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