Islamic Relief is an independent non-governmental organisation (NGO) founded in the UK in 1984 by a group of medical doctors and activists.

Since 1984 we have saved and transformed the lives of over 120 million people. By responding to disasters, rebuilding lives and preparing people in case disaster strikes – we save lives before they are lost.

In addition to providing disaster and emergency response, we also promote sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities – regardless of race, religion or gender.

Our Mission

Together we will inspire and enable people to respond rapidly to disasters and fight poverty through our Islamic values, expertise and global reach.

Our Values

We remain guided by the timeless values and teachings of the Qur’an and the prophetic example (Sunnah), most specifically:

  • Sincerity (Ikhlas) – In responding to poverty and suffering, our efforts are driven by sincerity to God and the need to fulfil our obligations to humanity.
  • Excellence (Ihsan) – Our actions in tackling poverty are marked by excellence in our operations and the conduct through which we help the deserving people we serve.
  • Compassion (Rahma) – We believe the protection and well-being of every life is of paramount importance and we shall join with other humanitarian actors to act as one in responding to suffering brought on by disasters, poverty and injustice.
  • Social Justice (Adl) – Our work is founded on enabling people and institutions to fulfil the rights of the poor and vulnerable. We work to empower the dispossessed towards realising their God-given human potential and develop their capabilities and resources.
  • Custodianship (Amana) – We uphold our duty of custodianship over Earth and its resources, and the trust people place in us as a humanitarian and development practitioner to be transparent and accountable.

Our Partners:

Islamic Relief has implemented projects within the UK Aid match programme

Islamic Relief is an implementing partner for the UN Refugees Agency

Islamic Relief is an implementing partner for the UN World Food Programme

Islamic Relief is an implementing partner for the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO)

Affiliations and Memberships:

Islamic Relief is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee

Islamic Relief have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UN Women to strengthen joint work on empowering women

Islamic Relief has consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council

Islamic Relief is registered with the UK Charity Commission

Islamic Relief is a signatory to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movements and NGOs in Disaster Relief

Islamic Relief is a member of British Overseas NGO’s for Development

Islamic Relief is the first Muslim organisation to be awarded Core Humanitarian Standard certification

Islamic Relief is a founding member of the Muslim Charities Forum (MCF)

Islamic Relief is signatory to the Global Charter for Change

We are part of NET, via MCF, which means that we can respond swiftly to emergencies in the UK

Awards and Accreditations:

Our volunteer programmes are accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) – part of the City & Guild Group

Islamic Relief was awarded The Princess Royal Training Award 2018, in recognition of its work with volunteers

third sector awards

Islamic Relief was awarded:

  • ‘Marketing Campaign of the Year’ at the Third Sector Awards 2019
  • Highly Commended for ‘Best Charity Film’ at the Third Sector Awards 2019
  • Highly Commended for ‘Digital Innovation of the Year’ at the Third Sector Awards 2020

Islamic Relief won the Bond Innovation Award in recognition of its inventive approach to helping to eliminate extreme poverty through its Alternative Livelihoods for Orphaned Families (ALO) programme in Bangladesh

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