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About Us

United Muslim Relief (UMR) is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization based in the United States. We are one of the fastest growing NGO’s in the country, with a focus on building humanitarian coalitions to tackle developmental needs.

At UMR we believe everyone has a right to live free of poverty in a secure and more equitable world where they are able to fully realize their potential.

It is the inspiration we derive from our Islamic ethos that drives us to be open-minded and pluralistic. We believe that all people, regardless of race or religion, should have access to clean water, to healthcare, to earn a sustainable livelihood and to have access to basic social services.

Climate change—along with shortages in natural resources, famines, humanitarian crises, energy limitations, and the proliferation of conflict—has not only made life more difficult for the average global citizen, but made it further unbearable for the world’s poor. It is now more than ever that collaboration in the field of international development is needed. To achieve this end, we collaborate with diverse partners to tackle some of these mounting challenges.

Collaboration is a two-way street. We strongly believe that giving back to our volunteers and to the numerous communities that support us makes us a stronger organization. And through investing in our student-led chapters nationwide, we can not only produce a generation of philanthropic activists but tomorrow’s future humanitarian leaders.

All donations to UMR are tax deductible. Our Tax ID #: 27-3175543



Our Values

To be a world leader in uniting partner organizations’ relief and development services to assist underserved communities in achieving the dignity of self-sustenance.

UMR integrates our global partners’ services to provide comprehensive Muslim relief and development aid to underserved communities around the world. UMR accomplishes this humanitarian mission by blending advocacy, youth mobilization, disaster response, aid delivery, and empowerment through education.

As an international Islamic charitable organization, we believe that everyone across the world is entitled to clean water, health and dental care, and to have access to basic social services no matter their race or religion.

We try to attain our purpose through delivering sustainable programs, educating the public, running campaigns, advocating for change and delivering humanitarian aid in disasters and conflicts.

Meet Our Board

Dr. Abed Ayoub
Dr. Abed AyoubPresident and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Abed Ayoub has decades of experience in the relief sector, most recently as former CEO for Islamic Relief USA. Dr. Ayoub holds a PhD in International Development. In April 2010, he was appointed to the U.S. Agency for
Muhieldin Awad Salih
Muhieldin Awad SalihChairman & Treasurer
Muhieldin Salih is a high-profile business expert based in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. He is the Founder and Chairman of American Trading, Management, and Consultation Corporation; the Founder
Joseph K. Grieboski
Joseph K. GrieboskiSecretary
Joseph K. Grieboski is a social entrepreneur whose innovative ideas have revolutionized thinking across a number of fields. President and CEO of Grieboski Global Strategies, Grieboski is also Founder and Chairman of the
Estee Hafassa
Estee HafassaBoard Member
Estee Hafassa earned a BS degree in Social Services from New Mexico State University followed by continuing education to become a licensed Developmental Specialist in the state of New Mexico. In that position, Estee worked
Dr. Ismail Mehr
Dr. Ismail MehrBoard Member
Dr. Ismail Mehr is an anesthesiologist in Hornell, New York and is affiliated with St. James Mercy Hospital. He received his medical degree from Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) and has been in practice between

Meet Our Team

Dr. Omar Shahin
Dr. Omar Shahin
Dr. Shahin has served as head of Community Public Relations at Islamic Relief USA for the past five years. Dr. Shahin joins UMR with a professional fundraising
Ayman Aburahma
Ayman AburahmaDirector of Development
Ayman Aburahma is the Director of Development he brings a multi-faceted talent for launching and driving organizational performance as an executive, fundraiser, and speaker. He has more than 16 years of experience in International Relief and
Mohamed Hussein
Mohamed HusseinDirector of Finance and Administration
Mohamed Hussein currently serves as the Director of Finance and Administration, leading a team of accounting, revenue, program finance and HR professionals in the Organization.
Arif Mehmood
Arif MehmoodDirector of Programs
Arif Mehmood is a community development and humanitarian professional with over twenty years of work experience with the national and international organizations in the United States, Asia and Africa. Dr. Arif’s areas of expertise include the design and
Mohannad Jaber
Mohannad JaberStrategic Partnerships & CSR Specialist
Mohannad Jaber serves as the Strategic Partnerships and Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) Specialist and UMR Representative in the United Nations (Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action).
Mario Rizos
Mario RizosStrategic Advisor to the CEO
Mario Rizos joins UMR from a long career in international development assistance, having held executive positions on large development companies and multinational organizations, managing major U.S. Government funded
Bushra Idlibi
Bushra IdlibiChapters & Development Coordinator
Bushra serves as the Chapters and Development Coordinator at UMR. Bushra has been volunteering for UMR since 2010 and served as the GMU chapter President in 2015. She graduated in 2017 with a degree in

Our Partners