Theme of the conference: Strengthening NACSI
The 11th Annual NACSI conference is officially underway today at Abubakar as-Saddique Islamic
Center in Minneapolis. The conference was attended by representatives from all of the centers
that are in the organization as well as the board of the council who is led by Sheikh Abdirahman
Sheikh Omar. The conference was hosted by members of the umbrella organization that are
located in the hosting state of Minnesota.
The presence of the scholars from around the nation was felt throughout the state of Minnesota
as many of them delivered the Friday sermons at various locations. Members of the council
were very honored to have the presence of Sheikh Mohamed Idris who is one of the founders of
The conference was opened by Sheikh Abdirahman Sheikh Omar, the head of the board of the
council. The Sheikh spoke of the importance of the conference after thanking Allah for giving us
the opportunity to unite in this organization which was founded in the year 2000—a time when
the Somali people were entering the American continent in mass numbers.
The opening of the conference was followed by reports from member centers whose locations
varied from the New England area in the east; Georgia and Tennessee in the south and also
from the United States heartland in the Midwest and as far as California and Washington State
in the west.
Among the reports was a report by Ali Haji, the head of the Horn Africa Relief Organization. Ali
Haji included in his report the need for religious awakening back home. He suggested that a
number of individuals be trained and prepared to lead a religious awakening back in Somalia.
After the reports, there was a break for the Friday sermon. This was followed by a report from
Sheikh Abdullahi Nur (Abul Fadl), the vice chairman of the executive committee of NACSI.
Sheikh Abul Fadl addressed the goals from the previous conference, those that were achieved
and those that are still on the agenda. Sheikh Abdirahman Sheikh Omar again addressed the
conference attendees detailing the history of the organization and the necessities that
prompted the need for such an organization.
Also present at the meeting was honorable imams from local masaajid along with community
leaders, elders, and business leaders within the community. Sheikh Hassan Jamici, Sheikh Sa’ad
Muse, Sheikh Jibril Qadi, Sheikh Abdullahi Ibrahim, Sheikh Abdirisaq San’aani, and Sheikh
Abdiqani Qardawi were among the honorable guests.
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