Nov 5, 2010

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In This Issue
TOMORROW, ISNA South Central Zone Conference Begins
Imam Magid Discusses Youth as an Instrument of Peace, View Full MSNBC Clip
ISNA Announces Call for Papers for 12th Annual Education Forum
Participate This Weekend in 3rd Annual Weekend of Twinning Between Mosques and Synagogues
ISNA Moves Halal Certification to the Next Level
ISNA President and Vice President Visit ISNA Headquarters
ISNA President Writes in Washington Post About the Deviant Theology of Violent Extremists
ISNA Opens Registration for January 2011 Diversity Forum in Detroit
Upcoming ISNA Events: Michigan, Texas, and California
TOMORROW, ISNA South Central Zone Conference Begins

 

Online registration for the South-Central Zone Conference in Dallas is closed; however, on-site registration will begin at the Crowne Plaza hotel on Saturday November 6th at 8:30 AM. 

The Crowne Plaza hotel is located at 14315 Midway Road, Addison, Texas, 75001.

To view the full program of Saturday's events and learn more about our speakers, please click here.

ISNA staff have already begun travel to Dallas and look forward to seeing you there!




Imam Magid Discusses Youth as an Instrument of Peace,
View Full MSNBC Clip


 
ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid appeared Monday on MSNBC's the Dylan Ratigan show.  Alongside "One World 2011" President and CEO Bob Walsh, the two discussed the goals and strategies of One World to alleviate religious discrimination, disputes, and  anti-Muslim rhetoric.

"Billions of people around the world live in harmony and respect.  In America, we have Jews and Christians who slept in the parking lot of mosques to protect them (after 9/11).  With youth and 'One World 2011' we can bring youth together to multiply this," said Imam Magid.

To view the full MSNBC interview with Imam Magid, click here.

 ISNA Announces Call for Papers for
12th Annual Education Forum




ISNA seeks qualified educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire and lead today's educators and Islamic school professionals at the 12th Annual ISNA Education Forum.  The Forum will take place on April 22-24 in Rosemont, Illinois under the theme, "Understanding, Living, and Sharing Islam."

ISNA is seeking presenters for the forum and is now accepting proposals for presentations through December 6, 2010.  All proposals must be grounded in practice, experience and supported by research.

Read More

 



Participate This Weekend in 3rd Annual Twinning
of Mosques and Synagogues






·  Pairing more than 100 mosques and Muslim student and
community groups and 100 synagogues and Jewish student and community groups

·    Consisting of Tens of Thousands of Muslims and Jews

·    From over 150 communities

·    In 17 states across the U.S.A

·    And across 22 countries

·    On 4 continents

This weekend, thousands of Muslims and Jews from across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa will take part in the world's largest gathering of Jews and Muslims in "The Weekend of Twinning" of Mosques and Synagogues. 




ISNA Moves Halal Certification to the Next Level

 

On Saturday October 30, ISNA Secretary General Safaa Zarzour and ISNA Director of Development Ahmed ElHattab attended the 2nd Annual American Muslim Consumer Conference (AMCC).

More than 400
industry professionals attended the conference, including representatives from mainstream brands such as Western Union, Pepsi and Best Buy and Muslim-operated brands such as Saffron Road, Guidance Residential and Crescent Foods.  There were also communications professionals, journalists and bloggers in attendance to learn more about the Muslim consumer market and how to meet their needs.

Secretary General Zarzour moderated a session at the conference focusing on the challenges and opportunities facing the halal market in North America.  Additionally, members of the American Halal Association (AHA) reached a consensus at Saturday's conference that ISNA would take the lead to establish a U.S. Halal Accreditation Board. 

"Currently, there are no industry-wide standards for halal certification.  With this new development, Muslim consumers will have peace of mind that when a product is halal certified it is adhering to uniform and well defined standards," stated ISNA Secretary General Safaa Zarzour.

Representatives from ISNA and AHA will attend the World Halal Forum next week in London.  "ISNA looks forward to taking the lead on Halal certification in the U.S. and representing the interests of the American Muslim community to industries throughout the U.S.," said Zarzour.












 

ISNA President and Vice President Visit ISNA Headquarters


 
On Tuesday November 2, ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid and ISNA Vice President Azhar Azeez traveled to ISNA headquarters to meet with staff.   ISNA Secretary General Safaa Zarzour opened the discussion, which focused on the growth of ISNA under the new leadership team. 

"We must continue to take ourselves to the doorsteps of our local communities and ensure that ISNA represents the needs of our members at the grassroots level," said Imam Magid.

Both Imam Magid and Azhar Azeez pledged that their term would be a team effort, where contributions of every member are valued and an open door policy for staff communication is present. 

One important area of discussion focused on ISNA's commitment to ensure that it leads local communities in a direction that welcomes women, youth, and the diversity of Muslims into our masjids and community centers. 

"One important aspect in this process is to continue increasing the diversity, in gender, age, and ethnicity, of ISNA staff, board, and leadership.  This past election, our members elected not only a diverse group of representatives to the ISNA Majlis, but also the youngest person ever," stated Azeez.


ISNA President Writes in Washington Post About the Deviant Theology of Violent Extremists


 
In the Post article, published Oct 29, 2010, Imam Magid writes,

"As an American imam at one of the largest mosques in the DC Metro area, I am greatly troubled by the new cases of violent extremism among Western Muslims, both American and European.

Recent cases of young people engaging in violent extremism clearly show they have not learned Islam from respected, well-known Muslim scholars. Instead they have learned a deviant theology through the Internet, often from Western-born hate preachers adept at misusing their knowledge of our society.

