Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Islamic Research Foundation (IRF)

The Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), which was established in February 1991 in Mumbai, India is a registered non-profit public charitable trust. IRF become the seat of the Islamic da'wah in order to remove the misconceptions about Islam and to enhance the understanding of Islam among Muslims who are less aware.

To carry out activities, IRF uses advanced technology viable so it can be accessed from anywhere and by anyone as through various presentations on international television, cable TV, internet, and print media. Activities that dikaukan The Islamic Research Foundation provides much needed understanding about the truth and excellence of Islamic teachings - based on the glorious Qur'an and authentic Hadith, and follow reason, logic and scientific facts. If we want to gain knowledge and to gain an understanding of Islam through the internet, we are able to access Islamic Research Foundation through http://www.irf.net.

On the site everyone (Muslims and non-Muslims) can easily find important information about the religion of Islam through an article written by a qualified resource persons and through Dawah delivered via video. For some people in the world including Muslims may be somewhat difficult to understand the religion of Islam, and therefore at the Islamic Research Foundation, the reader can compare other religions with Islam based on logical reasoning, theories, and facts. They are Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism and Atheism.

Through videos and articles written by people who are qualified and really have a grasp of Islam, including the understanding of the Qur'an and Hadith in which Dr. Zaakir Naik, Ahmed Deedat, A. Raheem Green, Fazaga Yasir, Yasir Qadhi, Fariq Up, Hussain Yee, Salem Al Aamry, Saeed Rageah, Assim Alhakeem, Ziaullah Khan, and Yusuf Estes. They all provide an explanation of Islam that is easily understood by logic and facts.


Activities of Islamic Research Foundation

Islamic Research Foundation Ladies' Wing Introduction
The IRF Ladies’ Wing strives exclusively for and amongst the ladies, Alhamdulillah, with activities and programmes for Islamic Da’wah and understanding, as well as practicing and promoting the message of Islam pragmatically. It is backed up by the technology and facilities and services, as feasible for ladies, as those available in the other Islamic Research Foundation departments.

The IRF Ladies' Wing regularly organises seminars, debates, symposia, workshops, group and panel discussions, elocution competitions, quiz competitions, training workshops, Islamic skits, etc.

Ladies' Wing Activities
The IRF Ladies' Wing provides information, literature, reading library facilities and clarifications on issues of Islam and Comparative Religion.

It also manages the Islamic Research Foundation Children's Wing which operates on Saturdays between 4.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. during which children are taught Islamic values, etiquettes, manners, Islamic songs, Islamic games, etc.

Children's Wings
The IRF Children’s Wing (handled by the Ladies’ Wing) caters to the specialised needs of inculcating true Islamic ideals and practices in Muslim children, at their level of grasping. Its children’s programmes and learning and playing facilities for children include Islamic based Multimedia CD-ROMs, video and audio DVDs games and books for children.

Islamic Telecast
The IRF's TV talks and interviews, lectures, symposia and other Islamic programmes are telecast on international satellite TV channels to millions of people worldwide daily, in more than 125 countries of the world, including countries in USA, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia. In the city of Mumbai alone, Islamic programmes of IRF are relayed through cable TV networks to more than a million homes daily for about two to three hours

Production Studio
The IRF Satellite and Cable TV Production Studio manages the production of Islamic video programmes on Digi-Beta and Betacam formats for distribution to international satellite TV channels, cable TV networks, the IRF DVDs library and the IRF sales outlet.

Its hi-tech equipment include a digital 3CCD multi-camera set-up for Digi-Beta and Betacam recording and two AVID Media Composer non-linear editing systems with multi-cam and on line editing facilities, besides the Digi-Beta and Betacam linear editing systems and other broadcast equipment

Library
Islamic Audio CD's
The IRF has a large collection of Islamic Audio CDs including complete recitations of the Glorious Qur’an by world renowned Qaris. It also has the English translation of the Glorious Qur’an by Abdullah Yusuf Ali. The IRF Islamic Audio CD Library has an exclusive collection for the children.

Islamic Audio DVDs
The IRF stocks a large collection of audio cassettes on Islam and Comparative Religion. These include lectures, T.V. programmes, interviews, documentaries, debates and symposia of renowned Islamic orators like Dr Zakir Naik, Shaikh Ahmed Deedat, Abdur Raheem Green, Yassir Fazaga, Yasir Qadhi, Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips and several others.

Video Library
The IRF stocks the world’s largest collection of more than 5000 titles of video cassettes on Islam and Comparative Religion (4000 in English, 600 in Urdu, 400 in Arabic and 100 in other languages). These includes lectures, T.V. programmes, interviews, documentaries, debates and symposia of renowned Islamic orators like Sheikh Ahmed Deedat, Dr. Zakir Naik, Dr. Israr Ahmed, Dr. Jamal Badawi, Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips and several others. These video cassettes, as well as many of them in the video CDs and DVD, format, are available to the public on free hire.

Research Library
The IRF has free facilities for the public which include computers for doing ‘da’wah’ on the internet and CD-ROMs use, DVD Player TV and Audio systems for viewing DVD and listening to audio DVDs / CD’s. It has a reading area for the reading of books and magazines from the tens thousands of books in English on Islam and Comparative religion, including texts and scriptures of the world's major religions as well as from the thousands of books in Arabic available at the IRF. It is also used as a Multipurpose Room for discussions, viewing the programmes in the auditorium (when it is full) through CCTV, etc.

Publication
The IRF handles the free distribution of more than 50 IRF publications on Islam all over India, on request. It dispatches complimentary copies of the Glorious Qur'├ón, with Arabic text and English translation, as well as IRF’s  free literature on Islam to schools, colleges, and other institutions, as well as to interested people of other faiths all over India. It also handles other publishing and printing related activities of the IRF.

Islamic programmes, including lectures, talks, elocutions, quizzes, Da’wah training and educational sessions, screening of video programmes, symposia and debates with scholars of other religions, are regularly held in these auditoriums. IRF programmes are organised here every Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Special programmes too are held from time to time on other weekdays.

The IRF also uses this auditorium for holding exhibitions on Islam & Comparative Religion.

This auditorium is equipped with the state-of-the-art audio-video equipment, sound system and regular workshop facilities such as white board, overhead projector and facilities for projecting slides and powerpoint presentations.

Auditorium
The Auditorium is linked by closed circuit T.V. connection with the Ladies' Wing so that sisters can view the programmes live and also ask questions to the speakers. This auditorium is similarly linked to the multi-purpose reading and reference library which accomodates the spill over audience from the auditorium.

Public Talks
Public talks and interactions of international Islamic scholars are organised by the IRF in large auditoriums in India.

Regular symposia and dialogues are held between IRF Da'ees and scholars of other faiths. These help to promote a better understanding of similarities and differences in viewpoints and their relevance in coming to common terms and maintaining a peaceful co-existence.

Source: http://www.irf.net