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Causes: Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, International, Philanthropy

Mission: Islamic Relief USA provides relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world.

Target demographics: IRUSA serves vulnerable populations , regardless of race, color, religion, or creed.

Geographic areas served: about 40 countries around the world, including the United States.

Programs: IRUSA donors and volunteers support a wide variety of humanitarian work, from emergency relief, which can include food aid, water and sanitation, hygiene kits, temporary shelters, disaster assessments, rebuilding damaged homes, and more; to building sustainable programming, designed to help vulnerable people break their chains of poverty and move toward success. Some of these include vocational training, microfinance opportunities, education, livelihood programs, healthcare, orphan sponsorship or support, and much more.

Community Stories

379 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering is an opportunity to grow as an individual and as a community. Recently my family and I volunteered at Islamic Relief for meal packing. My son has autism with a speech delay which affects his ability to follow multiple directions & socialize. However, the staff and other volunteers went out of their way to guide and assist him as needed. The mentorship he received was so motivational that he later told me, “mom, I’ve had a wonderful day, when can we go again?”IR, has always extended their arms out to help others in need. However, this was very different because, they extended kindness, understanding, inclusion and space for a person to be of service with dignity and respect.We always look forward to volunteer at this wonderful organization, where humanity is at its forefront.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had an amazing experience with Islamic Relief over the past couple years. They are extremely organized and they do everything in the most efficient way possible.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Islamic Relief USA for more than five years, I found this organization extremely professional and compassion.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief is by far my favorite organization to work with. Everyone shares the same passion for trying to make the world a better place and I have learned so much through the different volunteer opportunities from donor pages to meal packs. I'm grateful for the amazing support the staff gives its volunteers and an their dedication to their work inspires those around them. This is an organization that works hard to make an impact in the lives of others and the people they serve are a testament to that.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was such an honor to volunteer with Islamic Relief USA. Very professional team, the event started on time, instructions were clear and positive, inspiring and great vibes in the whole place.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to know about Islamic Relief in 2020 . Since then, i have been trying my best to volunteer and getting involved in the community. I never knew i can raise funds but i was able to participate on their platform with all fundraising awareness and education. I have attended their various campaigns to raise funds for pressing needs. I have also volunteered in their meal pack program that was very well organized and exceptionally hosted. I continue to work with them in the future. I support their mission to provide aid and relief to people all over the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Irusa in July 2021 for the first time. It was also my first time volunteering. My experience was very pleasant. Everyone at the event was very helpful and encouraging. Irusa’s team are great communicators, I have reached out to them a couple of times with questions and my concerns are addressed within 24 hours. I will continue to volunteer with Irusa, it’s a great organization with people who really cares for the community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I like to donate and make sure my donations goes to where i want them to and Islamic Relief made that possible and easy for me. I also like their news and reminders to have more inside of the people who are in need because of war, natural disaster. Those give me more opportunity to help others in need when & where they need the most.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Asalamu3laykum.
My name is Salaam Al-nazer and I have volunteered for IRUSA a few times now. It is always a fun, enjoyable, and rewarding experience. Being able to help thousands of people through a very organized event and getting to meet many new people along the way is just some of the great things that go on when volunteering at IRUSA.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

IRUSA has done so much for the community all across the US. I am a proud volunteer of this non profit and would recommend 100%

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They are very transparent with regards to how donations are used. It is easy to criticize something but very difficult to demonstrate how to do it better. Indeed, IRUSA are the first responders in any crisis. Whether it is on our home front and helping the survivors of natural disasters/hurricanes here in the U.S.A. or giving food and shelter to innocent shell-shocked men, women, and children abroad, they never give it a rest. May Allah protect this organization and help us to take part in the holy work of serving the oppressed as they do at IRUSA. May Allah be pleased with you and protect you, [Info removed for confidentiality purposes]!

