What We Do 2017-09-20T15:37:15+00:00

What We Do

LibForAll plans and executes its programs in cooperation with like-minded leaders in the fields of religion, education, popular culture, government, business and the media, and is systematically building a global counter-extremism network that unites top opinion leaders in each of these fields. This, in turn, enables LibForAll to extend its reach to a grassroots level, and helps eliminate the underlying causes of terrorism—by creating and propagating models for a prosperous, moderate and tolerant Islam.

“Prior to his death in December 2009, our friend Kyai Haji Abdurrahman Wahid… set in motion a pair of interrelated endeavors to help realize Indonesia’s strategic potential as an engine of spiritual progress for humanity. The first of these, the International Institute of Quranic Studies (IIQS), seeks” to facilitate an intellectual, cultural, social, political, legal and spiritual transformation of the Muslim world, so that Islam may truly function as rahmatan lil ‘alamin, or “a blessing for all creation.”

“The second endeavor consists of a systematic effort to help educate and mobilize Western governments, civil society and public opinion at large, to address the complex array of threats posed by Islamist ideology, terrorism and a rising tide of Islamophobia in the West. This strategic endeavor, jointly undertaken by the Nadhlatul Ulama and LibForAll Foundation, seeks to develop a broad center-left to center-right coalition in North America and Europe that will unite the “humanitarian left” and “national security-oriented right” in forging the societal consensus required to marginalize and discredit both Islamist extremism and its mirror phenomenon in the West… This entails preventing the instrumentalization of Islam for political purposes, whether by Muslim extremists or by Western politicians, political parties and/or their ideological allies, and helping to ensure the ascendency of a pluralistic, tolerant and spiritual understanding of Islam throughout the world, including the Sunni and Shiite heartlands of the Middle East.”

A Track Record of World-class Results

  • Sister organization of LibForAll and its International Institute of Qur’anic Studies (IIQS)
  • Home of Divine Grace for Revealing and Nurturing Islam as a Blessing for All Creation (Bayt ar-Rahmah li ad-Da‘wa al-Islamiyyah Rahmatan li al-‘Alamin) is a 501(c)3 religious organization legally domiciled in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Acts in cooperative fellowship with the Nahdlatul Ulama, a network of traditional ahlussunnah wal jamaah (Sunni Muslim) institutions that constitutes the largest Islamic organization in the world
  • Founding directors and officers include the spiritual leader of the Nadlatul Ulama (Kyai Haji A. Mustofa Bisri) and the General Secretary of its Supreme Council (Kyai Haji Yahya Cholil Staquf)
  • Established to fulfill the vision of LibForAll/IIQS co-founder KH. Abdurrahman Wahid: “By working together, people of goodwill from every faith and nation can help defeat religious extremism and restore the majesty of Islamic teachings as a source of universal love and compassion (rahmatan lil ‘alamin), which represents a vital key to building a just, prosperous and peaceful world.” ~ from President Wahid’s introduction to The Illusion of an Islamic State
  • Co-sponsored and helped coordinate the Nahdlatul Ulama’s International Summit of Moderate Islamic Leaders (ISOMIL) and GP Ansor’s Global Unity Forum and their respective historic declarations in May of 2016
  • “[The] profoundly spiritual and tolerant worldview embodied in the term Islam Nusantara has begun to expand beyond its local framework to a global environment. Many lines of communication have been initiated between the Nahdlatul Ulama and various Western governments. [Spiritual leaders within] the Nahdlatul Ulama have begun to establish working relationships and operational nodes in many countries, operating under the organizational name, ‘Home of Divine Grace (Bayt ar-Rahmah).’ Each operational node propagates the model of tolerance embraced by the Nahdlatul Ulama—such as peaceful coexistence with others and respect for individuals’ right to privacy, including freedom of thought and conscience—and seeks to accomplish this by leveraging the profound humane and spiritual values that underlie and animate all religions.” ~ Muhammad Abul Fadl, “Political Horizons for Indonesian Islam,” Al-Arab
  • The brainchild of Kyai Haji A. Mustofa Bisri, the phenomenally successful Islam Nustanara campaign emerged from a six-week-long Festival of East Indies Saints, held in conjunction with maulid (celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s birth) in January and February of 2014
  • Adopted as the theme (“Strengthening East Indies Islam for the Benefit of Indonesian and World Civilization”) of the NU’s 33rd national congress held from 1 – 5 August 2015 in Jombang, East Java, to select its national leadership and establish an agenda for the next five years (2015 – 2020)
  • Publicly embraced by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who proclaimed: “I’m profoundly concerned by the political upheavals and bloodshed in the Muslim Middle East… Praise be to God, our Islam is Islam Nusantara. Islam that is gentle and polite. Islam that is civilized. That is Islam Nusantara: Islam full of tolerance.”
  • Vienna Observatory for Applied Research on Terrorism & Extremism
  • Joint Venture between the University of Vienna’s Institut für Orientalistik, LibForAll/IIQS, Bayt ar-Rahmah, GP Ansor and the Nahdlatul Ulama
  • Unites world-class expertise—academic, theological and technical (big data analysis)—regarding the online/offline activities of ISIS, al-Qaeda and other jihadi groups
  • Initial funding provided by Austria’s Interior Ministry
  • Established in order to “produce academically sound research concerning [the] ideology of religious hatred, supremacy and violence, and contribute to developing the societal consensus, and sound government policies, necessary to marginalize, discredit and defeat Islamist extremism.”
  • “A Viennese expert on Islam, Nico Prucha, wants to undermine radical Muslims’ digital hegemony and their recruiting operations. To accomplish this, he has managed to recruit 50 million allies—in Indonesia.” ~ Frederic Spohr, “How an Austrian Plans to Defeat the Islamic State,” Die Presse (Austria)
  • “Small, narrow minds cannot provide a solution to the problems facing Muslim societies today. We need big, broad minds to understand the fundamental message of the Qur’an as rahmatan lil ‘alamin—a source of grace and blessing for all humanity—and how to bring this message down to earth.” ~ Dr. Ahmad Syafii Maarif IIQS Co-founder and Former Chairman of the Muhammadiyah
  • “LibForAll is an NGO that cares deeply about Islam and Muslims… LibForAll aims to present the moderate and tolerant face of Islam, and explain the importance of [Muslims] returning to the essence of Islamic teachings which, until now, have been poorly understood by many groups [both in Islam and the West].” ~ al-Ahram (Egypt)
  • Western policy experts have described the work of IIQS as “invaluable,” “going to the heart of the matter,” “welcome and timely,” “a milestone,” “thoroughly well-conceived and comprehensive in scope,” and “of singular importance.”
  • Promotes a pluralistic and tolerant understanding of Islam, using the most popular communications medium in the Muslim world
  • Created by top Muslim theologians, and closely integrated with Bayt ar-Rahmah
  • Subtitled in Arabic, Turkish, Indonesian, English and German
  • “Rauf Ceylan, professor of Religious Studies at the University of Osnabrück, thought highly of the first episode of Ocean of Revelations to be screened in Germany. ‘It was very impressive to see the rich diversity of Islam conveyed in word and image, and especially (to hear) the voices from Indonesia,’ explained Ceylan…. What impressed the Islamic scholar more than anything else was the film’s depiction of Islam’s spiritual depths, which were accentuated again and again, along with its mystical components. ‘And it is tragic that precisely this Islam, this stream of Islam, which represents over 90% of Muslims, is completely overlooked in public debates (about Islam).’” ~ Ulrike Hummel, “Indonesian Television Series Ocean of Revelations Opposes the Political Instrumentalization (of Islam),” Qantara Deutschland

