Our ideas and convictions are born of fundamental values of Islam. We encourage and promote research and scholarship of
Muslim history, theology and traditions. We promote unity among all Muslims regardless of their race, language, country of origin,
or interpretation and performance of our religious tradtions and rites. We share a common bond with our brothers and sisters of
the other Abrahamic faiths and pledge to create mutual respect and understanding.
The American Institute of Islamic Studies and Culture (AIISC) was founded in 2006 in Omaha, Nebraska, by a group of American
Muslims in an effort to counteract the commonly held stereotypes of Islam as a foreign, extremist and violent religion. AIISC
members believe that hate crimes and public hostility could be prevented with a better understanding of the core values of Islam -
acceptance, compassion, equality, justice and peace. Through education and dialogue, AIISC seeks to promote a better
understanding of Islam in the Western world both within the Muslim and non-Muslim community.
Since the organization’s founding, AIISC members have shared a belief in an urgent need to plan an educational institute and
mosque that would promote study and research focusing on the history of the great Islamic civilization and the rich cultural diversity
of the Muslim population of the world. This Institute would also serve as a worship space and a community center for Omaha’s
growing Muslim population which is expected to exceed 1,000 families within the next five years.