3 Christopher L.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IRUSA non-profit organization is AWESOME, and its staff members are caring, efficient, compassionate, helpful, knowledgeable, professional, and respectful. Extraordinary leadership! Both staff and volunteers are committed to helping as many people as Allah will. Regardless of gender, race, or religion, IRUSA programs have helped countless people domestically and internationally. Volunteers (even IRUSA staff) work as teams to make a difference in the life of others. I have noticed IRUSA’s significant works (disasters, equality, injustice, poverty, etc.…) in multiple communities. I am happy to be part of this organization. It’s family to me. Being part of something greater than me keeps me alive mentally and physically. I have had the opportunity to help more people by volunteering my time at IRUSA events and becoming a well-rounded individual. Keep up the AMAZING work, IRUSA!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Extremely friendly people and the work they provide they make sure that nothing is done with shortcuts. The proper technique is applied in the circumstance, so people don’t ever feel they were done wrong. The staff leaders really care about their work and the people.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been a donor with Islamic relief since 2005. I was looking for a trustworthy charity organisation and I did my research and found that it’s one of the mostly highly regarded organisations. The percentage of every dollar of donation that goes to the needy are among the highest in the world. I thank the organisation for the great works it’s been doing around the world to help the weak and the vulnerable, those of us who can’t help themselves.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

IRUSA does great work in helping Muslims around the world who are suffering through a crisis. Recently, I volunteered at their meal kit setup for the Afghan refugees and I was blown away with their organization and dedication to the cause. I highly recommend anyone who wants to help out to join IRUSA for future volunteer events.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

IRUSA is amazing nonprofit organization. It feels great to take part in volunteer work of any kind, but what makes IRUSA even better is that they really love and appreciate their volunteers. It feel valued even for doing the smallest things which makes everyone want to do more.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] my brothers and sisters in Islam. Peace to you all. In regards to Islamic Relief USA, I must say it is an excellent organization that brings out the best in people. As Muslims, we are tasked to help those less fortunate than ourselves and this company delivers in spades. I've volunteered for IRUSA since 2019 and I've enjoyed every second. I also donate when I have the funds available. I feel better about the world because of organizations like IRUSA who help those when needed, no matter the issue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

IRUSA is amazing nonprofit organization. It feels great to take part in volunteer work of any kind, but what makes IRUSA even better is that they really love and appreciate their volunteers. I feel valued even for doing the smallest things which makes me want to do more. They are also the first people that reach out whenever there is a humanity crisis which is important so that I can quickly jump in and help. Thank you for all the opportunities you've given me IRUSA! Looking forward to working with you all in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with IRUSA quite often and they’re always very nice and welcoming from the minute we walk into their doors. They’re always very enthusiastic on helping the communities around them and brining as much help as they can, it was something that I always appreciated about the organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's a privilege for me to be part of this good deed, under this reputable and eligible organization. I'm also enthusiasm about your activities which entails helping needy, orphans, widows and vulnerable people, among others.
Allah says in the glorious Koran that " whoever engaged himself/ herself in any good act particularly quenching thirst of a needy Allah will surely fulfill all his needs and satisfied him here and thereafter.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that helps people all over the world regardless of their religion, race and ethnicity. Always there to help those in need!

1 Mu A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a family, we volunteered to wrap gifts for needy people before Eid Al Fitr at Diyanet Islamic center and sponsored by IRUSA .The environment was great and our kids learned many lessons that day! We were able to prepare 4000 packages and every one lift with high spirt.
Happy to always volunteer for this organization.
ذهبت انا وعائلتي وتطوعنا لتجهيز هدايا عيد الفطر في مسجد ديانة وكان النشاط منظم من قبل IRUSA
استمتعنا كثيرا وشعرنا بارتفاع في المعنويات وخصوصا اننا ساهمنا في اسعاد الاطفال القليلي الحظ . بارك الله بجهودكم في هذه المنظمه التي تسعى دائما لخدمه البشريه

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Consistently among the first to respond whenever there is an crisis. Whether it is a natural disaster, war, famine, or ongoing poverty...IRUSA is there to help.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had a very good and positive experience with Islamic Relief, USA.I do get consistent updates from them about the work they do via emails. I really appreciate the work they are doing. May Allah bless you for your selfless work for others.[Info removed for confidentiality purposes]

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My absolute go to whenever I’m looking to donate. Very transparent and ask for both volunteers and donations. Volunteering with them, I could see how funds are used as we pack thousands of meals to be transported.

Naeem M.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Love this Charity. I've supported them since it's inception in the early 90's. Anytime I turn on the news and hear of the horrors and desperate needs around the world. I'm comforted that Islamic Relief is mobilizing to help those families. And I'm with them in it as well.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IRUSA has such dedicated staff, you can tell they really believe in the mission. Islamic Relief has become a household name within the Muslim community!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the best nonprofit charity I came across. They help all walks of life and always there to help the ones in need.

Kamran V.

Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you all at IRUSA for helping us to help each other, that is all of humanity. Your effective efforts make it count. I feel great that you actually reach the people in need and nothing goes to waste. We all need help and the best way is to help. May Allah reward your efforts and promote you with continued effectiveness.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

As a Muslim I always try to donate whenever and however I can. Finding a legit organisation that will use the most of my donation for the cause I am giving was very tough. I donated in several organisations then found there donation distribution policy was unclear or most of it went to administration and advertisements. Most organisations have a minimum donating amount that forces you to donate the amount they want. It was an unpleasant situation knowing my donation was not being used properly. Then again 1 or 2 organisations claimed to be 100% donating policy but I couldn’t find valid review and how they do it. Then finally I found Islamic Relief USA 87% of my donation will go to my cause, I can donate any amount I want and is legit. I am very happy with Islamic Relief USA

1

Donor

Rating: 5

At least here in USA there are homeless shelters that are comfortable in changing weather and some have an auto to sleep, ok,let's help.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

It's an excellent charity that has helped me help others.

10 Shelli M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Salaam alaikum I converted to Islam in December 2019 and wanted to do something to help. I wish I could give more. May Allah bless you all for your work.!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief USA is much known and appreciated for the
1. Customer/donor care, Donor satisfaction is a priority and always there to answer their questions.
2 Great programs where helping people in need is constantly reviewed to give the best service where it is needed most.
3. Always looking at ways to save and direct the funds to lower overhead cost.
4. Engaging volunteers & bringing communities together.
5. Great team to be part of and work with. Employees are valued highly.
6. Upper Management team is engaging & listening to all levels of employees.

IRUSA is a good nonprofit organization that I trust.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

They do absolutely amazing work, so many beneficiaries around the world. They are a strong organization that deserves to be recognized for their hard work. They have caring and dedicated staff that work tirelessly for the cause to help those around the world that are in need.
Highly recommend them to anyone.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is by far one of the most upstanding non-profits around. The compassion they have to serve so many folks around the world with such dignity and professionalism is truly outstanding! I've been a long-time donor and I have full assurance that my money is in the right hands and trust that it will help serve the most vulnerable! Keep up the great job IRUSA!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief USA is Great Nonprofit that reaches every where and helping every one regardless of their race,color,region and ethnicity. I believe in their mission and I support them.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Islamic Relief USA for it's massive network and work it implements inside the USA and abroad. I live in CA, and we had several major fires in the last 2-3 years in Northern and Southern CA. Islamic Relief USA deployed their staff and volunteers in Northern CA and helped in the first days of the crises managing one of the shelters. The puck didn't stop there, several months down the road when people stopped talking about the disaster on the news, they still were committed and delivered financial assistance to some of the impacted families.

3 Momen E.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Faith inspired and mission driven. The work and the level of impact it reaches across the globe is paramount. Keep up the great work !

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief is one of the best charities I know. It was amazing how quick they responded to Lebanon. Not only in collecting funds but being on the ground working and doing clean up. Amazing work Islamic Relief!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing charity, I love the work you do and the transparency. Keep up the great work and thank you for the options and the easy usability on your site. I feel like you guys really do help around the globe

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6 Naeem M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Long time donor, supporter, and more. I remember when they started out when I was just out of high school. I know when there is an emergency somewhere around the world, I can depend on them to be there. So happy they are the premiere charity working with the WFP in Yemen.

4 Sadman C.

Donor

Rating: 5

They’re a charity that helps me fill out my requirements for zakat and the work they do for those in are very admirable. Through their work they’re helping fix the false image of Muslims that the media portrays and show the world our true values as a religion

5

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization. I have observed the meaningful work that they are doing in the community via sponsoring events, conducting outreach, and providing needed services. They truly stay in touch with the community, take time to assess its needs, and respond in thoughtful and innovative ways.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Great website, very user friendly, easy to navigate and make donations. They also send you pictures and show you the progress of the orphans you sponsor and show you How your donations are helping the vulnerable people and making positive impact.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I have donated 3 plus times usually - Recently as today for [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] in Ramadan - I am a hindu by birth but through people one sees god. What other than [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] to the ones whom need the most and how IRUSA makes this happen in most difficult countries and situations - Inshal Allah for that - I did rate 4 coz at times it will beneficial to see where a donation finally reached - a small photo or video shared may be an awesome ending - something if possible to consider in future

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This group did a HORRIBLE job with their event today in Las Vegas. People who really needed items like jackets and backpacks lined up four hours early for the event. When they opened up, they let over a hundred others in first -who hadn't been waiting, but just rushed up to the front of the line- and when those who actually waited voiced their concern, they were met with hostile and aggressive responses from those in charge. So basically the selfish reaped the rewards, and all the honest received were hostile aggressive words and actions from those in charge. All in the name of the Lord. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief has helped save over 134,000,000 million people around the globe, providing food, clean water, medical supplies, education, shelter and much more to over 70 countries since their inception. They’re ambitious, they take risks. They share their successes and their failures. They’re transparent.

