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In This Issue
ISNA in the News: Coverage of ISNA-MPAC Press Conference and Events Across the Nation
ISNA President Appears on MSNBC to Discuss Islamaphobia
Interfaith Shoulder-to-Shoulder Campaign Speaks on Death of Osama Bin Laden
American Islamic Finance Launches Successful First Training in California
Reminder: Free ISNA Leadership Seminar in Boston Begins Tomorrow
Register Early for the 48th Annual ISNA Convention
Islamic Horizons Magazine - May/June
ISNA in the News: Coverage of ISNA-MPAC Press
Conference and Events Across the Nation This Week

On Monday, ISNA and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) held a joint press conference in Washington DC to discuss the death of Osama Bin Laden and what this means for the community. 


At the Press Conference, ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid stated, "ISNA joins President Obama and prays that as the nation continues to heal from the devastation inflicted upon them at the hands of Bin Laden, we will turn to each other today, united, and emerge tomorrow with an even stronger resolve to take every action necessary to protect the precious ideals of our nation that Bin Laden attempted to destroy on 9/11: peace, tolerance, respect, and freedom for all."

Later in the day, ISNA Director of Community Outreach Mohamed Elsanousi read a statement from ISNA at the Foreign Press Center echoing the sentiments of Imam Magid on these events.  To view the full ISNA statement, please click here.

ISNA leadership gave interviews throughout the week with news agencies ranging from local to international news.  Stories released by Reuters and Associated Press were picked up by major news agencies across the nation with independent coverage on MSNBC, Washington Post, NBC, and more.  To view full press coverage of the ISNA-MPAC Press Conference and ISNA in the news this week, please click here.


ISNA President Appears on MSNBC
 to Discuss Islamaphobia


Yesterday, ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid appeared on MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan show to discuss Islamaphobia in America.  Directly following the announcement of Osama Bin Laden's death, there were a number of hate crimes perpetrated at mosques across the country, further reinforcing the mis-conception by some Americans that Islam is synonymous with terrorism. 


Imam Magid discussed strategies used by ISNA and our other faith partners to combat this mis-conception and to show what we are doing to ensure that the message of peace and tolerance is promoted across America, in mosques, churches, synagogues, and all public places.  To view the full interview, please click here or on the image above.


Interfaith Shoulder-to-Shoulder Campaign
Speaks on Death of Osama Bin Laden


Leaders of the ISNA convened campaign, "Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Standing with American Muslims; Upholding American Values, a national campaign of religious leaders and organizations seeking to end anti-Muslim bigotry, released the following statement on the death of Osama Bin Laden:


"The national religious leaders of Shoulder-to-Shoulder express our hope that the death of Osama Bin Laden will close a difficult era in the history of our nation and our world. Bin Laden was well-known for committing crimes against humanity and for manipulating and distorting the religion of Islam to sow division among peoples...


American Islamic Finance Launches Successful
 First Training in California This Week


This week, the American Islamic Finance Project (AIF)  launched its first program as imams from across the nation traveled to California to attend a three-day training on Islamic Finance.  AIF is a collaboration among many organizations, including ISNA.  These organizations worked to secure underwriting from Guidance Financial to sponsor the imams and recruit experts from the ETHICA Instiute for Islamic Finance to provide the three-day curriculum.


This program was free and was designed specifically to increase education and awareness of the viability of Islamic Finance in America.  "This training is the first of many to come through AIF.  The American Muslim community is finding it increasingly difficult to attend higher education or purchase homes in compliance with the principles of Islamic Finance or find credible information about the process itself.  Imams work regularly with the community and therefore, were the perfect segment of the community to start our education programs," said ISNA Secretary General Safaa Zarzour.


In addition to the training, the imams visited the Zaytuna Institute in San Francisco and attended a special session with ISNA leaders to directly communicate the needs of their local communities with ISNA.  ISNA has taken those needs to heart and will continue to work with these imams to develop tailored "ISNA Days" which bring leading professionals to local communities to build sustainability and support growth.



