Let’s write the next chapter of American Islam together

We envision a time when all prisoners who are Muslim or are interested in Islam can soundly learn the deen & succeed once on the outside.

We believe that this is a key to the growth and transformation of the American Muslim community.

Are you with us?

1 in 100

in America are Muslim

1 in 10

in Prison are Muslim

90%

of Muslims in Prison are Converts

That’s 200,000+

Muslim converts behind bars…

and most don’t have any way to learn their religion

Connect Muslim Prisoners to

Their religion

90% of Tayba’s students are converted to Islam. For most, Tayba materials are their first access to knowledge of mainstream Islam. Our curriculum is balanced, comprehensive, and specifically tailored for inmates.

Muslim Teachers

Most Muslims behind bars have no access to an imam or a chaplain, so answering simple questions about their faith can literally take years.Tayba provides students access to its faculty via mail, email, and phone.

You

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Nearly 1 in every 10 prisoners in America will convert to Islam

Despite the many challenges Muslims face in prison, Islam continues to provide prisoners a spiritual foundation, a strong brotherhood, and a means for transformation.

But this growth is despite the many challenges Muslims face in prison

Forget books of beliefs, prayer, or spirituality. In some prisons, multiple inmates are forced to share a single copy of the Qur’an.

If materials are available, they’re often provided by groups such as the Ahmadis, Nation of Islam, Five Percenters, and others.

As a result, many new converts struggle with their faith as they see it misrepresented by other Muslims or people of other faiths.

Leadership

Most prisons don’t have an imam or a chaplain.

Nobody ever comes to lead prayer, give khutba, teach the religion, answer questions, or provide spiritual care.

In some prisons, an inmate steps up to this responsibility (as many Tayba students do). But not all have the requisite knowledge and may cause more harm than good.

Disruptive treatment

At some prisons, guards and the institution are openly hostile to Muslims.

During “shakedowns”, copies of the Qur’an are sometimes confiscated and desecrated, and other Islamic literature removed.

In other cases, congregational prayer, classes, and even jumuah are banned, preventing inmates from gathering and learning their religion

No support from the outside

Most Muslims who converted in prison come back to free society without any connections.

Few Muslim communities reach out the prisons or lend a helping hand.

As a result, many parolees have nowhere to go and no community to support them. Some don’t even know where the closest masjid is.

Forced to rely on their old connections instead, many fall back into crime or leave Islam entirely.

How Tayba is Helping

Education

Tayba’s curriculum is tailored to address the needs of Muslim inmates.
It is comprehensive, covering beliefs, worship, Islamic law, and spirituality, from the basics to an intermediate level.
Our top students have gone on to teach in their communities following re-entry.

Access to Teachers

Tayba’s students can contact our faculty by email, letter, or phone.
We are often their only resource for answering questions about religion. Our communication has often helped resolve prison-wide disagreements on Islamic issues that would divide an entire community.

Re-Entry Support

Tayba helps prepare students for re-entry through our Life Skills program.
Upon release, we are mentoring or coaching some students with living expenses, job search, education, and entrepreneurship.
Some continue to take Tayba’s courses even in free society.

Knowledge changes everything

Mental Strength

Understanding Allah & His Decree helps students deal with their (often unjust) incarceration

Improved Character

Learning about Islamic character & etiquette transforms many students, often pulling them out of bad (and dangerous) company

Lack of Leadership

Due to their knowledge, many Tayba students become leaders – or even prison imams – in their communities.

Tayba’s faculty are often the first teachers our students have ever had access to

Many state prisons do not provide any chaplains or imam for Muslims prisoners. Those that do often do not ensure proper qualifications. As a result, prisoners often go on for years without having their questions answered. For many, Tayba is the first resource of that sort after years behind bars.

5x the Impact

Nearly every Tayba student reports having taught something of what he learned with Tayba to his fellow inmates. This way, Tayba’s courses have an impact on a far larger number of prisoners than our student numbers alone suggest.

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PrisonConnect members will get a special email every month with stories from some of our students behind bars. You’ll get to follow their challenges & successes, and learn more about the issues Muslims face behind bars.