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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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Easy, quick and most importantly you feel good your donation is helping others less fortunate - alhamdoullah

Ammara E.

Donor

Rating: 5

Simple and effective. You can donate to specific causes within the organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

My most favorite charity organization. They have so many projects all over the world, it is just amazing. I have been donating to Islamic Relief for many years now and have always found their service to be outstanding.

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent charity with a world renowned reputation. Most if not all of our charitable contributions are given to IR. Very well organized with a great mission.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been giving the bulk of my donations to IR for the past 8 years. They are very good about detailing what they're doing with their donations and they are consistently among the first to respond to disasters and emergencies. I trust them with my money.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been using Islamic Relief USA for the past ten years. they have always exceeded my expectations. I was most impressed with the variety of venues where you can spend your donation locally and abroad. you will always get a receit of your donation and at the end of the year you will receive an annual summary of all your donations. May Allah reward them for this great service they are giving us in helping us perform our islamic giving obligation.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief is a reliable organization that donates to people in need all around the world who we can not reach on our own. I have friends who work for the organization and know that they have the lowest retainage fees of any NFP of its size that I know. Rest assured your money will be in good hands and your good deeds will be rewarded.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief makes it easy for donors to not only donate funds, but also to donate toward a cause of their choice. Additionally, by allowing donors numerous options ranging from making the mandatory Zakah payment to sponsoring an orphan, Islamic Relief provides individuals with numerous opportunities through which to contribute to the Islamic community at large. Finally, Islamic Relief is an extremely professional and trustworthy organization--it is definitely on my list of organizations to which I will continue to make donations in the future i'A.

Donor

Rating: 5

IRUSA enables every donor to reach most of the places in the world where donations are required. May [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] bless each and every one of the people who work for IRUSA. I personally feel that there is a way to reach the people who are in most need.

Risa M.

Donor

Rating: 4

As a Muslim american woman who cannot fast for Ramadan due to health impairment , I needed a trustworthy reliable organization to pay my [Info removed for confidentiality purposes]. I have been donating to Islamic relief USA for 3 years during Ramadan. I am confident that the money I give is allotted the way that I intend it to. There are so many different and specific causes that I can support, and the checkout was quick, secure and simple. Alhumdullilah.

Donor

Rating: 5

I went to a fundraiser that Islamic Relief held for Syria. Great job. I can safely donate my money to them and know that it is going to deserving people and those who are suffering. Thanks!

Donor

Rating: 4

This is the only charity that shows on their website - how they use your funds. Good transparency

Kreshnike D.

Donor

Rating: 5

I got introduced to this org. through Facebook. thank you for making it possible for me and others to take part on your work, and help those in need. I will definitely come back.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to Islamic Relief Pakistan Chapter for the last seven years and have seen them deliver services in some of the most remote and difficult terrains. I have a great faith in their services and would urge other colleagues to donate to their charity as they try to utilize the donation amount in best possible and a transparent manner. And YES the impact of their work is visible around the globe.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

feels great to be a part of such an amazing cause..may Allah give us all enough so we can keep on giving and reviving the purity of our money. Aameen :)

Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned about Islamic Relief USA through a friend of mine. Who volunteered for their Detroit Homeless program. We were both interested on making a difference in people's lives so we joined their 1 net fight malaria in Africa program. Although I wasn't able to get involved extensively I did feel like I was making a difference. Unlike some other non-profit (e.g. ACCESS or LIFE) I have worked for or known about, this organization seemed to be inclusive of everyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity or background everyone was treated with respect. After many years later now I became a donor. About half of my paycheck goes to Islamic Relief every ramadan (not counting other times). I honestly feel I am making a difference. Some people may think 100% of the donation will go to charities, it is not. Administrative cost is a big issue too. However I am happy to know that more than 80% of my donation goes to the cause I'm supporting.

Donor

Rating: 5

Very noble charity and excellent service! Have been a donor for a while and I intend to keep donating!

Donor

Rating: 4

I love the programs they offer. I feel like I'm doing more than just throwing money at a cause, I'm making a difference in someone's life.

fa3l-5eir

Donor

Rating: 5

IMPRESSIVE. Just visit the site and you will see how amazingly easy it is to donate. The offer many causes and packages which you can donate and the website is very user friendly.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief is among the first responders after any crisis anywhere in the world. They raise awareness about great causes and make it very simple to help those in need through our donations. They also provide on-site eye-witness reports to enable the general public to understand the plight of those who are suffering.

