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About Us


In 1985, Islamic Relief’s began its first project – sponsoring a chicken farm in Sudan. That same year, its founders hired a small office in Mosely, in Birmingham, and from there raised £100,000 for the famine response.

Islamic Relief grew at a rapid rate, and over the next five years, started working in Mozambique, Iran, Pakistan, Malawi, Iraq, and Afghanistan, among others, responding to emergencies and distributing clothes, food, offering health support and beginning the long-term project that is now our One-to-One Orphan Sponsorship programme.

Today, by the grace of God, Islamic Relief is a truly global organization, working in more than 40 countries providing emergency aid, carrying out long-term development, and campaigning for change.

Our international headquarters are based in Digbeth, in Birmingham, UK, but we have offices in countries including Bangladesh, USA, Germany, Iraq, Lebanon, Sweden, Australia, Malaysia, South Africa, and Mali.

We are signatories of the Red Cross Code of Conduct, an international standard on working with people affected by emergencies in a non-biased manner, and we have acquired NGO status with the UN’s Economic and Social Council. We have signed a Framework Partnership was signed with the European Commission Humanitarian Aid department, and a partnership agreement with UNHCR that reaffirmed both organizations’ principles of giving aid without discrimination.

Islamic Relief’s (IR) work in Iraq more than ten years. IR was on the ground throughout the military incursions and is one of the few aid agencies that continued working during and after the 2003 war.

The IR staff continued working on different projects. These include water and sanitation, health, education, orphans support and camps management of refugee.


IR Beliefs, Values and Code of Conduct

Islamic Relief is dedicated to alleviating the poverty and suffering of the world s  poorest people.     






Working in conflict

Islamic Relief’s focus is on working with communities to build resilience and reduce risk in future conflicts. The values that motivate us are rooted in Islam, and our identity as an Islamic-based organisation can help us connect with and gain the trust of vulnerable Muslim communities. This toolkit draws on current knowledge and best practice across the field, but approaches each area of work from an Islamic perspective. It also offers suggestions to the reader on how they might conduct programming in conflict-affected contexts on that basis. 

Climate Change Policy

Climate change has a huge impact on the work of Islamic Relief (IR). Many of the humanitarian emergencies we address arise from climate-related disasters where people are dying, suffering and condemned to poverty as a result. The Islamic Relief Climate Change Policy sets out IR’s position as well as the action we are taking to tackle the issue: advocating for global action on the root causes of climate change, supporting communities’ resilience through adaptation and risk reduction, and improving learning about climate change among our supporters.

Gender Justice Policy

This document focuses on the central components of IR’s Gender Justice Policy based on an Islamic framework. It outlines the organisation’s commitments to gender justice in all our humanitarian, development and advocacy work and our internal processes and procedures. Standing up for gender justice is a priority for IR because of its centrality to upholding human dignity, which is at the heart of everything we do.





Islamic Relief Iraq structure




Latest Projects

  • Emergency Food Assistance to the Remainees in Western Mosul and IDPs families in Basateen

    In response, this project aims to provide a life-saving intervention through the provision of food baskets to 36000 households among the most vulnerable conflict-affected people who remain in Western Mosul and to the IDP families in Ninewa governorate.


    Donor: UNOCHA

    Project Code: 050_000307

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  • Distributing Non-Food Item to Mosul IDP

    Our mission this time was on the Eastern Side of Mosul in Hay Al Zahraa zone. IR Iraq has distributed NFI (Non-food items) to 309 families to the most vulnerable IDPs from the western side of Mosul to the Eastern Side of Mosul. The project is funded by Islamic Relief Canada, we were able to distribute 309 NFI to 309 of the conflict affected fami

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  • World Refugee Day Celebration 2017

    For the second year Respectively on 20th of June, Refugee's Day celebration was conducted and targeted (100 ) refugees at AL Baladyat Hayfa club, 

    The celebration agenda was included the following:

    •    Reciting Quran verses.
    •    Introductory and identification of Refug

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  • Ramadan Program 2017

    The main objective of this project was to provide one-month food support during the holy month of Ramadan to the most vulnerable fasting people and conflict-affected families among the poorest IDP, refugees, and host communities including widows and orphans. Throughout the holy month of Ramadan Islamic Relief Iraq has distributed 7731 food packs

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  • Rehabilitation of health centers in Baghdad and Anbar

    Rehabilitation of health centers in Baghdad and Anbar

    The project is considered as an emergency response to the urgent and increasing need in the health sector in Baghdad and Anbar.

    Anbar governorate has witnessed conflict situations which resulted in large destructions of approximately 30%

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  • SIDA RRM - Distributing food parcels to Mosul IDPs


    Funded by: IR SIDA
    Implemented by: Islamic Relief - Iraq
  • Distributing winterization and hygiene kits to Mosul IDPs

    The aim of this project was to provide Mosul's most vulnerable IDPs with winterization and hygiene kits. those people were living in houses without heaters and sometimes even in tents without any protection from the cold weather. these poor families couldn'

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