2nd Chance Books for Prisoners

2nd Chance Books for Prisoners

Al-Hamdu lillah! In the first week we were able to ship out 54 books in total. 9 prisoners will each receive a package of 6 books. We sent these books to prisons in California, Florida, Virginia and South Carolina. Inshallah we will be able to reach all 50 states and Canada as well. Thank you all for the donations.

To learn more about how you can help please visit: http://www.yasinpublications.org/2nd-chance-books/

2nd Chance Books for Prisoners

2nd Chance Books for Prisoners

What is 2nd Chance Books?

Imam Mahdi Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded in the United Kingdom. This organization has many other projects that it manages in the UK as well as the United States. One of these initiatives that Imam Mahdi foundation has started is a program to send free books to prisoners. This program is called 2nd Chance Books, which is dedicated to the descendant of the Holy Prophet (pbuh); The 11th Imam Hassan Al-Askari (pbuh) who spent the majority of his life in prison and under house arrest by the corrupt ruler of the time.

The incarceration rate in the USA is the highest in the world. While Americans only represent 5% of the worlds population nearly one-quarter of the entire worlds inmates have been incarcerated in the USA. The prison population in the USA is 2.3 million. Most of these prisoners will fall victim to the cycle of the revolving door and become repeat offenders if they do not have the proper resources to educate themselves properly while serving their sentences.

This program will provide the proper tools for change; Free Islamic books on belief, ethics, morality and family structure in Islam. They can use these books as a tool for self-development and to reform themselves and also their friends, loved ones and communities upon their release. Some of the many benefits of this program are changing prisoners bad habits into good ones; achieving social reform by teaching the morals and ethics of the Holy Prophet and his Holy Household (pbut), molding leaders; producing better citizens who will be active in helping their communities upon their release, promoting awareness of the true teachings of Islam as taught by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his Holy Household (pbut) and to remove misinformation and misconceptions about Islam and Muslims from the peoples minds.

This program is funded by donations to Imam Mahdi Foundation. A donation of $25 can sponsor to send a prisoner a package of six books. We send these books through our publishing company Yasin Publications.

For prisoners who are reading this we want you to know that we are honored to be at your service. Please write us and let others who are interested in seeking knowledge about Islam to contact us at the address below.

Yasin Publications
Attn: 2nd Chance Books
P.O. Box 338
8253-A Backlick Rd.
Newington, VA 22122

Rosary (Tasbih) of Karbala soil is a part of Paradise

Rosary (Tasbih) of Karbala soil is a part of Paradise

Let us see about the Tasbih. The first to prepare a Tasbih was Fatima (s.a.). She took up some soil from the grave of Hamzah, the leader of martyrs in Uhud and made a rosary for remembering Allah constantly and frequently.

In the days of Imam Sadiq (‘a), he recommended, “Take benefit of the soil of Karbala for making rosaries. If such a rosary is made of the earth of the grave of Husain (‘a), it will fetch rewards even without recitation.”
Since the particles of the soil of the grave of Husain in Karbala them selves are busy glorifying God, the one holding its rosary will benefit even when he does not recite anything. Shaykh Shustari says, “This glorification is not like all other glorifications made by everything in the world. This one is extraordinary as it belongs to a part of paradise.” A tradition says, “O Jabir! Visit the grave of Husain (‘a). Verily Karbala is a part of paradise.”

Heart of the Quran: A Commentary of Surah Yasin by Ayatollah Dastaghayb