Our values are:
- Faith teaches us who Allah is: our God, our Lord, and our Savior.
- Faith gives us our purpose in life and our way forward. Our faith guides us, in our relationship with Allah, and with the rest of His creation.
- In faith, a Muslim is expected to treat all with respect, to do unto others what the Muslim loves for her (or his) own self and family, to protect all from harm, to push back against all vices, and to support all that is righteous and good.
- In His Book, Allah says: “Serve Allah, and join no partners with Him, and do good: to your parents and kinsfolk, to orphans and those in need, to neighbors who are relatives and your nearby neighbors. Do good also for the casual companion by your side and the traveler you meet, and even for your servants; for Allah does not love the arrogant or the prideful.”
–The Qur’an, surah 4 (The Women), ayah 36
- Family is the foundation for having a good character, being a good neighbor, and participating in society as a good citizen.
- Families teach faith, loyalty, good manners, discipline, public service, righteousness, honesty, commitment, and fidelity.
- In His Book, Allah says: “Behold, Luqman gave good guidance to his son: ‘Oh my son! Worship no one else with Allah, for worshiping anyone with Allah is a serious evil.’ And We have commanded man to be good to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness upon weakness, and his mother nursed him for two years before his weaning. So hear the command, ‘Show gratitude to Me and to your parents: to Me is your final destiny. If your parents try to make you worship, along with Me, things of which you have no knowledge, do not obey them. But still, give them your good company in this life. Be just and considerate with them. In this way, follow the path of those who turn to Me with love. In the end, you all return to Me, and I will tell you the truth and the meaning of all that you did.’”
–The Qur’an, surah 31 (Luqman), ayat 13-15
- The youth are the most important segment of the Muslim community, and of every society. We Muslims place top priority on our youth.
- Education, service, care, and public contribution are important parts of developing our youth, so they will be able to contribute to society and their own future.
- We work hard to make our youth ready to lead our community and serve their society.
- In His Book, Allah says: “We tell you their story in truth: they were youths who believed in their Lord, and We increased them in guidance.”
–The Qur’an, surah 18 (The Cave), ayah 13
- The Muslim community is an extended social network which includes family, friends, neighbors, and strangers; small groups, organizations, institutions and governments.
- We Muslims are called to participate in building and developing community. We actively engage in our communities at all levels of organization. We contribute to, peacefully coexist with, and cooperate with all members of our communities.
- In His Book, Allah says: “Oh you who believe! Stand strong for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even against your own selves, or your parents, or your relatives. Stand strong for justice, whether against rich or poor, for Allah is the best to protect both rich and poor. Do not follow the lusts of your hearts, or you will go astray. If you distort justice, or decline to do justice, know that truly, Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do.”
–The Qur’an, surah 4 (The Women), ayah 135
- In His Book, Allah says: “Oh Humanity! We created you from a male and a female; and We made you into peoples and tribes; so that you may recognize, come to know, acknowledge, and support each other. Indeed, the most honorable among you, in the sight of Allah, is the one who is most righteous. Allah has full knowledge and is well-acquainted with all things.”
–The Qur’an, surah 49 (The Inner Rooms), ayah 13
- Muslims believe very strongly in the diversity of the human race. More than many communities, Allah has created the Muslims with differing ethnicities, skin colors, cultures, languages, tastes, and every other mark of diversity.
- We believe in Allah’s command to: “…Help each other in goodness and piety, but do not help each other in sin or aggression. Fear Allah, for Allah is severe in punishment.”
–The Qur’an, surah 5 (The Feast Table), ayah 2
- Our society is the big family for every community to share the best they have learned, whatever their background.
- At our best, we don’t preach to others how good our faith or community is. Ideally, our actions as Muslims show us better than preaching would.
- We Muslims feel responsible to make our society better than we found it.
- Prophet Muhammadﷺ said: “The true Muslim is one whose hands and tongue are peaceful towards people,” and
- “The most beloved to Allah among people are those who are most beneficial to other people.”