Our curriculum is designed to ensure that all the course work fits into a specific theme of character reformation. We believe that character reformation is the key to not only working with current or formerly incarcerated men and women, but also to their eventual release and reintegration into the greater society.


Our curriculum incorporates a significant amount of spiritual and behavioral modification geared towards developing qualities which increase accountability for actions. These components of our curriculum are thoroughly reinforced throughout all the courses. One of the primary areas of focus is understanding and changing the criminal personality.  To inherit their contributory role in society, the incarcerated must develop emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and socially. Our curriculum offers a methodical development in all these phases.

The three core components of the program are:


1) Sound Islamic knowledge
2) Realization of the prisoner’s experience
3) Recognition of the security concerns in dealing with prisoners

Three Core Components


1) Sound Islamic Knowledge


“Our communities are in need of more organizations like Tayba Foundation which place Islamic education as their root goal. The distance learning program for Muslim prisoners that the Tayba Foundation offers is unique and provides the participants access to a high quality education that they previously did not have.”

— Imam Tahir Anwar, South Bay Islamic Association, San Jose, CA


2) Realization of the Prisoner’s Experience


Through teaching prisoners and parolees for over a decade and from spending a great deal of time consulting and advising with experienced chaplains, the Tayba Foundation has developed a deep understanding of the reality that prisoners live in.

“Islamic education has to be relevant to the reality of the prisoner.”


— Imam Abu Qadir Al Amin, Imam of San Francisco Muslim Community Center & Former Chaplain


3) Recognition of the Security Concerns in Dealing with Prisoners


“If we work within the boundaries of security, the program will be successful.” — Imam Michael Salaam, Chaplain of Avenal State Prison


The number one concern of prison officials is security; thus, failure to follow procedures could cause a program to be terminated. Members of our staff have experience in facilitating programs in prisons and are very familiar with departmental regulations pertaining to working with prisoners. The Tayba Foundation seeks the advice of Muslim chaplains who have experience in dealing with prisoners and prison-related programs. This allows Tayba to maintain strict adherence to all guidelines established by the various institutions that we work with.


Tayba Foundation currently has more than 355 students enrolled in its Distance Learning Program. Please contact us if you would like to sponsor the education of one or more students.