Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Habibe Ali Takes the Helm as Isna Interim Secretary General

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Habibe Ali Takes the Helm as Isna Interim Secretary General

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HABIBE ALI, ISNA CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFIcer and a 27-year I SNA veteran, became the interim secretary generał when Secretary General Hazem Bata relinquished his office on May 1, after serving for three years.

Bata, ISNA said, has been a force for progress and growth for both I SNA and Muslim communities throughout North America.

"Its been a great honor to serve as ISNA Secretary General," Bata remarked in a statement. "Its been a pleasure to work alongside our staff and volunteers who have made our initiatives successful and to better serve our communities."

Under Bata's leadership, ISNA has:

* Established its Masjid Development Initiative, which focuses on inclusion, growth and best practices

* Launched its ''Statement on the Inclusion of Women in Masajid," which calls upon all mosques to welcome and fully include women

* Ensured gender-balanced panels at its annual convention and conferences

* Presided over a 300% growth in the number of Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA) camps

* Expanded how ISNA communicates with its member communities to reach more Muslims through social media and webinars. …

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