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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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief is truly a wonderful organization! Absolutely trustworthy and honorable - it makes me feel comfortable and satisfied that my donations are fully going to those in need. Thank you for your continued generous efforts around the world, and for making it easy for people like us to donate as we strive to make as much of a difference as we can!

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief is one charitable organization that I can trust in a heartbeat. I have never felt any sense of insecurity or ever doubted their services. they go far beyond the call of duty in serving the less fortunate in the United States as well as across the globe! May Allah bless IRUSA with success and fulfill all their pure goals! Ameen!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I am out of country in the USA this Eid ul Adha and wanted to make an online donation for [Info removed for confidentiality purposes]. Islamic Relief was known to me before through its various relief efforts in Pakistan and someone at the local mosque here also recommended Islamic Relief when I inquired about local [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] options. The website was simple and straightforward. I got to my desired section with a few clicks. I liked the professionalism - different rates are listed per country, there is an upfront disclaimer about some part of the donation going (understandably) toward administrative costs. Payment options were also simple and inclusive. All in all a good experience. With Islamic Relief, I am confident that my donation will be put to good use.

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the best!!!!!
Trust worthy in this time and age...

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief USA is an outstanding and Trustworthy charity organization that delivers immediate assistance to those who are in need regardless of their origins, ethnicity or religion. As Muslims we should be proud of this great charity organization which practices the true meaning of Islam in helping any needy humane being and stepping up to every humanitarian crisis or challenge. [Info removed for confidentiality purposes]. Z

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Great organization. Very professional. Used them for years now. Will continue to use them for charity. May they be rewarded for all the work they are doing and all the people they are helping.

Donor

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization. IR makes it easy to make impactful donations.

Donor

Rating: 5

Even though I work in a corporate world and mostly think about career advancements it makes it easy for me with a great peace of mind - that I can send donations to any place I feel needs it - with clicks of few buttons and selections in cozy environment. Its more easy than buying a product online - because I know it will benefit the needy - thanks to Islamic Relief. I sometimes justify to myself about running behind career advancements because atleast a minute portion of what I get out of it would benefit the real needy through Islamic Relief.

Aiman Z.

Donor

Rating: 5

Alsalaam alaikum,

I had a great experience using Islamic Relief's site for donating. It gave me their tax ID #. To make things easier for doing my taxes, at the end of the year IR will also be sending me a receipt in the mail with a list of the donations I made that year. I feel that IR is very passionate about helping the people that need aid most around the world. So far I have nothing negative to say about this organization, and I would love to see our donations make a difference InshAllah.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

My first experience working with this organization was refreshing. However as each year passed by, I came in contact with a large variety of people and organizations who had been dealing with Islamic Relief much longer. I had been warned, but dismissed the warnings. Then gradually the employees of IR, at the time multi-cultural, multi-faith, multi-race group, had been replaced by 90% Arab/Arab American.

Although they retained a handful of "American" employees, the majority are Arab and many are family members. My last few encounters with them were not pleasant. The "New" Board started replacing employees who were productive and brought "American" organizations in the loop. We had several programs being funded by IR on a yearly basis, which required occasional audits by IR retained CPA.

Problems came about when the young inexperienced, newly graduated CPA felt his "Opinion" was the "Rule" rather than a suggestion. During the audit, he made several "suggestions", in which our Director took notes. He also gave his opinion on what he "thought" "might be considered inappropriate" practice and advised us to discontinue. On which the Director thanked him for his observation. Over all he stated that the audit went well and he did not foresee any problems.

However one month later he sent the report to our organization indicating that he could not complete it until we complied with his "suggestions". Another words he insisted that ALL of his suggestions be corrected immediately. These were internal situations that had nothing to do with applying for grants with IR. This continued for over 5 months; five months of wasting our valuable time. In which we continually thanked him for his advise and "Suggestions", however we would not comply at the time he requested.


During this five month period, our organization applied for our usual 3 grants and heard nothing back from IR. They did not even update the online application process. We were told several times to re-apply, because they lost the information. So to the point, after being audited, in which we did not comply in a timely manner to the CPA's "suggestions". After applying and re-applying for our yearly grants; one year later we were informed that we would no longer receive grants from Islamic Relief because they felt we were "Cheating".