Their website and their use of social media are great. They are simple and beautiful and lovable. And it’s funny seeing other charities adopt their color schemes and style.

One of the reasons I donate to them is they don’t claim they are a ‘100% model’ charity where they guarantee that 100% of my donation will go directly to the field. Because of that I support Islamic Relief.

It’s unnecessary and irresponsible, and it’s not sustainable to claim that.

Organization that do even in the simplest of terms a donation from me would almost certainly incur ‘credit card’ fees. But how can you operate like that. How about if the volunteer who does it for free has a life changing status or the donor who covers it can not.

Staff deserve wages and that’s why I give to Islamic Relief because of their values they have Rahma to their staff by paying them fair wages.

For the charities that claim 100% who pays the wages? Their rent? Their electricity bill? Supplies? Credit card fees. What if they can’t find enough ‘private donors, foundations and sponsors’ to pay these? Does my donation just sit in account, unable to be used because of their own restrictions?

And really, shouldn’t some of my donation be spent on auditing the finances behind my donation? Shouldn’t some be spent on measuring the impact of my donation? Shouldn’t some be spent on assessing how next year’s donation can be used better than this year’s?

As much as I respect The effort of 100% donation from these charities, I get the sense that perhaps they don’t respect me, the donor.

Most of all, the 100% Model is damaging to nearly every other charity because it gives the public unrealistic expectations. It implies that ‘100% to the field’ is desirable, truthful and even possible. It’s not.

This is why I give to Islamic Relief. They have great staff, a great vision and being faith based governed by their great values I trust they will not be wasteful with my donation and have a reasonable overhead like they do.

Thank you Islamic Relief for your professionalism.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Recently I have been searching for top charities to donate to for the Tsunami and Earthquakes that hit Indonesia and to my surprise one of my favorite charities is one of the preferred charities to give to because of their boots on the ground.
Its great to see them distributing much needed aid whiten days of the disaster. Keep up the great work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been blessed to volunteer and donate to Islamic Relief USA. I’ve seen their work first hand. They take great pride in fulfilling the donors intent and work tirelessly to maximize the impact of their programs for those whom they serve. The organizations values are inspiring. Additionally, the organizationally continuously, year after year is amazingly transparent. This organization is near to my heart and I hope more people can support it so it can continue doing the great work it does.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've continuously volunteered for Islamic Relief throughout the years, and it's always a great experience! I always look forward to Islamic Relief's fundraising events - it's a great way to meet new people in the community while doing good for local or international causes. Highly recommend volunteering and donating to IR in any way that you can.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Time and again, I entrust my donations with Islamic Relief USA -- they serve millions of people each year, and many of their programs tackle basic but untreated needs to help people living in poverty get the resources they need to break a ridiculous, vicious cycle that keeps them bound. I like that it's basic stuff, like building proper bathrooms in Tunisian schools or providing community grants in cities in the US or responding to emergencies in Africa or Asia -- it proves that it doesn't take a rocket scientist to provide solutions for poverty -- it just takes some compassion and work. Where there is a need, IR seems to be right there ready to help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I am very very disappointed in the Islamic organization in Florida the person in charge in St. Petersburg
I was in need for money I am busness owner who was about to be in the street losing my business and house I requested loan I truly was plan to return the loan money and donate monthly to that organization but he was ignorant did not want to help I was going to give him the imam number if he does not believe me but he did not help what so ever I told him God is mercy he will not put me down and Blessing of God and his mercy helped me not through him I promised myself I will never donate to any organization what so ever cause I am a giver before that any organization comes collect money I used to give all what I can even if it is the last hundred in my pocket
I am still a giver Alhamdo lelah but I know who to give my donation to I give it to orphans direct not through organization

