In an ever changing world of business and commerce, one thing remains true – our faith in God. We, at the Muslim Community Center, are committed to preserving and building the bridges of our various faiths. For this we strive to connect with our community at large and spread words of Peace and Goodwill. For over 30 years, the Community Center in conjunction with other religious and faith based centers have build strong ties among families and businesses through the Interfaith Program at various religious centers around the Twin-Cities.
Like Hanukkah and Christmas, Passover and Easter, which recently coincided, can make for awkward moments for families that observe multiple religious traditions. For interfaith couples, the wedding season can also be a time for uncomfortable conversations: Who will solemnize our ceremony? Will God be mentioned — and if so, whose? Oh, and how will we raise our kids?
Before the 1960s, about 20 percent of married couples were in interfaith unions; of couples married in this century’s first decade, 45 percent were. Secular Americans welcome the rise of interfaith unions as a sign of societal progress. The relatively high rates of intermarriage of American Muslims, for example, suggest that their assimilation might resemble that of American Jews of earlier generations. With the rise in interfaith marriage also has a significant upside. The political scientists Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell, in their book “American Grace,” showed that the more Americans got to know people of another faith, the more they liked them. Other research showed that marrying someone of another faith tended to improve one’s view of that faith.
The challenge in building long term relationships require commitment and participation by all involved. To deliver strong consistent message of friendship through relational dialogue. Interfaith work goes to the core of our mission. One of our core teachings as Muslims is that God created us in “nations and tribes so that [we] might know one another” (49:13) and so that we might “vie in doing good deeds.” MCC is committed to working with people of all faith backgrounds to promote our shared values of mercy, justice, mutual understanding, and helping the most vulnerable among us.
MCC has built a vast network of interfaith leaders from a broad range of faith traditions around the country. We frequently stand together to promote and uphold core American and core Abrahamic values as they relate to our communities’ relations with one another. Visit our Center to connect with our Interfaith advisors on how to learn more or find new resources.