Donor

Rating: 5

very easy to donate. i know my donation is going to a very good cause that will help alleviate suffering.

Donor

Rating: 5

Very easy to donate. And donations are sent to places in great need. Your money will be used very well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I recommend Islamic Relief to everyone it has always been easy and smooth transactions. I once enter a wrong number for a donation and contacted them about my mistake for the amount given and they cancelled the donation right away. I give them 10\10.

Yafees S.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the best Charity Service in the USA according to my estimation. It is also my favorite and I love all their services and they stand for great causes without any discrimination! GO IRUSA!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate through IRUSA regularly as they do charity work all over the world. I personally trust them and it's also easy to help people who are in need using their website. Hope they'll carry on forever! [Info removed for confidentiality purposes].

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm happy with this charity and the great work they're doing to help the needy around the world inshaAllaah.

Nasser E.

Donor

Rating: 4

IR USA. A wonderful charitable organization, that I am very grateful for, as it provides a great service that would not have been available otherwise, allowing us to do all kinds of charities and help for the needy, world wide, while we are at our place. A wide open door for Allah's beautiful thawabs. As such, being the greatest service, in a very organized and beautiful way :) - NE: neldeeb@yahoo.com

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a long-time supporter of IR USA because of their dedication and sincerity. The staff and volunteers are fully involved in their work, regardless of their position in the organization; they're honest and transparent about their use of funds, and are by far the most organized charity I have had the pleasure of working with. Thank you, Islamic Relief team.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing charity that helps all people around the world. I both sponsor an orphan and buy care packages. I love that this organization is very specific about where the money u give is going and what Ur money is spent on. Which is always the basic nessasities of mankind. Food water and shelter. I suggest everyone go to them to donate because I trust this organization more so than any other I've met/seen.

Donor

Rating: 5

I chose to sponsor an orphan through IR USA and I must say the website was very easy to navigate. I called customer service and the rep on the phone was very knowledgeable. I am comfortable with my decision to sponsor an orphan via this organization and encourage others to do so.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've recently become more involved in donating to Islamic Relief and I feel confident in them using all funds efficiently and sensibly. My family has been donating for years and we know, personally, of family members and neighbors who have received generous help and support from IR Pakistan, especially during the blessed month of Ramadan. IR has also inspired me to work in nonprofit, hopefully with Allah's blessing, I will join their team upon graduation.

Mashal A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for Islamic Relief (IR) in Alabama for a week in 2011 for the tornado devastation. It was such a unique and eye opening experience, and I thank IR for the opportunity to help. Not to mention how accommodating they were to their volunteers, and how much they appreciated all of our effort..! Also, since we worked for the American Red Cross, they were also extremely appreciative of all of our help, and it was extremely lovely and inspirational to be working alongside such dedicated individuals.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to Islamic Relief for many years. It has been a very rewarding experience. I feel confident they are using the funds conscientiously. I recommend this charity to anyone who wants an effective, trustworthy organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to Islamic Relief USA programs for several years. i trust them with my donation. They do good work around the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

i've been donating through Islamic Relief since i've come to learn about it. I fully trust that Islamic Relief aids with my money. i wish I was able to physically volunteer at the different sites world-wide. Keep up the excellent work.

Donor

Rating: 5

I trust Islamic Relief with all my donations, and you can see the work they do around the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to Islamic Relief USA programs & campaigns for over 5 years. The online donation is easy to use. I trust IR to distribute my donation as I had designated or where it is needed the most. Thank you IR for helping people around the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

IR USA is doing a wonderful job all over the world. We must appreciate their efforts and should donate them generously. Please help them in their noble cause. And yes you can TRUST them 100000%

Donor

Rating: 5

I find Islamic Relief to be a trust-worthy organization where I feel confident donating my money. I have had quite a few friends work for IR USA and they only have good things to say about it. Also, I really appreciate them posting pictures and videos of them in action (e.g. the Haiti earthquake incident), which reassures donors that the money is being put to use well. I plan on donating to them continually inshallah.

Donor

Rating: 5

Website very user-friendly, great programs, would definitely use it again and refer others to it, too!

Ayesha M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I believe that my donations are going to the right people who will use it to serve the helpless and the needy in this world.

Bader K.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic relief is doing wonderful work to help the needy everywhere. Keep it up!

Zeina D.

