We seek to create a world based on the universal human principles of mutual respect, acceptance, and peaceful coexistence through dialogue and understanding.
To be an innovative organization that serves the Muslim and wider communities by building bridges of understanding, creating partnerships, developing community leaders and creating spaces for mutual understanding and respect.
American Muslims live in challenging times. Despite being actively engaged members of society who make their contributions on an everyday basis, they are often misunderstood and viewed unfavorably. According to studies people who are exposed to Muslims often have a better understanding of Islam and Muslims and view them favorably. In Georgia, there is a significant population of over 125,000 American Muslims. With 100,000 American Muslims in the metro Atlanta area and over 80 mosques in the state, there is a growing interest to "Know your Muslim neighbor".
ISB provides an opportunity for people to learn about Islam and Muslims in an objective and educational manner through dialogue, outreach programs, presentations, and panels. ISB acts as a catalyst in bringing the American Muslim communities to the forefront as active partners alongside other communities in Georgia. We do this through relationship building, education, leadership development and community involvement.
Dedicated professionals at ISB work together to bring the voices of Muslims to places where they have not been before. We provide the wider community a window into Islam and the lives of their Muslim neighbors & colleagues; a window that showcases the diversity in Islam, the richness of the Muslim communities, and how they contribute to society every day as teachers, doctors, lawyers, volunteers, and artists etc. By creating this awareness about Islam and Muslims we provide a powerful narrative that counters negative stereotypes associated with Muslims so often. ISB also brings religious literacy to the forefront so that people understand each other, embrace commonalities and honor each other's differences. ISB honors the original intent and the contemporary understanding of the US Constitution' s First Amendment guidelines. Whether our programs are in public or private schools, government institutions or private corporations or groups, ISB teaches about the Muslim faith and other religious traditions. We hold deep respect for the beliefs of our program participants, thus we never attempt to proselytize, preach or persuade anyone to change his/her faith.
ISB strives to be the trusted voice of Islam and Muslims in the metro Atlanta area. We educate, train and break down stereotypes about Islam. We highlight the diversity and richness of the Muslim communities and showcase how Muslims contribute to the betterment of society in all spheres of life.
Our volunteer speakers are members of the communities that we serve in and present to. They are professionally trained and certified to educate and engage with audiences on a wide variety of topics. “Teach and not preach” is the motto that our speakers follow whether they are presenting about Islam and Muslims or speaking about the world’s other major religions.
We adhere to the highest level of professionalism in all our interactions. Our programs and presentations are adaptable and customizable for your specific needs.
We are part of one human family and are responsible for taking care of each other; regardless of our faith, color or background, we are called to serve each other. In this regard, ISB actively participates and engages in activities to build and uplift the Atlanta Community.
Pathways is the annual journal for Diocese of Atlanta, the Episcopal Church in Middle and North Georgia. Bishop Robert C. Wright and Soumaya Khalifa sat down with Pathways for an honest conversation about interfaith understanding. You can read the...
Georgia Public Broadcasting interviewed ISB Executive Director Soumaya Khalifa about Ramadan. To find out more about Ramadan, the history behind it, and what compels Muslims everywhere to devote themselves to an entire month of fasting and prayer click here...