PRESS RELEASE November 25, 2023
Islamic Association of North America (IANA) Addresses Critical Issues Facing Muslims Globally and in the United States
Nashville, Tennessee – November 25, 2023:
The Islamic Association of North America
(IANA) successfully concluded its annual conference at the Al-Farooq Islamic Center Mosque in Nashville, Tennessee, from November 24 to November 25, 2023, under the theme "Towards steady Growth".
IANA member centers from across the United States participated in this significant gathering. Also, distinguished guests who came from
Canada attended the gathering as observers and shared brief reports about the Muslim community in Canada. Moreover, Relief organizations such as HARO, SAMARADO, and SHADOW OF CHARITY presented their humanitarian development programs.
During the conference, prominent issues impacting Muslims worldwide and specifically
in the United States were discussed, ranging from the alarming rise of Islamophobia, the
devastating floods in Somalia, the ongoing conflict in Gaza, and the challenges faced by
Muslim youth and families, particularly those of Somali descent living in the United States.
Key Points and Recommendations:
Solidarity with Somalia Flood Victims:Inspired by the Qur'anic verse in Suratul Hujurat, “ The believers are but brothers, ” the hadith of [Prophet muhamed (PBUH) “ The parable of the believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever. ” The council is urging Somali communities worldwide, especially those in the United States, to extend all possible assistance to those affected by the calamity.
Call for Ceasefire in Gaza:
The Assembly strongly condemns the indiscriminate attacks on civilians, including children, women, and adults. The assembly calls for an immediate and
lasting ceasefire in Gaza, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive and enduring solution to the Palestinian issue. Palestinians have the right to be free, safe, and fully independent in their own country.
Expressing deep concern over the rise of Islamophobia, the Assembly condemned attacks on Muslim institutions and individuals. The Assembly asks the government entities, local, state, and federal, to ensure the safety of the Muslims in their own residences, workplaces, and places of worship. We call on Muslim leaders to upgrade the security of places of worship and urge Muslims to
remain vigilant in the face of this wave of Islamaphobia.
Addressing the challenges faced by Muslim youth, particularly those of Somali
origin, the assembly identified issues such as substance abuse, gun violence, and
identity crises. The assembly urges collaboration among community members and relevant government agencies to address these challenges effectively.
Recognizing the multiple challenges faced by Muslim families, especially those of Somali descent, the assembly emphasized the need for ongoing support in the religious, educational, financial, and emotional aspects of our youth. It called on mosques to actively investigate and provide suitable solutions to the issues faced by these families.