The Muslim community is in crisis, and all of its spiritual, cultural, and political woes stem from a single problem, which is ignorance. Though there are still true scholars, heirs of the Prophets, in the Muslim world, the lack of strong institutions have left them either marginalized or irrelevant to the broader society. As a result, even the most sincerely devout person is subject to being misled about the religion.
However, all hope is not lost, and nor will it ever be. The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: “There will never cease to be a group from my community obviously on the truth” (al-Bukhari and Muslim). We have a golden opportunity to renew the Islamic intellectual tradition by restoring the high caliber scholarship that was standard in the great institutions of our past. Realizing this requires dedication and perseverance. Such is the way of our imams, historically and to the present day. Our vision is of a Muslim community imbued with the spirit of our Righteous Predecessors in knowledge and practice, with both the character and the strength to lead in a world that is crying for guidance.