Islamic Relief Malaysia and IIUM Forge Strategic Partnership Through MoU Signing

BANGI, May 14, 2024 – A significant step towards enhancing humanitarian efforts was taken today as Islamic Relief Malaysia (IR Malaysia) and the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the IR Malaysia office.

The formalization of the MoU saw Datuk Nur Iskandar A Samad, a Member of the Board of Trustees of IR Malaysia, and Prof. Dr. Akmal Khuzairy Abd. Rahman, Deputy Rector (Student Development and Community Engagement) of IIUM, signed the agreement. The ceremony was witnessed by Mohd Shukor Tahir, Chief Executive Officer of IR Malaysia, and Anizam Hj. Ali, Senior Deputy Director, Office of the Deputy Rector (Student Development and Community Engagement) IIUM.

This agreement marks a collaborative effort aimed at enhancing humanitarian activities both at IIUM Gombak Campus and other campuses. Datuk Nur Iskandar expressed IR Malaysia’s honor in formalizing this collaboration, emphasizing the organization’s openness to partnerships that empower communities and alleviate the suffering of those in need.

“The collaboration with IIUM is a significant event in IR Malaysia’s mission to provide aid and support to communities in need. By combining our expertise and resources, we can contribute more to society and achieve maximum impact, insya-Allah.

“I believe that this strategic partnership will help IIUM students and staff in shaping their character and becoming individuals with a strong sense of humanity.

“They will be exposed to various real-life stories of the community and will have the opportunity to gain valuable experiences to understand and grasp the true meaning of humanity,” he said.

As an organization experienced in charitable and community work, IR Malaysia anticipates that this collaboration will pave the way for various joint programs and projects. These include student development, academic research partnerships, and increased student involvement in volunteer activities and awareness campaigns.

IIUM has actively involved its students in engaging with the local and global community in ensuring the sustainable growth of life and bringing Rahmatanlil Alamin to mankind. The university advocates the idea of Communiversity, emphasizing that education extends beyond classrooms and entails a responsibility to contribute to society.

This MoU marks a formal setting of cooperation between IR Malaysia and IIUM, allowing both parties to share expertise, experience, resources, and networks. This collaboration aims to build a better society and improve the quality of life for communities globally.

Since 2011, IR Malaysia and IIUM have collaborated on various initiatives, including visits to Orang Asli villages, humanitarian expos, the Lelaki Dari Dhaka theatre, Humanity Night, the Lombok Humanitarian Mission, and the Water Balloon Charity Run, among others.

The historic event was attended by management, senior officers, and volunteers from both organizations.