1. Purpose and Philosophy
The ICT is a non-sectarian Islamic center whose fundamental task is education. Although the center does not align itself to a particular juristic school of thought, nevertheless, the center respects and honors the various juristic schools of thought within the parameters of traditional Islamic teachings. The center believes that Muslims and non-Muslims can authentically understand and appreciate Islam by understanding its teachings. The ICT understands that Islam is not simply a faith of confession, but a faith that strives for the betterment of the individual, as well as the society at large.
2. Rejection and Condemnation of Violence and Terrorism
The ICT is firmly committed to the active prevention and eradication of violence, terrorism, religious extremism, sectarianism, and religious intolerance. The center wishes to reaffirm that it rejects and condemns the teachings of all national and international organizations that perpetrate hate, intolerance, violence and terrorism in the name of Islam.
3. Racial Equality
The ICT is committed to the prevention of ethnocentrism, racism and nationalism that remains prevalent in parts of our society. To prevent these oppressive manifestations of idolatry and discrimination, the ICT is firmly committed to fostering a diverse and loving community open to all races and nationalities. The ICT recognizes the historical and unique significance of all cultural practices, inasmuch as they are not dissimilar with the core theological teachings and religious practices of Islam.
4. Gender and “People First” Inclusivity
The ICT is committed to opposing sexism in all shapes and forms. For this endeavor, the main worship halls of the men and women have been constructed in a parallel fashion to reflect this commitment. The ICT requires all its attendees to respect and honor the unique worship and liturgical practices at the center. Additionally, the educational programs at the ICT are open to both genders and non-Muslims without any discrimination or reservation. The center adopts inclusive language as a demonstration of its rejection of gender-based discrimination and prejudice. The ICT is also committed to the respect and accommodation of individuals who have special needs and will adhere to the principle of “People First.”
5. Religious Tolerance
The ICT is committed to a program of theological and religious education that enables Muslims to become law-abiding and peace-loving citizens of the United States of America. It seeks to familiarize attendees with the importance of interreligious dialogue, religious tolerance, spiritual formation and religious commitment. The center acknowledges the special historical and religious relationship between Islam, Christianity and Judaism, and is firmly committed to the respect of all other faith traditions and their religious practices. The center is also committed to educating its attendees and visitors on the importance of religious tolerance by adopting neutral and respectful language towards other faiths.
The ICT requires its board members, employees, attendees, its educational and spiritual enrichment programs to honor and respect all of the aforementioned commitments, as well as the policies and regulations set forth by ICT’s Board of Directors. The ICT reserves the right to take necessary preventative and disciplinary measures against any effort to undermine and violate these commitments.
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