وَيُطْعِمُونَ الطَّعَامَ عَلَىٰ حُبِّهِ مِسْكِينًا وَيَتِيمًا وَأَسِيرًا
“They feed the needy, the orphan, and the prisoner, out of love for Him.” (76:8)
2020-21 Annual Report
This initiative is dedicated to our beloved 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. He is the great grandson of our beloved Prophet Muḥammad (ṣ) and father of our beloved 12th Imām al-Mahdī (ʿaj).
Our mission is to deliver knowledge to those individuals who are less fortunate in life through the dissemination of various books. We strive to teach and inform those who are looking for a second chance and desire to walk the straight path, but are unable to access the necessary information passed down to us by the beloved Infallibles (peace be upon them all).
2nd Chance Books is a 501c3 non-profit organization that was founded in order to assist incarcerated Muslims by providing them with educational materials, a support system, and tools for rehabilitation. The organization is comprised of a team of dedicated, devoted individuals, including the founders of this organization, who came together to provide services for those in need and those seeking guidance. The partnered organizations 2nd Chance Books, SABA Prison Project, al-Kisa Prison Project, and IEC Houston. 2nd Chance is under the guidance of several scholars, Such as Moulana Nabi Raza Abidi, Shaykh Mateen Charbonneau, Shaykh Saed Ali Kulayni, Moulana Qamar Hasani.
This program is independently funded by donations from the community. We want to stress the importance of helping fellow believers who are less fortunate than ourselves.
Facts & Statistics
The USA has the highest incarceration rate in the entire world. While Americans only represent 5% of the entire world’s population, it comprises nearly 25% of the entire world’s incarcerated population, with 2.3 million inmates. Most of these prisoners will fall victim to the cycle of the revolving door and become repeat offenders if they do not have the proper resources to educate themselves properly while serving their sentences.
2nd Chance seeks to provide the proper tools for change: 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.
Some goals of this program are molding leaders, transforming prisoners’ bad habits into good ones, achieving social reform, producing better citizens who will actively help their communities, and promoting awareness of the true teachings of Islam by teaching the morals and ethics of the Noble Prophet and his divine household.
For prisoners who are reading this we want you to know that we are honored to be at your service. Please write us and let others who are interested in seeking knowledge about Islam to contact us at the address below.
Sheikh Mateen Charbonneau
Shaykh Saed Ali Kulayni
Moulana Nabi Raza Abidi
Sheikh Mohammad Baghernejad
Moulana Qamar Hasani
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