The Mahmoud S Taman Foundation
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The Mahmoud S Taman Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting peace, interfaith, and civic causes by providing grants to initiatives in the Chippewa Valley of Wisconsin and around the world.
The Foundation's assets are the gift of Dr. Mahmoud S. Taman during his lifetime. Dr. Taman was an interfaith and civil society advocate who lived and worked in the Chippewa Valley as a psychiatrist for four decades after immigrating from Egypt. He was a co-founder of the Islamic Society of Northern Wisconsin, known as the Altoona Mosque, which has been an important part of the Chippewa Valley for more than 25 years.
In Islamic teaching, a continually serving charity is known as a 'sadaqa jariya'. Mahmoud Taman hoped that the Foundation would serve his community after his death as a ceaseless charity in accordance with a saying, a 'hadith', of Prophet Muhammad; “When a person dies, all their deeds end, except three: sadaqa jariya (a continuing charity), beneficial knowledge, and a child who prays for them.”
As much as possible, trust funds are invested according to Islamic financial guidelines as well as socially responsible investing; both are guided by ethical principles that consider both financial return and efforts to bring about social change.