Bayt ar-Rahmah and its sister organization, LibForAll Foundation, are U.S.-based 501(c)(3) organizations established by American businessman C. Holland Taylor and spiritual leaders of the world’s largest Muslim organization, Indonesia’s Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), which has over 50 million followers and 14,000 madrassahs. These renowned Muslim leaders include Abdurrahman Wahid (1940 – 2009); Mustofa Bisri; and Yahya Cholil Staquf.
Bayt ar-Rahmah works with a group of closely-affiliated organizations, including the Nahdlatul Ulama; Gerakan Pemuda Ansor, the NU’s 5-million-member young adults wing; and LibForAll. Together, they have established a global movement (“Humanitarian Islam”) that seeks to block the weaponization of Islam for political purposes, which fuels Islamist extremism and terror. Their efforts have been extensively cited by sponsors of an international campaign to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the Nahdlatul Ulama. Bayt ar-Rahmah also has access to the world’s largest political network (CDI/EPP) via Indonesia’s largest Islamic political party, PKB, which was founded by senior NU leaders including President Wahid and Mustofa Bisri.
“Gus Mus is a true mufti [a master of Sunni Muslim scholarship and jurisprudence]. But he is too humble to pride himself on this fact. Yet al-mufti is indeed his quality, and his spiritual station in life.”
~ Indonesian composer, musician and author/Sufi mystic Emha Ainun Nadjib
“In the bloody and intractable conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, Nahdlatul Ulama has done the seemingly impossible and forged a path towards peace through a mission initiated by Gus Dur and recently continued by K.H. Yahya Cholil Staquf.”
~ Two Peacemakers: The Role and Contributions of the Muhammadiyah and Nahdlatul Ulama to Peace and Democracy
“If the world’s major religions ever learn to coexist, they may have C. Holland Taylor to thank. ‘. . . .Holland was on the cutting edge in the Islamic world,’ recalls the Wiesenthal Center’s Rabbi Abraham Cooper. . . ‘He impressed me immediately with the depth of his contacts as well as his realistic approach: This was no pie-in-the-sky person who thought he could change the world just like that. Kudos to Holland for being a man of clarity, courage and vision.”
“Peace, Love, and Understanding,” Lifestyles Magazine