With grace of god, as we start operating the Ahlul Bayt Islamic Center, the Board of Trustees
has adopted the following bylaws that apply to the operation of our new facility. As our
community grows, we can expect new challenges and opportunities to arise. The Board of
Trustees will periodically review and update these bylaws to better address our community
needs as well as the goals of the Ahlul Bayt Society.
We recognize that while god is one and his religion revealed through the prophets is one
religion, that our understanding of it can be different due to our inherent human
characteristics and individual circumstances, as well as social and historical experience.
No one understanding can be considered absolute. Differences of opinions exist even
within the same schools. While we adhere to the principles of Islam according to the
Jaffari school of thought, we welcome all Muslims from different schools and
- Ahlul Bayt Islamic Center has adopted and adheres to the intra-faith "Code of Honor" in
relation to different branches of the community of Muslims.
Click here for Muslim Code of Honor
- While we wish to avoid divisive words and actions, we promote scholarly discussion of
various topics. In doing so, all points of views are welcome and will be reasonably
allowed to be presented. Views presented shall always be deemed those of the
speaker, and not of the Ahlul Bayt society or the Islamic Center.
- In respecting various schools of thought within Islam, and in the interest of preserving
the unity of our community, any word or act of insult or desecration of the noble family
of the prophet, and his companions shall not be tolerated. Any complaints in this
matter should be directed to the Board of Trustees to be addressed.
- Pleurality of thought exists even within the same schools of Islam. We are a
multicultural community, and we recognize that the way we practice our religion may
be affected by our culture, our scholars that we refer to, and their concept of "Ijtihad".
In this regard we do not endorse any particular view or jurisprudence, nor do we impose
a certain practice on those who may not be in agreement. The focus of our Center will
be on the common denominators to strengthen our community and educate our future
- The Board of Trustees has the final say in all matters regarding the operation of the
Center. To expedite decisions, such authority may be delegated to directors as well as
various committees as appropriate, and the extent of such delegated authority shall be
- All disputes should be referred to the director (or proper committee) for resolution. If
an issue cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of all parties, then it may be referred to
the Board of Trustees for final disposition.
The operating income of the Center comes from dues that may be assessed on
members, as well as donations by our generous contributors. All community members
are encouraged to support the Center by maintaining their membership. The Center
will however be open to community regardless of membership.
Cleanliness is important to all Muslims, especially in a place of worship. Board of
Trustees will assign a committee to oversee and devise rules of cleanliness for the
Center. This applies to the manner in which the various areas are used, and where
shoes are/are not allowed, where food may be taken, etc. Decorations, signs, pictures,
banners, and overall aesthetic appearance of the Center is also the responsibility of this
The Center will have certain scheduled events and programs throughout the year
including major Islamic occasions, weekly Dua Komeil, Sunday School, etc. Other
programs for individuals and groups may be scheduled through the Center's Director,
who will coordinate events, and prevent and resolve schedule conflicts.
All public programs intended for the community at large will be conducted in English. If
a speaker does not speak in English, then interpreter will be provided to the extent
possible. Programs intended for non-English-speaking audience will be announced in
The Ahlul Bayt Society's website and e-mail list will be the primary means of
communication with members. Announcement regarding non-Center-related events
may be posted after permission and clearance.
Normal operating hours of the Center shall be determined by the Board of Trustees
based on demand and attendance, and will be posted prominently.