Dear Community Members, Assalaamu ’alaykum

Justice is the base that supports the whole world – is what the marquee on the IABA campus reads. It is one of Imam Ali’s (a.s.) many sayings on social justice. The saying was put on the marquee in regards to the recent injustices occurring around the country and the senseless death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

IABA strongly condemns all forms of racism, bigotry, and violence and stands in support of the marginalized and those who are unfairly treated. Human life is sacred and as the Quran instructs us, whoever kills an innocent person is as if he has killed all of mankind, and whoever saves a person is as if he has saved all of mankind [5:32]. Social justice is a key tenet of the teachings of our beloved Prophet (s.a.w.) and his Ahl-ul-Bayt (a.s.). It was the Prophet’s (s.a..w) teachings on social justice that transformed a society which valued wealth, race, lineage, and tribe into one where people were valued for their piety and taqwa, regardless of the color of their skin, wealth, or lineage. We need to uphold those teachings.

Thank you to all those who generously donated during the Ramadan Fundraising. May Allah reward them for their generosity. Our final tally stands at $25,159! This is a first — we have never received this level of support before, during our Ramadan Fundraising drive.