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Badr's Mission Statements
Badr Ethiopia believes that mankind in general is imbued with basic goodness and inalienable rights as the pursuit of freedom, justice and peace. The fulfillment of these rights requires the serious pursuit of vigilance that encompasses spiritual empowerment and social justice through mutual understandings and cooperation that will engender knowledge, tolerance and peaceful coexistence.
In order to carry out this mission, the specific objectives of Badr shall be to:
- Administer Da’awa (invitational) activities to Muslims and non-Muslims by teaching the true understanding of Islam through workshops, seminars, national conferences, intercultural and interfaith dialogs as well as cultural and social services.
- Organize, direct, coordinate, and guide member chapters that are established as private associations of individuals seeking to enhance their Islamic knowledge and Ethiopian heritage through education, collaboration, communication, social networking, community awareness, public relations, publications, media relations, seminars, workshops, etc.
- Establish the appropriate environment for Islamic worship and education through the establishment of Islamic and educational centers of activities in Badr chapters, which can be utilized to provide educational programs, instructional materials, and practical guidelines for personal and professional development in line with Islamic teachings.
- Promote and preserve members’ religious, cultural and social heritage and develop positive values through dialogue, understanding and tolerance by providing scholarly evidence and retrieval systems which will help rectify inaccurate information or written material concerning Muslim history in Ethiopia.
- Advocate harmony and cooperation among all the members to advance the objectives of the organization and to strengthen the fraternal bond among Muslims and the greater society by coordinating educational training programs that provide Islamic knowledge and launch Islamic leadership projects such that trained members can employ their expertise in negotiations, conflict resolutions and human and voting right issues.
- Advocate legislative and public policies for the protection of civil and humanitarian rights for Muslims and Ethiopian Muslims in particular by advancing the freedom of worship according to one’s belief or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
- Engage in developmental, health, educational projects and programs in North America and Ethiopia that will improve the lives of its citizens and thereby empower them socially and economically by establishing national Islamic institutions, cooperatives, museums, universities and banking systems.
- Serve as a bridge between Ethiopian Muslims in the Diaspora and Ethiopian Muslims in Ethiopia by establishing institutions of integrity, youth leadership programs, sponsoring of high caliber scholars, exchanging academicians and spiritual leaders.
- Pursue open dialogs with governments or faith-based organizations with regards to legal rights or constitutional right protection as well as pursuing intercultural and interfaith dialogs that will greatly contribute to mutual understanding, cooperation, and peaceful coexistence among diverse peoples in Ethiopia and around the world.
- Identify with the community, society and country in which we live so that our productive contributions are not just good for Muslims but beneficial to all fellow citizens in North America or elsewhere.
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Badr's Vision Statements
Badr’s vision is to bring positive social change through intensive and innovative solutions that are sustainable and replicable for Ethiopian Muslims in Ethiopia and abroad.
Badr's Wider Vision
Excellence is embodied in the principles and directives of Badr for self-sufficiency and individual accountability. One of Badr’s top vision and priority is to improve the social and economic status of Ethiopian Muslims in Ethiopia so that they can fully participate in the affairs of their country. Through its chapters, Badr will organize and educate its members to efficiently implement its guidelines, procedures and its resolutions. History occupies a pivotal spot in the vision of Badr. Through the development of a high level organizational structure, Badr hopes to enlighten Ethiopians and others of all persuasions about the accurate history and contributions of Ethiopian Muslims. Badr believes that historical milestones in the context of Islam are indispensable to the personal and professional development of model citizens who will uphold moral values and exert positive force for peace and justice in society. Ethiopian Muslims in the Diaspora share common heritage and roots with Ethiopians in the homeland. Consequently, it will be one of Badr’s main objectives to help organize, empower and establish strong institutions in Ethiopia that will provide guidance and direction to Ethiopian Muslims’ constitutional rights at the political, religious, economic and social levels. Badr strongly believes that at the base of all freedoms is the freedom to worship freely.
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Badr's Goals and Objectives
Here are Badr's main goals and objectives in a nutshell:
- To propagate the true teachings of Islam based on the Qur'an and the Sunnah
- To preserve and defend the Islamic belief, heritage, values and practice of Ethiopian Muslims
- To build Ethiopian Muslim organizations into a unified force of high integrity
- To develop a strong foundation of support and charity to Muslims in Ethiopia
- To educate and engage in interfaith dialog for mutual understanding and respect
Short explanations for the above objectives in order given above:
- The first objective listed above is purely Da'awa (invitation to Islam)
- The second shows our Priority is with Ethiopian Muslims in Ethiopia and abroad
- The third shows that Badr's power base is the local chapters that can streamline its operations
- The fourth is where our target of support and charity is (i.e. Muslims in Ethiopia)
- The fifth is interfaith dialog so that adherents of other religions know us and respect us.
Badr Ethiopia is an Ethiopian non-political, not-for-profit, non-governmental community-based organization that was established to foster and promote the Islamic way of Life for Ethiopian Muslims by seeking to preserve their Islamic beliefs, values, Islamic heritage.
Badr strives to educate the Ethiopian Muslim Community’s balanced representation and participation in the present PAN-Ethiopian institutions in accordance with constitutional principles and provisions concerning the human, democratic, political, economic, educational, social, cultural, linguistic, and religious rights, freedoms, unity, and equality of all Ethiopian nations, nationalities, and peoples in Ethiopia and Diaspora.
Badr commits to enlighten Ethiopian Muslims about their constitutional rights and obligations under a democratic system of government here in our homeland of North America and native land of Ethiopia. It will also organize and coordinate local chapter establishments in various states to facilitate its mission and objectives. In that light, it will also be the mission of Badr to strive constantly and to continually expand its worldwide network of member chapters by offering greater numbers of Ethiopian Muslims the opportunity to benefit from its eclectic programs.
Badr has so far been at the forefront of community services that include religious practices; civic engagements; social development programs; marital counseling; immigration support; financial education; emergency assistance to families; hunger and homelessness eradication efforts through its various affiliates in North America. Badr has also been the vanguard of support and contributions to drought victims in Ethiopia, gifts of ancient artifacts to museums, promotion of conflict resolution through seminars and workshops; involvement of exhibitions for the Lucy’s (ancestral ancient fossil of mankind) visit from Ethiopia to America.