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MANA's Shura to Move the Agenda Forward

MANA's Majlis ash-Shura along with many of MANA's Task Forces met in Atlanta February 15-16 to chart the future of MANA. Over 50 MANA leaders spent two days discussing MANA's direction resulting in an ambitious 2008 Action Plan and Budget.

Highlights of the meeting include the decision to form a Fiqh Research Council. Among other things, the council will issue position papers and fataawa, set standards of Islamic knowledge and expertise for Imams as well as devise a curriculum or course of studies for Imams. These programs will be developed in cooperation with the training programs of other educational institutions. Equally important is the inclusion of incarcerated Muslims. The recommended members of the Fiqh Research Council are: Abd al-Hakim Jackson, Zaid Shakir, Anwar Muhaimin, Luqman Ahmad, Aminah McCloud, Abdullah Hamid Ali, Mukhtar Curtis, Jamilah Clark, Antar ibn Stanford and Ihsan Bagby. Luqman Ahmad, Imam of Masjid Ibrahim in Sacramento, served as the Chair of the planning committee for the new council.

Another important decision made at the Shura meeting was to expand the number of Shura members from 24 to 30 and the Diwan (Executive Committee) from 8 to 10. The purpose of the expansion is to ensure the Shura and Diwan represent the diversity of the American Muslim community. In particular, it is expected that women will be added to both bodies.

In a related discussion, the Women's Task Force, led by Dr. Aneesah Nadir, supplied a list of recommendations that called for MANA's organizational structure and all of its affiliates to be inclusive of women. The Task Force also recommended that MANA affiliates adopt the Healthy Marriage Initiative and a zero tolerance policy for spousal abuse. A decision as to whether MANA would pursue the establishment of a national women's organization was postponed pending further research and discussion.

A significant upshot, which was achieved at the meeting, was the formation of a Social Justice Task Force. The priorities of the Task Force will be on issues such as criminal justice, reparations and civil liberties, the case of Imam Jamil and other political prisoners. The Task Force chose Hodari Abdul-Ali, activist in the DC area, to serve as Chair of the Task Force. Included on the Social Justice Task Force are Talib Abdur Rashid, Jihad Abdul-Mumit, Yahya Abdus Sabur, Khalid Griggs, Najee Ali, and Khalid Abdul Samad.

In addition, the Youth Task Force presented their plan for a youth planning retreat, the committee presented their ideas for the upcoming November 28-30 annual conference, SHARE Center Task Force along with the Community Re-Entry and Healthy Marriage Task Forces laid out their plans, and the Departments of Fundraising and Communications also presented plans for 2008.

It was an exhilarating meeting that confirmed MANA is on the move.
When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me: Let them also, with a will, Listen to My call, and believe in Me: That they may walk in the right way.

Quran: 2:186
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