Muslim Aid Malaysia Humanitarian Foundation (Muslim Aid) is an aid and development organisation under the ambit of Muslim Aid Asia (MAA), which in turn is part of the Muslim Aid International (MAI) network of non-governmental organisations working towards the two-pronged goal of eradication of poverty and educating underprivileged children worldwide.
The Foundation officially came into being in 2008 as an extension of MAA, established four years earlier as the Asian chapter of its UK-based parent organisation.
Non-political and non-sectarian, Muslim Aid is inspired by Islamic values and works within the parameters of Islam irrespective of religion, colour and creed.
The parent NGO debuted in 1985 when several leading British aid organisations banded together to respond to endemic humanitarian crises in Africa. The following year, conflicts in Afghanistan and Palestine and floods in Bangladesh saw MAI expanding its emergency relief operations.
The NGO has since grown from a small London outfit into a leading aid organisation in the United Kingdom, providing relief and development programmes in over 70 countries across the globe.
It currently maintains directorate offices in London, Sydney and Munich, and field offices in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Dubai, Gambia, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Bosnia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Sudan. Besides, it also partners with many independent in-country NGOs.
The establishment of the Asian chapter in 2004 aimed to provide platform and focus for Malaysians to join hands with the world community at large in tackling the persistent and recurring problems of local and global poverty and suffering as a result of both natural and human disasters (flood, earthquake, endemic poverty, civil strife, war etc).
The Foundation’s establishment in 2008 further serves these goals. A year later the Foundation was granted tax exemption status by the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (LHDN), thereby providing donors tax deductibility for their generous donations.
Muslim Aid takes special interest in the orphaned, refugees and internally displaced people, communities caught in the cycles of poverty, and survivors of disasters as its beneficiaries.