But they still wanted us to host their "National Event". My suggestion to all the American non-profit organizations that don't deal with International affairs; stay away from organizations that fund outside the USA.... it will bite you in the end. Our government makes them "comply" to very strict rules, which local organizations are NOT required to comply with. That grant money is not worth the headache IR will give you anlong with the slander they spread about your organization when you refuse to comply!!!

Hussein A.

Donor

Rating: 5

They helped to orphans, refugees, disabled people, elders, poor people, all kind of women, and many more.

Donor

Rating: 5

Superb organization that provides an easy-to-use and relevant means to donate to important causes. Islamic relief is professional and allows me to donate in a manner consistent with my religious values. Thanks for providing a first rate service to help those in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization. They are vetted by the U.S. government, and for SURE they do not support terrorist activities. The donations all go to truly needy people all over the world. One nice thing about their website (other than it is so easy to use) is that you can choose exactly which country or cause you want your money to go to, or you can just choose to allocate your donation to their general donation funds. They are so highly respected, that the U.S. federal government has designated Islamic Relief as one of the organizations that they will match donations for. Nothing shady about this organization. I highly recommend it to anyone, regardless of your religion, if you are looking for a great cause to donate your money to, whether it be Zakah money, Udhiya ([Info removed for confidentiality purposes]) money, or general [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] money. They also have an online Zakah calculator, so you can easily calculate how much Zakah you owe annually. I have recommended their website to many friends and family members, and all of them have also had glowing reviews.

Aamir A.

Donor

Rating: 5

I absolutely love Islamic Relief USA. The best non profit organization I have ever came across with. There are there wherever needed regardless of what part of the world and or any religion. They are completely non biased. May God give them rewards of all the exceptional work that they have done and will continue doing.
I will love to do volunteer work for Islamic Relief USA.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief brings aid to where it's most needed, be it refugee camps or natural disaster zones. They also serve the hungry and thirsty all over the world, and encourage volunteering and unity in communities. Whenever I donate to IR, I am confident that my donation is going somewhere worthwhile.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is by far the most well-respected, honest and efficient global nonprofit organization. Their goodness has touched the lives of millions and millions of people around the world, Muslims and Non-Muslims alike. Thank you so much for making a difference in this world. You deserve the highest ratings possible. Keep up the good work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There's nothing more important than being part of the mission God has put us to.
This organization is blessed in a way that participants can get involved with fundraisers, dinners, programs and all forms of charity to help make a difference. I'd say donate, donate, donate! Let's make a difference

Samad P.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization with programs all over the world. They make it easy to donate and there is a veritable buffet of programs and options to choose from.

Donor

Rating: 5

The organization makes it very easy to donate to the causes that you want to donate to.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief makes it so easy to donate to people in need. You can always feel assured that your money is really making a difference in people's lives, from the poor to the orphans to anyone else who needs it.

Donor

Rating: 5

Real easy to donate. No problems. The website it easy to use.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief makes it very easy to donate to different countries, causes, and programs. The website is very easy to use, and you get an email verification quickly after. You will also receive a paper receipt if you choose to file it with your taxes. I trust this particular organization more than other charities that are out there. Any new disaster that might occur, I'm immediately notified on whether I would like to donate to help out. As long as I can, I will use Islamic Relief for my charitable donations.

Sakina B.

Donor

Rating: 4

May Allah reward everyone at Islamic Relief for all of the work they are doing to help alleviate suffering across the globe. They are a trusted and reliable charity and I highly recommend to others.

Donor

Rating: 5

I trust Islamic Relief USA more than any other charity because of their dedication they have shown towards helping humanity for the past few decades, and their responsibility in doing so. I feel good knowing that the money I'm giving is being put to good use.

M'hammed T.

Donor

Rating: 5

iRUSA has shown commitment to help the needy without regard to race or religion. A big portion of the donations goes to humanitarian aid compare to other shark table organizations.

Said E.

Donor

Rating: 5

I knew IRUSA though a good friend that mentioned he knows one of the board members ... knowing someone inside gave me confidence.

