Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem! The Islamic FreedomFoundation, Inc.
The purpose of this presentationis to introduce you to and solicityour support for The IslamicFreedom Foundation’s Da’waheffort.
ISLAMIC FREEDOM FOUNDATION, INC. Who is better in speech than one who calls to Allah, works righteousness, and says “I am of those who bow in Islam.” 41:33
“Who is better in speech than one who calls to Allah,works righteousness, and says “I am of those who bow in Islam.” 41:33 The Islamic Freedom Foundation, Inc. (TIFF) is non-political, non-profit. TIFF was established for the sole purpose of Da‟wah (calling all of humanity to the path of Allah (SWT), Al-Islam! Every one of TIFF‟s programs are centered around the complete and true concept of da‟wah as defined by the Qur‟an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). TIFF is a multi-faceted da‟wah and charitable organization established in 1996 for the purpose of promoting the spread of Islam in America. TIFF is establishing a da‟wah infrastructure in the US to greatly increase the da‟wah effort., insha‟Allah. TIFF is composed of Muslims who are very concerned about the growth of Islam in America. As Muslims we should not be satisfied with the present growth. Muslims must and TIFF will increase the da‟wah effort, insha‟Allah! “Imam Ahmad recorded that Hudhayfah bin Al-Yaman said the Prophet(SAW) said: „By He in Whose Hand is my sole! You will enjoin righteousness and forbid evil, or Allah (SWT) shall send punishment from Him to you. Then you will supplicate Him but He will not accept your supplication.” (Tafsir ibn Kathir) Every Muslim must participate in da‟wah. TIFF is an excellent vehicle for every Muslim who do not have the time or ability to perform da‟wah activities required by Allah (SWT). By supporting TIFF each Muslim would fulfill two requirements placed on us by Allah (SWT), giving in charity and inviting people to Al-Islam, insha‟Allah, achieving the ultimate goal, Paradise! Allah says, “Whoever recommends and helps a good cause becomes a partner therein…” (Qur‟an 4:85)
“Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islam), enjoining Al Ma’ruf (all that Islam orders) and forbidding Al Munkar (all that Islam forbids). And it is they who are successful”. 3:104 Executive Summary The Islamic Freedom Foundation, Inc. (TIFF) is a non-political, non-profit organization. TIFF was established for the purpose of Da’wah (calling all of humanity to the path of Allah (SWT) Al-Islam). All TIFF’s programs are centered on the true concept of Da’wah as defined by the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Therefore, TIFF is defined as a multi faceted Da’wah and charitable organization. With the main office in Silver Spring (12719 Layhill Road, Suite 101, Maryland), TIFF was founded to develop a da’wah infrastructure to increase the efforts of Da’wah by a hundred fold or more by Muslims who are greatly concerned about the growth of Islam in America in compliance with the order of Allah who said “Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islam), enjoining Al-Ma’ruf (all that Islam orders) and forbidding Al Munkar (all that Islam forbids). And it is they who are successful”. 3:104 The above Qur’anic verse (Ayah) states that there should be a segment of the Muslim Ummah to carry out the task of Da’wah even though it is an obligation of every member of the society. Every Muslim must participate in Da’wah. In this respect, TIFF is an excellent vehicle for every Muslim who do not have the time and ability to perform Da’wah activities as required by Allah (SWT). By supporting TIFF, each Muslim will fulfill the two major requirements placed on us by Allah (SWT).
Therefore TIFF has as its goals: 1ST To advance the religion of Islam and Muslims by disseminating information according to methods of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) utilizing the most modern forms of communication technology. 2ND To analyze contemporary issues pertaining to Islam, to establish educational services and to develop and institute strategies to reflect the real image of Islam. 3RD To undertake other projects, programs and activities for the promotion of Islam. Since its establishment in 1996, the Islamic Freedom Foundation, Inc. continues to spare no efforts to promote the growth of Islam in the United States particularly throughout the National Capital Metropolitan Region (Maryland, Washington and Virginia). Some of the major projects carried out by TIFF have been: 1ST Distribution of the Holy Qur’an to local prisons and general public including one to the Governor of Maryland, The Honorable Parris Glendening. 2ND Importation and distribution of 2,000 copies of the book “A Brief Guide to Understanding Islam”. 3RD Presentations of a Ten (10) week course on the Biography of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) twice a year in Masjids (mosques) throughout the area. TIFF is currently planning to execute a number of projects for further development and enhancement of the da’wah infrastructure. These projects include development of a centralized Media Production Facility, establishment of a “Da’wah School”, an Islamic “Think Tank” and an Islamic Information Center, thrift stores, and short and long-term housing.
“Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and beautifulpreaching, and argue with them in ways that are best and mostgracious, for your Lord knows best who have strayed from His Path and those who receive guidance.” 16:128 Objectives To Serve MankindTIFF will provide a variety of services which include the distribution of Islamic literature, Holy Qur’ans, to the production of TV programs on different Islamic issues, to training people to perform Da’wah and to provide orientation programs for inmates.TIFF will provide a variety of social services, which will include counseling, short and long term housing, thrift stores, and financial assistance.In order to promote Da’wah methods, TIFF will utilize the most modern communication systems. To analyze contemporary issues pertaining to Islam. To establish educational services. To develop and institute strategies to reflect the real image of Islam. To assist any individual(s) or organization(s) propagating Islam according to Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). As a charitable and non-profit organization, TIFF will provide its service at no cost or low cost. For example, distribution of Islamic publications is free, training at the Da’wah school will be free, programs produced at the TIFF studio will be given free for the service of Da’wah, short- term housing will be free, long-term housing will be provided at low monthly payments. Items at the TIFF thrift stores will be provided at very low cost and free to the most needy people.
To perform its Da’wah activity, TIFF needs sophisticated technology fromtelecommunications to audio and visual systems. TIFF will utilize the mostmodern available systems of information technology. The World Wide Webwill be one of our most communicative tools to reach the public.In the field of service, TIFF plans to move beyond Da’wah to help the needy throughsocial services. TIFF is also planning to establish programs to qualify inmates and the homelessto become productive members of society.Although Da’wah is a duty of every Muslim, there are few organized efforts and groupsthat perform this activity. TIFF is considered a unique organization that has dedicatedall its efforts and resources to the promotion of Da’wah in the United States.From this prospective, TIFF will consider all those whose primary intention is to carry outthe mission of Da’wah, whether individuals, groups or organizations, as spirituals partners .
“And we have not sent you (O Muhammad SWA) except as giver ofglad tiding and warner to all man-kind but most of men know not”. 34:28 TIFF strategically focuses on orientation and rehabilitation programs for the homeless and those incarcerated . Social services for the needy, immigrants and ethnic minorities are also central concerns of TIFF. TIFF will advance the religion of Islam and Muslims by disseminating information about Islam and Muslims utilizing the most modern forms of communication technology. TIFF will adopt an effective strategy to communicate with all people. These methods will include the distribution of specialized publications about Islam through direct mailings and door-to-door. Other methods will include advertising through public relations events, exhibitions, television programs and The World Wide Web. TIFF’s Information Center will act as a distribution mechanism for Da’wah programs and activities. It will be a center where people meet, discuss and learn about Islam. The center will be for Muslims and non-Muslims who want to learn about Islam. The center will present various programs, which will include video shows, symposiums, forums, and exhibitions. The center will include a library and resource personnel. TIFF will work closely and cooperate with different organizations that are interested in supporting the Da’wah activities in the United States. Our strategic alliances with each organization, group and individual(s) will be for the promotion of Islam in the United States.
“But verily your Lord to those who leave their homesafter trials and persecutions, and who thereafter striveand fight for the faith and patiently preserve, your Lord after all this is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” 16:110TIFF has developed different methodologies for distributing its services Training staff and sending them to meet the public in residential areas, streets and correctional facilities. Make field visits to immigrants and the poor to look after their needs. Hold exhibitions to acquaint people with Islam. Distribute Holy Qurans and leaflets about Islam. Conduct courses to teach people about the biography of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) Invite people to TIFF’s office to view videos about Islam. Produce television programs about Muslims and Islam.
MUSLIMS IN THE UNITED STATESIslam is rapidly growing in the United States. However, it is difficult to generalize aboutAmerican Muslims. They are converts, immigrants, factory workers and doctors. Thisvaried community is unified by a common faith, underpinned by a nationwide network of alarge number of Masjids (mosques). According to the Council On American-Islamic Relations(CAIR) the number of mosques in America has increased form 962 in 1994 to 1209 in 2000with growth rate of 25%.Muslims arrived early in North America, the first mosque being built in North Dakota in the1920’s. By the eighteenth century there were many Muslims in North America. Greatnumbers of Americans have entered the fold of Islam. They are from different classes;the rich, the poor, the educated and the illiterate. According to official sources, today, thereare about eight million Muslims in the United States, surpassing even Judaism in itsnumbers.This phenomenon indicates that Islam is truly a religion from Allah (God). It isunreasonable to think that so many Americans converted to Islam without carefulconsideration and deep contemplation before concluding that Islam is true. TheseAmerican converts came from different races and walks of life. They include scientists,professors, philosophers, journalist, doctors, nurses, teachers, artists, lawmakers, chefs,laborers, and every other sort of people imaginable.
It may be appropriate to point out an important indication of the truth of Islam. It is well known that in the United States Islam is the fastest-growing religion! “Islam is the fastest-growing religion in America, a guide and pillar of stability for many or our people…” (Hillary Rodham Clinton, Los Angeles Times). “Muslims are the world’s fastest-growing group…”(The Population Reference Bureau, USA Today). “…Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the country.” (Geraldine Baum; Newsday Religion Writer, Newsday). “Islam, the fastest-growing religion in the United States…” (Ari L. Goldman, New York Times). Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world with an annual growth rate of 6.40% while Christianity is only 1.46%. According to western sources, the estimated total number of world Muslims jumped from 1,482,585,925 in 1996 to 1,902,095,000 persons in 2000.
“Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching, and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious, for your Lord knows best who have strayed from His Path and those who receive guidance.” 16:128TIFF works among different groups in American society, as the adoption of Islam is notlimited to any segment of people. However, most of TIFF’s activities focus on the needy,the homeless, inmates and immigrants.Throughout history, it has been proven that the needy and socially deprived people are themost respondent to the call of religion. A social observation reveals that most whoconvert to Islam in America are the needy and ethnic minorities. The younger are moreresponsive than the older and when it comes to gender, males are more responsive thanfemales. Streets and jails are suitable environment for Da’wah. People have the tendencyto correct their behavior through religion.A recent masjid study conducted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)showed that 63% of the converts during the past twelve months are African Americans, 27%White Americans, 6% Hispanic and 3% other ethnic groups.
Allah (SWT) said: “As-Sadaqat (charity of Zakat) are only for the poor and the needy and those who are employed to collect (the funds) and to attract the heart of those who have been inclined (towards Islam) and to free the captives, and for those in debt and for Allah’s cause (e.g. for those who are fighting in holy battles) and for wayfarer (a traveler who is cut off from every thing); a duty imposed by Allah. And Allah is All- Knower, All-Wise”. 9:60Religion always finds the way easier to hearts of those who are seeking security. The needy arecontinuously searching for liberalization from social depravity and economic hardships. As their material needs are not satisfied in life, the poor tend to compensate their material loss spiritually.Therefore, religion meets their needs and provides satisfactory solutions to all questions raised intheir minds. Ethnic minorities and segregated groups are also finding strength, justice and socialequity in the religion. Young males are open minded to accept dialogue and become converted to Islam. Religion also revives hopes for the needy and the destitute.Charity and financial assistance are important vehicles for Da’wah. If TIFF has to workamong the needy and the destitute, it should assist them in becoming self sufficient byproviding housing, food and adequate training for jobs.
There are many challenges facing the activity of Da’wah in the United States of America.Firstly: The western mass media which continuously try to distort the image of Islam by linking Islam with radicalism and terrorism in a way to make people fearful of accepting Islam.Secondly: The lack of translated Qur’ans, Hadiths (sayings of the Prophet Muhammad SAW) and other Islamic materials to meet the growing needs of Da’wah activity.Thirdly: The lack of financial support from other Muslim countries, organizations and individuals.Fourthly: The disunity among Muslim Americans themselves. These factors make the task of TIFF more challenging and require much more efforts.
“…and for this let all those strive who want to strive(hasten earnestly to the obedience of Allah)”. 83:26Islam has been forced to confront wealthy powerful organizations that exist for the solepurpose of struggling to “prevent the continuing growth of Islam,” especially in theUnited States of America.TIFF recognizes and absolutely understands that the real competitors are those who strivefor the reward of Allah. In order to achieve its objectives, the Foundation shall have thefollowing power with the stated limitations: A) To solicit and accept, acquire by gift, donation, devise, grant, purchase, loan or otherwise any property without limitation. B) To make contributions, loans or grants which are consistent with the purposes of the Foundation. C) To make agreements and contracts and insure liabilities.The competitive advantage of TIFF is a combination of charity and Da’wah, helping peoplewith their basic needs while inviting them to Islam. TIFF, an independent organization, doesnot belong to any sect or race. It adopts Islamic principles of the Qur’an and the Sunnah ofProphet Muhammad (SAW).
