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August 27, 2009

Disney Does Da'wa

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.

Center For Peace Partners:

Red Cross Certificate.

The Center for Peace distributes standard da'wa material which is listed as:

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.
  • Cultural Diversity Training
  • Tours of the Mosque
  • Center for Peace Rental

    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,

    ISCF Partners

    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
  • Harbor House
  • American Red Cross of Central Florida
  • Latino Leadership
  • University of Central Florida
  • Covenant House of Florida
  • Rollins College
  • 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
  • Florida Hospital
  • 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."

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