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

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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236 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Aslamu Alikum .we make a Madressa And old home.Our work in proses but Money is over.anbody if want we visit the place in Madresa anybody help me for Good seek.03034766755

Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you for not forgetting about Yemen. Yemen is facing the world's worst cholera outbreak more than 2,000 people have died from the highly contagious bacterial infection, which can kill within hours if left untreated. There are more than half a million suspected cases of cholera in the country and on average 5,000 new cases are recorded a day.

Which add to the conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people, wounded tens of thousands and displaced millions.

No one knows about this but you guys are still helping. I saw you guys are putting a big effort for the cholera outbreak. Thank you our people need it.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following the tragedy of rohingya people who are fleeing their homes for safety. So many people are being killed and I saw how our donations helped build a refugee camp back in 2012 while this issue was not in the spot light.

5 years later you guys are still helping while other organizations just woke up to the issue. I love how you guys help even without the camera and media being there. It shows that you guys are an org truly trying to help people and not chase cameras. May you be rewarded for the great work you are doing.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you for helping all those refugees coming into Europe. I love the work you do around the world, while helping the refugees an Earthquake hit Afghanistan and you managed to respond to that while also helping in Africa. I feel Islamic Relief is everywhere all the time. May Allah reward you all for the hard work, may Allah also reward your families as well.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great Job Islamic Relief, this month you guys are helping in Myanmar, and the Hurricanes that hit the US and Caribbeans and the Earthquake in Mexico. I love how you hold true to your mission of providing 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.

Keep up the amazing work

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Donor

Rating: 5

Always amazed at the work you do Internationally, and here in the USA. A few weeks back I saw the work you did at a food distribution of meat near my house at the ADAMS center. May God reward you for all the people you are helping. You distributed food in a dignified manner and it was very organized.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This Islamic relief charity is amazing! They are in places that are hard to reach to give aid to. I'm really glad they exist so I can help my brothers and sisters in Myanmar.. may god be with you and help your staff deliver aid for these oppressed people! Amen

Donor

Rating: 5

I just donated to this great charity and I feel that I can certainly trust them that the donations will all go to where they were assigned to go just as I chose; they were transparent and clear about where the money will go. I hope they always keep that transparency and only go up from there about transparency.

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Donor

Rating: 2

I didn't know that the zakat amount includes 12.5% admin fee and other types of donation has 10.68% admin fee.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We as Believers have an Obligation to give, and with our Holy Month Of Ramadan, our giving should be so easy. When we take time to reflect on our daily Blessings, Allah has given us 86,400 seconds, per day, Our Hearts started beating , while we were still in our Mother's Womb, and If we never go into Cardiac Arrest, and we are blessed to live for 90 years, that means our hearts have been beating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, plus Womb Time, for 90 years . How could we ever feel, we don't owe Allah, and feel the need to RUSH AND GIVE, TODAY. RAMADAN MUBARAK. Hajjah Miniimah Bilal-Elahi

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Donor

Rating: 5

Inspiring to see people helping one another. In times of dire need we need organizations like IRUSA to step forward and help the umma. May ALLAH accept the donations of people and bless those who are in any way helping to bring about any difference in this world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Blessed to find an organization that is making a difference in the lives of those who are in such dire need. I have volunteered with IRUSA in the past as well. Anything we can do to make the lives of others better is something we must do for "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop.
So please, give in whatever capacity you can!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am glad that there are people like us out there who have offered support to Syrians, Palestinians, Yemens, Afghans, Iranians, Turkish, people of the Ummah basically who show the world leaders who are the cause behind this evil actions. I will continue include in my dua that this harm to humanity must stop for the Love of Allah. (s.w.t.)

I hope to give more and that is why I strive hard in life to find success in order to contribute donations. I have always struggled to find work, love, friends, and getting up for fajr.... Well my problems are nothing incomparably to them innocent people.

I lost my brother 5 months ago and I know the pain it brings... He was healthy young and full of goodness yet his life was taken away by the same enemies, corrupt people and evil doers...

May we find peace in this life and the next. And protection from Allah (s.w.t) against the punishment of hellfire the home of the evil ones resting place...

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization doing charitable work around the world by a group of totally dedicated workers.

8 Lubna K.

Donor

Rating: 5

I research the causes I donate to in order to make sure my money goes where I intend it, and trust Islamic Relief for this. Will continue to support them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at numerous events with Islamic Relief and I truly love the work they do. I also trust Islamic Relief with my donations and know many people who feel the same.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I trust IRUSA with my donations..hands down! I trust that my money will be going to the exact fund I donate to. I also like how there is such a wide variety of funds I am always able to support. I have never had an issue donating and the website makes it easier too.. overall great organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I sponsor an orphan in Africa through Islamic Relief. They provided me an opportunity to really make a difference in a child's life and I am forever grateful.

I also volunteered for them many times on many different projects. They are extremely reliable and they really do this work for the sake of humanity. May God reward them for their efforts.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been using Islamic Relief USA for all my donations for the last five years. They are professional, dedicated and very organized.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The staff at IRUSA professional stays connected to their donors with updates

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Donor

Rating: 5

The most trusted charity with reach Throughout the world. I'm confident that my donations to Islamic Relief will reach those in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

IRUSA is my go to place whenever I need to support the victims of the latest disaster. Love the integrity and consistency of their work. Amazing people, consistent and quality work, and I could not trust anyone better. God bless them for doing this noble work on all our behalf. Thank you IRUSA staff & volunteers.