Reminder: Free ISNA Leadership
Seminar in Boston Begins Tomorrow


Nevada Professor of Management Strategy Dr. Rafik Beekun and ISNA Secretary General Safaa Zarzour and University of will present a seminar tomorrow on leadership development.  This seminar will take place from 1:00 - 5:00 PM at the Islamic Center of New England in Sharon, Massachusetts and will follow with a community banquet at 6:00 PM.


This event is a part of a series of workshops and training sessions ISNA offers to local communities catered to assisting them with specific needs related to leadership, fundraising, and management of Islamic centers.


The event is co-sponsored by the Islamic Council of New England and the Islamic Center of New England.  To learn more about this leadership training or the dinner, please click on "read more" below. 



Register Early for the 48th Annual ISNA Convention

It's that time of year again! ISNA's Annual Convention is right around the corner, and the deadline to register early is May 31, 2011.  Registering early guarantees you a discounted registration rate.  The Annual Convention is scheduled to take place on July 1 - 4 at the Rosemont Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL. 

Why attend ISNA's Annual Convention? Besides access to the forefront of Muslim scholarship, you get a chance to network with fellow Muslims and gain exposure to the arts and talents of the best and brightest in our community. 




Testimonials of how the Annual Convention has impacted past attendees.


Want to get a better feel of the ISNA Convention's sessions? You can view past Convention webcasts by clicking on the following links:

Discounted hotel slots are also filling up quickly. Register today and join us for a convention experience that you don't want to miss!



Islamic Horizons Magazine - May/June  


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



Help Direct Our Ship: Become an ISNA Member Today


Become an ISNA Member or renew your current ISNA membership today!  A movement is always stronger in numbers and as ISNA continues to step forward to protect religious freedom and tolerance for all in America, support local communities, lead the way with groundbreaking events to strengthen education, diversity, and more, we are only made stronger through the input and support of our valuable members.  You may join us today or renew your membership online or you can download the membership form if you wish to send it by mail. 


As a member of ISNA, you receive a FREE subscription to Islamic Horizons magazine and discounts to ISNA conferences and conventions. Membership will also give you a voice in ISNA to help determine ISNA programs and initiatives through voting rights to select ISNA leaders in all ISNA elections.  Do not miss out on this opportunity to strengthen your community and keep in touch with ISNA events and community news!


For more information and/or questions about membership benefits, please, email us at or call us at 317-839-8157, Ext 248.



Upcoming ISNA Events





What: Boston ISNA Day with Leadership Development Program  

          and a community banquet 


Theme: Leadership Development and Best Management of  

            Islamic Centers

When: May 7, 2011


Where: Islamic Center of New England

           470 South Street  

           Quincy, MA 02169 






What: Summer National Retreat

When: June 19-26, 2011

Bear Mountain, NY 


Registration fee: $325 (includes lodging, food, and program, but no transportation costs)


Ages: 12-18 only

Availability: Space is limited to 100 participants.

Deadline: Registration deadline is May 23, 2011 or until the 100 spots fill, whichever comes first.

For more details click here


CONTACT: Please email




What: Annual ISNA Convention

Theme: Loving God, Loving Neighbor, Living in Harmony

When: July 1-4, 2011

Where: Rosemont Convention Center
           5555 N. River Rd.
           Rosemont, IL 60018

Click here for testimonials from previous convention attendees.

CONTACT: Registration Inquiries at (317) 838 8129 or email, Sponsorships & Bazaar Booths at (317) 838 8131 or email



MYNA Track at Annual ISNA Convention

Theme: Reaffirming our Beliefs: Establishing Purpose for Our

When: July 1-4, 2011

Where: Rosemont Convention Center 
           5555 N. River Rd.

           Rosemont, IL 60018

Ages: 12-18 Only

CONTACT: please email




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