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SUNDAY NIGHT SHUTDOWN!
(BUT WE WILL RETURN IN THE FUTURE WITH AN EVEN BETTER FORMAT)
Current Status of the IWDM Study Library
Dear Visitors and IWDM Study Library Supporters,
As Salaam Alaykum!
It is with great sadness and regret that I must inform you that the IWDM Study Library will be disabled this Sunday, due to recent developments in the Intellectual Property case of the Estate of Imam W. Deen Mohammed. This action is being taken to comply with a previous legal request from the Estate of Imam Mohammed and to avoid a possible lawsuit in the near future. There was a lot of hard work and long hours put into creating this Library, but the work will not be in vain.
It is imperative that the transcription of the audio and video lectures continue, and I will do so, but I am conflicted about asking you to continue donating when the results of the transcriptions cannot be made available to the general public at this time (insha'Allah, another way will be developed in the future).
Naturally, your donations enable the transcription process to continue at a faster pace than by using my own finances alone and I would certainly keep the Financial Donations Report available to you. However, the decision to continue donating is completely up to you and should you choose to stop donating, there is no reason for either of us to feel bad. I believe there is an option to cancel the recurring donation in the notices you receive from PayPal. If you need my help to cancel the donation, let me know. I can cancel the recurring donation on my side.
I will continue to work on transcribing the lectures as well as other projects that help develop and promote the knowledge body of our Imam, but now that the results of the intellectual property dispute are close to resolution, the apparent outcome requires that our beloved IWDM Study Library be shut down unless permission is granted to reopen it (this is unlikely to happen). The remaining $300.66 that has been donated towards transcribing lectures will be used for its intended purpose.
I encourage you to utilize some of the other resources where you can still listen to Imam Mohammed's lectures. Copy the links on the "Other IWDM Resources" menu.
Under the fair use act, this kind of project has to become private, but I am able to give a limited number of people who are working with me for educational and research purposes access to the knowledge, such as donors (either those donating money to help with transcription, those donating lectures or those donating time and skill to actually work on library research and development projects).
Again, thank you all for your support and aid in the past. Those of you who desire to continue your monthly donations, let me know and soon I will be able to supply you with a password, keep you abreast of the financial report, the progress of the transcriptions, and other future developments.
Those of you who would like to become a monthly donor to help us transcribe the lectures for research and educational purposes, click the link below, choose a monthly amount comfortable for you, and become a helper. You will receive login information within 48 hours.
Click here to Join the Project
Again, I am very sorry that this very unfortunate situation is upon us, but we will adjust and with your help find other ways to continue organizing and promoting the Imam's knowledge body and help people gain access to it.
May Allah reward us all for our efforts and give us a great future. Ameen.
IWDM Study Library
Current Status of the Intellectual Property Case
Stay Tuned, this summary is under development.