—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
JAMAICA, New York (January 22, 2013) – In a press release issued today, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) National Election Committee announced that Mr. Naeem Baig has been elected as president of ICNA for the 2013-2014 term.
Mr. Baig succeeds Dr. Zahid Bukhari, who served as President for two terms from 2009-2012.
The President of ICNA is elected through secret ballot from among members of the ICNA General Assembly (MGAs) and can hold the office for a maximum of two consecutive terms. The president is entrusted with the responsibility of guiding ICNA and making decisions with input from the Majlis Ash-Shura (Central Consultative Council) and members of the General Assembly.
Mr. Baig previously served as Secretary General of ICNA for three terms and on the Majlis Ash-Shura from 2010-2012. He is currently the ICNA Vice President for Public Affairs and the Executive Director of the ICNA Council for Social Justice. He is also the Chairman of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF) and the American Muslim Taskforce (AMT), an umbrella body of 10 national American Muslim organizations.
He currently serves on the board of Interfaith Workers Justice and co-chairs the National Muslim-Christian Initiative. He is also a member of the Taskforce on Global Initiative on Faith, Health and Development. He additionally worked as a consultant on the “Study on Christian-Muslim Relations,” sponsored by the Department of Interfaith Relations of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
A graduate of Veterinary Sciences, Mr. Baig lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, son and three daughters. He will be officially sworn-in during the annual General Assembly in New York on Saturday, January 26th, Insha’Allah.
Dr. Zahid Bukhari expressed confidence in Mr. Baig and prayed to Allah (SWT) to grant him steadfastness in leading ICNA and the American Muslim community. Ameen.
S.2:136= Say, [O believers], “We have believed in Allah and what has been revealed to us and what has been revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the Descendants and what was given to Moses and Jesus and what was given to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him.” S.1:1-7= [All] praise is [due] to Allah, Lord of the worlds – The Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful, Sovereign of the Day of Recompense. It is You we worship and You we ask for help. Guide us to the straight path – The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who have evoked [Your] anger or of those who are astray.
Congratulations…. May Allah accept his full potential in His way!
May Allah make it Easy for him. Ameen!
he’s a cool dude man!
On behalf of everyone at the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, we thank Dr. Zahid Bukhari for his life long selfless contributions and welcome Br. Naeem Baig and pray that he be blessed with much patience, strength and wisdom to honor the new responsibilities bestowed upon him. We extend our full cooperation in any and all matters that serves the interests of Muslims and Islam in America.
Islamic Shura Council of Southern California
A O A. I HOPE M NAEEM BAIG WILL DELIVER HIS BEST.HE IS MY CLASS FELLOW & I AM AWARE OF HIS ABILITIES,ENTHUSISM,HARD WORKING, HONESTY & CONFIDENCE. ICNA WILL BE EXPANDED & STRENGTHENED MORE. INSHAALLAH.
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