Housing program to help Muslim inmates
FOX Toledo News reporter
TOLEDO, Ohio (WUPW) – A second chance in life.
Kamal Najib is Sunni Muslim and a chaplain at three different prisons in Ohio. He’s reaching out specifically to the Muslim community helping inmates get back on their feet.
When Najib’s not working, he’s mentoring former inmates who belong to his transitional housing program.
“I was addicted to the excitement of street life I just basically got caught up,” said former prisoner Ismail Ali.
Ali spent three years behind bars after being convicted of felonious assault. He was released from prison in May 2011 and has lived at a transitional home, specifically for Muslims.
“Not only is it allowing me to get back into society but it’s also allowing me to strengthen my faith,” said Ali.
Najib and others created housing for former inmates. He says there’s a large percentage of Muslim prisoners and after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, it’s hard for them to be seen as equal.
“When people see Muslims they see them in a negative light,” Najib said. “But we want people to understand that does not represent the religion.”
At a home on Putnam Street in Central Toledo, Najib teaches his tenants the importance of patience and perseverance.
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