  • Went viral on the Internet and ignited a national firestorm of controversy in Indonesia, discrediting extremist ideology and movements as a threat to the nation, and to Islam itself
  • Dramatically impacted Indonesia’s 2009 elections – derailing the ambitions of Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated political party PKS
  • English edition (launched in May of 2011) hailed as “remarkable” and “a roaring success” by the Washington Post
  • Lasting impact helped shape the outcome of Indonesia’s 2014 national elections
  • “The LibForAll Foundation is one of the rare success stories of an initiative  in which moderate and and liberal Muslims—too often the silent and disorganized majority—have organized effectively to counter radical Islamist groups by promoting democracy and tolerance.” ~ Democracy Digest, published by the National Endowment for Democracy
  • Top Muslim leaders publicly condemned Holocaust denial, branding Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “a liar”
  • Covered in over 2,000 media outlets worldwide, including live TV broadcast in the Middle East, in Arabic
  • “Holocaust denial is thus the most visible symptom of an underlying disease — partly political, partly psychological, but mainly spiritual — which is the inability (or unwillingness) to recognize the humanity of others. In fighting this disease, religious leaders have an essential role to play. Armed with the knowledge that God created religion to serve as rahmatan lil ‘alamin, or a blessing for all creation, we must guard against efforts to demonize or belittle followers of other faiths.” ~ KH. Abdurrahman Wahid and Rabbi Israel Lau, “The Evils of Holocaust Denial,” Wall Street Journal
  • Generated years of saturation media coverage for counter-extremist messaging with multiple #1 albums and hit songs – inspiring millions of Muslim youth to proclaim “Yes to the Warriors of Love (Laskar Cinta)! No to the Warriors of Jihad!”
  • “References to the Koran are woven into one of Dewa’s most popular songs, “Laskar Cinta,” or “Warriors of Love.” Dhani said he wrote the lyrics to beckon his fans into a loving Islam.
    “‘Hey there, all you lovers of peace,’ the song goes. ‘Watch out, watch out and be on guard — for lost souls, anger twisting their hearts, for lost souls, poisoned by ignorance and hate. . . . Warriors of Love, teach the mystical science of love, for only love is the eternal truth and the shining path for all God’s children everywhere in the world.'” ~ Rebecca U. Cho, “Rock Star Rattles Radical Islam,” Religion News Service/Washington Post

Come, children, my sacred hymn
will lead you to the love of God