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with Islamic Relief since high school and have always felt like a part of a giant family that's always working towards goodness! Whether it's a fundraiser at a "small" community or a big one, they never devalue any effort or any person who wants to help. There's always room in the IR family for anyone who wants to do good, in any way you want to do it- I've been a volunteer and attendee at fundraiser dinners, conference booths, and have always been interested in the meal packing for the homeless and fundraising runs! I look forward to being a lifelong volunteer with Islamic Relief, God willing.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Produces incredibly thoughtful, life-changing programs to those most in need. An organization that is not afraid of a challenge and doesn't show any sign of slowing down.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an incredible organization that serves all backgrounds in a dignified manner. IRUSA is on the ground helping rebuild homes in Texas, feeding folks nationally and internationally through their feeding programs, aiding when emergencies strike worldwide, caring for orphans, providing sustainable initiatives for folks to care for themselves, and educating generations on WASH, job training and so much more. This is my favorite nonprofit as it cares for all and is there when needed.

IRUSA is definitely working towards a better world!

8 Amina M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Some of the most rewarding experiences I've had in my life were with volunteering for Islamic Relief. I've been able to package food that went straight from my hands to those in need. I've been a volunteer for 12 years and have made a lot of my best friends from this organization. I love that they not only give back to those in need overseas, but locally and even to their own volunteers. They never treated you like worker dogs, but valued your interests, your time, your efforts. The only place I've ever received shirts, food, special invitations as honored volunteers. Volunteering there you feel like every minute you spend counts and unlike a lot of other struggling charity groups everything has been organized and and given top value down to publications, events, merchandise, and facilities. IRUSA is an amazing organization and one of the best things I have in my life to look back on that I feel proud to have been a part of.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I've known and donated to this charity for about 20 years. One thing they have built is reputation and established themselves in the field of charity work, and for a long time were leading in terms of operational efficiency. Given their size, they are still doing pretty well with expenses unlike most of the highly advertised and known secular US charities (look them up on Charity Navigator).

Their established network of operation means you can be more assured they will get to places of need throughout the world. It is heart warming to see positive reviews by the volunteers because they help in reducing overhead of expenses by donating their time.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Beautifully executed. Trusted. Many Causes. Always aware of all causes not just one! Which keeps you motivated to help since its becoming so easy! and IR USA Makes it even Easier.

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Client Served

Rating: 3

hello dear sir,I am kawsar [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] from Bangladesh, I am teacher and committee member of quran school.in attachment you will found some pictures of my school.quran school name is Darul Qirat Majidiah fultaly trust [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] centre, our mosque already damaged and the roop is so weak,it will be Collapse anytime,the blockboard broken, and the quran school establish just for Ramadan month, we have more then three hundred students but we have enough space but we haven't class rooms, the students standing and reading under the sky, but this is the Season of rains, at the time we need a new building, we request from our students and committee for help us.I hope your charity will be help us.

2 Riham M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Donating online is very easy and they offer many support programs to choose from. Thank you for all that you are doing to help people in need around the world.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

May Allah bless you guys for your efforts. Thanks for helping and reaching out to people that're in need. I'm glad I got a chance to help those people a little as well. I hope Allah accepts our deeds. Amen!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Islamic Relief during the months of October and November 2018 for their fundraising Event to Benefit the Children in Conflict Zones of Yemen, Syria, Palestine and Myanmar. I also volunteered for their 10k Meal Pack Out. Both experiences were the absolute best I have ever had with volunteering. As a Muslim it is my duty to help others in need and it was fun and well worth every minute I spent doing it and I would do it again if asked. I met some truly amazing people and made quite a few new friends along the way. Alhamdullilah.

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Donor

Rating: 1

I used to be a big donor to IR USA until I found out they were fudging (inflating) their numbers to promote themselves as a big organization. I found out from an article ran by a reputable business journal and I started my own investigation. I have even contacted IR USA on several occasions to get a feedback from them but my calls went unanswered. I then decided to stop supporting them and not trusting them. Its too bad, they have managed to mislead a lot of people, but as the saying goes, fool me once shame on you; fool me twice shame on me.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm on the mailing list for Islamic Relief USA and they always seem to be responding the quickest to disasters or emergencies around the world and they tell me what's happening if I can't check the news. As a humanitarian Muslim it's where I choose to donate, because it seems like they respond to needs almost everywhere. I also love the transparency of the organization and their overall values which I feel match my own. I'm definitely will be a long time supporter for years to come.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing work with sincere and kind people! Working together for a better world is always your aim