Mission Statement of
the Minaret of Freedom Institute "Those who, of their own free will and without any compulsion,
act according to the Qur'an and the Sunnah wear the turban of freedom."
Khwaaja-i-Jahaan Mahmuud Gawaan.
The Minaret of Freedom Institute was founded in 1993 with a dual mission for educating both Muslims and non-Muslims. For non-Muslims our mission is:
to counter distortions and misconceptions about Islamic beliefs and practice
to demonstrate the Islamic origins of modern values like the rule of law and sciences like market economics
to advance the status of Muslim peoples maligned by a hostile environment in the West and oppressed by repressive political regimes in the East
For Muslims, in fulfillment of the obligations laid upon them by the Qur'an and the Sunnah, our mission is:
to discover and publish the politico-economic policy implications of Islamic law (shari`ah) and their consequences on the economic well-being of the community,
to expose both American and Islamic-world Muslims to free market thought
to educate Islamic religious and community leaders in economics and in the fact that liberty is a necessary, though not sufficient, condition for the achievement of a good society,
to promote the establishment of free trade and justice (an essential common interest of Islam and the West)
To build upon the words of Thomas Jefferson, in fulfilling these goals we are pledged to wage unending holy struggle (jihâd) against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
We shall implement these goals through:
independent scholarly research (ijtihâd) into policy issues of concern to Muslim countries and/or to Muslims in America; publication of scholarly and popular expositions of such research;
translation of appropriate works on the free market into the languages of the Muslim world with introductions and commentaries by Muslim scholars;
and the operation of a scholars exchange program both to allow institute associates to make presentations to academics and policy makers in Muslim countries and to permit libertarian Muslims from abroad to spend time in contact with market-oriented Muslim scholars in America and to have access to resources not available in their home countries.
The Minaret of Freedom Institute is classified as a tax-exempt entity under § 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. It relies upon voluntary contributions from private corporations, foundations, and individuals to continue its work.
Islam and the Discovery of Freedom, by Rose Wilder Lane, with an Introduction and Commentary by Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D.