Development

Who will lend Allah a good loan so that he can increase it many times?

Qur’an 2:245

A continuing charity – sadaqa jariya – is one of the most valuable acts we can do in this life, which continues benefiting us in the afterlife.

Our development projects are a source of sadaqa jariya.

When the effect of just one donation is multiplied to help family after family, earning livelihoods for years to come, this is a form of sadaqa jariya, or ongoing charity. The Quran describes the reward of spending in charity as “a grain of corn which grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains” (2:261).
Give on behalf of others too, and the reward will outlive them.

Preventing illness can be as simple as soap and clean water or a mosquito net to protect children from malaria. These items don’t seem luxurious but the impact they have is enormous.

Good health means a holistic approach. Where health facilities is lacking, Islamic Relief Canada supports hospitals and clinics with medicine and equipment to reduce illness and save lives. Beyond crisis response, our teams stay to implement long-term development projects, such as rebuilding destroyed clean water and sanitation facilities, or constructing new facilities for populations lacking them.

Where illness and deficiencies are widespread, we implement treatment programs, train communities on diet and health practices, and provide school meals to fight child malnutrition. We run maternal health programs, vaccinating children and providing check-ups for both mother and baby, to ensure they are safe and healthy.

When people have suffered losses and endured violence and the ugliness of conflict, we provide psychosocial care in the form of therapy and counselling to help traumatized patients live a normal life. 

Donate today to protect the wellbeing of millions around the world.

Millions across the developing world cannot access education for one simple reason: poverty. However, education would help them escape poverty – by giving them the chance of a better job – and the impact of this would carry on down the generations.

That’s why Islamic Relief is committed to breaking this cycle of poverty for children and adults. We work to increase access to equitable education, improve standards and facilities, and invest in better capacity for teachers and caregivers.

A farmer who can read can make sure nobody takes advantage of him, and sell his crops at a higher price. A girl who is educated will marry later and have fewer children, ensuring that they can afford to bring them up safely, educate them and keep them healthy.

We also work with adults, teaching them in ways that work best for their situation and culture – for example, in Afghanistan, women gather in one another’s homes to learn, so as to deal sensitively with any cultural norms about participation in society.

Donate today to give the great gift on education.

Islamic Relief aims to give people a chance to stand on their own feet. Our Livelihood projects empower the most vulnerable families to run their own businesses, as a vital key 
to bringing communities out of poverty.

We could give out food, water, shelter to people for years on end – or we could help them once, by supporting them to start their own business to provide for themselves.

From widows struggling to support their orphaned children, to families who have lost everything in floods or wars, one donation to Livelihoods Solutions could help a whole community. When one person is able to earn an income, the whole family – children, spouses, grandparents – benefits. When one business start-up loan is repaid – and 98% of our interest-free microfinance loans are repaid – the money can be used to help another family, and another.

Donate today to take care of the poor in a truly impactful way.