These hate preachers claim that genuine Islamic scholars are not credible, and actively try to invalidate their teachings by completely distorting both the message and the way it is communicated.

There are several major problems with these hate preachers." Read More

You can also view both statements issued by ISNA this week, condemning the attempted bombings of two U.S. Jewish synagogues and the murders of Catholic worshipers in Iraq, and upholding our commitment to freedom of worship for all.



ISNA Opens Registration for January 2011 Diversity Forum


 

In partnership with the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan (CIOM), ISNA will host its first Diversity Forum, "Realizing the Dream: Finding Strength through Diversity."  Scheduled for January 14-16 2011 in Detroit, the event coincides with the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and will address issues of diversity ranging from race to sects within Islam.

 

"Islam is the most diverse religion in the world, and while this is a great strength of our community, it is also our challenge.  ISNA was founded on the mission of representing the plurality of Muslims in America and is proud to serve that mission and our community with this diversity forum.  ISNA is dedicated to working with local communities, representing our diverse population, and ensuring that the doors of our mosques are open to women, youth, and the broad range of ethnicities," said ISNA Secretary General Safaa Zarzour.

 

A full range of scholars and speakers have been invited to this event, including:


Imam Mohamed Magid, Imam Zaid Shakir, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Dr. Aminah McCloud, Dr. A.H. Sherman Jackson, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Aisha Adawiya, Dr. Ihsan Bagby, Imam Sayed Hassan Qazwini, Imam Mukhtar Faezi,  Rami Nashishibi, Laila Mohammad, Professor Jimmy Jones, Sami Catovic, Rafael Narbaez , ISNA Leaders and local speakers.

 

To register, learn more about the topics these renowned speakers will discuss at the forum, and view updated lists of invited speakers, please click here.

 
 
 

 Upcoming ISNA Events

Don't forget, ISNA South Central Zone Conference is THIS WEEKEND in Dallas Texas.  To learn more about our other upcoming events, please see below.



Speakers: Imam Mohamed Magid, Dr. Altaf Husain,  Sh. Mohammad Ninowy, Asma Mirza, Imam Mohammad Tahir, Imam Alauddin El-Bakri, Monem Salam, Safaa Zarzour, and more


 
What: ISNA West Zone Seerah Conference

Theme: In the Footsteps of the Prophet (SAW) - Nurturing
            Compassionate Communities


When: December 24 - 25, 2010

Where: MCA Santa Clara,
            3003 Scott Blvd.
            Santa Clara, California 95054
 
Conference Highlights:  Sessions on the Seerah of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Spiritual Development, Leadership, Youth, Community Development, Family, Interfaith and Intra-Faith relations, Saturday evening banquet with keynote address, Childcare, and more
 
Contact: Registration Inquiries at (317) 838 8129 or email convention@isna.net, Sponsorships & Bazaar Booths at (317) 838 8131 or email akhan@isna.net

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CONFIRMED SPEAKERS: Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, Dr. Jamal Badawi, Dr. Altaf Husain, Asma Mirza, Dr. Yusuf Ziya Kavakci, Dr. Mokhtar Maghraoui, Sh. Nouman Ali Khan, Safaa Zarzour, Azhar Azeez and many more

What: ISNA South Central Zone Conference
 
Theme:  Journey of Life with Islam
 
When:
November 6, 2010
 
Where:
Crown Plaza near the Galleria
           14315 Midway Road, Addison, TX 75001
 
 
 
CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS:
Spiritual Development, Youth, Family, Community Development, Civic Engagement, Bazaar, Networking Opportunities,  Saturday evening banquet with Keynote address, Childcare and more
 
CONTACT: Registration Inquiries at (317) 838 8129 or email convention@isna.net, Sponsorships & Bazaar Booths at (317) 838 8131 or email akhan@isna.net

To download the post card click here
To download the poster click here

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What:
MYNA Winter Leadership Retreat

Theme: Planting Our Feet Firmly-Strengthening Our Roots, Extending Our Branches

When: December 19-25, 2010

Where: Hunt, TX

Who: Youth ages 12-18

Registration ends on November 21, 2010 and there are only 100 spots available this year.  All MYNA events have sold out weeks before the registration deadline this year.  Click here to learn more and register today.

Contact: Please send any questions to camp@myna.org

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Invited Speakers: Imam Mohamed Magid, Imam Zaid Shakir, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Dr. Aminah McCloud, Dr. A.H. Sherman Jackson, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Aisha Adawiya, Dr. Ihsan Bagby, Imam Sayed Hassan Qazwini, Imam Mukhtar Faezi,  Rami Nashishibi, Laila Mohammad, Professor Jimmy Jones, Sami Catovic, Rafael Narbaez , ISNA leaders and local speakers

What:
ISNA Diversity Forum


Theme: Realizing the Dream: Finding Strength Through Diversity

When: January 14-16, 2011

Where:
Double Tree Hotel,

         5801 Southfield Expressway
         Detroit, MI 48228
 
CONTACT: Registration Inquiries at (317) 838 8129 or email convention@isna.net, Sponsorships & Bazaar Booths at (317) 838 8131 or email akhan@isna.net

Islamic Horizons Magazine - November/December

 

Islamic Horizons, the flagship publication of ISNA, and the largest distribution of any Muslim American English language magazine - read by a quarter million people - is now available online.

Islamic Horizons focuses on Islam and Muslim life in the U.S. and Canada, offering articles on topics of community interest such as Islamic schools, family issues, organizational management, and interfaith issues. Horizons also highlights stories about the growth and development of various Muslim communities.

To view the past issues click here.





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