—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.
The inclusion of poor in our festivity must be done without which we cannot complete our service to Allah SWT. How many societies the poor is left out of the pie and the rich eats the entire pie. A few weeks ago, we celebrated Eid-ul Fitr. And on that Eid, we enjoy its virtues by giving the Zakaat-ul Fitr to the poor before we begin the Eid prayer. This Eid we have to complete its celebration by giving 1/3 of the meat to the poor and needy. As Allah SWT says: Then eat thereof and feed therewith the poor who have a very hard time. (22:28) EID MUBAARAK!