History


History

On June 4, 1989, three families from four different countries saw a need to start an Islamic Education Center (IEC) which based itself on the teachings of Prophet Mohammad (may the peace and blessing be upon him) and his Holy Progeny (the Ahlulbait) to help in the Islamic growth of their children themselves and others. No Shia Islamic center existed in the area at the time. As the weekend school grew, the organization moved from a member’s home to a rented office space on Orienta Ave. in Maitland in 1991. Numerous ethnic groups joined to educate their children but in return helped to build Muslim friendships and Islamic growth within the adult community. Much of this is documented in the IEC of Florida’s yearly Eid photo books.

As the Shia community members from Africa (Tanzania and Kenya) and Pakistan grew throughout the Orlando area the IEC of Florida’s weekend school divided into what is now HIC, IEC of Florida and JIC.

The IEC of Florida, the first multicultural Shia center in the Orlando area, changed their focus to Islamic gatherings which were adult and family orientated which allowed the IEC to move into a rented space on Forsyth Street after a stay in a member’s apartment which they quickly outgrew.

The strength of the IEC of Florida is in its multi-ethnic base where Islamic culture is the bases for the IEC of Florida’s Constitution and the growth pursued in the years from 1989 to the present (2017).

In 2003, the IEC of Florida purchased nearly 3 areas of land with the donations of local, individual Muslims who saw a need for a multicultural, Islamic place of worship. The land was purchased without a loan and the construction of the IEC of Florida at 2221 Harrell Road was done purely with donations from individuals. Construction was started in 2006. Due to the desire to build without a loan, the IEC chose to build in phases, according to the money collected. The building at 2221 Harrell Road was completed in 2009. Various improvement projects have been completed throughout the years, with the desire of increasing the IEC’s goal of providing Islamic education to the future generations of Muslims. The IEC of Florida continues to this day as a center based on the teachings of the Shia school of thought which is based on mercy and tolerance.

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