The Islamic Society of Central Florida has found a new way to do da'wa. They have started a separate website and designated a locale called the Center for Peace.
Welcome to Center For Peace
The Center for Peace is a non profit, volunteer, outreach arm of the Islamic Society of Central Florida that works to dispel stereotypes and misconceptions about Islam and Muslims.
With the mission in mind that builds tolerance and understading, the Center for Peace continues to bond people for unity and peace.
The objective of the Center is to facilitate and coordinate outreach efforts in the Central Forida community by promoting understanding and acceptance among people of all faith and all background about Islam.
Listed among the partners for this initiative are Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Patrick Air Force Base Deomi School, The Orange County Supervisor of Elections, Riverview High School and The American Red Cross.
The Center for Peace distributes standard da'wa material which is listed as:
Muhammad Legacy of a Prophet
PBS documentary :Islam a Closer Look
Translations of the Quran, English and Spanish, and various books on Islam
The programs include "Sponsoring educational and inspirational lectures", "Providing educational seminars and materials to schools", " visits to the Center for Peace to learn about Muslims" and "educating law enforcement officers on diversity issues".
The Centers efforts include:
Sponsoring educational and inspirational lectures
Inviting leaders of all faiths to conduct seminars and workshops
Providing educational seminars and materials to schools
Educational Film Series against prejudice and stereotyping
Providing visits to schools, churches, community leaders, etc.
Visits to the Center for Peace to learn about Muslims
Building relations with people of other faith neighbors
Educating law enforcement officers on diversity issues
Uniting diverse communities through learning seminars and workshops
Emphasizing minority issues
Celebrating different minorities-African American Heritage, etc.
Not surprisingly The Islamic Society of Central Florida shares the same list of partners as the Center for Peace. Some of their additional partners include the University of Florida, The Orange County Sheriff's Department, Orange County Corrections, and Valencia College and the American Cancer Society,
The Islamic Society of Central Florida works closely with each of our partners to build a better sense of community throughout Central Florida. Our partners are crucial in fulfilling our mission of bridge building and understanding. Below are some examples of our current and past community partnerships.
Hands On Orlando
Center for Christian Women's Spirituality
Patrick Air Force Base DEOMI school
American Red Cross of Central Florida
University of Central Florida
Covenant House of Florida
Orange County Supervisor of Election
Orange County Sheriffs Department
Presbyterian Church Peace with Justice
Orange County Corrections
Florida Interfaith Network in Disasters
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
Valencia Community College
City of Orlando Emergency Management
Interfaith Council of Central Florida
Sand Lake Hospital
Children's Home Society
Coalition for the Homeless
Heart of Florida, United Way
Freedom Ride, Inc.
American Cancer Society
The Islamic Society of Central Florida was in the news lately for siding with the Muslim parents of a convert to Islam who is hiding in Florida for fear of falling victim to an "honor Killing" if she returns home. Imam Muhammed Musri has called her a "troubled teen".
Rifqa Bary says she ran to Florida to save her life: "I was threatened by my dad." She says that her father told her, "If you have this Jesus in your heart, you're dead to me. You're not my daughter. I will kill you." But now her father is trying to regain custody of Rifqa, and he and the Islamic Society of Central Florida say she has been "kidnapped" and "brainwashed" by a "cult," and that she's a "rebel," a "troubled teen." http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/027261.php