Irfan Ahmed

Muslim Aid

Muslim Aid's 2017 Ramadan campaign.

Muslim Aid - Ramadan 2017 Campaign

A Muslim NGO campaign that highlights and celebrates the relationship between the beneficiary, donor and payment of Zakat

 A more natural approach to Muslim imagery

A more natural approach to Muslim imagery

A faith-based humanitarian NGO since 1985, Muslim Aid is one of the biggest charities in the UK. Working in over 70 countries on relief and development projects with a view to helping local people becoming self-sufficient.

As an independent creative, I have helped Muslim Aid for several years on their flagship Ramadan campaigns. My integrated campaigns have seen up to a 56% increase in donations year on year during the 30-day Ramadan period. Our ‘Warm Hearts’ campaign rebrand helped garner a 229% increase in donations over the winter period. My direction with Muslim Aid was to create an effective, current and non-clichéd approach while still strongly linking to Islamic tenets. For example, publications or ads to be featured in mosques could not feature faces, so a creative approach would be needed such as cropping images or enhancing the typography of designs whilst still retaining it as part of an integrated campaign.

This years Ramadan campaign sought to change the usual Ramadan narrative of using beneficiaries in unfortunate and somewhat distressing circumstances. In the 30 days of exposure, attitudes change and develop. Feedback had shown donors were not responding to this approach in an already negative media environment. Muslim Aid's aim was to be the place where your Zakat (annual alms giving) was donated during the holy month. The strapline "Zakat. I paid with Muslim Aid" was developed to highlight that they were the go to organisation to calculate and distribute your Zakat. The creative uses Muslims from numerous backgrounds, professions, ages and ethnicities to illustrate the diversity and breadth of the Muslim community in the UK to both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

In this campaign I worked with the film director in creating a consistent look, art directing the look and feel whilst being integral in choosing the four profiles. I also art directed the photoshoot with the main video shoot as well as a separate location shoot. Whilst managing a small creative team to deliver final items ranging from digital ads, social media, OOH, DOOH and print  ads.

Working with Irfan, saw our campaigns achieve a 56% increase in donations for Muslim Aid.
— Nepa Uddin, Muslim Aid

Main 30 second TV ad

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