Our Beliefs, Philosophies, and Guiding Principles
- Guidance College is a purely academic institution. It is not a political institution. Its main goal is to provide its students with the best academic skills they need to contribute positively to the society they live in. Guidance College will refrain from endorsing or supporting any political opinion or political ideology but rather limits itself to the academic arena.
- Guidance College is an American institution that promotes the success of the country. One of its main goals is to provide the American society with professionals who understand the Islamic culture well and who are able to contribute to the success of the country. Guidance College aims to graduate scholars who are balanced committed Muslims, knowledgeable scholars, and contributing citizens.
- Guidance College fully and strongly respects differences among different religions and cultures and recognizes the cultural and religious differences that permeate our American culture. Guidance College teaches its students to appreciate these differences and to go out of their way to show respect to these cultural and religious differences. Guidance College promotes cooperation and collaboration with other religious and non-religious institutions to work on common projects that bring the best for our society and our country.
- Guidance College promotes and teaches balance and moderation and believes that Islam is a religion that calls for balance and moderation in all aspects of life, especially when these aspects affect other people. Even within the domain of one’s self, Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, rejected all kinds of extremism even though it was not going to hurt other people around.
Three companions came to Prophet Mohammed’s wife, peace be upon him, to ask her about the practice of worship of the Prophet, so to compare that with the lifestyles they adopt. The first said that he would not sleep and would spend the whole night praying. The second said that he would fast all year with no breaks, and the third said that he would stay single and would not marry to devote all his life to God. Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, then has heard what they said and commented on that by saying “I pray at night but I also sleep, I fast sometimes but I also don’t fast some other time, and I get married. This is my way; if you do not follow it, you do not belong to me!” Therefore, GC will not tolerate any form of extremism and will be actively promoting all forms of balance and moderation.
- Guidance College believes that there are issues in Islam that are fixed and non-changeable and there are issues that are open for reinterpretation and application in different environments. Issues that relate to the theory of Islam such as belief in God, belief in Angels, etc., are fixed. In addition, rituals such as prayer, fasting, pilgrimage, etc., are fixed and non-changeable. Matters that relate to how a Muslim or a Muslim community deal with others and contribute to others are open to reinterpretation in light of the change in the environment and the circumstances people live under.
- Guidance College believes that religious verdicts cannot be separated from the understanding of the reality and the environment in which the verdict is made. Hence, we cannot and will not import religious verdicts from other parts of the Muslim world because the circumstances under which these verdicts were developed are different from the circumstances we live here. Therefore, one of the main duties of the GC is to develop solutions to the issues American Muslims face through research that takes into consideration the Islamic background needed to understand that issue and the impact of the reality and the environment on any such verdicts.
- Guidance College respects and honors differences in opinions. Everyone is entitled to express his or her opinion freely without any coercion or intimidation. However, no one is entitled to force others to accept his or her opinion. Guidance College encourages academic freedom and the right of its faculty and students to express their opinion freely without fear. However, only opinions that are formally posted on the Guidance College website or its literature shall express the formal position that Guidance College adopts regarding a certain Guidance College encourages its faculty to examine the philosophies and beliefs expressed above in concluding while formulating an opinion.
- Guidance College believes in gender equity and opens its doors to all individuals regardless of their sex, religious background, national origin, or any other similar factors. Guidance College will not tolerate any discrimination of any kind overt or covert.
- Guidance College believes in and teaches its students to follow an approach that brings ease and comfort to people. In fact, Islam is a religion that teaches simplicity and ease in all matters. The Quran in several places emphasized this fact by stating that Allah wants ease and does not burden people with difficulties. In verse 185 of chapter 2 of the Holy Quran, we read, “Allah wants ease for you and does not want to burden you with difficulty!” Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, ordered his companions to make things easy for people and not to make it difficult, to give glad tidings, and not to drive people away.