Islamic Relief USA

Rating: 4.72 stars   224 reviews

Issues: Disaster Aid, International, Philanthropy

Location: 3655 Wheeler Avenue Alexandria VA 22304 USA

Mission: Islamic Relief USA strives to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy, and diseases worldwide regardless of color, race, religion, or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Islamic Relief USA aims to provide rapid relief in the event of human and natural disasters and to establish sustainable local development projects allowing communities to better help themselves.
Target demographics: Islamic Relief USA provides assistance to anyone in need, anywhere in the world, regardless or race, color, reliegion, or creed.
Geographic areas served: United States and Internationally. Islamic Relief USA operated domestically in 24 states in 2010, specifically VA, MI, MD, TX, NJ, RI, IL, CA, KS, SD, GA, PA, OR, MN, NY, MA, DC, WA, AZ, NV, ME, CT, OH, and OK. In 2011, Islamic Relief USA assisted with the Alabama tornado devastation. Islamic Relief USA operated in 33 countries in 2010: Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Cambodia, Chad, Chechnya (Russian Federation), China, Columbia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Pakistan, the Occupied Palestinian Territories (Gaza/West Bank), Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.
Programs: ORPHANS 1-TO-1 SPONSORSHIP: Islamic Relief's One-to-One Orphan Sponsorship helps the world's most desperate orphans. The beneficiaries live in the world's poorest and most devastated countries, where millions of children are orphaned and left to struggle for survival. 100 percent of our sponsors' contributions are sent directly to an orphan's guardian, where Islamic Relief's One-to-One Orphan Sponsorship allows children to remain with a loving family member who may not have been able to care for them otherwise. RAMADAN “FEED THE NEEDY” PROGRAM: During the month of fasting, known as Ramadan, Muslims are required to fast from sunrise to sunset. Feeding people at the end of the fasting day represents a very rewarding spiritual act according to Islamic tradition and teachings. The Ramadan “Feed the Needy” Program offers an opportunity for many needy people around the world who face food insecurity and hunger to be provided with a ‘Ramadan Food Pack’, which ensures that their burden is eased during the month of Ramadan. A wide range of beneficiaries were selected, they included categories like widows, orphans, destitute, aged, disabled, refugees and people affected by disasters. The beneficiaries are selected in conjunction with local welfare groups working alongside Islamic Relief offices in a given country. QURBANI “MEAT DISTRIBUTION” PROGRAM: Qurbani “meat distribution” activities are performed during the season of Eid al Adha. Muslims from the United States donate money which is used to purchase and slaughter livestock – mainly sheep, goats and cows. The meat from these animals is then distributed to the needy people in the poorest regions of the world on behalf of the donors. According to Islam, one sheep or goat equals one Qurbani; one cow, buffalo or camel equals seven Qurbanis. Qurbani meat is distributed in three different methods, the method chosen for a country is dependent on several factors including cost, availability of livestock, logistical issues and current situation of that country e.g. war, famine, natural disaster. This year again a wide range of beneficiaries were selected, they included categories like widows, orphans, the destitute, the aged, the disabled, refugees and disaster affected populations. The beneficiaries are selected in conjunction with local welfare groups working alongside Islamic Relief field offices in a given country. INTERNATIONAL GIFT IN KIND (GIK) DONATIONS: Typical donations include hygiene kits, newborn supplies, school supplies, orphans supplies (children’s clothing), children’s toys and books, medical supplies, emergency medical supplies, shelf-stable food, and medicine sent to disaster and relief locations worldwide. DOMESTIC GRANTS: Each year Islamic Relief USA provides cash to assist medical clinics, warming centers, shelters for the homeless and/or victims, educational institutions, food banks, and social service offices. DOMESTIC “DAY OF DIGNITY” PROGRAM: Islamic Relief USA provides beneficiaries in the U.S. with food (on-site meals), canned goods (select locations), clothing (t-shirts, hats, socks, undergarments), school supplies (backpacks, pencils, books), toys, blankets, sheets, towels, medical care (including oral cancer screenings, glaucoma screenings, and blood pressure readings), physical exams, dental care, first aid, wound checks, haircuts, job training (select locations), and other social services to all who attend, regardless of their backgrounds. DOMESTIC “ZAKAT” PROGRAM: Every year, IRUSA uses donated Zakat money to support the Domestic Zakat Partnership Program. Domestic Zakat is administered through local Zakat partners to provide limited financial assistance to those in need. This assistance is primarily focused upon providing basic living costs, such as food shelter, clothing, and other family needs. DOMESTIC “QURBANI” PROGRAM: Every year during Eid Al-Adha, Islamic Relief USA slaughters and distributes Qurbani meat throughout the United States. Islamic Relief USA distributes the Qurbani meat to mosques, Islamic centers, and service organizations across the country, who then distributes the meat to the neediest in their local communities. After the slaughter had been completed, the meat was packaged in five-pound packets and frozen. Local organizations were then asked to distribute ten pounds of meat per family.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Islamic Relief is a good & reliable non-profit. May Allah (SWT) help all Muslims and alleviate their pain and suffering throughout the world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Every time there is a disaster somewhere I see Islamic Relief in the front lines trying to get aid for those who need it. When in my locality a flood came and many houses where damaged Islamic Relief was one of the only organization that I was contacted by to help out.They did a phenomenal job helping people in NJ with the 2011 flood.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

