About Association for Preaching Islam
It was established in 1968 in order to expand Islamic Dawa to the people specially to the non-Muslim brethren and accomplish social services and social reforms. The samity is registered with the Government of Bangladesh under societies Registration Act. Its Registration number is Dha (d) 01067 (01-09-1981).
1. Objectives of the samity:
a) To extend the dawah of Islam in its correct form to the non-Muslim brothers and sisters through social services in all possible means.
b) To provide shelter, Islamic education to the helpless newly converted Muslims and help in their rehabilitation.
c) To impart vocational training to the new Muslims along with Islamic education in order to make them self-dependent.
d) To undertake mass education program in order to eliminate illiteracy and undertake program for moral upliftment to establish charitable medical centres in different parts of the country for the poor people.
2. Programmes of the samity:
a) To uplift the great ideals of Islam to all people irrespective of religion and colour in different parts of the country through tafsir programme, discussion meeting and questions and answers programmes. Specially to depict the greatness and beauty of Islam to the parents, brothers, and sisters and kith and kin of the newly converted Muslims in order to attract them towards Islam.
b) To preach Quran by post, in order to extend the teaching of the Quran to the Muslims, Hindus, Buddists, and Christians at home and abroad.
c) With the same objective to establish libraries in different regions of the country for reading books on different religions, dailies, weeklies, and monthlies.
d) To write and publish books on basic teachings of Islam and distribute them among the non-Muslims and newly converted Muslims free of cost.
3. Education and Training programmes:
For the helpless, shelter less new Muslim men and women there are two free boarding (new convert Home), where they are given free shelter, food, basic Islamic training, education in schools, colleges and universities. In some cases arrangements are also made for vocational training. In this way through education and training they are established in the Muslim society with honour and dignity. The samily also arranges marriages for the new Muslims.
4. Rehabilitation programme:
The samity gives cash money to new converts according to its ability, tries to procure job for them according to their qualification, bys sweing machines for them, gives capital for small scale business in order to rehabilitate them. In addition to these, distribution of warm cloths during winter season rehabilitation of flood affected people, service to the poor destitute are accomplished by the samity.
5. The projects of the samity:
In addition to the above benevolent programmes, the samity has some projects in different parts of Dhaka. These are as follows:
- New Muslim Training Centre at Savar, Dhaka
- Orphanage Support Center at Savar, Dhaka
- Street Children Education Centre in Dhaka
6. Branches of the Samity:
In the remote areas, in the trial areas, by the efforts of local people more than forty branches have been started. There is plan to open more branches in future.
7. Success of the Samity:
Being inspired by the Dawa and benevolent activities of the samity many non-Muslims are embracing Islam every year and becoming established in the society through vocational training.
8. Mentionable features of the Samity:
Samity tries to communicate the message of Islam to the non-Muslims in a meaningful way.
It is the only organization where there are arrangements for shelter and free boarding for the new converts.
It is the only organization in the country where there is arrangement for teaching Al-Quran by post for all people irrespective of faith, caste and creed. Its another characteristics is that its founder chairman Abul Hossain was a converted Muslim from Brahmin caste. He used to be a living God of several lacs of Hindus before his conversion to Islam. In his youth, he left the lucrative life of a Hindu priest and embraced Islam.
9. Organisational Structure:
There is an executive committee of 11 members to manage the affairs of the samity. The tenure of this committee is two years. The Chairman and 10 members of the committee are elected for every two calendar years terms. Besides this there is an advisory committee of 15 member also.
10. Economic condition of the Samity:
There is no fixed source of income of the Samity. Its only source of income is zakat, fitra, hide of the qurbani animals, monthly subscriptions and donations from the people. It is needless to say that to materialize the aims and objectives of the samity a substantial amount of money is needed.
Therefore, the samity is earnestly requesting the benevolent Muslims, different benevolent organizations at home and abroad to come forward with open hand for the cause of Islam.
It is to be believed there is no government nor any private fund earmarked for the newly converted Muslims, whereas there is no worse destitutes than the new converts who are separated from kith and kin and outcaste from the society. There is no orphan like them in any orphanage, so they are the greatest claimers of zakat, fitra and donation of every Muslim. May Allah enable all to come forward to help the poorest and shelterless new Muslims.
N.B.: Please send your zakat, fitra and all kinds of donation money to the office directly or deposit the same to samity’s Account Numbers given below:
General Fund Account: 7429
Zakat Fund Account: 7428
Sadaka Fund Account: 7427
Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited
Elephant Road Branch, Dhaka-1000.