Donor

Rating: 5

I think this organization is great for what its doing and am happy it gives a means of helping the less fortunate. There may be lots of people who are willing to help others but don't know where to start and I believe Islamic Relief USA gives the means to do so.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic relief seems to provide help to those in need in different humanitarian crises around the world. This is a great banner for the ummah to join in helping the world be a better place to live in as opposed to those who attempt to hijack the islamic ideology of universal peace, goodwill and brotherhood.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have always found Islamic Relief to be extremely responsive whenever there is a disaster or calamity. They are efficient and reliable and I commend them on the great work they are doing. I will continue to donate and recommend them to everyone.

Donor

Rating: 5

When living overseas, often times it is hard to find people deserving of charity, sadaqah, zakat, and the like. Of course, these people are all around us everywhere, but if one lives in certain countries like Pakistan (where I'm from), it is more "obvious" and "easier" to find such people and then give them the charity, knowing that you are Insha'Allah helping someone in need. It is not as easy in the Western world such as USA, especially if you are not involved with the local community much and just always busy with work and worldly affairs (also common here). With a legitimate organization like Islamic Relief (http://www.islamic-relief.com/), it is very easy to make any type of donation online, be it saqadah, zakat, fitrah for Eid, or any type of charity. Further, you also have the option to select the country of our choice where you want the funds to be used (many countries in need all over the world), or you may just select "wherever most needed" and Islamic Relief will allocate the funds wherever they need them. Both options are good, though Insha'Allah we should just select "wherever most needed" because as Muslims we are to help ANYONE and EVERYONE in need, regardless of nationality, color, race, religion, etc. It is about helping human beings. Insha'Allah through organizations like Islamic Relief we can help make a difference.

Cici H.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief is one of the most reliable organizations that I can always count to be on the front line anywhere around the world when there's a humanitarian aid needed. It's made giving very easy, their website is easy to use and they're always very updated.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Ahmed P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Jaser S.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Eyaad O.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Paula T.

Donor

Rating: 4

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 [Info removed for confidentiality purposes], 2317).

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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 [Info removed for confidentiality purposes]

Anthony2345

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief has done an outstanding job in taking care of hundreds of emergencies around the world. They have been the most trustworthy and business like Charity organization I have come across. They acknowledge donations professionally and quickly and provide receipts at the end of the years in a consolidated manner.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief is one of those organizations you know your donation would be used in the most efficient way possible. They're thorough in their response to email queries (fast to respond as well) and quite transparent, so you know how your money is being put to use. Which I absolutely love! I highly recommend investing in this organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief is a blessing from God Almighty. These people help out anyone in anyway they can. Please try your very best to volunteer or if not, then the least you can do is to donate some money. People out there need our utmost help. Islamic Relief will always be there but without our donations they wouldn't be able to provide the needs that are crucial for human survival in emergencies.

Donor

Rating: 4

I searched on Google for a trustee to take my funds and do humanatarian aid across the globe. IRUSA was the best candidate from my search results. They show a serious/gracious line of work through the presentation of their website. I started with this organization during Ramadan 2011. I am satisied as of yet.

Kasem A.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been using Islamic Relief for the past few years and trust them with my [Info removed for confidentiality purposes]/Qurbanis , [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] to reach the most needed areas around the world. They make it very easy with their user friendly website and list of countries they work in. I highly recommend them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief does an OUTSTANDING job on allowing muslim brothers and sisters to donate with just a few clicks of a button. They are the most reliable humanitarian group out there, which is rare to see in the post-modern era of today. They do an excellent job explaining the situation and are straight to the point on what they're intentions are. They even provide videos and photos as evidence of they're works. The best part of Islamic Relief: they are not bias on what countries they're going to help. Muslim, non-muslim, doesn't matter. Whoever is struggling, Islamic Relief is there; better than [Info removed for confidentiality purposes]!

Donor

Rating: 5

IslamicRelief makes it simple to help others. As a donor you just have to click a few buttons and your donation goes through VERY SIMPLE! although you do not really get to see how big of an effect it has in the peoples lives that the donations go to, you know it is making a difference, Sure one dollar from one person does not seem to be a lot but if you look at the bigger picture and add up all the other people to the equation one dollar a person could end up being a million dollars, this worlds population is huge I am sure many people would love to help others out and Inshallah they will. Jazak [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] for all the great work you do Islamic relief members. May Allah help you help others, you are doing a great thing :)