Weekly News & Updates
Today - March 27 - is the 2nd Annual Muslim Women's Day!
We're celebrating the incredibly talented women who serve on ISNA's leadership team and staff.
ISNA Seeks Transformative Leader: Executive Director Search Announced 

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) announced today a search for an Executive Director (ED) to lead the organization at a very historic point in its history. The ED is a new position created as a result of the historic overhaul of the organization's bylaws effective January 1, 2018. The former position known as Secretary General has been abolished.

In consultation with the Executive Committee and more broadly the ISNA Board of Directors, the ED will provide visionary and strategic leadership to build on ISNA's history of service to Islam and Muslims in North America. Dr. Asra Ali, chair of the ED search committee emphasizes that "the new ED will use her or his skills and proven senior level management experience to position the organization to achieve excellence in the creation and delivery of programs and services to meet the needs of our diverse and growing Muslim community."

Additional information is available on our website,  www.isna.net/EDsearch
Office of Interfaith & Community Alliances
ISNA Stands with Victims of Gun Violence and Allies at March for Our Lives Events

This past weekend, ISNA representatives and community members joined hundreds of thousands of fellow Americans at the largest collective action on gun violence prevention to date, March for Our Lives. On Friday, March 23, Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances Director Colin Christopher joined a packed crowd at the National Cathedral to honor the victims of gun violence throughout the country. Just down the street at Washington Hebrew Congregation, ISNA Policy Fellow Sara Ahmed joined hundreds of Jewish community members and high school students for the  Shabbat for Our Lives  event, highlighting teen voices and performers speaking out about gun violence. On Saturday, March 24, ISNA partnered with FCNL to facilitate a  How to Lobby Training  on gun violence prevention with Muslims and Quakers. Following these morning events, ISNA representatives and community members joined allies of faith outside the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill for an inspirational interfaith prayer. Local Muslim community member and two-time gun violence survivor Luqman Sabour offered powerful words of faith, resilience, and hope. Following prayers, we walked to Pennsylvania Ave where we joined hundreds of thousands of people for the Washington D.C. March for Our Lives, which was part of 450 coordinated marches nationwide,  totaling over 1.2 million participants . Religion News Service also covered   ISNA's participation in the multiple March for Our Lives events  throughout the weekend. 
ISNA Travels to West Virginia to Support Appalachian Development 

This past weekend, ISNA Health Policy Fellow Kamil Jamil travelled with interfaith partners from Creation Justice Ministries and the Franciscan Action Network to Pipestem, West Virginia for the second annual State of Appalachia Conference. Kamil offered an opening prayer to the conference participants--predominately Christians from Appalachian states--and discussed how Muslims can better partner to make an impact in low-resource mountainous regions of the U.S. The conference topics focused on the intersection of poverty, environmental degradation, opioid addiction, and a loss of faith. In 2018, ISNA's Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances plans to continue its work with interfaith partners to pass the  Reclaim Act --federal legislation that seeks to revitalize coal mining communities through healthier opportunities--address the opioid crisis, increase wages for working families, and reduce carbon emissions.  
Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA)
Tonight marks the beginning of the MYNA 2018 REC application process. All praise and thanks due to God, MYNA's Regional Executive Committees have been key to the growth of MYNA as a whole, and with the intention of continuing such growth and productivity, we are reaching out to you today to announce the official start of the MYNA 2018-2019 REC application process. 

If you do choose to apply for  MYNA's Regional Executive Committee , you are required to submit 3 materials for the application: 

All applications, parental consent forms and recommendations must be submitted no later than  April 7th, 11:59 PM EST For a detailed description of the application process, please view the attached 2018 election policy. 

Please note:  On the application you will be asked to provide the contact information for  1 recommender.  This recommender can either be a personal recommender (academic or community related) or a MYNA related recommender (advisor, staff member, myc member, etc...). Please make sure to ask the person if they are willing to recommend you before you list them on your application and provide them with the recommendation form link.  It is the applicant's responsibility to send the recommendation form to the recommender and ensure the forms are submitted by the deadline. 
Recommenders can NOT be direct relatives or family members. 

