By-Laws of Masjid Al-Sabereen
ARTICLE I: NAME
The organization shall be called “ISLAMIC CENTER, Masjid-As-Sabereen,” hereafter referred to as the Islamic Center.
ARTICLE II: HEADQUARTER
The Islamic Center shall have its headquarter in the Greater Harrisburg Area to facilitate the management and administration of its activities and maintenance of all documents and records. The Greater Harrisburg Area shall consist of Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties in the South Central Pennsylvania.
ARTICLE III: PURPOSE
The Islamic Center shall be a non-profit, non-political, charitable and religious organization, and shall be organized and operated exclusively for the following purpose:
1. To create a community based on The Islamic Holy Book, hereafter referred to as the Qur’an and the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), hereafter referred as the Sunnah, and to promote unity and brotherhood among Muslims.
2. To conduct Islamic programs of education for children and adults so as to impart knowledge of the Islamic way of life as dictated in Qur’an and Sunnah.
3. To conduct Islamic activities fostering community ties among Muslims such as daily congregational prayers, weekly Friday prayers (Jumua prayers), month of fasting (Ramadan), two annual festivities of Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha, etc.
4. To propagate knowledge of Islam based on Qur’an and Sunnah to Muslims and nonMuslims (Dawah).
5. To conduct the aforementioned activities in cooperation with other Islamic Centers.
6. To promote Islamic values as prescribed in Qur’an and Sunnah in areas of worship and human relations within and outside Muslims Community, while observing and abiding by the Laws of the United States of America (both Federal and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania).
7. Conduct educational activities covering areas related to faith, inter individuals, and family matters, inclusive of all ages, genders and races. 8. Focusing its activities on fostering the relationship between non-Muslim groups in the area and Muslim Communities, based on mutual respect and understanding of and emphasizing that diversity is a positive source for all parties.
ARTICLE IV: ORGANIZATION
The Islamic Center shall structure its organization for the realization of its purpose as outlined in Article III. The organizational structure shall consist of the Board of Executives who shall have the powers and authority to govern the affairs of the Islamic Center, to create a community based on the Islamic principles of the Qur’an and Sunnah and to promote a closer understanding and knowledge of Islam, the Qur’an and Sunnah among Muslims. The Board of Executives shall have a religious leader hereafter referred to as the Imam, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and four other members. Due to the roles and responsibilities of the Secretary and Treasurer, nominees for these two positions shall be people who are known to be able to carry out these duties. In addition, every nominee for every position shall be known as someone who is capable and willing to commit himself to the duties of the Board and ready to attend meetings on a regular basis. The Resident Participants, as defined in Article V, shall be empowered to nominate and elect the members of the Board of Executives every three years (except for the Imam).
PARTICIPATION Participation in the activities of the Islamic Center shall be open to all Muslims who believe in equality and fairness. No Muslim shall be excluded from the activities of the Islamic Center based on race, color, language, national origin, ethnicity, culture, etc.
1. General Participation: All Muslims who satisfy the criteria mentioned above shall make up the body of the general participants in the Islamic Center.
2. Resident Participants: The general participants who reside in the Greater Harrisburg area as defined in ARTICLE II shall be the Resident Participants of the Islamic Center.
3. Application for Membership: There is no application for membership in the Islamic Center. Muslims who conform to the qualifying standards identified above are welcome to participate in the general activities of the Islamic Center.
4. Membership Term and Dues: There are no term and financial requirements to become members of the Islamic Center. Participants may take part in the Islamic Center’s activities for as long as, and as frequently as, they wish. There is no annual membership fee.