Welcome To IIT

International Institute of Tolerance (IIT) was founded on the principle of Justice and Equality

The International Institute of Tolerance was founded on the principle of Justice and Equality. IIT's services are religious and charitable, and grounded in the Islamic faith. One of the principle aims of the Institute is to integrate Muslim Americans into our pluralistic American society. The Institution is focused on working in harmony with other faith groups and civic organizations to enhance our collective futures.

The Institute provides religious, educational, and social services to advance justice and promote compassion. Outside its religious services, the Institute’s charitable intent can be found in its outreach program. This is the essence of the Islamic value system which drives the Institute’s role and functions.

Our services

IIT offers a variety of programs; religious, educational, and social to advance the well-being of our community


Daily Congregational Prayers

Jummah Salah (Khutba starts 45 minutes before Iqamah)


Nazira classes for children held every Tuesday & Wednesday 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Religious classes for children held every Saturday 11:00 am to 1:30 pm


Darood-e-Nariya every Tuesday (after Maghrib in summer/ after Isha in winter)

Other spiritual programs including Muharram, Rabi-ul-Awwal, Rabi-ul Aakhir, Miraj, Nisfus Shabaan, and the Holy Month of Ramadan.


Professional counseling including grief counseling, family counseling and performance of Marriage services and funeral rites

Our Programs

IIT's Feed the Homeless Program

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) declared: None is a true believer until he wants for his fellow human being what he wants for himself. Driven by this declaration, IIT founded its Feed the Homeless program in Ramadan 2007, serving 125 cold meals once a month. Members congregated at the Center after the Fajr Salah, prepared the sandwiches, made meal bags consisting of sandwiches, water, bananas, and muffins. Today, IIT is proud to announce that we serve over 1,200 hot meals a month to the homeless community downtown by partnering with Los Angeles Mission. Instead of coldcut sandwiches, we now cook chicken curry and rice, and serve a meal package twice a month!

Building Bridges & Joining Hands

Our Building Bridges program is driven by the command of the Qur’an
”You have been raised as a Community of believers to enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil, and fear Allah” [3:110]

Inspired by the above Qur’anic verse, IIT launched the 'Building Bridges" and “Joining Hands” project which affords its members to contribute to worthy causes locally and around the world to make the world a better place. Our focus is to create forums of discussion and exchange to foster peace and tolerance. Since Social justice is the core of Islamic life, we have been involved, and continue to be involved in partnerships in the following events:

  • Annual Wear Blue Campaign to raise awareness and education concerning Human Trafficking with Department of Homeland Security
  • Faith Council of Department of Children and Family Services providing services to families and children
  • Annual South Bay Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
  • Roundtable for Immigrant and Refugee mental health advocacy with the African Coalition
  • Commissioners at the Bullying Prevention Commission in the City of Carson
  • FGM Task force of greater Los Angeles, a collaboration effort to end violence against women (hosted and co-founded by IIT)
  • Women as Peace Builders conference, an annual interfaith forum of exchange for women, by women (founded by IIT)
  • International Women's Day conference held by Consular Corps
  • Annual World Peace Pilgrimage at Mt. Baldy
  • Community Welfare and Spiritual Empowerment

    IIT offers a variety of programs; religious, educational, and social to advance the well-being of our community. These include daily congregational prayers, Friday sermons, Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan, observance of Spiritual Nights every Thursday Nights, Qaderi Khatam every alternate Friday night, festivities, special prayer services, counseling, marriage, and burial rites. Under the leadership of the Imam Qari Ashraf Carrim, IIT ensures the spiritual well-being of its congregation. We offer spiritual, family, marriage, stress, and grief counseling, and undertake hospital visits for the sick. IIT also offers DCFS interpreter services for Muslim clients, and regularly refers members to agencies to seek help that cannot be given by us. We also issue quarterly Newsletters for the benefit of the community. IIT supports local businesses of our congregants in our area.