MEC was founded to attract, screen, support, and endorse Muslim chaplains for placement in public and private institutions; and to provide advisement on religious matters to institutions.
To maintain, reinforce, and improve quality standards of spiritual care for people in public and private institutions.
To provide a structure and process for the official endorsement and support of Muslim chaplains based on Islamic and pastoral principles and to establish a national standard for such endorsement in order to develop consistency and integrity in the field of Islamic chaplaincy. MEC serves to manifest the Qur’anic enjoinment and Prophetic traditions of consultation and consensus as also practiced by the four rightly guided caliphs. It strives to represent the diversity within the Muslim community in the United States.
For more than 15 years prior to the establishment of the Muslim Endorsement Council of Connecticut (MECC) Inc., Connecticut Islamic prison chaplains and volunteers would meet to discuss establishing a support group for Islamic chaplains and their clients. Such an effort coalesced in March of 2006 when several Muslim leaders in the state of CT in cooperation with the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut (MCCT) decided to look at the issue by establishing a chaplaincy sub-committee. With the advice and support of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-CT), the International League of Muslim Women – CT Chapter, the Islamic Council of New England (ICNE), the New England Council of Masajid and the New England Muslim Sisters Association (NEMSA), MECC was established in March 2010 (Rabi Al-Awwal 1431). MECC changed its name to the Muslim Endorsement Council Inc (MEC) in February 2020 (Jumada Al-Akhirah 1441)