Please be sure the read the document attached for a detailed job description and expectation of each REC position. Understand that any position on any of the RECs is a significant time commitment, so again, please think carefully before applying for positions. Please feel free to contact any of the current REC members to discuss their position in more detail. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the application or the process, please email  applications@myna.org .
The Masjid Development Committee in its last meeting has approved the name change of “ISNA Masjid Development Committee Green Masjid Task Force” to “ ISNA Masjid Development Committee Green Initiative ” to reflect the varied activities of the group. The membership of the group remains the same.
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55th Annual ISNA Convention
In God We Trust
August 31 - September 3, 2018 | Houston, TX
Join us in Houston over Labor Day weekend for
the 55th Annual ISNA Convention!
Convention Highlights
  • Over 200 Renowned Speakers
  • 500 Vendor Bazaar
  • Entertainment
  • Community Service Recognition Luncheon
  • Qira'at Competition
  • Matrimonial Banquet
  • Art Exhibit
  • Film Festival
  • Health Fair
  • Meet the Author Program
  • Fun Run
  • Photography Exhibit
  • Children's Program
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Join powerful Muslim women discussing Law and Leadership this summer in Washington. DC. 

KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights is proud to host its flagship program; the 16th Annual Women’s Law and Leadership Summer Program, (LLSP). Each year approximately 40 Muslim women participants meet for a three-week intensive experiential, educational, and dialogue program to engage with and learn from prominent Islamic scholars, lawyers, leaders, and activists, and to learn from each other.

The goal of the LLSP is to provide Muslim women active in their communities with content-rich programming of urgent and high-profile issues facing the Muslim ummah and especially Muslim women. Participants will gain an understanding of Islamic Law and its sources providing them with a platform to speak with knowledge and to pursue research. Included are “hot topics” such as the non-permissibility of female genital mutilation, research which KARAMAH has recently published and presented at the United Nations. The workshop will include a discussion of the importance and relevance of the #MeToo movement and the issue of domestic violence, an area of KARAMAH’s leadership, in the context of Muslim communities and families.
LLSP also focuses on leadership development approaches which are relevant and, perhaps, unique to women and culturally attuned to Muslim women in both the U.S. and international context.

KARAMAH’s speakers are experts and recognized leaders and scholars in their fields of Islamic law, Islamic history, Muslim women’s history and contributions, the Islamic sciences, and other arenas. Experienced workshop facilitators lead sessions on Muslim women leadership development, Islamic approaches to conflict transformation and to peacemaking, and nonviolent communications. Participants are encouraged to share their own work and activities in these areas and will have opportunities to present informally.

Participants include Muslim women from across the globe, U.S. and international based, from a diversity of backgrounds and interests. They are; Islamic scholars and researchers, board members, volunteers, and activists in Muslim organizations and communities, journalists, filmmakers, and from other fields. The result is a dynamic group of powerful women providing an opportunity for thoughtful learning and debate. Participants can build networks which can provide long-lasting support for future endeavors and careers. 

This year’s LLSP will be held from July 9 to July 27. A one-week Executive Session for women with senior leadership experience will be held from July 9 to 13. Applications are due April 27 at: www.karamah.org

For more information write to LLSP@karamah.org.
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Upcoming Events
The Chicago Education Forum features pre-conference workshops, knowledge based sessions, celebration banquet and networking luncheon.
ISNA matrimonial banquets provide an opportunity to meet and interact with other Muslim singles in a safe and Islamic environment.
The conference will focus on Islamic education and present sessions for professional development of teachers, principals and administrators.
ISNA matrimonial banquets provide an opportunity to meet and interact with other Muslim singles in a safe and Islamic environment.
The 55th Annual ISNA Convention will be held in Houston, TX over Labor Day Weekend (August 31-September 3, 2018)
Communities nationwide are benefiting from in-depth training, lectures, resources and networking opportunities that ISNA provides through our regional conferences. 

By supporting these events, you are helping us to uplift, inspire and educate others on numerous topics that can improve lives and communities. This lasting impact will positively affect our society as a whole. 

Please become an ISNA Monthly Sustainer to help further our reach and impact together.