MINARET OF FREEDOM INSTITUTE

Rating: 4.33 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Health, International

Location: 4323 Rosedale Ave Bethesda MD 20814 USA

Mission: to promote the ideals of justice and free trade which is an essential common interest of Islam and the West, to demonstrate the Islamic origins of an essential common interest of Islam and the West, to demonstrate the Islamic origins of modern values such as the rule of law and market economics, to educate both Americans and Muslims world wide in the importance of liberty and free markets, and to advance the status of Musliim people by promoting a sympathetic environment in the

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Rating: 1 stars  

These folks pretend to love freedom and democracy, but advocate for sharia law. To Imad ad-Deen Ahmad, sharia government is not "theocracy," but "nomocracy," that is "Government in accordance with a system of law."

What law? Why, Islamic laws, supposedly given by God, which nevertheless demand we chop off the hands of thieves, stone adulterous women (including victims of rape) and institute the Dinar, as in the one time Islamic empire. How could anyone recommend this horrible organization or its hateful, lying proponents of everything foreign to American freedom, democracy, liberty and justice for all. Islamic law requires subversion of non-Muslims.

Donate time or money to Minaret of "Freedom" and you're really promoting our future slavery and your commitment to slavery. Who's barbaric laws are these? Not ours. Thank you very much, I prefer the U.S. Constitution, as should all Americans.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Reading everything they've published or broadcast, as well as all available presentations and writings of the founder. Be very wary, and understand that to Minaret of Freedom, sharia law is freedom and until we all accept Islam, we are doomed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Disband it, and revoke it's tax exempt status at once. Founder Imad ad-Deen Ahmad attended a terrorists' convention in Beirut in Jan. 2001 with Hamas, Hezbollah, al Qaeda, and other MB leaders worldwide --- and the now-imprisoned, convicted terrorist Abdurahman Alamoudi --- an Eritrean illegal immigrant jailed for 21 years for his admitted terror activities, including terror-funding. So, um, what is Ahmad raising money for, again? Zakat? Who are his recipients. We can only imagine.

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The Institute has been one of the forerunners in respect to assisting Muslims in our challenge to understand US politics and to feel welcomed to participate. Through lectures and other events, MOF brought Muslims from the fringes into the mainstream dialogues on such topics as health care, education and also US foreign policy. Their dedication to a plural society of equals, all participating in our country's struggle towards a more perfect union is to be applauded.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes, I have seen how people are informed and energized by their presentation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase their outreach.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I've learned a lot.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Always well informed and courteous.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach out to more people and get more people educated.

Ways to make it better...

I lived closer to the organization and could participate more often.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The number of people who need access to their programs but don't know about them.

One thing I'd also say is that...

They have done a tremendous job.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004-1-01

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Since 9/11 (2001) I have had to deal with young military personnel who know little to nothing about the religion of Islam and what it means to be a Muslim. I have had to alleviate their fears and explain the teachings of the Quran to many of our young warriors that had little exposure to the religion or the people who practice the religion. Thanks to the Minaret of Freedom Institute, I have been able to fill in gaps that I was lacking or shed further light on subjects that I had only a shallow understanding. Thank you Minaret of Freedom Institute for your support and wisdom.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The military rank and file.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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The Minaret of Freedom Institute headed by Dr. Imad Id Dean Ahmad is an extraordinary organization devoted to spreading liberal ideas intertwined with Islamic teachings. He draws on his vast knowledge of Islamic teaching to dispel the myth about Islam’s mistreatment of women where mistreatment of women in some Islamic countries is due to tradition rather than Islamic teachings. The Minaret of Freedom is a shining light that helped guide many through the darkness. Tell your story here and help others understand this charity

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Dr. Dean wrote several books about the role of Science in religion. His books show that religion and science can coexist and need not be adversaries.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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I've known Dean (founder of Minaret of Freedom Institute) since his days at Harvard as head of the Association for Rational Individualism student group. I've admired his steadfast commitment to the ideals animating free societies over the decades, including his formation of FMI. I was pleased to coauthor a paper online free markets in the special issue (June, 2009) that he edited of the Institute for Economic Affair's journal on Islam and Free Markets. A peaceful future in the Middle East and the world, I believe, hinges on awakening appreciation of open markets and depoliticized relationships. MFI is in a position to make vital contributions to such a future.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Spreading ideas of classical liberalism (libertarianism), women's rights, and Jeffersonian democracy

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Extremely positive. The Minaret of Freedom Institute does extraordinary things on an extremely limited budget. It conducts active programs focusing on the political economy of liberty both in the United States and abroad. It has been a privilege to work with the organization and with Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad. A typical example was Dr. Ahmad's keynote address at a conference at Loyala University on Islam and Markets that was subsequently published in Elgar's series on Economics of Property Rights. The Minaret of Freedom Institute has especially emphasized the property rights of women under Islamic law. I believe that the MFI's publication

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

conferences, colloquia, and the Minaret of Freedom Institute annual dinner.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Place priority emphasis on retention of a professional development officer.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The privilege of working with Dr. Ahmad and the diverse board of directors that includes Muslims and non-Muslims, men and women, immigrants and native-born Americans of diverse national origin.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All truly outstanding and eminently professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world. That is an objective devoutly to be wished.

Ways to make it better...

the organization had more money and able to increase the scope of its program.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the raising of money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

MFI is absolutely unique. In examining the relationship between Islam and liberty it fills an extremely important niche that no one else has addressed. It is moderate, judicious, and intellectual.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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As a supporter and avid reader of the research papers MFI has published, I love the thought provoking, and reasonable arguments for free markets within the Islamic context. Organizations like this are imperitive for the future of not just American Muslims, but quite frankly, all Muslims.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The research papers

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be a another way for libertarian Muslims to voice their opinion as well as shape thinking of how typical Muslims view economics and market systems within the Islamic context.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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My interaction with the Minaret of Freedom and those associated with it has always been very positive. Of special interest to me is the way the Minaret of Freedom seeks to educate its target audience in a broader, classically liberal perspective of Islam -- a perspective that makes it necessary to consider anew opinions within Islam about interpersonal relations, especially those with respect to women.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its openness to new ideas and exploring how to apply old ideas to new situations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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The Minaret of Freedom Institute is very important. It's a place for me to point people to who need a greater understanding of the progressive side of Islam. It's a great way to show conservative Americans that they have nothing to fear and can share much in common with Muslims.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending functions hosted by the Minaret of Freedom Institute and hearing President/Director Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad speak.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase their funding. Nothing else needs to change. This institute is as efficient and honorable as can be.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning more about free markets and Islam.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all wonderful, dedicated and educated people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

greatly improve the relationship between ordinary Americans and ordinary people in the Middle East.

Ways to make it better...

I had volunteered myself and/or made a donation.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

mischaracterizations of Muslims and Islamic organizations. The very reason why we greatly need the Minaret of Freedom Institute.

One thing I'd also say is that...

everyone who values peace and freedom needs to spread the word about the Minaret of Freedom Institute.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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I started at MFI as an intern and then was hired as a Program Assistant. The Minaret of Freedom Institute provided space for me to intellectually explore the relationship between liberty and Islam. It also gave me space to develop as a researcher. Under the mentorship of Dr. Ahmad, I was able to produce academic research and participate in academic conferences. Not only did working at MFI provide a launching pad for my career in academia, but it provided me with the opportunity to explore my faith and ideas in an open and welcoming environment.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its outreach to Muslim and non-Muslim communities.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the intellectual yet down-to-earth environment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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