle chronic poverty.


According to Islamic Relief’s Global Strategy 2011-2015 document, [4] the organization’s four goals are

  1. Protecting Life and Dignity: Protecting Life and Dignity: Protecting Life and Dignity by providing effective relief, protection and recovery
  2. Empowering Communities: Enabling the sustainable development of communities, sustainable justice, social justice and environmental custodianship
  3. Campaigning for Change: Supporting the marginalized and vulnerable to voice and suffering
  4. Strengthening the Islamic Relief Family: Building a governance system and infrastructure for the growing Islamic Relief global partnership that will maximize the size, efficiency and effectiveness of our operations to alleviate poverty and suffering


According to Islamic Relief’s Global Strategy 2011-2015 document [5] the organization states their values ​​and teachings are provided by the revelations contained within the Qur’an and Prophetic example . They are Ikhlas(sincerity), Ihsan (excellence), Rahma (compassion), Adl ( social justice ) and Amana (custodianship).


  • 1984: Islamic Relief founded by a group of medical doctors and activists, with its first donation (a year later this had grown to £ 100,000)
  • 1986: major major programs which continues to this day, including orphan sponsorship and Qurbani distribution
  • 1988: manufactured high-protein biscuits and multivitamins to tackle malnutrition in Afghanistan and countries in Africa
  • 1989: Assisted survivors of the chemical attack in Halabja, Iraqi-Kurdistan
  • 1990: Gave GBP £ 200,000 to provide relief to those affected by the Iran earthquake
  • 1991: Started work in Bangladesh, responding to one of the deadliest cyclones on record
  • 1992: work in Pakistan started with the distribution of Ramadan food parcels and Qurbani meat
  • 1993: UK newspaper The Independent Raised £ 37,000 for Islamic Relief’s Bosnia Appeal [6]
  • 1994: Received UK government funding for the first time (£ 180,000 for a training center in Sudan)
  • 1995: working in the North Caucasus in the delivery of aid amidst the conflict in Chechnya
  • 1996: made recycling and selling donated clothes in the UK
  • 1998: continued work in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and opened its Gaza City office
  • 1999: signed the Red Cross Code of Conduct
  • 2000: set up its Waqf program, as a source of sustainable funding for humanitarian projects
  • 2001: One of the few international aid organizations working on the ground in the conflict in Afghanistan
  • 2002: working in China, building new homes for families affected by flooding in Shaanaxi province
  • 2003: amidst the conflict in Iraq, Islamic Relief
  • 2004: from its offices in Indonesia, launched a large-scale response to the tsunami, which left 1.5 million people homeless
  • 2005: joined the UK Disasters Emergency Committee , an umbrella organization which launches and coordinates responses to major disasters
  • 2006: child protection and child development to protect children from violence, abuse, neglect and all forms of exploitation in Yemen
  • 2008: USD USD 1.2 million relief and recovery program in Myanmar – reaching more than 100,000 people from Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, and Muslim communities
  • 2009: celebrates 25th anniversary with HRH Prince of Wales delivering the keynote speech [7]
  • 2010: One of the first international aid agencies on the ground in the wake of Haiti earthquake
  • 2011: emergency response, which continues to date, to the crisis in Syria
  • 2013: Becoming one of 11 organizations to qualify for a Strategic Humanitarian Partnership with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
  • 2013: Islamic Relief received £ 3.2 million from the UK’s Department for International Development . [8]
  • 2014: Islamic Relief Academy launched, providing training and development services to the humanitarian sector
  • 2015: Signed Memorandum of Understanding with African Union Formalizing Partnership to tackle Poverty on the Continent

Awards and nominations

The umbrella group NARRI – of which Islamic Relief is a founding member – received the Sasakawa Award for excellence in disaster risk reduction in 2013.

Islamic Relief features in the top 100 charities in the UK. At the UK British Muslim Awards in 2013, it was named ‘Charity of the Year’.

The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC) awarded Islamic Relief USA with the InterFaith Visionary Award for its generous gift to support the vital work of building community and nurturing understanding among different faith-based communities. Also in 2010, a project to improve access to education in India won the UNESCO Wenhui Honorable Commendation award for educational innovation.

In January 2013, the charity was awarded the Charity of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards . [9] In January 2015, it was nominated for the Charity of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards. [9]

In May 2016, the charity was awarded the 3G Leadership Award for Social Sector & Philanthropy. [10] The 3G Awards are presented to governments, corporates and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for excellence in transparency, good governance and social responsibility. [11]

Islamic Relief Offices and Partners

Registered offices

  • ireland
  • mauritius

Affiliated implementing partners

Affiliated Implementing Partners deliver projects on behalf of the Islamic Relief family. Some of these are independent legal entities. These include:

  • Islamic Relief Chechnya
  • Islamic Relief India
  • Islamic Relief Kenya
  • Islamic Relief Pakistan

Field offices

  • afghanistan
  • albania
  • bangladesh
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • chad
  • Ethiopia
  • Haiti
  • indonesia
  • iraq
  • jordan
  • Kosovo
  • lebanon
  • Libya
  • Malawi
  • Niger
  • Palestinian Territories
  • The Philippines
  • Russian Federation (North Caucasus)
  • somalia
  • South Sudan
  • sudan
  • tunisia
  • turkey
  • Yemen

Countries: Central African Republic, Guinea, Guinea, India, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, and Syria.

Islamic Relief Academy

In 2013, the Islamic Relief Academy was established to promote and deliver the leadership and leadership agenda of Islamic Relief, as well as to assist the entire ‘family’ in researching and developing new ideas and initiatives. The Academy aims to develop the leadership capacity and capability of Islamic Relief by commissioning and delivering interventions and activities. [12]

Controversy and allegations of terror links

In June 2014, Israel added IRW to a list of organizations banned from operating in Israel, for allegedly funding Hamas . [13] West Bank offices have been destroyed and their computers were destroyed. [14] A 2014 audit commissioned by the Islamic Relief Commission. The Israeli government has claimed that it has been taxed in the United States, and that it has been accumulated over the years, that the fund is a central player in the financing of Hamas. [15]

On November 15, 2014, the United Arab Emirates placed on a list of proscribed organizations. [16] [17]

In 2016, it was revealed that the HSBC banking group had severed ties with them. [18] The bank invites IRW to “end the relationship”, which they did at the end of 2014. [19]

Islamic Relief has denied any links to Hamas, citing their support from numerous UN agencies and government aid donors. Though the UK Charity Commission does not investigate Islamic Relief, Islamic Relief commissioned an independent investigation into the incident. [20] Islamic Relief says the findings of the audit firm fully cleared Islamic Relief of the allegations. It has been stated that these findings have been shared by a number of major stakeholders. [21] The UK’s government stated in 2014 that it does not continue its association with the charity, which has received funding from the UK Department for International Development. [22]

The government of Bangladesh barred the organization from aiding the rohingya people in Cox’s Bazaar , alleging funds were used to preach Islam, building mosques, encouraging radicalism, and fund activists. [23]


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