Islamic Association of North Texas (IANT) criticized.
The IANT Board Members have expressed their dissappointment in a letter signed (CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LETTER) by several current and past members "It is painful to watch the split of the community on the issue of IQA School ”. The following article appeared in "my Crescent" magazine today.
When Aswad had to be reinstated at Kaaba, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) set the model of peacemaking through conflict reduction and nurturing goodwill, as an example for us to follow. He asked leader of every tribe to participate, and come together for goodwill and lift Aswad up and set it in the wall.
Indeed, to be a Muslim is to be a mitigator of conflicts and nurturer of goodwill. Given the situation, we need to resolutely refrain from finger pointing at any one. No one should dig in their heels and defend their positions; we should not put any one through that. The time now is simply to come together, set the priorities and work on achieving them.
Please ask people to find the truth first hand before they share it with any one, let the rumor stop at you, it is the Muslim thing to do.
I would urge every Muslim to write goodwill notes here and find solutions in the comment section of the Crescent without blaming any one, and kindly remember that your solution is one of the 99 possibilities, rejection of your idea should be taken with pleasantness and not sourness.
Jazak Allah Khair
Community Elders Criticize IANT Board
( RICHARDSON , TX ) The issue of proper management, transparency and especially handling the Islamic school by the Board Of Directors (BOD) and the Board Of Trustees (BOT) was raised in an open letter to the community. The leadership of Islamic Association of North Texas (IANT) has been under scrutiny since July this year over cutbacks in quality of area’s unique and emerging Islamic School.
“We cannot keep on witnessing the slow deterioration of our organization IANT and the community we have built and nurtured for so long. It is painful to watch the split of the community on the issue of IQA School ”, the letter says. Signed by community elders and former board members, this is an attempt to inform the community in general and bring the issue out of meeting rooms.
In an election forum for the board members at IANT, IQA and current board’s overall performance and bringing change were the key issues. “I really feel our community is ready for change”, said former BOT president Jamal Gharbieh.
Abdullah MacKay who is running to serve as a BOD pointed out that the current board has failed to step up and show leadership. “We need to have clearly defined concrete goals”, he said. “Need to establish a proper system to achieve these goals in five, ten and fifteen years. Board members should be elected to fulfill these goals not to change direction every two years”.
Incumbent Anwar Taufeeq defended their performance and decision of making several cut backs at IQA. “We have to walk within our means”, he said. “We cannot be lavish while compromising the basic needs” he added.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LETTER
But parents and several community members strongly disagree with board’s performance and question their leadership. Over 55 students have withdrawn from the school. “Many angry parents have left the program of their dreams for their children, the school staff is confused about their future and jobs”, the letter says. “The Imam is unhappy for his vision being diluted and we, the seniors and legal advisor, are frustrated for being ignored upon providing solutions for these issues”.
Nia MacKay who is running for the board mainly to revive dwindling women’s programs at IANT said that “we have to uphold the mission of IANT and serve the community. At present there is unclear hierarchy and unclear rules of the game (so things don’t get done)”. She added that conflict in the community creates when people don’t do their jobs.
The open letter is asking the community to join the efforts in resolving this conflict. “We ask you to please investigate the above and do not let this community be divided.” The letter is signed by former BOT members Mohammed Suleman, M. Al-Amin, Jamal Gharbieh, Tariq Yoonas, Gulam Bakali, Asif Syed, Ashfaq A. Rasheed, Ibrahim Hamideh, IANT’s legal counsel Attorney Khalid Hamideh and Fiazan Khan.
(IANT current board did not respond to requests by The Lone Star Crescent earlier about their decisions for IQA. The Lone Star Crescent will welcome their response and would like to give them opportunity to present their side of the story)