Islamic Relief Islamic Relief (IR) is an international relief and development charity which envisage a caring world where people unite to respond to the suffering of others, empowering them to fulfill their potential. We are an independent Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) founded in the UK in 1984 by Dr. Hany El Banna OBE. Working in more than 30 countries worldwide, we promote sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities to eradicate poverty, illiteracy and disease. We also respond to disasters and emergencies, helping people in crisis. Islamic Relief (IR) has been working in Afghanistan since 1992 and set up an office in 2001 to respond to the conflict.