Sajad
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Sajad

Sajad grew up as a troubled teen. He started associating with gang members and participating in destructive lifestyles, which inevitably resulted in a six-year prison sentence while still a teenager. A year after his release and with no education or marketable skills, he found himself gravitating towards those same destructive lifestyles and being sentenced to...

Tahir
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Tahir

Tahir was one of our hardest working students and most willing to give back to the Tayba Foundation family.  He spent over two decades in prison, but was one of the nicest and helpful brothers we ever met. His story is similar to the stories of so many of our students. They endured extreme hardships...

Abdul Lateef
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Abdul Lateef

Abdul Lateef, one of Tayba Foundation’s best students who just got out after 31 years in prison, is enjoying a Smoked Salmon Pizza at Falafel Corner, Fremont, Ca. He has stage 4 cancer and is on a restricted diet, so they made him a very special Smoked Salmon Pizza. The pizza was so good, the...

Gangsta Lovin: A Blood, a Crip and a Nonprofit
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Gangsta Lovin: A Blood, a Crip and a Nonprofit

From left to right: Taahir, Yusef Wiley and TimeList board member, Ansar Greenwell. Photo by Sa’Nae Ellis They once used to be enemies. A Blood and a Crip. But now, Yusef Andre Wiley and Taahir Michael Prather have come together to make a difference. It sounds like a made-for-TV special produced by Snoop. Only it’s...

Eid in Prison? A Former Inmate Recounts
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Eid in Prison? A Former Inmate Recounts

In some prisons, Muslims do not have the luxury to perform the Eid prayer in congregation. The timing of the prayer or other factors, which would normally not be applied in such circumstances, are used as grounds to justify denying the brothers this opportunity to congregate. That being said, it should be noted that nearly...

Tayba at ISNA’s 51st Convention
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Tayba at ISNA’s 51st Convention

Tayba Foundation at ISNA’s 51st convention in September, 2014. We shared out course material and student artwork with attendees. Special thank you to the Tayba teachers who made it there: Sajad Shakoor, Amin Rafiq, Aquil Onque and Rami Nsour.

Stephan “Mujahid”
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Stephan “Mujahid”

Would you like to see the transformative effect of a Tayba Foundation¬†education? Stephan, “Mujahid,” went to prison as a young, angry man. He was a thug doing serious prison time in South Carolina, but Allah guided his heart towards Islam. Shortly thereafter, he found Tayba. Mujahid’s story is unique. He is not the typical prison...