Policy for Muslim Community Center (MCC) Use
Initially Developed by Imam Ahmed Kobeisy & ICCD Board of Trustees, 2005
Ratified by ICCD members, 2007 & used as the basis for MCC bylaws, 2010
The following general guidelines will govern the use of the MCC:
All functions and activities of the MCC shall be conducted in accordance with Islamic rulings and the status of the ICCD (MCC) as a not-for-profit tax-exempt religious organization
The MCC is a multi-purpose complex and not a Musalla (i.e. prayer hall). The strict rules that apply to a Musalla shall not apply to the MCC except when it is being used as a prayer hall. The Islamic rulings on functions held at the MCC shall accommodate the legitimate differences among the traditional four schools of thought (i.e. madhahib)
The MCC shall serve the religious, social, educational, and recreational needs of the Muslim community of the Capital Region. Activities at the MCC may include, but not limited to the following:
- Eid and Friday prayers
- Dinners, Iftars for private or ICCD use
- Weddings, Engagement, and Henna parties
- Milad an Nabi (P.b.u.h.), Birthdays, Graduations, etc
- Funeral related gatherings including meetings for support of the family, receiving condolences and reciting Qur’an (Qur’an Khwani).
As stipulated in articles 1 and 2, the use of MCC shall not violate Islamic rules such as improper mixing, dancing in mixed gathering for women and mixed dancing, etc. Background music and live music such as the use of Duff for engagements, weddings and Eids shall be permitted according to Islamic law.
Permissible functions and activities at the MCC, not arranged by the ICCD management, shall not necessarily be considered as an endorsement by the ICCD.
Individuals and organizations other than the Muslim community may be granted permission to use any of the MCC facilities within the guidelines developed under this policy and based on stipulations established by the ICCD to ensure respect for Islamic values to maintain the integrity of the ICCD as an institution.