The United States Missionary Christian Convert CompetitorsSeveral thousand Christian Churches have instituted organized programs to convertMuslims to Christian membership in the U.S.Churches have refocused their missionary convergence projects and economic resourcestotaling millions to encourage Muslims to join the Christian missionary membership.Hundreds of Missionary Christian Education programs and Christian Foundation have set upprograms to destroy the efforts of Muslim Charitable Organizations that improves the qualityof life for Muslims in the U.S.Missionary Christians organizations have opened anti Islamic programs on Multi communicationprograms utilizing technology experience in television, daily radio programs, magazines andnewspapers.The Government of the United States has issued restrictions against Arab-Muslim foundations.Yet, Christians, Buddhists, Jews and Hindus are free to propagate in the United States without thesame attacks directed toward Muslims.Global U.S. Multi-Media television and radio programs play publicly 24 hours a day 7 days aweek. These antagonistic programs are orchestrated and produced to put fear into the mindsof the people. The objective is to turn people away from and against the Islamic Faith.
“We have explained in various (ways) in this Qur’an, in order that they may receive admonition, but it only increases their flight (from the truth).” 17:41 Our Objective in the Service of Allah Development of Centralized Media Production Studio as a facet for Da’wah to produce programs reflecting the real image of Islam and Muslims. Establishment of “Da’wah School” to teach people techniques of performing Da’wah door-to-door, on streets and corners and among inmates as well as among other community levels. Establishment of “Islamic Think Tank” to study contemporary issues affecting Islam and Muslims. Establishment of “Islamic Information Centers” at permanent locations to distribute Islamic literature and Qur’ans as well as answering inquiries about Islam. Provide Thrift Stores for the needy to provide food, clothing, furniture and other necessities for the needy (Muslims and non-Muslims) at low prices or free as case deems it. Provide Short Term Housing for the needy. Make Low-Income Housing available to low-income families at prices below market rate. Provide contemporary technology training and employment for the needy.
“Very your Lord does provide sustenance in abundance for whom He Pleased, and He Provides in a just measure. For He knows and regard all His services.” 17:30 Company Locations START-UP SUMMARY and Facilities TIFF is looking for a source of Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($300,000)The Principal Offices of TIFF is located at as initial cost for the start-up to execute its12719 Layhill Road, Suite 101, Silver Spring, aforementioned Da’wah projects.Maryland, USA. This operation cost is required forThe Foundation may have such other office or preparation and equipment of the Da’wahoffices at such suitable place or places facilities such as Media Center, Da’wahwithin the state of Maryland or other states. School, and Information Center. Part of this budget will be allocated toTIFF is planning to have a well equipped fund the daily operation of these facilitiesmedia production studio to produce programs for a period of six months until theon Islamic issues in addition to a Da’wah working capital is raised or generated.School to teach people the techniquesof conducting Da’wah. These facilities will be Besides the start-up cost, there will be aequipped to provide the necessary services. fixed cost for funding the activities of the organization, the operation of its facilities and implementation of the programs.
TIFF’s Departments Education Department Training for prison chaplainsThe National Leadership of the USA Dawah Seerah courseDepartment Training for daeeshort range: have individual(s) to canvas Capital Hill Islamic librarydaily Multimedia Production Departmentlong range: have TIFFs corporate office on CapitalHill Weekly Cable program.Send dawah letter to each leader from president, Video production of current events around the area.congressmen, governors, mayors, etc. radio broadcastdistribute Al-Qur’ans and one book on the seerah to school to teach videography to the youtheach leader Publication Departmentkeep a data base for all response to letters brochureshave follow up correspondence on a regular basis bookletsPrison Service Department Produce and distribute thousands of thePrison chaplains booklet: “Islam Is...”Re-Entry program Produce and distribute thousands of the booklet:Family support "A Brief Illustrated Guide to Understanding Islam”Job resource center for ex-offenders Islamic housing DepartmentOutreach Department Emergency shelters for domestic violence victims (women and children)“Community Center” For the greater community temporary housing for the homeless and ex-thrift stores offenders (men and women)dawah vanneighborhood canvasing (campaigns)interfaith dialogue
The Islamic Freedom Foundation needs Your Support “And spend of your substance in the cause of Allah,and make not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction; but do good; for Allah loves those who do good.” (Surah: Al-Baqara, Verse #: 195)