BURBANK, California (March 17, 2005) – Burbank-based charity Islamic Relief
USA joined representatives from the U.S. Department of State, National
Security Council, U.S. Department of Treasury, US Agency for International
Development, United Nations organizations, non-Governmental organizations,
and Aacademia for a “Humanitarianism and Islam” conference.
The conference was organized by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of
Intelligence and Research and was held at the Meridian International Center
in Washington, DC on Wednesday, March 16, 2005.
Islamic Relief USA General Manager Dr. Mohamed Abulmagd spoke to the
audience of approximately 150 people on the topic of “How do Muslim
Humanitarian NGOs Function?”
Other topics at the conference included “Concepts of Charity in Islam,”The
Role of Muslim Humanitarian NGOs,” and “Operating within an Environment of
Increased Terrorism Concerns.”
The stated goal of the conference is “to examine the current state of
cooperation or lack thereof between Muslim humanitarian nongovernmental
organizations (NGOs) and to understand better how those organizations
relate to host governments and the West.”
Islamic Relief USA spokesman Arif Shaikh said in a statement: “We are very
pleased to be invited by the State Department to this important conference.
It is imperative, especially in today’s climate, that all NGOs, including Muslim
NGOs be given full support by all governments to carry out humanitarian work.
We believe our presence at this conference left a positive image of Islamic
Dr. Abulmagd is available for comment or interview regarding Islamic Relief
USA, as well as questions pertaining to specifics of the conference.