Marc Manley — Imam At Large

Words, Thoughts, & Insights For The Rest of Us - Religious Director of ICIE

ICIE Presents – Real Talk with Hanif J. Williams

Please join the Islamic Center of Inland Empire, and myself, Friday October 24th, at 7pm, for, God willing, what is sure to be an empowering and spiritually uplifting discussion for our youth by Hanif J. Williams.

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A New Paradigm For Religious Persuasion

2014-10-20 ICIE I have given a look of thought on the subject of “da’wah”, or what I prefer to colloquially term, “religious persuasion”, especially after taking the position as Religious Director at the Islamic Center of Inland Empire. Many of my appointments are for concerned parents whose children have wondered off the beaten path, as it were. And after a recent talk I delivered at ICIE, as well as a discussion with Dr. Sherman Jackson, as to the state of affairs with Muslims in America, I jotted down a few thoughts regarding this topic:

Our attempts at (religious) persuasion tend to be rooted in the presumption of an inherent quality that is possessed by the very thing in which we are calling for: religiosity; ideology, etc. However, such attempts are often fallacious, as they are often carefully disguised circular arguments; the choir preaching to the choir. Rather, a new approach, one in which the concepts themselves are promoted by habituation, such that the concept is delivered to the subject in its “simplest version”, to quote Inception,  “in order for it to grow naturally in the subject’s mind.” Once having taken root, such methods would, God willing, have a much greater efficacy of achieving the end result (religiosity, morality, a life pleasing to God, etc.).

This may sound easier said than done: I am sure it is. However, my intuition tells me that we cannot continue to proceed with the same old rhetoric.

And to God belongs all success.

ICIE Presents – Being Muslim In America [Video]

Below is the video to the pilot of a new class I am teaching at the Islamic Center of Inland Empire (ICIE) entitled Islam and Society. Stay tuned for the next episode.

Nowadays “religion or its absence is largely [seen] as a private matter.” — Charles Taylor, A Secular Age.

“Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit.

10-17-14 Br Mark from ICIE on Vimeo.

Prophetic Community Building – Embracing the Sunnah of Building Our Social Capital

It is my honor to be participating in the upcoming even, Prophetic Community Building: Embracing the Sunnah of Building Our Social Capital, hosted by the Islamic Center of Irvine. Please join us Saturday, October 25th, at 7:30pm. The event is free and is open to the public.



Being Muslim in America – Oxymoron or Reality?

Please join me Friday, October 17th at 7pm at ICIE (Islamic Center of Inland Empire) for an engaging, and ongoing talk, about the reality of life for American Muslims and what are the potentials and pitfalls. Dinner, dessert and tea will be provided. For questions, please contact us at or at telephone number 909-944-1836.

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