Muslim Inmate Assistance Programme
al-Hamdulillāh, initial support for the programme has been strong. We have raised over $1500 in three months. A portion of this allocation has been used and shipped to inmates. Another round of shipments will go out soon. Response from the inmates has been glowing, they are so happy for your kindness and support and are enthusiastic about the incoming packages.
With the initial establishment of the programme a success, we are now turning our attention to creating a standardised welcome package. We thank everyone for their feedback, we have decided to create a Mini-Library for Muslim Inmates. This set of books and Islamic essentials will be sent to each and every Muslim inmate in shaa' Allāh (pending availabilty).
The Mini-Library for Muslim Inmates consists of:
- The Noble Qurʾān (al-ʿArabīc hardback) (supplied by KSA Min. of Islamic Affairs)
- The Noble Qurʾān (pocket-size English) (reg. $12.99)
- Fortress of the Muslim (duʿāʾʾʾ book) (reg. $2.99)
- Islamic Rulings for Incarcerated Muslims (reg. $8.99)
- Some of the Benefits of Sūrah-Fātiḥah (reg. $7.99)
- The Three Fundamental Principles (pocket-size) (reg. $4.99)
- Upright Moral Character (reg. $9.99)
- The Concise Collection of Creed and Tawḥīd (pocket-size) (reg. $7.99)
- Exemplary Principles Concerning the Beautiful Names and Attributes of Allāh (reg. $23.99)
- Fundamentals of the Salafī Methodology (reg. $16.99)
- Prayer Mat (cost pending)
- Koofī (reg. $5.00)
Total package cost from TROIDStore ($101.91 + shipping), discounted package price for distribution to Inmates $75 [incl. shipping]
In order to streamline the Muslim Inmate Assistance Programme, we are now focusing our attention of raising funds for these mini-library kits. Our hope is to get these libraries into as many institutions as possible. We had a goal of $10,000 per year, in 3 months, we we have raised $1500 approx. which leaves a goal of $8500/yr which would cover 113 mini-libraries, or potentially 30-40 institutions in shaa' Allāh.
If you would like to sponsor a package, please paypal $75 (or $75 x how many mini-libraries) to info (@) troid.ca - full details/payment options are below.
You may read recent letters from prison here.
At TROID, we are currently working to revamp our Muslim Inmate Assistance Programme. Each month the centre receives letters from incarcerated Muslims from across the United States and Canada. Most of the correspondents are Muslim converts who are in need of basic assistance. From the common help requested:
- Qurʾān (al-ʿArabīc/English)
- Prayer Mats
- Books (New/Used/Damaged)
- Pamphlets/Articles (from reliable websites)
- MP3 Audio (Loaded onto MP3 Devices)
- Compasses (to determine general direction of Qiblah)
- Counselling (moral support, friendship, enquries and assistance)
- Questions Answered (coordinated with a student of knowledge)
- Liaison with Chaplain Services (For lessons, library and Advice on Needs of Muslim Prisoners)
The needs are great, the requests are many. However, this is a project which has lay dormant for some time. Al-Hamdulillāh, we now have the human resources in place to coordinate this important project and we are looking for cooperation from the Muslim community locally and internationally to help facilitate our Muslim brothers and sisters behind bars. We receive upwards of ten letters a month and expect this number to grow with the success of the programme in shaa' Allāh. Coordinating the needs of Muslim inmates is a mainstay project of The Reign of Islamic Daʿwah (TROID) which dates back to the 90's, we hope to jumpstart this project, seeking the help of Allāh firstly, then your kind support.
We need to establish a budget of $10,000 per year (approx $830 a month) to provide the aforementioned needs. For those who would like to assist:
Paypal (Worldwide): send to info -@- troid.ca (mention Inmate Assistance Programme in the subject)
Cheque (Worldwide): payable to "The Reign of Islamic Daʿwah"
Muslim Inmate Assistance Programme
874-A Weston Rd.
Toronto, ON. Canada
Bank Deposit (Canada): Visit any BMO Bank of Montreal and deposit to:
(Transit) 04312 (Account) 1030563
Mark "Muslim Inmate Assistance Programme"
We have created a forum section to discuss, update and reach out. Visit the Prison Daʿwah Outreach section today and read some sample letters we receive: http://www.troid.ca/index.php/forum/prison-da-wah-outreach
We ask Allāh to make it a success.