Islamic Relief USA Presents at U.S. Department of State Conference

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

Relief’s work.”

Dr. Abulmagd is available for comment or interview regarding Islamic Relief

USA, as well as questions pertaining to specifics of the conference.

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