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Update From Murfreesboro Mosque: ISNA Facilitates Meeting With Assistant Attorney General & Outreach to Faith Communities
Reminder, Free Event Next Monday Sponsored by ISNA: Judaism and Islam in America Today
Upcoming ISNA Events
Taking Back the Muslim Narrative: ISNA Secretary General to Speak at CIOGC-MPAC Conference This Sunday
Full Tuition Scholarships for New Muslim Leadership Masters Degree
Employment Opportunities With ISNA
Islamic Horizons Magazine - September/October

Update From Murfreesboro Mosque: ISNA Facilitates Meeting With Assistant Attorney General, Assists in Outreach to Faith Communities

On September 7, following the DC interfaith summit, ISNA President (outgoing) Dr. Ingrid Mattson and Vice President Imam Mohamed Magid met with US Attorney General Eric Holder, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and a delegation of Muslim leaders. At the meeting, they discussed the growing tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric and violence used by communities across the US from Tennessee to New York. In the meeting, the DOJ made a commitment to enforce laws against anyone carrying out crimes against Muslims and violating their first amendment rights.

As a part of its continued effort to directly support local communities and respond to their needs, ISNA Director of Community Outreach Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi visited Murfreesboro and Nashville, TN on September 27-28. Dr. Elsanousi also met with the board of the proposed Murfreesboro mosque to develop strategies for the community to overcome the challenges they currently face while building their mosque.

"It is imperative for ISNA to assist the community in Murfreesboro and Nashville to build strong interfaith relations and reach out to the community to foster better understanding about Muslims," said Elsanousi.

ISNA has already connected the mosque with the United Church of Christ and continues to use their national interfaith relationships to connect the mosque to local denominations. Additionally, ISNA agreed to assist the community to raise funds for their mosque and develop relationships with other Muslim organizations across the country.

ISNA also arranged a meeting on behalf of the Nashville Muslim community to meet with Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez and his staff at the U.S. Attorney's offices in Nashville to discuss the challenges that are faced by their Muslim community. Muslim community members discussed their challenges with the Federal Authority, such as the widespread bullying of Muslim children in schools, the construction of the Murfreesboro mosque, and others; the DOJ officials promised to follow up on these issues.

On Monday October 18, the DOJ released an official statement in which the Department clearly rebuked Islamaphobes across the nation who claim Islam is not a religion. The DOJ release stated that Islam is a valid religion and cautioned that denial of permits for places of worship to Muslims based on their religion can easily be seen as violations of the first amendment.

In an amicus brief filed by the DOJ in a lawsuit challenging the mosque, the DOJ stated, "To suggest that Islam is not a religion is quite simply ridiculous. Each branch of the federal government has independently recognized Islam as one of the major religions of the world. As pointed out in our brief filed with the court, had the Rutherford County Government adopted the position the plaintiffs set forth, it would likely be in violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, enacted by the U.S. Congress in 2000."

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Zarzour states, "By visiting the local communities in Tennessee, ISNA is carrying out its mission to support local communities and fostering positive relationships between local Muslim communities and their local, state, and federal governments as well as their interfaith communities."

Reminder, Free Event Next Monday Sponsored by ISNA
"Judaism and Islam in America Today - Assimilation and Authenticity"

In partnership with the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and Hartford Seminary, will host an innovative roundtable discussion, "Judaism and Islam in America Today: Assimilation and Authenticity." This free event is open to the public and will take place on Monday, October 25, 2010 at 7:30 PM (JTS 3080 Broadway, at 122nd Street, in New York City).

Dr. Ingrid Mattson, previous ISNA President and current Director of the Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary, will moderate the roundtable discussion, with participants including Sherman Jackson, professor of Islam at the University of Michigan; Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of JTS; and Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary.

"In this discussion, we aim to foster constructive dialogue among Jews and Muslims about their experiences as members of minority religions in America," said Dr. Mattson, who joins Chancellor Eisen as organizer of the roundtable discussion.

This free event is part of a larger two day conference where interfaith leaders from across the nation will meet to discuss the current situation in America for Muslims and Jews as well as how they can collaborate to strengthen both communities. Dr. Mattson will co-lead a session highlighting the modern interpretation of scriptures while ISNA Secretary General Safaa Zarzour will co-lead a session about looking forward, training Imams and Rabbis for American constituencies.

