FID was originally registered in Plainfield, Indiana by Iqbal Unus, a longtime member of Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated organizations including those in the SAAR network. The Indiana registration dissolved in 1994 but the organization remained operational beyond that. As of 1995, Unus was executive editor of the International Journal of Science and Technology.
According to the mid-1990s brochure ISNA for Islam and Muslims: Lighting the Way to Unity, FID is an ISNA “service institution” that "complements the activities of the professional associations in such areas as resource development and training."
FID was named in a May 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document -- titled "An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America" -- as one of the Brotherhood’s 29 likeminded "organizations of our friends" that shared the common goal of destroying America and turning it into a Muslim nation. These "friends" were identified by the Brotherhood as groups that could help teach Muslims "that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands ... so that ... God's religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions."
Also named in the Muslim Brotherhood document were: