Iana Financial started as an interest-free lending program inspired by a good deed: a few people in the Edmonton community gave some money to help a sister who was struggling with her student debt. But they did not want that money back! Once her loan was paid back, that money was to go to help someone else. From this spirit of help, Iana Financial was born. Since 2009 God has blessed Iana to support many people. Thankfully (Alhamdulillah!) this work keeps gaining momentum: more donations are coming in and more applications; please continue your sincere prayers for this beneficial service to grow and flourish.
Iana is an Arabic word meaning “help”or “assistance”. To help is at the core of Iana’s existence; Iana provides financial services that ease peoples’ financial burdens and hopefully benefit society at large. IANA aims to offer God-centred community financial services, for the common good.
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 granted generous donors and supporters who believe in the vision of Iana, which includes saving people from the burden of usury, and a world where help need not have strings attached. They continue to support this program, with donations small and large. They are coupled with people who love God and His Messenger, God bless him grant him peace, and honor their teachings and avoid usury at all costs – through their sincere intentions to avoid sin and His displeasure, God sends His Support on the hands of the good doers.
We are simply blessed to be intermediaries facilitating transactions between beautiful people seeking to be true to their faith while pursuing good causes and beautiful people selflessly seeking to help others.
Iana is not linked, directly or indirectly, to any other community organization or mosque or corporation, it is independent and welcomes collaboration and cooperation with all who share similar values and vision. Any reference to other organizations is based on the good that Iana is aware of them and 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, Iana may recommend specific books or articles or websites, we strongly recommend each person consult qualified scholarship, conduct independent research, and pray for guidance to make educated decisions regarding what knowledge to take and from whom and what actions to take based on that knowledge. Iana in no way endorses any person or idea or concepts that contradict the Sacred Teachings of Islam embodied in the Holy Qur’an, the Sunnah (Tradition) of the Prophet, peace and blessings upon him, and the unanimous teachings of the Scholars over the centuries who were and are the inheritors of this Tradition. Iana does recognize that there are healthy and normative differences within our beautiful community, and that this is a Mercy from our Lord, and that by and large these differences are to be celebrated not censured. Iana also looks to take pearls of wisdom from anyone, including people of other faith traditions.
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: peace, social welfare, environmental and ecological harmony – plants, animals, air, water, land; healthcare, energy, agriculture, and most essentially: education.
We believe that just spending any time serving in this area is a major Gift from The Most Merciful; we pray such work is fulfilling a major communal obligation upon the Muslim community in the West and even in the world – and we are both honoured and humbled to be serving in such capacity and we pray our efforts are blessed and accepted by Him.
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….”
[Rigorously Authenticated Hadeeth Compiled by Imam Muslim]