Two testimonies: MECA Incarcerated Muslim Support Project
By: Soha Yassine
As you know, MECA has partnered with The Claremont Forum Prison Library Project to send books to Muslim inmates. Additionally, we have sent dozens of DVDs and CDs of ICSC khutbas, Sunday Program lectures, and more to Imam Tariq Aquil, President of the Muslim Chaplains Association of America to be shared with inmates hungry for Islamic materials. Below you will find two letters, one from an inmate, and one from Imam Tariq about the impact these things have had. These touching notes are a testament to the need of such projects. If you are interested in getting involved with the MECA Incarcerated Muslim Support Project, please contact me at email@example.com.
Letter from Muslim Inmate
Letter from Muslim Chaplain
May 28, 2012
As Salaamu’ Alaikum,
Dear Sister Soha,
This letter comes to express my appreciation for the wonderful CD library that the Islamic Center of Southern California donated to the men at Soledad State Prison.
Just to place things in perspective, the prison houses 7,000 men with an average of 300 Muslims at any given time. Our library is interfaith and available to all inmates without regard to religion.
The CD’s have been well received and have spurred serious productive conversations among the inmate population. It will probably come as no surprise that the favorite series among the CD’s are Dr. Hathout’s “Straight Talk” programs. Dr. Hathout seems to defy those who speak of the digital or generational divide as he remains relevant to us all.
The CD’s also provided the atmosphere for the First Interfaith Panel Presentation at the prison which was entitled “I Believe…” Just to add a personal note I really appreciate the time and effort that went into preparing the compilation of over 100 lectures, khutbahs and discussions.
Once again, I thank you for your support and assistance and pray that Almighty God (Allah) richly reward you.
Your brother in service to Allah
Imam Tariq Ansaar Aquil