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Quite well

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2012

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These guys have a great sense of responisbility to their communities both domestic and abroad. They offered me a great number of causes to which I can contribute my money too and I already feel as if I am making a difference. Thank you and God bless.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I use Islamic Relief to donate all the time - mashAllah they are great! Keep up the great work IRW!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I always donate through Islamic Relief. I am a student and do not really have much money. However, atleast once in every month I try donating as much as I can. It feels great that we can make difference in the lives of those unfortunate people. Lately, I got letter from Islamic Relief where I read about one month old baby who died in Afghanistan due to cold. It made me donate money and also be thankful to God for all of his blessings. Thank you Islamic Relief!!

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Using this charity has been the best experience in donating I have ever encountered. There are many options as to where I would like to donate and I especially enjoy receiving newsletters in the mail about the various unfortunate people who have been helped by this organization.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a student so I'm not always able to donate a lot. However, I have the option to donate as much as I'm able to, whenever I want and I really do believe that this organization is doing a great job in getting funds to the people that need them the most. May everyone be blessed enough to eradicate poverty and to help those who need them the most. Ameen.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great group that I strongly support! They have always shown great support for all people regardless of religion, nationality, or what region of the world they are from.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I want to respond to abumonzer in that many Islamic organizations are unfairly scrutinized in the USA due to Islamophobia, especially charitable organizations. If you visit Israel related pages they have links to even donate for illegal settlements which are against the UN and human rights standards of the world. That means that the money will be used against international law, but it is lawful in the USA. Also, USAID is allowed to give money to some organizations in Palestine that people in the US are tried for having terrorist links or lending terrorist support. Now with the laws the way they are, we are lucky if we are discriminatorily tried. Islamic Relief is yet another one on the hit list of the biggest, just to knock it out. Such actions infringe on our rights as Muslims to give charitable zakat. I agree that at times Muslim run organizations engage in intentional fraud, but also sloppy bookkeeping errors and that causes problems for organizations, sometimes allowing them to be shut down and other times such corruption and mistakes make the Muslim community afraid to give. I am not sure that slandering Islamic Relief on this forum is the best way to solve the accounting problems you speak of, especially when you seem to use words indicating that you would fire the CEO and replace the accounting company with the old one. It just sounds like a falling out more than genuine concern. By all means if you or any brothers and sisters are aware of mistakes or corruption, go together and try to fix these issues with the organization, rather than hurt them further. Also, if you have proof bring it forward. In the end, it is better not to have a divisive community and also “Part of a person’s being a good Muslim is his leaving alone that which does not concern him” (narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2317).

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They have been engaged in massive accounting fraud and have deceived donors for years. They have actually changed CPA's every year to avoid getting caught, and in the past at least 2 CPA firms have refused to sign off on their financial statements and disengaged from them. They overstated the value of drugs received by them in "donations" (gifts in kind), showing receipts of $140,000,000 when the actual market value of the drugs was less than $506,000. Between 2007 and 2009, they were advised repeatedly by their former controller to change their accounting standards, and they refused to do so. Read about the scandal at http://www.forbes.com/sites/williampbarrett/2011/11/04/scandal-erupts-over-inflated-drug-values-used-by-charities/

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seeing how they committed fraud.

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fire the board and CEO, and bring in the former Controller as CEO and put in place a robust audit mechanism.

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