ISNA’s 4th Regional Conference

Dallas, TX: The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) South Central Regional Conference, which attracted about 1500 people, was jointly organized by MSA, MYNA and ISNA.
The conference focused on “Our Youth, Our Family, Our Future”, reflecting on various aspects of Muslim life in the U.S. The conference program, organized in track system, focused on areas such as community building, family strengthening, leadership training, spiritual life, and interfaith relations. It was noted that the success of the conference reflected the work of the area’s Muslim communities, especially the volunteers.
A highlight of the conference was the banquet’s keynote address by Dr. Akbar Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun chair at the American University, and producer of the film on Pakistan’s founder Mohamed Ali Jinnah. He is also author of several books and a well-respected speaker on interfaith issues.
ISNA and conference attendees welcomed the news that Dr. Ahmed is to be nominated by the government of Pakistan for the position of UN Secretary General. If selected, he would be the first Muslim to be appointed to that position since the world organization’s inception.
ISNA President, M. Nur Abdullah, said Dr. Ahmed’s “outstanding role in international inter-religious dialogue and his work towards peaceful coexistence between societies make us grateful to the government of Pakistan for considering someone who not only represents Pakistan but the entire Muslim world.” Abdullah added that Dr. Ahmed’s “role as a bridge-builder between civilizations will not only bring harmony between the Muslim world and the West, but also to others as it is so greatly needed at this critical time in history.”

 

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