Our Story

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise is due to God.

All peace and blessings upon His final Prophet Muhammad, his family, his companions, and all those who follow his way.

Iana Financial began as an interest-free lending program inspired by a good deed. A few people in the Edmonton community came together to help a sister who was struggling with paying back her student debt… and they didn’t want that money back! They only asked that, once her loan was repaid, the money go to help someone else. From this spirit of assistance, Iana Financial was born.

Since it began in 2009, God has blessed Iana to support many more people. The organization’s name comes from إعانة, an Arabic word meaning “help” or “assistance” because helping others is at the core of Iana’s existence. We aim to provide financial services that ease the financial burdens of our community members and benefit society at large.  In an nutshell, Iana aims to offer God-centred community financial services for the common good.

Alhamdulillah, we are thankful that this work continues to gain momentum. More donations are always coming in, as well as more applications. We ask for your sincere prayers for this beneficial service to grow and flourish.

By the grace of God, we have been blessed with sincere supporters who continue to pray for our guidance and success. Through their prayers, we have been blessed with generous donors and supporters who believe in the vision of Iana, which includes saving people from the burden of usury and realizing that financial assistance does not need to come with “strings attached.”

Our supporters are helping us achieve this vision in many ways, whether it is through donations, small and large, but more importantly with their generous spirits. We are blessed to have the support and companionship of people who love God and His Messenger ﷺ and honour his teachings by avoiding usury at all costs. Through their sincere intentions to earn His pleasure, God sends His support on the hands of those who do good. We are simply blessed to be intermediaries facilitating transactions between beautiful people, those wishing to be true to their faith and those selflessly seeking to help others.

Disclaimer

Iana is not linked, directly or indirectly, to any other community organization, mosque, or corporation. Iana stands independent and welcomes collaboration and cooperation with any who share similar values and vision. Any reference to other organizations is based on their commitment to doing good work as well as the people behind them. We advise each individual to do their own independent research and to consult before making decisions related to such organizations or people. Similarly, wherever we recommend specific books, articles, or websites, we still suggest each person consults qualified scholarship and conducts independent research. We pray for the guidance to make educated decisions regarding what knowledge to take and from whom, and the success to implement righteous action based on that knowledge.

Iana in no way endorses any person or idea that contradict the sacred teachings of Islam embodied in the Holy Qur’an, the sunnah (traditions) of the Prophet and the unanimous teachings of the scholars over the centuries who were and are the inheritors of his way.  Iana does recognize that there are healthy and normative differences within our beautiful community, and that this is a mercy from our Lord ﷻ to be celebrated not censured. Iana also looks to take pearls of wisdom from anyone, including people of other faith traditions.

Significance

Grassroots, holistic economic reform is some of the most important work on earth and has the potential to positively affect every other aspect of our lives and our world – from peace and security to social welfare and healthcare, from energy and agriculture to environmental and ecological harmony. All creation should ultimately benefit from positive economic change: plants, animals, air, water, and land. However all of this stems first and foremost from education. It begins with educating ourselves and reminding one other.

We believe that just spending any time serving in this area is a major gift from the Most Merciful and we pray such work is fulfilling a major communal obligation upon the Muslim community in the West and beyond. We are both honoured and humbled to be serving in such a capacity and we pray our efforts are blessed and accepted by Him ﷻ.

Please join us in asking God to accept these small efforts and to benefit countless people through this work.

“Whosoever relieves a believer from a worldly burden, God will relieve him from a burden of the hereafter. Whosoever alleviates the situation of a person in difficulty, God will alleviate his situation in this world and in the hereafter. Whosoever conceals the faults of a Muslim, God will conceal his faults in this world and in the hereafter.  God will continue to aid a servant [of His] so long as that servant continues to aid his brother.”

~ Sahīh Muslim ~

سلام

All blessings and peace upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad.
All thanks are due to God, Lord of the worlds.