Interfaith and Community Outreach
Chapter 49 verse 13 of the Qur’an instructs us:
“O humanity! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes that ye may know each other (not that you may despise each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).”
In view of the above, the Islamic Center of Long Island, since it’s inception, has been very active in its interfaith work. To promote better understanding of Islam as a complete way of life.
There are widespread misconceptions and myths regarding Islam and Muslims amongst the members of other faiths in America. Questions such as: Do Muslims believe in other Prophets such as Prophet Abraham, Moses, Jesus (peace be upon them all)? What is the role of women in Islam? Does Islam permit killing of non-combatants? How do Muslims in America reconcile with the U.S Constitution, which clearly separated the role of Church and State?
Members of ICLI clearly saw the need for an ongoing outreach and interfaith dialogue to help clear up these misconceptions ICLI works with members of the Multi-Faith Forum, Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, etc., as well as with many churches and synagogues on Long Island.
Special programs on Islam and Muslims have been organized in cooperation with Telecare, Westbury Public Library, Multifaith Forum, American Muslims and Jews in Dialogue, L.I. Religious Leaders Visit the Congress, and since 2004 several such programs were held with Elderhostel of Boston, MA.
These programs are just a few interfaith initiatives ICLI is actively involved in. Interfaith meetings and presentations are held on an ongoing basis throughout the year.