Building an empowering support network for incarcerated Muslims

 

At 2nd Chance Books, we support the journey of Muslim inmates in and outside of prison walls. We hope to impact the lives of our participants through our letter correspondence, quarterly magazines, postcards, Islamic books and curriculum guides, personalized scholarly guidance, and other critical tools for rehabilitation

Who we are

They feed the needy, the orphan, and the prisoner, out of love for Him.” [Qurʾān, Sūrah al-Insān (76), Verse 8]

We are an Islamic non-profit organization dedicated to the legacy of the 11th Imām, Ḥasan al-ʿAskarī (ʿa), who spent the majority of his life in prison and under house arrest by the corrupt ruler of the time. Imām al-ʿAskarī (ʿa) is the great grandson of our beloved Prophet Muḥammad (ṣ) and father of the 12th Imām, Muḥammad al-Mahdī (ʿaj)

2800+

Active inmates

in our network

2,100

Books sent in the

last six months

500+

Packages sent in the

last six months

600+

Letters received in the

last six months

What we do

The USA has the highest incarceration rate in the entire world.

Americans only represent 5% of the entire world’s population, but its inmates comprise nearly 25% of the entire world’s incarcerated population. That is 2.3 million inmates.

Without proper access to educational resources, most of these individuals will fall victim to the cycle of the revolving door and become repeat offenders. 

2nd Chance seeks to provide the proper tools for change. Our initiatives aim to promote awareness of the true teachings of Islam through the moral and ethics teachings of the Noble Prophet (ṣ) and his divine household (ʿa) in our program.

For our current & former
inmates in the US

• Communicate with our scholars via letters

• Access a quarterly magazine called Ṣirāt Link with inspirational content

• Request a spiritual starter kit that contains everything you need to get started on your journey e.g. calendars, prayer essentials

For the families of our
current & former inmates

  • Family members with a relative who is an active participant in the 2nd Chance Correspondence Program can now apply online to receive free titles from Al-Kisa Publications. 
  • To join: visit 2ndchancebooks.org/familyprogram

* Fill out the application form (once per applicant)

  • Your first book will arrive soon!

For correctional
chaplains in the US

  • Help us grow our network to reach more incarcerated Muslims across the U.S.
  • Receive Islamic books, prayer items, and resources to help serve your community 
  • Write to us to join our program and encourage others to as well 

Hear from our inmates

“I always think of the hardships and trials the Ahlul Bayt (ʿa) went through and I know there is absolutely nothing I can go through that they haven’t been through or worse, and so I stand firm…If it wasn’t for Imām al-Kāẓim (ʿa) when I did extensive time in lock up, I wouldn’t have made it…I just thought about how hard he had it and yet he saw the blessing in his solitude, and so I did the same.” – (M.M., South Carolina)

“I just want to say thank you for the books…2nd Chance sent to me and the many other inmates that you assist. No words can express the gratitude and appreciation that we are feeling. You guys are true Shīʿah working for Allah (swt) and keeping the Imāmate alive by spreading tablīgh and daʿwah to the oppressed and marginalized. My prayers and duʿās are with you everyday.” – (A.J.S., California)

“I am thankful for the help, knowledge and concern the 2nd Chance organization has rendered to me over the past several years. I make duʿāʾ on my behalf that this trend would continue, inshāʾAllāh. Your help and support through books, advice, tafsīr and Qurʾān, and other forms of excellent Shīʿah material has been monumental all throughout the process of my betterment. And as a result, your organization has been instrumental in raising my personal level of Islamic knowledge to a higher degree. May Allah (swt) continue to bless and support the 2nd Chance organization’s goals and endeavors.” – (L.T., New York)

Support an inmate with

resources for a year

Resources include prayer rugs, kufis, ḥijābs, Islamic books, curriculum guides, Qurʾāns, Islamic calendars, turbahs & tasbīḥs/sibḥahs. Everything they need to continue on their spiritual journey 

Our quarterly magazine designed and printed in-house specially for incarcerated Muslims.

