• Category: Conflict Transformation, Faith Perspective
Working in Conflict: A Faith Based Toolkit for Islamic Relief

Working in Conflict: A Faith Based Toolkit for Islamic Relief

 The Islamic tradition holds powerful potential to positively encourage people to address competing priorities, to avoid violent conflict and to accept compromise.  

Author: Lucy V. Moore 
Country: International 
Category: Conflict Transformation

Islamic Relief’s focus is on working with communities to build resilience and reduce risk to future disasters. The values that motivate us are rooted in Islam, our identity as an Islamic-based organisation can help us connect with and gain the trust of vulnerable Muslim communities.

Our Islamic faith and commitment to community driven development have each inspired us to ask:

  1. What does it mean to be a Muslim INGO working in fragile or conflict environments?
  2. What inspiration and messages are provided for us by Islamic theology and history that can inform our approach to transforming conflict?
  3. Can this provide a stable foundation to approach transformation?

Islamic Relief found the answer to the last question to be a resounding ‘yes’. As a result, Islamic Relief has developed a faith based policy and toolkit to guide our activities in contexts of conflict and fragility.

The toolkit has been designed to be a practical resource for our staff and is designed to be used in tandem with existing guidelines. We hope, insh’Allah, that this toolkit will not only be used by Islamic Relief staff, but also by colleagues from other agencies who are working with Muslim communities towards building lasting peace. To this end we have included a separate ‘Introduction’ for readers who are less familiar with Islam and Muslim communities.

This toolkit draws from current knowledge and best practice across the field, but approaches each area of work from an Islamic perspective and offers suggestions to the reader on how they might approach programming in conflict-affected areas from that basis. The tools included should be considered as facilitating (not as an alternative to) context specific approaches. Readers are actively encouraged to re-design and amend tools and approaches to reflect the knowledge and experience of their beneficiaries.

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