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Causes: Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Health, International, Promotion of International Understanding, Public & Societal Benefit, Public Health

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

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

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.