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ICNA Council for Social Justice (CSJ) is a 501(c)(4) social justice/human rights organization that strives to systematically facilitate assertive Muslim involvement in the field of human struggle for the rights of the poor and oppressed in the United States.  We are told in the Qur’an:

Oh you who believe! Be standard bearers for Justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, Or your kin, whether it be rich or poor; For Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts, lest you Swerve, and if you Distort Justice or decline To do Justice, verily Allah is well-Acquainted with all that you do.” [Qur’an 4:135]

“We have already sent Our messengers with clear evidences and sent down with them the Scripture and the balance that the people may maintain [their affairs] in justice.” [Qur’an 57:25]

Established by the Islamic Circle of North America, CSJ enters the social justice/human rights arena in America to cooperate with existing social justice efforts, and organize new initiatives when appropriate, to eliminate barriers to full citizenship rights and privileges, work to restore civil liberties required for a democratic society, and raise public awareness and work to remove the gross inequities of the US criminal justice system.  The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) told us:

Whoever among you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; if he cannot, then with his tongue; if he cannot, then with his heart – and that is the weakest of Faith.” [Reported by An-Nasa’i]

The mission of all of the Prophets, including the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), was to elevate human existence and establish unparalleled just societies through submission to the Creator.

“And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression.” [Qur’an 5:2]

What do our friends say about ICNA CSJ?

The establishment of the Islamic Circle of North America’s Council for Social Justice is a welcome development in the realm of faith-based advocacy.  People of faith have long seen the importance of bringing the moral weight of religion to bear on public policy discussions.  Doing so as a collaborative effort among colleagues of different faiths only adds to the influence we might have in these discussions.  In this effort, the National Council of Churches sees the ICNA Council for Social Justice as a key partner.”

Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos
Senior Program Director for Faith & Order and Interfaith Relations
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA

Congratulations on this important step.  I am delighted that ICNA has launched this new council.”

Wesley M. “Pat” Pattillo
Senior Program Director for Justice and Advocacy and Communication
National Council of Churches USA

This is indeed an important undertaking for you and for ICNA!  May God bless this new work with vision and strength. We are all faced with problems of injustice that are so large that we need one another to address them; we can only succeed through common work.  I will do what I can to bring Presbyterian Churches into partnership with ICNA and Muslim brothers and sisters around shared concerns.”

Jay T. Rock
Office of Interfaith Relations
World Mission
General Assembly Council
Presbyterian Church (USA)