وَيُطْعِمُونَ الطَّعَامَ عَلَىٰ حُبِّهِ مِسْكِينًا وَيَتِيمًا وَأَسِيرًا

“They feed the needy, the orphan, and the prisoner, out of love for Him.” 

[Qurʾān, Surah al-Insān (76), Verse 8]

2nd Chance Books is a 501c3 non-profit organization, under the umbrella of Al Kisa Foundation, that was founded in order to assist incarcerated Muslims and those interested in Islam by providing them with educational materials, a support system, and tools for rehabilitation.

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 sent in the

last six months

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the entire world.

Americans only represent 5% of the entire world 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.

2nd Chance seeks to provide the proper tools for change for incarcerated Muslims. 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. One of our main initiatives is to send Islamic books at no cost on topics such as beliefs, ethics, morality, and history. The aim is for these books to be used as a tool for self-development and reform.

Our program helps inmates evolve into leaders, build good habits and achieve social reform, producing citizens who are able to actively help their communities, and promote awareness of the true teachings of Islam by teaching the morals and ethics of the Noble Prophet (ṣ) and his divine household (ʿa).

We have regular correspondence with inmates through letters and send them Islamic books and curriculum guides. We hear their reflections and stories and personally tailor the books we send to their needs and interests. We also send our quarterly magazine known as Ṣirāṭ Link, postcards on Islamic holidays, and an annual calendar with prayer times.



We strive to teach and support those who are looking for a second chance and desire to walk the straight path, but are unable to access the necessary tools and information passed down to us by our Noble Prophet (ṣ) and his divine household (ʿa).

Our program began by sending Islamic books and answering letters. As we expand our network each year, we also provide new services that center around spiritual support and education.



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.

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