Ask. Listen. Learn. Inspire.

We believe that a deeper understanding of different religions and cultures will enrich community dialogue in pursuit of peace and harmony in the world. We believe that diversity of cultures, ethnicities, and ideologies contribute to personal enrichment and social strength, through which a community will be built and will grow.

Mission, Vision & Principles

Mission

CMSB’s mission is to counter prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination against American Muslims by building peaceful communities. Using tools such as informative presentations, educational programs, civic engagement, and constructive dialogue, we strive to bring about positive community growth and mutual understanding.

Vision

Our Vision is for people of diverse backgrounds and faiths to come to know and respect each other while working within the framework of the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom and pluralism.

Principles

  • We subscribe to the principles expressed in the religious clauses of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution; our products and services are therefore academic, informative, objective, neutral, but never devotional in nature.
  • We believe in adhering to the highest standard of professionalism in the operation of our organization, striving for full accountability and transparency.
  • We believe that a deeper understanding of different religions and cultures contributes to peace and harmony in the world.
  • We believe that diversity of cultures, ethnicities, and ideologies contribute to personal enrichment and social strength.
  • We interact with people based on the belief that they are good, decent, and honest human beings, and respect their diverse beliefs and practices.
  • We emphasize face-to-face interaction with our audiences as an effective way to overcome stereotypes and prejudice, and build bridges of understanding and friendship.
  • We strive to build long-term, honest, and intimate relationships with individuals and institutions by meeting their needs and expectations, valuing their feedback and delivering top quality products and services, based on scholarship.
  • We hold ourselves to the highest standards of behavior and character, including good manners, kindness, sincerity, integrity, authenticity, generosity, and a dedication to continuous learning and growth.

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Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith

This presentation begins with basic terminology and the demographics of Muslims in the United States and the world, describes the major beliefs and practices of Islam, including major Muslim holidays, and expands on the faith’s principal theological teachings, including its relation to Judaism and Christianity. It also addresses common misconceptions about Islam and Muslims. (45, 60, or 90 minutes)

A History of Muslims in America

Most Americans are unaware of the long history of Muslims in the United States. This presentation addresses that lack, depicting the substantial, documented presence of Muslims among enslaved Africans in the Americas. We cover and describe both, the successive waves of immigration that have brought Muslims to our country from the 19th century on and the rediscovery of Islam among African Americans in the 20th century. The presentation also highlights some notable American Muslims today. (45, 60 or 90 minutes)

Muslim Contributions to Civilization

Muslims have had a major and creative impact on world civilization. Particularly during the medieval Golden Age of Islam, Muslims in many lands made major contributions in diverse fields, including art, architecture, music, mathematics, medicine, astronomy, and even cuisine, clothing, and furniture. This presentation shows how the Muslim world has related to, influenced, and interacted with other cultures from its beginning. (45, 60 or 90 minutes)

Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes

The role of Muslim women and Islam’s view of women is one of the most widely misunderstood and misrepresented aspects of the religion and its practitioners. This presentation describes Quranic and prophetic teachings about the role and responsibilities of Muslim women, including the different roles that women play in Muslim life. It also includes a description of notable Muslim women from the founding of Islam through the present and information about contemporary American Muslim women. (45 or 60 minutes)

Custom Presentations

This option allows you to pick a specific focus that might not be covered in another one of our presentations above. Once you request this presentation, we will contact you to discuss the details of your custom presentation.

Law Enforcement:
Working with American Muslim Communities

Designed for police chiefs, sheriffs and other command-level personnel and senior administrators, this seminar provides valuable information and resources for increasing awareness, enhancing cultural competency skills, and developing relationships with American Muslim communities.

Healthcare Professionals:
Healthcare for the Muslim Patient

Designed for hospital executives, administrators, medical department directors, physicians, nurses and other healthcare leaders, this seminar provides valuable information and resources for enhancing cultural competency skills that improve healthcare delivery for Muslim patients.

HR & Corporate Managers:
American Muslims in the Workplace

Designed for executive officers, human resources managers, diversity professionals and other corporate leaders, this seminar provides valuable information and resources for increasing employee performance by improving communications and teamwork among people of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

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