Religious organizations exist of every religion and in every country. Their aim is mostly reformation; yet some reformation is dilution for others. Same could be said about the three Abrahamic faiths. Below is the list of religious organizations that are affiliated with the people of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
1. Organization of Islamic Conference:
As the name indicates, it is a platform for the Muslim countries of the world. It is wide with participation from Muslim leaders; unlike al-Qaeda which is narrow. Nonetheless, the Conference has not been much effective and its acronym, OIC, was famously dubbed as “Oh I See!”
2. Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA):
Considered to be a leading grassroots organization, ICNA’s annual convention is one of the largest gatherings of American Muslims in the United States. Through various mediums, it aims to reform the society and follow Islamic path.
3. Islamic Foundation:
Established in 1973 in the city of Leicester, Islamic Foundation is a major centre for education, training, research and publication. Like CAIR, it seeks to bridge gaps “between Muslims and others, while promoting the highest standards of academic research and publications.” However, it has been questioned as having links to extremist elements.
4. Council on American-Islamic Relations:
Known as CAIR, it is America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group. Founded in 1994, CAIR aims to promote a positive image of Muslims and Islam in America. It also empowers American Muslim and work with media to represent a Muslim voice.
5. Anti-Defamation League:
Founded in 1913, the Anti-Defamation League aims “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Presently, it fights anti-Semitism all across the globe. It has also worked for removing bigotry against Muslims; on the other hand, it has been criticized by intellectuals including Noam Chomsky.
6. American Jewish Congress:
It is an association of Jewish Americans organized to defend Jewish interests at home and abroad through public policy advocacy – using diplomacy, legislation, and the courts. It was organized to provide a voice at Versailles for the Jews of Europe whose lives were disrupted by World War I, and to establish a mechanism for democratic decision-making for the Jewish community here at home.
7. Billy Graham Evangelical Association:
BGEA is an organization started by the Rev. Billy Graham in 1950. The main focus of the BGEA is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible. It seeks to strengthen local church and “evangelize the community using a variety of methods with primary emphasis on personal evangelism.”
8. World Evangelical Alliance:
With a leadership office in Vancouver, Canada, WEA was founded in 1951 in London. With a claim of being a network of churches in 128 nations giving voice to more than 420 million evangelical Christians, WEA “serves as a network for evangelical organizations and denominations around the world.”
9. Jews for Jesus:
Jews for Jesus is a Christian evangelistic organization that focuses specifically on the conversion of Jews to Christianity. Jews for Jesus defines “Jewish” in terms of parentage and as a birthright, regardless of religious belief. The organization has been criticized for their missionary and outreach program.
10. United Synagogue:
Founded in 1870, it is an organization of London Jews that was founded with the sanction of an act of parliament. According to Wikipedia, “as of 2007, it remains the largest religious grouping within the British Jewish community and indeed in Europe, covering 62 Orthodox Jewish communities.”