OUTREACH & COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
"I visited the centre yesterday and found a great openness to share message of unity, love and peace which I had discovered. I am proud that the Centre in Nashville has become a beacon for understanding and sharing spiritual values. It was obviously money well spent!,” Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam), Tennessean (Sept. 2016)
This message reflects the outreach and bridge building work that ICN has been involved with!
Cat Stevens was a major donor in 1979 that helped in the start of the Islamic Center of Nashville, located on 12South.
The mission of the Community Partnerships Committee for ICN is to develop long lasting positive and meaningful relationships with individuals and organizations in the Nashville community that will help form partnerships and foster a better understanding of Islam and the Muslim community.
The ICN welcomes group visits to our center to learn more about Islam and feel the mosque experience. ICN offers an Islam 101: Understanding Your Muslim Neighbors in Nashville one hour class, which covers the basic tenets of Islam while addressing the common misconceptions, elephant in the room questions centered around Jihad, Women and Sharia.
On the average, ICN hosts one group visit a week throughout the year. People from all sorts of organizations, from many non-profits, universities, chamber, mayor's office, media, professional sports, fitness, school, law enforcement, etc., including neighbors and celebrities, have been by the ICN.
ICN helps conduct diversity tours for cadets, universities, etc., while conducting teachers workshops for the major universities with teaching programs, as well as for educators in our school district.
Besides regularly entertaining visitors to learn about Islam, we hold several major events, which include our annual Diversity Brunch, which has drawn almost 1,000 attendees in the past, our annual Black History Month event and our Ramadan Class/ Dinners program, where we offer around 6 class/ dinner programs during Ramadan, allowing an opportunity for visitors to break bread with the Muslim community.
To schedule a group visit, email:
Some of the partnerships and collaboration that ICN has fostered include:
12 South Neighborhood Association
Belmont University’s Room In The Inn
Family of Abraham (FOA)
Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship (IMF)
Organized Neighbors of Edgehill (ONE)
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH)
South Nashville Fellowship Community Dev Corp.
Tennessee Immigrant & Refugees Rights Coalition
Vanderbilt University – Chaplain’s Office
You Have The Power
YWCA (eliminating racism & empowering women)
To cite an example of a beautiful partnership, ICN, Belmont University and Congregation Sherith Israel are in its 7 th year of collaboration with the homeless project of Room In The Inn, working together weekly for 4 months every winter.