Islamic Relief income up by 89% to £50 million

November 7, 2011

Islamic Relief Worldwide released its 2010 annual report in October showing an 89 percent increase in zakat donations for the organization’s efforts since 2006, excluding grants and institutional transfers.  IRW received  £50 million in private, voluntary donations in 2010 plus £14 million from other sources as one of the charts in their report illustrates:

Upswing in Muslim charity cash

Chart from IRW 2010 Annual Report, p. 53

Donations are up despite Islamic Relief Worldwide’s record of assistance to Hamas, cooperation with Union of Good (pro-Hamas) charities, its leadership ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, and alleged acceptance of $50,000 from an Osama bin Laden agent in 1999.

The findings, along with evidence of double-digit revenue growth for Islamic Relief USA, cast serious doubt on claims of an international chilling effect on Islamic giving and the alleged criminalization of humanitarian engagement by Western counter-terrorism laws.



  1. but but, the apologist claim that islam is moderating… sighting ‘Arab Spring’ !!!

    • You’re right, Puneet, they’ll make that claim.

      Never mind that Arab Spring endeavors have become more radical (ie, the illegal execution of Qaddafi) and the Islamic world’s actions against Israel are more brazen (such as Iran’s nuclear program, Turkey’s assault flotilla, unilateral Palestinian declarations, etc.).

      I recently heard Hany el Banna claim that it is donor nations fault that the recipient countries have wasted & abused the donations, and that donor nations must be held accountable. Shocking! His argument is like the bogus Leftist argument against sub-prime mortgage lending–holding the lenders responsible for the borrowers’ inability to repay the loans.

  2. […] Relief Worldwide showing an 89% increase in zakat (charity) donations since 2006. According to the report: November 7, 2011 Islamic Relief Worldwide released its 2010 annual report in October showing an […]

  3. Is there any genuine evidence that you can provide to support your claims that Islamic Relief gives money or is “providing assistance” to Hamas?

    • Yes, just click on the links embedded in the post including the passages:

      “IRW official Iyaz Ali has admitted to aiding Hamas while serving as project coordinator at IRW’s Gaza branch in late 2005 and early 2006.”
      “The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs also noted: ‘The IRW provides support and assistance to Hamas’ infrastructure.’”

  4. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say superb blog!

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