The Islamic Institute of Knowledge (IIOK), founded in 1983 under the leadership of Imam Abdul Latif Berry, concentrates its programming on education and youth .
The Berry family has been described as large and powerful in both Lebanon and Detroit. They supported Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, one of the most influential spiritual guides to Hezbollah .
In 2010 after Fadlallah died, IIOK held a prayer service and dinner in commemoration of his life. Imam Baqir Berry, speaking about Fadlallah’s legacy, said, “He managed to bring up the true explanation of Islam.” 
In 2009, Sheikh Baqir Berry wrote an article accusing “Zionists” of promoting hate of Islam for their own personal gain 
In 2009, IIOK held a commemoration ceremony for Ayatollah Ruhullah Khomeini, the founder of the Iranian Islamic Revolution. Imam Abdul Berry spoke at the event .
 Islamic Institute of Knowlege website, “About The IIOK,” Accessed July 11, 2018, http://www.iiokonline.org/about-the-iiok/
 Howell, Sally, “Old Islam in Detroit: Rediscovering the Muslim American Past,” Page 265, Oxford University Press, 2014
 Meyer, Nick, “Local Muslims mourn Fadlallah,” The Arab American News, July 9, 2010, https://www.arabamericannews.com/2010/07/09/Local-Muslims-mourn-Fadlallah/
 Shaikh Berry, Baqir, “Understanding and Countering Islamophobia,” Islamic Insights, 2009, http://www.islamicinsights.com/religion/clergy-corner/understanding-and-countering-islamophobia.html
 “Imam Khomeini – Sh Abdul Latif Berry June 2009 – Arabic,” ShiaTV, Accessed July 11, 2018, https://www.shiatv.net/view_video.php?viewkey=9f7f0857260404eab4d4