Mohamed Elibiary co-founded the Freedom and Justice Foundation in November 2002 to promote a centrist public policy environment in Texas by coordinating the state level government and interfaith community relations for the organized Texas Muslim community. In 2005 Mohamed spearheaded the launching of the Texas Islamic Council (TIC) as an F&J program for Muslim congregations. TIC and has quickly grown to become the state’s largest Muslim network, representing 85,000 Texans. As coordinator of the TIC, Mohamed developed working relationships with similar faithbased entities around Texas including the Texas Conference of Churches, Texas Catholic Conference and the Baptist General Convention of Texas. In 2006, the 16 largest Muslim congregations and civic organizations in Dallas-Fort Worth followed this example by creating a collective representative body called the North Texas Islamic Council (NTIC) and Mohamed was elected to its 7-member executive governing body. Though F&J advances a range of public policy issues, like education and health care, Mohamed focuses on religious liberty and national security policy and has been solicited by various United States government agencies as an advisor to a range of sensitive homeland security issues.
Unfolding over the next five years, my goal is to become a stronger advocate for the Texas Muslim community. The three pillars of my plan are communications, homeland security, and politics. First, we must build up F&J with a strong and effective mass communications capability to the faith-based and local media networks on issues involving Texas Muslims. I also plan to obtain a Juris Doctor degree in order to focus on national security law in Washington, D.C. Finally, I intend to bring my long-term conservative movement assets to the forefront in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and work hard to overcome the hostile networks at work in Texas politics.
I met a lot of great folks through the AMCLI program and for that I will always remain grateful and thankful to God. This program is especially sweet for me because I was one of the original 22 young American Muslim community activists brought together in 2006 to discuss our largest challenges. It’s difficult to lead when you’re young and are yourself seeking effective leadership to get behind, so it wasn’t a surprise that a program like AMCLI ended up as our group’s highest request. Though I learned a lot of facts about other communities and how they addressed their challenges, the network I developed at AMCLI will remain with me for many years to come and for that I feel very fortunate and enriched.