International Islamic Relief Organization

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Muslim World League
International Islamic Relief Organization

هيئة الإغاثة الإسلامية العالمية
المملكة العربية السعودية
Abbreviation IIROSA
Formation 1951
Type Charitable organization
Headquarters Jeddah
Secretary General
Adnan Khalil Basha
President Abdallah At-Turki
Parent organization Muslim World League
Affiliations ECOSOC

The International Islamic Relief Organization, (Arabic: هيئة الإغاثة الإسلامية العالمية‎, also International Islamic Relief Organization of Saudi Arabia, IIRO and IIROSA), is a charity based in Saudi Arabia founded by Osama bin-Laden's brother-in-law with clear ties to terrorist organizations world wide.[1] It is a member of The Conference of NGOs, where it serves on the board.[2][3] The IIRO is included in a list of some of the UNHCR's major NGO partners, which states, "Mention or omission does not imply any form of endorsement by UNHCR.".[4][5][6][7][8]

(IIRO is not to be confused with Islamic Relief – UK (IR-UK), an English NGO with offices in about 15 nations.)

Mohamed S. Omeish, the brother of Dr. Esam Omeish, is President of the US branch of IIRO.[9][10]

August 2006 United Nations Security Council listed its branch offices in Indonesia and the Philippines as belonging to or associated with al-Qaeda.[9] On January 6, 2014, the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999) and 1989 (2011) concerning Al-Qaida and associated individuals and entities removed the offices in Indonesia and the Philippines from this Al-Qaida Sanctions List after concluding its consideration of the delisting requests for these names submitted through the Office of the Ombudsperson established pursuant to Security Council resolution 1904 (2009), and after considering the Comprehensive Reports of the Ombudsperson on these delisting requests.

On August 3, 2006, the U.S. Treasury Department designated the Philippine and Indonesian branch offices of IIRO as terrorist entities.[11][3]


The IIROSA is an affiliate of the Muslim World League (MWL). A Saudi royal decree issued on January 29, 1979 approved the decision of MWL to form IIROSA.

It is a member of the International Islamic Council for Da'wah and Relief (IICDR), has observer status at Organisation of the Islamic Conference, consultative status at United Nations Economic and Social Council[12] (ECOSOC) and links to Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) among many others.[13]


In 2003/2004 approximately US$36 million was spent on 2258 projects involving 4,586,085 recipients in 81 countries. IIROSA seven main programs received:

  • Social Welfare: US$13 million.
  • Engineering Department: About US$7 million.
  • Society Development and Seasonal Projects: About US$6 million.
  • Emergency Relief: About US$4 million.
  • Health Care: US$2 million.
  • Educational Care: US$2 million.
  • Qur’an Memorization: US$1 million.

It worked in projects with the World Health Organization, United Nation International Children’s Emergency Fund, United Nation High Commission for Refugees and the World Food Program.[13]

  • IIRO provided assistance to the victims of 2005 earthquake in the affected areas and regions of Pakistan which were virtually isolated and inaccessible.[14]

Claims of links to terrorist groups[edit]

At the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, Steven Emerson, identified IIRO as a major radical Islamic institution, in part, "responsible for fueling Islamic militancy around the world", and, Rohan Gunaratna, Institute for Defense and Strategic Studies, Singapore, stated, "... Mohammad Jamal Khalifa is the brother-in-law of Osama bin Laden. He arrived in the Philippines in 1988 and he became the founding director of the International Islamic Relief Organization of Saudi Arabia. He used the IIRO to funnel al Qaeda funds to the Abu Sayyaf group and the Moral [sic] Islamic Liberation Front."[15] Mohammad Jamal Khalifa was dismissed from the 9/11 case by the US district court.

IIRO Philippine and Indonesian Branches is designated by the US OFAC as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist group. IIRO has addressed the issue to OFAC for de-listing.[16][3]

The Philippine and Indonesian branches of IIRO are also included in the UN list,[9] maintained by United Nations Security Council Committee 1267. IIRO petitioned the Security Council for removal from the list in January 2010,[17] but the process is as of now continues.

External links[edit]


  2. ^ 23rd CONGO General Assembly. December 5–7, 2007, Geneva.[1] retrieved December 30, 2007
  3. ^ a b c "Protecting Charitable Organizations – I". Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ A UNHCR Handbook for the Military on Humanitarian Operations 1995 retrieved December 30, 2007
  5. ^ "UNICEF Partners With Islamic Charity Linked to Terror Groups". Fox News. June 19, 2008. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  6. ^ "IIRO". The Weekly Standard. May 31, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  7. ^ Patrick Bascio (2010). Defeating Islamic Terrorism: An Alternative Strategy. Branden Books. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ Frank Shanty (2011). The Nexus: International Terrorism and Drug Trafficking from Afghanistan. ABC-CLIO. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c United Nations List of proscribed individuals and entities, accessed December 30, 2007[dead link]
  10. ^ Paul E. Sperry (2005). ''Infiltration: how Muslim spies and subversives have penetrated Washington. Thomas Nelson Inc. ISBN 1-59555-003-8. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  11. ^[dead link]
  12. ^ University of Copenhagen Islamic NGOs in Africa: The Promise and Peril of Islamic Voluntarism retrieved December 30, 2007
  13. ^ a b IIROSA Annual Report for the Fiscal Year 2003/2004 retrieved December 30, 2007
  14. ^ IIRO Assists Earthquake Victims In Pakistan. The Saudi Arabia Information Resource, October 24, 2005.
  15. ^ National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, Public Hearing, Wednesday, July 9, 2003 retrieved December 30, 2007.
  16. ^ Specially Designated Global Terrorist list[dead link]
  17. ^ "IIRO wants UN to remove it from terror list." (January 9, 2010) Arab News