The goals of the MAPS Interfaith program are to promote greater understanding of Islam and Muslims among American Interfaith groups and non-Muslims, and to facilitate cooperative, beneficial social action among people of faiths in the larger community.
Activities include presentations, formal and informal dialogues and joint projects with religious groups, in addition to having informal dialogues with our neighbors, co-workers, acquaintances and friends from other faith about Islam.
It is important to tell people in our larger community that we worship the one God, we have strong values/faith, we are peaceful and kind people, our religion was meant to be “mercy” for all mankind, we follow God’s commandments, we believe in Moses and Jesus and the virgin birth, and we have a holy book from a unary source that has been preserved without any changes since it was revealed. We also need to clear basic misconceptions regarding Islam.
Studies have shown that dialogue between people of different faiths helps individuals deepen their own faith, as well as, learn about other religion.
Soon we hope to have on-going classes at MAPS for those interested in learning about Islam, or in discussions about the deep teachings Islam.
As we mobilize our community to talk about Islam to Non-Muslims, a few important benefits will occur to the Muslim community: (a) Muslims will appreciate the gift of having Islam as their religion as they get to know other faiths. (b) Muslim identity becomes much stronger and more solid as they talk about their religion. (b) Non-Muslims will benefit in getting to know our values. (c) Reaching out to others through Islamic ethics and kindness will be very beneficial to the Muslim community in the long term as they practice Islamic teachings.
By embodying Islamic values and universal principles openly, we believe that Muslims will gain more understanding and respect in this country, and God willing, will increase their influence in society.
Interfaith Activities (suggestions for new initiatives are welcome):
How the MAPS Community can help Interfaith Activities?
For questions or how to join IOC, please send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
“O Mankind! Surely, We have created you all from a single male and female, and made you peoples and tribes so that you may get to know one another. Indeed, the most honored of you in the sight of God is the most mindful of Him. God is All-Knowing and All-Aware.” Al-Hujurat 49:13