The Institute Of Islamic KnowledgePO Box 8307, Houston, TX 77288, USA
The Institute of Islamic Knowledge, hereinafter called ‘the Institute’ shall
provide a foundation for an "Islamic University," disseminate the
message of Islam to as wide an audience as possible and help Muslims and
non-Muslims to understand Islam. It is also intended to help the hundreds of
inmates who embraced Islam, the thousands of adults who are unable to attend
regular Islamic study meetings, and the thousands of children who are unable to
attend regular Islamic Schools.
REASONS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF IIK
There are two major factors attributed to the establishment of this
1.Ignorance of the Muslim Community from eternal teachings of Islam. They have
strong belief in the book of Allah and Sunnah (Traditions of the Prophet ), but
due to socio-economic and technological changes in the society there has been
present weariness regarding religion which is harming the community. Among the
Muslims this is not a revolt against religion, but it is due to lack of
information and progressive decline in the religious education. With the
blessings of Allah, we are striving to minimize this deficiency and make our
best efforts to disseminate Islamic teachings to everyone, Muslims and
2.It has been felt that the image of Islam as portrayed and projected in the
West is tainted with prejudices. Furthermore, the available writings, mainly by
the orientalists and other authors, strongly reflect a colonial outlook.
Establishment of this Institute is a humble attempt to project Islam free from
all historical and political bias. We are confident, that those who will enroll
with this institute and go through the series of lessons, they will have a much
better understanding of the ideals and aspirations of Islam. Islam aims at
creating and supporting a society whose material and spiritual aspects are
balanced. This is a society of God-fearing men and women based on social
justice and service to humanity.
IMPORTANCE OF KNOWLEDGE
A summary of the importance of Knowledge as outlined in the Qur’an and the
Hadith is as follows:
Islam emphasized the importance of knowledge to all mankind.
The word knowledge ('ILM) is mentioned in the Qur'an more than 700 times in 87
different forms. The very first revelation to Prophet Muhammad at the Cave of
Hira has outlined the importance of reading and teaching in which Allah says:
“Read! In the name of your Rabb Who created - created man from a leechlike
mass. Read! Your Rabb is the Most Gracious, Who taught by the Pen, taught man
what he knew not.” Surah Al-‘Alaq (96:1-6)
Allah honors all those who are knowledgeable and says that
they cannot be compared with the ignorant ones. Allah says: “Is the one whose
heart Allah has opened to Islam and is walking in the light from his Rabb like
the one who has learned no lesson and is still a non-Muslim. So woe to those
whose hearts are hardened against the remembrance of Allah! They are clearly in
error. Allah has revealed the most beautiful message (Al-Qur’an), a Book
consistent in its verses yet repeating its teachings in different ways.” Surah
The Prophet Muhammad has emphasized Knowledge tremendously and said: “Seeking
knowledge is a must for every Muslim, male or female, from cradle to grave and
in any part of the world.” In as much as seeking knowledge is a must on every
Muslim, dissemination of knowledge is also incumbent on Muslims to the members
of the society. Hiding or keeping the true knowledge away from those who seek
it, is considered a sin. In another Hadith the Prophet said: “The knowledgeable
people are the inheritors of the Prophets.” He further said that knowledge is
to be disseminated to all, and the best knowledge is that of the Qur'an,
saying: “The best amongst you are the ones who learn the Qur'an and teach it to
others.” The best investment for every human being is through: Perpetual
charity (Sadaqah Jariyah), Useful Knowledge that people shall benefit of, and a
loving child who shall make prayers for his/her parents. In this regards the
Prophet has said: "Deeds of the children of Adam are over when they die
except from three things: perpetual charity, a useful knowledge, or a good
child who makes supplications for him.”
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The Aims and Objectives of the Institute are:
1. To promote Islamic knowledge based on
the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad,, as a final testimony and
source of all guidance for mankind.
2. To create a better understanding
of Islam among Muslims and non-Muslims through education and communication.
3. To research and develop Islamic
literature, helpful to the Muslims in living their daily lives in accordance
with Islamic Shari’ah i.e. Qur’an and Sunnah.
4. To publish books and other
literature about Islam and its teachings based on Objective #1 stated above.
