Life for Relief and Development was founded in 1992 by concerned Arab and Muslim American professionals in response to the humanitarian crises that developed in Iraq as a result of the 1991 Gulf War. Life’s headquarters is located in Southfield, Michigan and employs over 60 staff members worldwide. Life is 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that has become the largest U.S.-founded Muslim American humanitarian relief and development organization. Life is devoted to providing humanitarian aid to people regardless of race, color, religion and cultural background with an annual budget of about $60 million. Life is in Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. It is also a member of InterAction, the largest alliance of US based international development and humanitarian non-governmental organizations; Life is CFC certified and has a 4-star Charity Navigator rating. From the headquarters located in Southfield, Michigan Life staff work diligently to raise funds to support Life’s global programs, manage Life’s world-wide field offices, collect in-kind donations to support programs in the USA and throughout the world and maintain good relationships with other US based NGO’s and partners.



This year, you can make a difference by helping us to provide needy children with school uniforms, shoes, socks, underwear and backpacks filled with stationary, pens, pencils and crayons.


Life is aware of the present and looming threats to human health and safety in developing countries. We work around the clock to actively distribute medicine, medical supplies, and medical equipment, as well as build and renovate clinics and hospitals.

Refugee Assistance

Life identifies displaced people and refugees needs for food, water, health care, housing, education and protection from harm and works to help provide for their needs as they transition to life in their new surroundings.

Emergency Relief

The need for orphan sponsorship has increased tremendously within the last decade. The influx of war has caused many to flee their homes and become displaced, affecting children the most. We have regional offices in all the countries that we sponsor Orphans in.

Family Assistance

The family assistance program works to improve the living conditions of helpless single mothers who have lost everything from the devastating impact of war and famine. Life has a growing list of families in need of family assistance in countries such as Iraq, Gaza, Afghanistan, and newly received refugees in America who are in need of support. 


For many families in Muslim countries like Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Afghanistan, meat is considered a luxury item out of their reach.  During this holiday season, one of the most important acts of worship is the sacrifice of a sheep, goat or cow as an Udhiyah/Qurbani.


Every year, Life distributes Ramadan Food Baskets in over 23 countries and also hosts Iftar meals in Masjid Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem, villages in Africa and to communities in the USA. 

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