February 16, 2013
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh
I hope and pray that this letter reaches you while you are in the best state of health and Eman.
The Islamic Circle of North America, ICNA, is an organization for all Muslims living in the United States of America.
Since its inception in 1968, the brothers and sisters belonging to ICNA have been working day and night for the cause of Islam, seeking only the pleasure of Allah .
In ICNA we have a very democratic process. Members of ICNA elect their leaders at various levels to run the affairs of this organization. In January of this year, the members of the ICNA General Assembly have put this great task on my shoulders by electing me as President of ICNA for the 2013 – 2014 session.
I request that all of you make dua for me and pray that Allah enables me to fulfill my responsibility in the best manner by following His Commandments and the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad .
I have great respect for our elders who have given their best for the Deen of Allah . And I love all of you for the sake of Allah . I am confident that you will stand by my side, shoulder to shoulder, and we will face all hurdles and challenges together as we move forward inshaAllah.
ICNA has almost 40 chapters and sub-chapters throughout the country. This kind of grassroots presence makes it possible for us to involve the American Muslim community and the larger community in many ways. ICNA is known for its outreach/Dawah efforts; we are constantly engaged in relief work and social services and remain committed to social justice causes. ICNA Sisters’ Wing helps sisters effectively learn about Islam. Young Muslims (YM), the youth division of ICNA, runs over 60 study groups for the American Muslim youth.
Dear brothers and sisters, Allah , is All Just and All Wise. He , tells us in the Quran:
“No soul shall be given a burden that he cannot bear.” (Al-Baqarah: 286)
Allah , will not test us with what we cannot bear. I see a great horizon of opportunities for the American Muslims. Trials and tribulation will come, but, at the same time, He , will give us the ability to handle such challenges inshaAllah.
Let us all build a bond of brotherhood and strengthen our relationships with one another. ICNA is committed to working together with all Muslim organizations and masajid. We do not represent any one ethnicity or follow any particular sect. We are an organization of American Muslims and we have made a commitment to work for the betterment of all people.
I invite you to join ICNA and I assure you that, inshaAllah, you will not find yourself in the company of strangers.
May Allah , bless us all with the best in this world and in the hereafter. Ameen.
Your Brother in Islam,
Naeem M. Baig
Islamic Circle of North America