Admission to Monday night's roundtable discussion is free, but reservation is required. To RSVP please email publicevents@jtsa.eduor call (212) 280-0093. The two day conference is by invitation only.

For more information on ISNA and other sponsoring organizations, please visit them on the following websites: Islamic Society of North America at, Jewish Theological Seminary at, and the Macdonald Center at Hartford Seminary at

Upcoming ISNA Events

Don't forget, ISNA South Central Zone Conference is just a couple of weeks away. Learn more about this event, and others in the California and Texas region for youth and the community at large, by reading 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

(Registration Coming Soon)

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, Sponsorships & Bazaar Booths at (317) 838 8131 or email
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

November 6, 2010

Crown Plaza near the Galleria
14315 Midway Road, Addison, TX 75001

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, Sponsorships & Bazaar Booths at (317) 838 8131 or email
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To download the poster click here

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

Taking Back the Muslim Narrative: ISNA Secretary General
to Speak at CIOGC-MPAC Conference This Sunday

"There is a debate that has ignited in the American community about us, about American Muslims.

"Americans have heard the voice of extremists for too long and are now asking if they should fear Islam, if they should welcome Muslims, if they should allow us to share the same rights as all other Americans.

"It is critical at this point in history that the moderate voice of Muslims, which so many of us share, drowns out the few voices of the extremists.

"We must take back our story; America is asking to hear our voices, and it is time for all of us to speak." (ISNA Secretary General Safaa Zarzour)

To hear more from Safaa Zarzour and other leading community and political leaders, about how you can take back the Muslim narrative in America, join them at the CIOGC-MPAC conference in Chicago this Sunday, October 24. Below you will see when and whre you can hear more from ISNA Secretary General during this conference.

Intro Session - Civic Engagement: Our Duty, Our Opportunity
When: 10am-10:45am
Where: Room 5
Who: Speakers: Dr. Zaher Sahloul, Salam Al-Marayati, Abedelkareem Ayoub, Safaa Zarzour, Ahmed Rehab Dr. Hatem Bazian; Moderator: Mohamad Nasir

Roundtable - Addressing Islamophobia from a Local and National Perspective
Where: Room 6
Who: Speakers: Abid Malik, Prof. Cherif Bassiouni, Ahmed Rehab, Salam Al-Marayati, Dr. Hatem Bazian, Safaa Zarzour; Moderator: Dr. Zaher Sahloul
What: National and local leaders will discuss their experience in proactively addressing Islamophobia.

Session: Making the Case for an "American" Mosque
When: 2-3 PM
Who: Speakers: Edmund Arroyo, Humaira Basith; Moderator: Safaa Zarzour
What: This session is targeted at community leaders focusing on the necessity of creating an environment that is culturally relevant to native born Americans (both Muslim and non).

For more information on this conference or to register, please click here.

Full Tuition Scholarships Available for
New Muslim Leadership Masters Degree

The Claremont School of Theology in California has launched two new concentrations for its Master of Arts program, along with opportunities for full scholarship to students who choose to focus their studies in the two new areas, Leadership in Muslim Contexts and Interreligious Studies.

"These new concentrations are the first curricular steps in the development of the new interreligious university in Claremont. They align well with the needs and desires of a new generation of theological students. Our faculty is working hard to make them relevant, challenging, and oriented to the needs of our world," said Interim Dean J. Philip Wogaman.

All students who complete their applications for either of these concentrations by January 10 will be considered for the full-tuition scholarships. For more information, contact or visit them on the web.

Assistant Professor Najeeba Syeed-Miller welcomes the addition of more students, stating, "We are delighted to offer these new concentrations that combine the areas of religious literacy and skills based learning. Students will learn faith based conflict resolution, counseling and dialogue design methodologies. In this current time we need leaders who are welll prepared in these areas and look forward to welcoming students from the Muslim community."

Employment Opportunities With ISNA:
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Jobs With ISNA

ISNA Services For Employers

Are you an employer looking for someone to hire? ISNA now offers a service to employers that allows you to post your job openings on the ISNA website with minimal cost. For more information click here.

For benefits, pricing information and guidelines click here.

Islamic Horizons Magazine - September/October

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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