Muslims of CT Discuss Principled Leadership for a Positive Future

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The Islamic Circle of New England (ICNE) will convene at Central Connecticut State University of September 16, 2006 to bring together Muslims family from all over the united states to discuss the theme of its 21st annual Islamic Conference “Principled Leadership for a Positive Future”.

This year’s conference will bring notable Islamic guest speakers from all over the United States to discuss topics such as the American Muslim view for future leadership and community activism. With the intentions of sharing a unified Islamic view of leadership, the organizer confirmed speakers from multi-ethnic backgrounds and both Shiite and Sunni denominations, in addition to notable male and female speakers from across the United States including Mutahhir Sabri of Columbia, South Carolina, Ingrid Mattson Professor of Islamic Studies, Hartford Seminary and keynote speaker Yasir Qadhi of Huston, Texas.

The Islamic Council of New England (ICNE) is an umbrella organization of the Islamic Centers, Societies and Mosques in the six States of New England. It was established in 1984. Among the many regular activities, the Council organizes an annual Islamic conference on the first Saturday of October.

The responsibility for organizing the conference is delegated to a local Islamic society and the Muslim Students association of a local renowned university. This year the conference will be hosted by the Muslim Student Association of Central CT State University, Muslim Coalition of Connecticut, Islamic Association of Greater Hartford, MSA of CCSU and Masjid Al-Islam of New Haven.

ICNE aspires to bring out a true voice of Islamic socio-political thought synthesized to provide sound solutions for today’s global conflicts. Such solutions should be historically founded, but also forward looking and fall within the principles expounded in the larger purposes of the Shariah through the Quran and Sunnah.

By organizing the annual Conferences, The Council strives to:

*Educate the Muslim Community and interested non-Muslims about a topics of current importance,

*Advance Islamic perspectives regarding significant national and international issues,

*Bring about a wholesome reunion of Muslim families for a whole day in Islamic environment, including clean, serious, sane and inspiring entertainment,

*Enhance the visibility of the local Islamic organizations,

*Create a working partnership between the Muslim community and the Muslim students,

*Promote organizational and leadership skills of the Muslim youth and community members,

*Boost the image of Muslim scholars, take advantage of their knowledge, and promote, networking with national Islamic organizations,

*Offer Muslim Businesses and Professional Services a promotional platform, and,

*Reap all of the other benefits that such an event can offer.

The Conference is usually attended by about 200-500 Muslims and some non-Muslims. This year we are expecting a “Target Audience” of about 600 in attendance:

*400 Muslims from families in the area with the full range of education levels and social backgrounds who want an interesting, dynamic, and practical presentations.

*100 Non-Muslims from CCSU students and community members who are interested in the topic and want to see what Islam can offer to mainstream thought.

*100 Muslim students from the area who want an in-depth analysis of how Islamic scholars are going to respond to debates regarding democratization.

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