وَيُطْعِمُونَ الطَّعَامَ عَلَىٰ حُبِّهِ مِسْكِينًا وَيَتِيمًا وَأَسِيرًا

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

(Sūrah al-Insān: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.

1800

Inmates in our network

674

Islamic books sent to inmates

249

Letters exchanged with inmates

1800

Inmates in our network

2347

Resources
Sent to inmates

  The Challenge

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.

What We Do

We seek to provide the proper tools for change for incarcerated Muslims. 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.

Our program helps inmates mold 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 and his divine household.

We have regular correspondence with inmates through letters. We hear their reflections and stories and personally tailor the books we send to their needs and interests. We also send quarterly magazines, postcards on Islamic holidays, and an Annual calendar with prayer times.

Our Mission

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 information passed down to us by the beloved Infallibles (peace be upon them all).

Our program began by sending books and answering letters. Each year we strive to expand our network and services to provide complete spiritual support and education.

Our Work

  • States Served: 41/50
  • 2,728 Active Inmates
  • 6,699 Individual Books Mailed

Ṣirāṭ Link

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 sheikhs.

We pray for this magazine to be 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.

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