South Florida Muslims Come Together
On October 8, 2017, history was made. On this special day, by the Grace of Allah Most High, the South Florida Muslim community leadership came together and took a big step forward by establishing the South Florida Muslim Federation.
After 2 successful town hall events throughout 2017, and much groundwork done with the soflomuslims.com site, 31 organizations attended the South Florida Muslim Federation Retreat held in the Marriott Coral Springs on October 8th, and collectively agreed upon the following (using “Robert’s rule” decision making method):
1. Establish the following as the mission of the South Florida Muslim Federation:
“To be a resource sharing hub that connects, empowers and serves South Florida Muslim organizations. ” (Decision made unanimously)
2. Incorporate the South Florida Muslim Federation as a 501c3 organization. (Motion accepted Unanimously)
3. Elect the following seven people as board members for a one year term: (Motion accepted unanimously)
- Afifa Kashif
- Samir Kakli
- Sulaman Mustaq
- Moqtadir Naim
- Wayne Rawlins
- Bushra Razvi
- Vincent Ware
4. To establish a “Shura” body that will be made up of masajid, musallas and non profit Muslim organizations of South Florida.
5. Each shura member organization will pay membership dues based on their size. Exceptions / waiver will be provided for organizations not able due to financial constraints. (Motion accepted unanimously)
The following is the list of organizations who were present (in alphabetic order):
- Al-Amin Center
- American Islamic Center of Florida
- Bait ul Maal
- Coalition of Islamic Schools of South Florida
- Coalition of South Florida Muslim Organizations (COSMOS)
- Dawah Islamic Center
- Islamic Center of Boca Raton
- Islamic Center of Coral Springs
- Islamic School of Miami
- Islamic Center of South Florida
- Islamic Foundation of South Florida
- Islamic Jafferia Association
- Islamic Movement of Florida
- Islamic Relief
- ICNA Relief
- Masjid Al-Ansar
- Masjid Al-Muhmin?
- Masjid Al-Iman (Belle Glade)
- Muslim Women’s Organization of South Florida
- Masjid Al-Mutaqeen
- Muslim Community of Palm Beach County
- Muslim Communities Association of South Florida (MCA)
- MAS South Florida
- Muslim Educators Association
- Project Downtown
- South Florida Young Muslim Professionals
- Turkish cultural Center
- Youth Coalition of South Florida
We realize that more organizations could not attend that day, but are in full support of the effort. All organizations will be contacted in the near future to discuss next steps and membership details.
Special thanks to Br Khalid Mirza for sponsoring the retreat, and to Br Nauman Qureshi for providing tremendous onsite logisital support. And finally guest speaker Br Abdullah Mitchell from Chicago, for giving a motivational and inspiring speech.
Please make dua that our community in South Florida reaches new heights with this effort by working together, helping each other.