(Alexandria, VA) —Billions of Muslims around the world celebrate the holiday Eid Al-Fitr this week, ending the daily fast within the holy month of Ramadan.
U.S. Muslims helped support humanitarian causes around the world and right here in the U.S. as part of their religious obligation this month.
Here is a highlight of just some of the assistance provided by Islamic Relief USA, the largest Muslim charity in the U.S. thanks to its generous American Muslim donors.
—Sent more than 71,300 food packages to feed more than 319,500 people
—Provided displaced Syrians with food, hygiene kits, baby necessities and medical care
—Gave new vocational skills to young people in Egypt
—Helped restore health and strength to malnourished children in Niger
—Provided eye examinations and treatments to the elderly in Pakistan
—Enabled hundreds of women in Afghanistan to attend classes so they could learn to read and write
—Helped impoverished families start small businesses in China
—Developed community storage banks for livestock fodder in Mali
—Support malaria-fighting projects in Ethiopia
—Provided funds to support more than 12,300 orphans around the world
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Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization with nine consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator through 2012, and subsequent above-average ranking. Its mission is to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and disease regardless of color, race, gender or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Islamic Relief USA aims to provide rapid relief in the event of human and natural disasters and to establish sustainable local development projects, allowing communities to better help themselves. In 2011, Islamic Relief USA programs benefited more than 5 million people in 34 countries, including the United States.
In addition to its high rating on Charity Navigator, Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a national charity monitoring group affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. Islamic Relief USA is on the U.S. government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity list, and it is also a signatory to the code of conduct of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.