The title “Ṣirāṭ Link” is inspired by the Arabic term “Ṣirāṭ al-Mustaqīm,” which means the right path. It features articles, poetry, puzzles, and a space to write questions to our Islamic scholars.

We pray that this magazine will be a means of guidance to the right path and facilitate a connection to Allah (swt), oneself, and the broader community. InshāʾAllāh it can serve as an opportunity for growing one’s faith through education.

Eidul Fiṭr Postcards

2,800+ postcards mailed to celebrate the month of Ramaḍān and Eidul Fiṭr in March 2024.

Beginner's Guide to Fasting

2,800+ fasting books mailed to celebrate the month of Ramaḍān in March 2024.

Shaʿbān Postcards

2,700+ postcards mailed to celebrate the month of Shaʿbān in Feb 2024

Islamic Calendar 2024

2,700+ calendars mailed

Days of Sayyidah Fāṭimah (ʿa) Postcard

2,700+ postcards mailed to commemorate the Days of Sayyidah Fāṭimah (ʿa)

Eid Milād un-Nabī Postcards

2,700+ postcards mailed to celebrate the Eid Milād un-Nabī in Oct 2023

Eid Mubarak Postcards

2,700+ postcards mailed to celebrate the Eid in June 2023

Ṣirāṭ Link | Spring 2023 Volume 4 | Issue 2

Ṣirāṭ Link, a quarterly magazine designed specially for incarcerated Muslims. The title Ṣirāṭ Link is inspired by the Arabic term Ṣirāṭ al-Mustaqīm, which means the right path. Therefore, we pray that this magazine is a means of guidance to the right path and a connection to Allah, oneself, and the broader community. InshāʾAllāh it can serve as an opportunity for growing one’s faith through education.

Our Current Campaigns

Every little bit counts

Your support is crucial to our mission of bringing Shīʿah Islam to those who need it the most – the incarcerated.

Your donations help us to continue sending Islamic literature and resources, creating new editions of our entity’s magazine known as Ṣirāṭ Link, and supporting our scholars to provide guidance to our participants.



Sponsor a Qurʾān Campaign

2nd Chance is funded by individuals like you who donate and share our resources. These donations allow us to purchase books, packaging and office supplies, prayer rugs, postage, etc. With your generous donations, we have been able to increase our reach and receive more and more letters from inmates each month. They continuously express their desire for learning about the Noble Prophet (ṣ) and his divine household (ʿa). With your contributions, we are able to provide them access to the resources, tools, and information they need.

2nd Chance is authorized by several marājiʿ to collect khums for this project. If you would like to allocate your khums to us, please specify that the money you are sending is for khums and whether it is complete khums or (the portion of) Sahm Imām only.

Support Ṣirāt Link Magazine

The Ṣirāt Link Magazine is a quarterly magazine published by 2nd Chance, an entity of Al-Kisa Foundation. The title Ṣirāt Link, inspired by the Arabic term Ṣirāṭ al-Mustaqīm which means the right path, presents this magazine as a means of guidance to a better connection with Allah, as well as offering the opportunity to connections with the broader community, and the improvement of ones’ self. InshāʾAllāh it can also serve as an opportunity for growing one’s faith through education. Along with Ṣirāt Link Magazine, we provide free Islamic books on topics such as beliefs, ethics, morality, and family structure in Islam. The aim is for these books to be used as a tool for self-development and reform.

2nd Chance Books Khums

2nd Chance is funded by individuals like you who donate and share our resources. These donations allow us to purchase books, packaging and office supplies, prayer rugs, postage, etc. With your generous donations, we have been able to increase our reach and receive more and more letters from inmates each month. They express their desire for learning about the Noble Prophet (ṣ) and his divine household (ʿa). With your contributions, we are able to provide them access to the information they need. 2nd Chance is authorized by several marājiʿ to collect khums for this project. If you would like to allocate your khums to us, please specify that the money you are sending is for khums and whether it is complete khums or (the portion of)  Sahm Imām only.