New Bengals: Be sure to engage with the interfaith community here at Idaho State University!
*Note: We recognize not everyone identifies with a brand of faith, and we are mindful that not everyone will partake in the faith communities here–however, we welcome religious and spiritual as well as non-religious and non-spiritual folks here at ISU!
We at Idaho State University stand united, and can appreciate and respect faiths of all folks and walks of life. We offer many centers of worship, houses of prayer, and circles of unity both on campus and in the community! You’ll find a very welcoming interfaith approach to diverse beliefs, here. We invited some friends in faith around Pocatello and the ISU community to share their thoughts on an inclusive environment through the lens of their faiths–read below for some insight!
From Sister Azza with the Pocatello Mosque, ISU Partner and devoted Muslim:
“Below is a short general explanation of how humans are viewed in Islam:
As a Muslim, I am instructed to believe in other religions and other prophets, or I won’t be counted as Muslim. In addition, I am instructed to spread love and compassion to all humans regardless of their religions, cultures, and races. Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him) said: To protect the rights (of non-Muslims) is amongst the primary duties of mine [Sunnan Baihaqi, Volume No. 8, Page No. 30].
He also said: Najran (i.e. Christian land) and its leaders are assured the security from Allah and his Apostle. Their lives, their legislation, land, wealth, near and far away people, their worship places will be protected. No priest from his religious post, no officer of his official post shall be removed [Tabaqat Ibn Saad, Volume No. 1 Page No. 228].
Quran states: Surely Allah enjoins the doing of justice and the doing of good (to others) and the giving to the kindred, and He forbids indecency and evil and rebellion; He admonishes you that you may be mindful(16:90).
Moreover, Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him) observed people’s rights in terms of good neighborliness, as he said: ““The best of companions with Allah is the one who is best to his companion, and the best of neighbors with Him is the one who is best to his neighbor”. The tradition included every neighbor, even if he was a non-Muslim.
Generally speaking, true Muslims are those who are nice to everybody and who always treat others with justice, love, and compassion.”
In addition to Pocatello’s Mosque, here are some other faith and spirituality resources for you as a new friend of our Bengal family:
St. John’s Catholic Center
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Pocatello Seventh-Day Adventist Church
First Baptist Church
Bethel Baptist Church
Gate City Baptist Church
First Presbyterian Church
First United Church
Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
Trinity Episcopalian Church
Rock Foursquare Church
Christ Church Pocatello
Crossroads University Bible
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Central Christian Church
River of Life
Praise Temple of God
Click here for the full list–there are many!