IRUSA gives a v. good description of cases/people we are donating to. Every time I read a case, I immidiately donate.

I have been using this website for most of my donations since 2008 & no issues so far.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been donating through this website and will continue to do so as long as I have the ability to donate. Islamic Relief is a company that I can trust with my donations and know that more money is going to the actual designated recipient here than with any other organization that I'm aware of. IR does great work both domestic and abroad. I really can't say enough great things about this organization and regularly encourage others to also send their donations through IR.

Carry on the good work, may you be blessed for your efforts in this life and the hereafter.

Donor

Rating: 5

i was looking for a site that was quick and user friendly to donate monthly in sponsoring an orphan in a country that needs it badly. i looked at many sites before deciding to finally go with this one. it was very easy, accessible, and to the point. i quickly found the section i was looking for, and the transaction took no time at all! i highly recommend this website for anyone who would like to donate to a great cause.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have definitely encouraged many of my friends to donate and participate in donating with Islamic Relief Foundation because I feel that anything I donate is in good use and I have the option of choosing where I want to donate and many other great programs like sponsering an orphan. I just registered to sponser an orphan every month and I feel great that I'm given this opportunity to help the less fortunate alhamdulilah.

Donor

Rating: 5

3 years i have been use this website just to know about the pray time ,but when i see the video and the donation site and many other thing i relize that we are talking about a really huge helpful site .not like others. you should donote ,you shoud feel them, we are in peace they are in war, we have parents they don't , we are young they are kids ,we are here looking to others reviews they are there waiting for your donate to eat or to get bed sheet ...please my brothers and sister feel them i beg you all.

Donor

Rating: 5

Alhamdulillah, I am very grateful to have Islamic Relief consistently ensure my [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] and [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] delivered to the genuinely deserved recepients to any place of my choice. Your outreach is amazing as I am able to choose any country, at any time without any hassle. The online donation is secured and very easy. Thanks to all brothers and sisters working very hard to alleviate pain and sufferings and making dreams come true for many all over the world. May Allah Azwajal accept us all, Ameen. Muslimah

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the most, if not the most trust-worthy non-profits. I know that each time I donate, my contribution is being put to good use and is used to make an impact. The work they do is inspirational.

Aneesa S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief is one of the best charities. Their motto is simple: Help Humanity in distress - wherever it be. I became aware of them nearly 10 years ago and discovered that they are one of the most efficient in using the funds for the needy. May Allah continue to give them success in thier endeavor!

Donor

Rating: 5

I was amazed to see their global presence in all disaster stricken countries. I m hopeful that my donation would be utilized efficiently for the service of humanity. I can now do more for my community apart from my heartfelt prayers.

Alia S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief USA always responds quickly to any disaster, and there are many programs you can help out with. It is great that there is a trustable organization such as Islamic Relief USA!

Donor

Rating: 5

IR makes it pretty easy to donate. I've donated to many causes as well as set up a continuous donation to Sponsor an Orphan. I received an orphan report as well. Very trustworthy- and they're always responding quickly and kindly to my many emails asking dozens of questions! :) My go-to organization for relief donations.

Donor

Rating: 5

Very user friendly website for those wanting to make a quick donation. I wanted to donate some money for the Syrian Crisis, and I appreciated that you could specify which relief effort you wanted your donation to go towards.

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the best charity organizations around. They are very professional and provide very good programs to help people in need around the world. We need to support more such organizations.

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Donor

Rating: 5

IRW is present whenever a disaster strikes somewhere, pretty much a same day response. Their website is easy to use and very informative about the work they are doing on the ground. This is one of the best Charitable organizations around, not only for Disaster relief but also for the on-going support in some of the areas of the world that need it.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great charity! As Muslims we must help our brothers and sister that are less fortunate.

Donor

Rating: 5

An Amazing charity that tries its best to use each donation to the full benefit of people in need. I always am glad to donate through them because I know my money is being put to good use. Would highly recommend!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization. Everything is so easy and organized and at the same time they cover so many areas. I want to thank all people involved into this project - you are changing the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent organization. Well developed website with easy user access and timely emails regarding devastating conditions suffered by our brethren in humanity.

