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Zakah for Zainab

Zakah for Zainab

Zainab’s name has been changed to protect her privacy Zainab* and her husband are active members of their masjid in Virginia. “We’ve been here for… …
Abd Abdelrahman and his family couldn’t take much more

Abd Abdelrahman and his family couldn’t take much more

Abu Abdelrahman and his family couldn’t take much more… They left their village in Syria when they couldn’t stand the violence any longer, even though… …
“Thankful to be Alive”

“Thankful to be Alive”

Glenda and Thomas Miller recall their experience during the tornado that touched down on their town, Mayflower, Arkansas May 2014. “All at once it got… …
Palestinians in Yarmouk: Refugees Once Again

Palestinians in Yarmouk: Refugees Once Again

When your home is being destroyed, and your life and the lives of your children and loved ones are threatened, you have no time to… …
Water at their Doorstep

Water at their Doorstep

Zahefa lives in a remote hamlet of a remote village in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. She has three children—a son and two daughters. Her husband worked as… …
Surviving the Strongest Storm

Surviving the Strongest Storm

Andrea, her husband and their three grown sons took shelter at a relative’s stronger, larger home when Typhoon Haiyan first hit. Parts of the roof… …
Sponsorship to Success

Sponsorship to Success

Seventeen-year-old Dua lives in Pakistan. She lost her father, but alhamdulillah, a kind sponsor is helping to care for her. This care enables her to… …
Qurbani to Kenya and to Muktar

Qurbani to Kenya and to Muktar

Muktar Ibrahim Hassan is 12—he lives with other orphans in Barwaq village in Mandera, Kenya. All of his siblings live with his mother in Hargardera… …
From Hunger to Herd

From Hunger to Herd

Food is precious and when you can’t afford it, hunger hurts, sometimes for days. Khadra and her husband, from Palestine, struggled to provide food for… …
Water for Wagalla

Water for Wagalla

Othman needs water to survive. But in Wagalla village, his village, yearly drought and lack of sanitation facilities made water sources scarce, and sometimes even… …
Too Much Water

Too Much Water

When mansoon rains fell, a giant wall of water came crashing through Miya Sayed Raheem’s farm and home. All of his crops were ruined; his… …
Living in Dust

Living in Dust

Za’atari, in Jordan, is considered the largest camp in the world for Syrian refugees; the camp continues to grow in the desert, where little else… …
A Generous Young Man Who Paid a Heavy Price

A Generous Young Man Who Paid a Heavy Price

When fighting broke out in his hometown in Syria, bullets and bombs exploded homes and started fires. People were struck in their homes during Ramadan.… …
Young Shahad Has Already Endured So Much

Young Shahad Has Already Endured So Much

Shahad is staying in a refugee camp near the Syrian border with her aunt. Her mother was killed, and at just two years old, she’s… …
You Helped Samah Feel Safe at School

You Helped Samah Feel Safe at School

Under occupation, growing up among violence and with limited resources, Palestinian children have limited access to basic services like health care, safe shelter, food, clean… …
A Recommendation from a Hurricane Sandy Survivor

A Recommendation from a Hurricane Sandy Survivor

Yolanda Ramlakhan has lived in Staten Island, NY, with her husband and 16-year-old son for 12 years. Their house was heavily damaged after Hurricane Sandy… …
A Man Who Helps Others Gets Help from Islamic Relief USA

A Man Who Helps Others Gets Help from Islamic Relief USA

Bill Connolly has lived in the Far Rockaway area in New York for 68 years. He has served his community for many years, working as… …
Jijo and the Qurbani Difference

Jijo and the Qurbani Difference

Jijo Ibrahim lives in Korsan camp, Somalia with her five children. Drought and famine that swept across East Africa in 2011 killed many people and… …
Life in a Leather Factory

Life in a Leather Factory

Abdel Rahim and Heyleh left Syria with their five children after their home was destroyed. …
Mahmoud Needed Surgery to Save His Life

Mahmoud Needed Surgery to Save His Life

Nine-year old Mahmoud rushed out of his house and tried to pull a young neighbor to safety. Instead, he was caught up in the violence …
Water for a Village in Pakistan

Water for a Village in Pakistan

For many of the women in Dhair Galian village in Pakistan, their lives used to revolve around getting water for their families. “Due to the… …
Meet Sultan

Meet Sultan

Sultan Mashall is only 17 years old, and his family is so poor, his older brother often had to miss school in order to work… …
Meet Abu Mohannad

Meet Abu Mohannad

Abu Mohannad squints in the hot sun. His hands in his pocket, he tells us about his farmland in the distance, land that he has… …
Food for Farhia

Food for Farhia

In Mogadishu, Somalia, food insecurity has made life unbearable for Farhia Abdi and her family. A widow with four children to care for, Farhia struggles… …
A School, A Hope in Nablus

A School, A Hope in Nablus

Roadblocks, conflict zones and other obstructions prevent so many Palestinian students from getting to class on time. Many children have to trek along dangerous roads,… …
Health Care in Mogadishu

Health Care in Mogadishu

The Siliga IDP camp has received thousands of Somali refugees as the latest drought has ravaged East Africa. Fatima and her husband Abdi made the… …
Sewing Changed Fairouz’s Life

Sewing Changed Fairouz’s Life

Fairouz Omali is a young widow in Jenin, Palestine. She has three young children—Warad, 6, Wasam, 8, and Istabraq, 9. She struggled for years with… …
Helping Nakar and Her Son Survive

Helping Nakar and Her Son Survive

Nakar and her son Abokar live in the village of Barmil, in Wajir, Kenya. Nakar has two children and Abokar is the youngest. Drought in… …
Shamsa Was Born Blind

Shamsa Was Born Blind

Shamsa was born blind, and her brother and one of her sisters are also blind. Her mother and sister struggle to feed the family on… …
Meet Mubeen

Meet Mubeen

Since her father died, her family has struggled to survive. The children couldn’t go to school anymore, and they hardly had any food to eat.… …
Nikale Has Lost 6 Children

Nikale Has Lost 6 Children

What would you do if you knew a simple gift of clean water could save an entire family? Meet Nikale. She’s spent many days walking… …
What If Umm Saeeda Was Your Mom?

What If Umm Saeeda Was Your Mom?

Umm Saeeda has very little food and no one to care for her. What would we do if this was our mother? …
A More Secure Life In Kenya

A More Secure Life In Kenya

Like most other people in Mandera, Kenya, Mohammed Abdullahi has spent most of his life making a living from his animals. Living a traditional pastoralist… …
Riding On New Hope In Ethiopia

Riding On New Hope In Ethiopia

Mohammed Moussa Dimu lives in Bollotono Kabele in Afar, northern Ethiopia. He and his family raise camels, cattle and goats, selling them to buy food… …
Dreaming Of A Brighter Future In Ayyat, Egypt

Dreaming Of A Brighter Future In Ayyat, Egypt

“I am incapable of anything” Muhammad Khalifa Abdel-Wahed says with sorrow. “Incapable of looking after myself, my wife and my children.” Muhammad is close to… …
Bekim’s Story

Bekim’s Story

Bekim is a boy living in a small village in central Kosovo. He has been sponsored in Islamic Relief’s orphan sponsorship program since 2002, which… …
Junaid’s Story

Junaid’s Story

Muhammad Junaid dreams of becoming a doctor. Muhammad and his family had to flee their home in Pakistan’s Swat district during the military operation in… …