In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful. Peace and blessing upon the Messenger, Muhammad.
Peace be unto you.
Welcome to the Centre for Islamic Development (CID). We are an organization which is multi-faceted, multi-lingual, and multi-directional. Our approach is rooted in the three Rs: revelation, reason and respect.
From a Muslim perspective, we endeavour to instruct through revelatory sources; we add to this foundation, reason, temperance, and sensibility; we crown this understanding with respect for all.
As Muslims we need not be target for inferiority complex, insecurity, or senseless anxiety just because we adhere to the Religion of Islam, which is subject to much paranoid scrutiny.
Our moto is: promoting understanding and peace through education.
Education, dovetailed with respect for oneself, as well as for others, would, we believe, break the many shackles of backward perceptions and practices. This statement applies to Muslims as well as non-Muslims. Ignorance leads to fear and fear is the base of ignorance. Baseless, xenophobic fear is an indication of an uneducated mind and hence, we try our utmost to eradicate this “fear” through education which includes: dialogues, sound publications and balanced edification.
The main goal of CID, being an educational hub, is to enlighten the mind where there is darkness of the soul, to improve the human character where there is no refinement of the heart, and to develop the skill-set of reading, writing and speaking where there is shallowness in thought-process.
We strive to find excellence, we search for quality and we look for virtue. While society is prone to regurgitating mediocrity, we want to change this tide. Education is key.
Another deeper meaning of CID:
C – Character
I – Identity
D – Dignity
Character is an integral part of a Muslim’s faith. The Prophet of Allah, Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him, was given an honour by God, when we read in the Quran, “verily you ( Muhammad) are on an exalted standard of character“. What better way to describe the last messenger and how nobel it would be to follow in making one’s character refined. At CID, our aim is to bring about a generation of Muslims who will conduct themselves with good character, be affable and friendly people, and be ready to face the challenges which will present themselves, with depth and understanding.
The ‘I,’ which stands for identity, sends a message that integrating into society is commendable but never to assimilate at the expense of losing one’s identity. The identity of a human is distinct and watering it down to the sameness of all would be to collapse a rainbow into one colour.
Dignity for the Muslim is a nobel trait; to be dignified is to respect yourself. People live lives and conduct themselves without dignity: corporations steal from the unaware, the rich forget their poor-due, and the power-hungry climb their way to illusionary success without regard for people or environment. Therefore, to dignify is to be responsible for one’s actions and be accountable to the All Mighty; dignity is cultivated by standing for principles, it is a state of sublime achievement.
We would love to live in a world that is void of hatred, bigotry, greed, and malice. However, since this is not always the case, we desire to open the doors of friendship which will destroy hatred and malice, we long to be at par with each other which would annihilate bigotry, and we the Muslims, pine to give back to community so that greed does not arise again.
CID disagrees with the basic notion of tolerance; to tolerate is to slightly be able to stomach others, we want to go further. Acceptance would be wonderful and embrace would be the goal. We desire to have acceptance of us in society, not to be marginalized and we would love to embrace in mutual respect and dignity.
The Centre is a place of worship, a spot to gather to meet community members, an area for education for children and adults, and an idea that is nigh– to promote a greater understanding, a vision long held in concept but becoming reality as days proceed.
All are welcome at the centre. Cid is a non-profit organization, founded in 1998. Please feel free to contact us to have your questions answered or to make an appointment to come visit us. May the peace of The Almighty be upon you.