The Islamic Cultural Center is launching its emergency fund campaign to aid the victims of the earthquake in Turkey. A special prayer will be recited on Thursday during the Quran session at 7 00 PM and on Friday during the Friday prayers at 1:30 PM.
The Center has organized similar emergency efforts when the hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and following earthquakes in Iran and Pakistan.
Adopted in its General Body Meeting held in Virginia on September 24-25, 2011
Like other faith communities in the US and elsewhere, we see no inherent conflict between the normative values of Islam and the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Contrary to erroneous perceptions and Islamophobic propaganda of political extremists from various backgrounds, the true and authentic teachings of Islam promote the sanctity of human life, dignity of all humans, and respect of human, civil and political rights. Islamic teachings uphold religious freedom and adherence to the same universal moral values which are accepted by the majority of people of all backgrounds and upon which the US Constitution was established and according to which the Bill of Rights was enunciated.
The Qur’an speaks explicitly about the imperative of just and peaceful co-existence, and the rights of legitimate self-defense against aggression and oppression that pose threats to freedom and security, provided that, a strict code of behavior is adhered to, including the protection of innocent non-combatants. Continue reading On Being Faithful Muslims and Loyal Americans
The Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno invites the community to attend the Muslim-Christian Rapprochement discussion and presentation by Dr Amir Hussein, Friday, October 14 at 7:00 PM.
Muslims and Christians together make up well over half of the world’s population. Without peace and justice between these two religious communities, there can be no meaningful peace in the world. The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians.
The basis for this peace and understanding already exists. It is part of the very foundational principles of both faiths: love of the One God, and love of the neighbour. These principles are found over and over again in the sacred texts of Islam and Christianity. The Unity of God, the necessity of love for Him, and the necessity of love of the neighbour is thus the common ground between Islam and Christianity.
Professor Hussein is a lecturer in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in southern California.