Faizan A.

Donor

Rating: 5

These guys are very helpful and very good. They really have access to all the war-torn areas unlike any other charity out there.

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Donor

Rating: 5

asalamualykum i was really sad about the situation that was going on in Palestine and i didn't know how to help out. i felt guilty every day living a peaceful life while they were suffering .. but alhamdulilah for this program i saw it and right away donated.. iA lets donate to help our people out and iA the money will be added to our bank in the next world where its multiplied. together we can make a difference.. asalamualykum

Donor

Rating: 5

Great charity! Lots of detail about where your money is going on their website, many projects to chose from and see them on the ground whenever there's a disaster. The fact that they partner with other nonprofits to have immediate impact seals the deal for me!

Donor

Rating: 4

Straightforward way to contribute to the civilian population in Gaza. Thanks Islamic Relief.

Donor

Rating: 5

The website is very easy to use, the donation process is clear and simple, and they keep meticulous records. They do a great job in getting aid to where it is needed, especially areas where many charities don't have the ability to do so. I always feel comfortable when I donate through them.

Donor

Rating: 5

donation online process was very easy, makes doing the Eid Udhia (Adha-feast sacrifice) process for those of us who live outside Muslim countries a very easy process, god bless their efforts

Donor

Rating: 5

Appreciate the good work they are doing. A good charity to donate to. They reach out and help the people who really need assistance.

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent charity. Website is easy to use and very informative. Fills a great need in the Muslim community.

Advisor

Rating: 4

salamun alaiklum... i wish our kurbani donations will be done via calling our names during the time of slaughtering the animlas...

Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you for making it so easy to make my charitible contribution to the hungry people around the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

awesome and easy to use website. just pick whichever campaign you want to donate to, enter the amount, and click donate. easy!

Billi M.

Donor

Rating: 5

May Allah reward you for your efforts and help you remain successful Insh'Allah.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great humanitarian service. Always my first choice for donations. May they be blessed. Ameen

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Islamic Relief for more than 10 years. I highly recommend this organization for the outstanding work they are doing in areas of the world where it is exceedingly difficult to deliver any services to save lives. I would venture to say they go where no other charity will or can go.

Abla S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent organization! very organised. I never faced with them any hassle or complications in making a donation. Islamic Relief USA is always keen on sending documentation for your donation. They offer the donor many options to donate for. When there is any calamity taking place in some place in the world, I go to Islamic Relief assured that I will find them offering donation options for such cause, and they never failed me!!! Great Job! Keep going!!!

Anam S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing organization. It's obvious to see that they truly benefit the world in such a beautiful way. I attend their fundraising events whenever they're in my area, and I love them. I'm just a donor for now, but I do intend to volunteer with them as well in the near future.

Donor

Rating: 5

Very respectable organization. Gives the donor numerous options for types of donations and projects. Donation process is quick and straight forward.

Donor

Rating: 5

Professional, transparent, quick. I have previously volunteered for this organization and now am a donor. I have even met their ground staff in India and I know they work really hard to support orphans, poor and needy.

Donor

Rating: 5

I came across Islamic Relief by coincidence when I was surfing the net. I was hesitant at first, but when I explored the site and read some reviews, I decided to go ahead and do my zaka and udhiya through the website. I like the fact that it gives you the option to choose where you want your donation to go. I find it very convenient way to donate, and a great avenue to give back.

Donor

Rating: 5

first time i encountered islamic relief USA was when a rep came and gave us a Friday Khotba at our Mosque ([Info removed for confidentiality purposes]) in Memphis, TN. I checked out the website and ever since i started my very first donation thru the website, i haven't stopped since and they encouraged me to do more and feel better about myself. Thank you for having an avenue for muslims around the US to be able to participate and help even with monetary needs and be able to represent islam in its best shape as Allah thru our prophet intended to represent. Please continue the effort you guys are doing a great and may Allah grant you more hasanat.

Amr B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Very reliable, and timely when answering questions or addressing concerns. Network reaching needy communities wide and far.

Donor

Rating: 5

Good people trying to make the world a better place for all of us. Support them! I used to donate money, but will start volunteering with my time as well.