MEET AN ISNA SPEAKER:
Assad R Akhtar
Assad R. Akhtar is currently the deputy chief of staff for Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ). In this capacity, he is responsible for managing the local district offices and staff for the 9th Congressional District of New Jersey. Before this assignment, Assad served as the legislative director in the Washington, DC, office where he oversaw the congressman's legislative agenda and staff. He was also tasked with coordinating the congressman's position on the House Ways & Means Committee as well as staffing his assignment on the House Homeland Security Committee. Assad started as staffer on Capitol Hill in 2003 and previously worked for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) where he helped create the Congressional Pakistan Caucus and was the lead staffer for the House Science Committee.
He has also spent a substantive amount of time working on political campaigns throughout America. He helped support both Reps. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Andre Carson (D-IN) as they became the first and second Muslim members of Congress in 2006 and 2008, respectively. Apart from his official legislative duties, Assad is a cofounder and past president of the Congressional Muslim Staff Association (CMSA).
* Br. Assad was a speaker at the 50th ISNA Convention.
QUOTE FROM A SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT:
"My initial reaction to this was complete shock. I did not expect this at all and finding out that it was only given to 5 people made me feel honored to be a part of such a select group. I thank Allah for this blessing and InshaAllah I hope I will able to maximize the benefits of this scholarship.
Indianapolis International Airport Interfaith Chaplaincy (IIAIC)
Dedicates the New Meditation Room
On Friday, November 8, 2013 the Indianapolis International Airport Interfaith Chaplaincy (IIAIC) dedicated a new Chapel / Meditation room. IIAIC funded the re-modeling project and furnishings of the new room. Airport officials, IIAIC board members, Indianapolis area clergy, and a number of donors attended the interfaith dedication service...
Veterans' Day Remembrance
November 11, 2013-The 83rd Congress on June 1, 1954, designated November 11th as the day to honor American veterans who served in all branches of the Armed Forces. To that end, in order to preserve world peace, Muslim Americans have fought alongside their fellow Americans for decades to preserve the freedoms we all so profoundly and deeply cherish. Even today, as Muslim Americans, we continue to serve our Nation...
ISNA organizes the 1st Annual Masjid Development Forum
November 11, 2013-More than 70 national leaders and speakers came together to participate at the 1st Annual ISNA Masjid Forum in Plainfield, Indiana. The forum was held from November 8 - 10, 2013. At this conference the board members, mosque leaders, and Imams presented papers and discussed various topics on Masjid Development in areas of Governance, Women leadership, Youth Leadership, and more.
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