5. To prepare the Islamic Correspondence
courses and help hundreds of Muslims who are unable to attend Islamic study
sessions offered by various religious organizations and thousands of children
who are unable to attend regular or weekend Islamic Schools.
6. To disseminate Islamic knowledge
and the Message of Islam to as wide an audience as possible through TV, Radio,
Video, Audio and other means of mass communications.
7. To cooperate with other
societies, foundations and organizations whose aims and objectives are similar
to that of the Institute.
Chairman of institute
Muhammad Farooq-i-Azam Malik
B.A. Honors – Economics, Islamiat and Arabic Language - 1963
LL.B. - Islamic Law (Shari'ah) -1965
M.A. - Economics - 1966.
M.B.A. - Accounting, Auditing and Business Law - 1975
Ph.D. - Business Administration - 1983
Worked as a Professor for 3 years, as an Attorney for 5 years, Audit Management
for 18 years in a major U.S. Corporation and now he has dedicated his life for
conveying the Message of Allah. He is serving as a Chairman, Board of Trustees
and Dean of the Institute of Islamic Knowledge, an Institution dedicated in the
development of authentic Islamic Knowledge and its distribution.
ISLAMIC WORK - Fee-Sabee-Lillah
During his residence in Pakistan he started an organization called
Anjaman-e-Islâh-e-Muâshra (Social Welfare Society - 1959) to reform Aqeedah and
fight against the un-Islamic local customs. This organization worked in all the
surrounding villages and was successful in achieving most of its objectives. He
also started Tarjama-tul-Qur'an (Translation of the Holy Qur'an- 1963) sessions
at various Masâjid.
During his residence in New York he started Dars-e-Qur'an (Qur'anic Study
Sessions - 1970) at Bronx and Manhattan. Al-Hamdulillah, most of his
Dars-e-Qur'an participants are the founding members of different Islamic
Centers. He is among the pioneers of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).
After moving to Houston in 1975 he was elected three times (6 years) as a
Treasurer of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH). As treasurer, he
organized Accounting and Check-o-Matic systems. He was then elected twice as
the Director of Religious Affairs and one time as the Director of Education (6
years). In these positions he organized the Zonal system of ISGH for children's
Islamic Education and Qur'anic Tajweed. Then he was elected as the President of
ISGH (2 years). In that position he lead the community in buying the Zonal
facilities at the North, Southwest, Southeast, Northwest and Bear Creek areas
and putting these facilities in Owqâf (Trust) with North American Islamic Trust
(NAIT). He also accomplished the amendments to the ISGH Constitution and Bylaws
for the future unlimited growth of the Muslim Community in Greater Houston
area. He also served as Chairman of the Planning and Administration and Vice
President of the ISGH for 8 years and currently he is serving in its Khateebs
and Publications Committees. He is a founding member of the Islamic Education
Institute of Texas (IEIT) and the Institute of Islamic Knowledge (IIK).
At the National Level he has worked as Vice Chairman of the Islamic
Coordinating Committee (ICC) and has been a member of the Board of Advisers and
currently is a member of the Board of Trustees of North American Islamic Trust
PUBLICATIONS - All dedicated Fee-Sabee-Lillah:
Al-Qur'an - The Guidance for Mankind - Translation of its Meanings in
contemporary American English (Two editions – with Arabic Text for Muslims and
English only for non-Muslims)
Al-Zakah, An Islamic Financial Responsibility - the Social Security System in
Islam (a complete manual of the Shari'ah requirements and Accounting methods of
calculations with eleven schedules).
Al-Wasiyyah, "The Islamic Will" - A mandatory Commandment for the
residents of North America (a complete manual of U.S. Laws and Shari'ah Laws
with generic "Last Will and Testament" forms)
Al-Qur’an Software – A unique software with subject index carrying over 11,000
references from the Qur’an. Ability to export Arabic Qur’anic verses and their
translation directly to the word processors for preparing Khutba, lectures,
development of books and other Islamic literature.
Al-Zakah Software - to help in understanding and implementing the 3rd Pillar of
Islam. This software includes: Zakat in the Qur’an, Ahadeeth, a complete Manual
and Calculators to calculate Zaka-tul-maal for individuals as well businesses.
What is Islam? Who are the Muslims?(English as well as Spanish) - a unique
D’awah tool answering the questions raised by media and to build a bridge
between Muslims and non-Muslims communities.