About UsIslamic Center of Clermont
Our Mission & Vision
HIGHLIGHT THE SIMPLICITY OF THE MESSAGE OF ISLAM
MISSION & VISION
In most cases, the information in relation to the religion of Islam provided by Islamic channels is so sophisticated and intellectual that it passes over the heads of the ordinary person, Muslims and non-Muslims. We seek to change that. When the prophet, Muhammad (sas) started preaching the message, it was so simple and easy to understand, practice and follow, that it appealed directly to the hearts of the poor, the slaves, the deprived as well as the intellectual and sophisticated within the society. Even the aristocrats, who rejected the message, understood it clearly, despite the fact that they disagreed with it. We are trying to recapture the simplicity with which the message was originally presented and replicate it so that everyone can understand it easily, whether they agree or disagree with it. We intend to unify all diversity of creation.
OUR BELIEFS & VALUES
Islam is a monotheistic religion. Islam teaches that there is only on incomparable, indivisible, and supreme Creator. Allah has sent many Prophets to different nations and tribes, throughout the ages, and the seal of all prophethood is Prophet Muhammad (sas).
Prophet Muhammad’s message is for the unification of all the different nations and tribes into the one worshipping body, with peace and harmony.
5 PILLARS OF ISLAM
The testimony of Belief or Shahadah is saying with conviction, “La ilaaha illallaah, Muhammadur rasoolullaah.” This saying means “There is no god except Allah, the One True God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God.” The first part, “There is no god except Allah,” means that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah (God) alone, and that God has neither partner nor son. This testimony is a requirement in order to be a Muslim and shows acceptance and submission to the One true God. The testimony of Belief is the foremost pillar of Islam.
Muslims perform prayers five times per day. Each prayer takes just a few minutes to perform. Prayer in Islam is a direct link between the worshipper and Allah (God). There are no intermediaries between Allah and the worshipper. When in prayer, a person feels inner peace and calmness and senses that Allah is pleased with him or her. The Prophet Muhammad said: Bilal, make the call to prayer, so we can be comforted by it. Bilal was the first Muezzin (the one calling to prayer) in Islam. Prayers are performed at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset, and night. A Muslim may pray almost anywhere, such as in fields, offices, factories, universities, streets or anywhere else.
Everything belongs to Allah, and wealth is therefore held by human beings in trust. The original meaning of the word zakah is both ‘purification’ and ‘growth’. Giving zakah means ‘giving a portion of wealth to those in need.’ The percentage which is due on gold, silver, and cash funds is calculated at two and a half percent of the value annually. Our possessions are purified when we set aside this small portion for those in need, and like the pruning of plants, this cutting back balances and encourages new growth. A person may also give as much as he or she pleases as voluntary charity.
Every year in the month of Ramadan, all Muslims fast from dawn until sunset, abstaining from food, drink, and marital relations. Although the fast is beneficial to health, it is regarded principally as a method of spiritual self-purification. By abstaining from worldly comforts, even for a short time, a fasting person can empathize with those who go hungry and experiences spiritual growth. Eid al-Fitr is a feast commemorating the end of Ramadan.
The annual pilgrimage (Hajj) to Makkah is an obligation once in a lifetime for those who are physically and financially able to do so. About two million people go to Makkah each year from every part of the earth. The rites of the Hajj include circling the Kaaba seven times and going seven times between the hills of Safa and Marwa, as Hagar did during her search for water. The end of the Hajj is marked by a festival, Eid Al-Adha, which is celebrated with prayers.
“And those who have believed and done righteous deeds – We will surely assign to them Paradise [elevated] chambers beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally. Excellent is the reward of the [righteous] workers.”