ISNA Joins Members of Congress and Faith Leaders to Protect Families from Hunger

On Tuesday, May 8, all staff from IOICA and Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, member of the IOICA Advisory Committee, joined other faith leaders and members of Congress to highlight the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Imam Johari spoke of Islam's emphasis on ensuring the most vulnerable among us are afforded basic human dignity. Congressional Representatives James Clyburn, Jim McGovern, Marcia Fudge, Jamie Raskin, and Sheila Jackson Lee also spoke of their faith traditions' messages feeding those who are hungry. 

One of the most cost-effective federal anti-poverty programs in history, SNAP lifts over 8 million people out of poverty on an annual basis, with over 42 million depending on it to ensure a baseline level of nutrition. Four in five households that receive SNAP include a child, a senior, or a person with a disability. Current House Republican legislation that is part of H.R. 2 ("The 2018 Farm Bill") would prevent millions of families from basic food provisions because of increased, burdensome, and ineffective work requirements. To provide perspective, In 2019, the top 1% will receive $84 Billion in tax cuts, more than the entire SNAP program.

It is reported that our beloved Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings be upon him and his family, said, "He who fills his stomach while his neighbor next door goes hungry, is not a believer."

Children should grow up happy, not hungry. We urge you to call your Member of Congress today and ask that they vote NO on The Farm Bill because feeding hungry Americans should be a bipartisan issue. 1-888-668-8919
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
We are honored to partner with Khalil Center to present weekly webinars during the month of May in recognition of Mental Health Awareness month.
Sunday, May 13
  • 4pm Eastern: Providing Mental Health Services to Refugee Communities - Hadia Zarzour
  • 5pm Eastern: Religious-Based Bullying and its Effects - Dr. Rukhsana Chaudhry

Sunday, May 20
  • 4pm Eastern: Effects of Marital Conflict on Children - Saadia Yunus
  • 5pm Eastern: Prioritizing Marital Commitment - Sadia Jalali

Sunday, May 27
  • 4pm Eastern: Pre-Marital Considerations and Preparations - Kamal Shaarawy
  • 5pm Eastern: Healing from Trauma - Hira Khanzada
Follow us Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram as we explore different mental health terminology using #MentalHealthAtoZ
ISNA Masjid Development Committee
Green Initiative
Join Our Annual "Greening Our Ramadan" Campaign

We ask every masjid/Islamic center to adopt and pledge at least the following five practices during the coming Ramadan:

  • Conserve food during Iftar and avoid being wasteful by giving excess food to people in need. Conserve water, especially during wudu.
  • Use relatively quick degradable paper products for Iftar and not at all use styrofoam cups and plates
  • Recycle material, especially plastic water bottles
  • Replace all light bulbs with energy saver bulbs and thus conserve electricity
  • Give a khutbah on the Islamic imperative to conserve and protect the environment

55th Annual ISNA Convention
In God We Trust
August 31 - September 3, 2018 | Houston, TX
In preparation for Ramadan, featured speakers Sh. Yaser Birjas and Sh. Omar Suleiman discuss creating a Ramadan spirit at home.

Watch the full Ramadan Preparation series here .
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
  • 5K Fun Run
  • Photography Exhibit
  • Children's Program
  • Special Needs Accommodations
  • MYNA Conference: Be the Hope, Be the Change. How to Overcome our Inner and Outer Struggles to Make a Difference
Do you want your city to host the 2019 Annual Convention?

This year, we are very excited to host the Annual Convention in the southwest region of the country for the first time!

We want to continue visiting new regions and are now accepting proposals for the 2019 Annual ISNA Convention host city!

ISNA Seeks Transformative Leader:
Executive Director Search Announced  

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) has announced 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
JOB POSTINGS
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The United States of Love over Hate: A Ramadan Supper Series .
This year, ISNA and   Shoulder to Shoulder   have teamed up with   Se7enFast , and  The People’s Supper  for  The United States of Love over Hate: A Ramadan Supper Series . The primary goal of Ramadan Iftar series is to identify, support, and connect people to Iftars open to interfaith guests across the United States, in order to help facilitate local relationship building among Muslim and non-Muslim communities. 

Shoulder to Shoulder will offer guidance to those already planning Iftars, as well as support to those looking to put together Iftars (including both larger community dinners, as well as home-based dinners). Please contact  info@s2scampaign.org
Additionally, houses of worship are invited to display “Love - Your Neighbors” signs outside their buildings during the month of Ramadan, to show their commitment to standing with and getting to know their neighbors.
 
How do I participate?

REGISTER   a community Iftar
HOST  a home-based supper*
ATTEND  a community or home-based Iftar**
DISPLAY  a “Love -Your Neighbors” sign during Ramadan (and beyond!)

Use #LoveOverHate #MyRamadanDate on social media to share about your suppers!

Please direct all questions to:   info@s2scampaign.org
Action Alerts and Community Resources
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.