THE BY-LAWS OF:

THE COUNCIL OF ISLAMIC SCHOOLS IN NORTH AMERICA
ARTICLE I

 

The Council
Section 1:

The name of this corporation shall be the Council of Islamic Schools in North America, hereinafter referred to as the Council or CISNA. The Council shall maintain continuous affiliation, as a professional organization, with the Islamic Society of North America.

Section 2:

The principal office of the Council shall be located in the town of Plainfield, Indiana.

Section 3:

The aims and purposes of the Council shall be to provide a broad forum for and advance the cause of Islamic education through Islamic educational institutions in North America. Towards this end, it shall:

Encourage cooperation and coordination among Islamic educational efforts in North America and establish a liaison with professional and lay educational organizations and other appropriate bodies;
Provide guidance and information to Islamic schools in matters including, but not limited to publications, consultations, resources, and projects;
Develop and standardize curriculum guidelines and policies within the framework of the teachings of Qur'an and Sunnah;
Facilitate the production of materials for Islamic education;
Assist in exploring available public and private financial resources in North America;
Formulate an accreditation process;
Assist in acquiring teacher training and certification;
Develop administrative policies and procedures; and
Create public and professional awareness of Islamic education.


Section 4:

The purpose for which the Council is organized shall be confined exclusively to educational, charitable, religious, and scientific purposes including, for such purposes, the making of disbursements to organizations that qualify as tax exempt organizations under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or corresponding sections of any future federal tax code.


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ARTICLE H Membership (continued)

Section 5:

For a member organization to be eligible to vote, membership dues must have been received at least sixty days prior to the date of the next General Assembly meeting established by the Board.

Section 6:

Each member organization shall have one vote in the General Assembly.

Section 7:

In order to cast a vote, a member institution must have a delegate present at the General Assembly, and no single delegate may represent more than one member institution at any given General Assembly. There will be sixty days written notice sent by the Board Secretary prior to any General Assembly.
Section 8:

A Board member may serve as the delegate to vote at the General Assembly on behalf of the member institution that he/she represents.

ARTICLE III
The Board

Section 1:

The Board, whose number shall be no less than 5 nor more than 9, as determined by the General Assembly, shall be the Board of Directors of the Council. The Quorum is 2/3 of the members. Voting shall be by a simple majority of those present.

Section 2:

The Board shall conduct the affairs of the Council and report to the membership at the Council meetings for approval of its actions and any proposed changes of policies or functions. The Board shall determine the dates and location for the General Assembly and notify the members. In the absence of a General Assembly formal meeting, the Board shall have the authority to interpret the constitution and the by-laws.

Section 3:

The Board members shall be elected by the General Assembly to serve a period of four years. The term of the initial Board members shall be for a staggered period determined by the first Board. In case of resignation, any Board member shall submit a written notice addressed to the Chairperson.
Section 4:

The elected Board members shall immediately appoint the members to the following positions from among themselves:

Chairman c. Secretary
Vice Chairman d. Treasurer

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Duties of Officers (continued)

Section 2:

The Vice Chairperson of the Board shall act in the absence of the Chairperson.

Section 3:

The Secretary shall keep a record of all the proceedings of the Council and its Board.
Section 4:

The Treasurer shall oversee the receipts of all moneys and securities of the Council and shall see to the deposit of same in a depository designated by the Board. The treasurer shall insure that appropriate financial records of the Council are kept, rendering to the board members, whenever they request it, an account of all transactions.

ARTICLE V Committees

Section 1:

In its first session, the General Assembly shall elect a five-member Election Committee whose responsibility shall be to preside over the Board election process.
Section 2:

The General Assembly shall select a Grievance Committee, from outside the Board, of three persons to whom any grievances against decisions of the Board may be directed. The Grievance Committee shall provide a copy of the grievances to the Board. Other grievances will be handled by the Board as a matter of course. All decisions of the Grievance Committee shall be final.
Section 3:

The Board shall appoint other committees deemed necessary to carry out the corporation's programs. The composition, duties, and terms of those committees shall be determined by the Board.




In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

The Constitution

of the Council of Islamic Schools in North America

Preamble
In accordance with the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), we, the members of the Council of Islamic Schools, do hereby adopt and give to ourselves this constitution and pledge to abide by its provisions, Insha' Allah.

ARTICLE I
Name and Affiliation

The name of this corporation shall be the Council of Islamic Schools in North America, hereinafter referred to as the Council or CISNA. The Council shall maintain continuous affiliation, as a professional organization, with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

ARTICLE II

Place

The principal office of the Council shall be located in the town of Plainfield, Indiana. ARTICLE III

Purposes

Section 1:

The aims and purposes of the Council shall be to provide a broad forum for and advance the cause of Islamic education through Islamic educational institutions in North America. Towards this end, it shall:

Encourage cooperation and coordination among Islamic educational efforts in North America and establish a liaison with professional and lay educational organizations and other appropriate bodies;
Provide guidance and information to Islamic schools in matters including, but not limited to, publications, consultations, resources, and projects;
Develop and standardize curriculum guidelines and policies within the framework of the teachings of Quran and Sunnah;
Facilitate the production of materials for Islamic education;
Assist in exploring available public and private financial resources in North America;

 

Formulate accreditation process;
Assist in acquiring teacher training and certification;
Develop administrative policies and procedures;
Create public and professional awareness of Islamic education.
Section 2:

The purpose for which the Council is organized shall be confined exclusively to educational, charitable, religious, and scientific purposes including, for such purposes, the making of disbursements to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Section 3:

No part of the net earnings of the Council shall insure to the benefits of or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the Council shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purpose set forth in this article. No substantial part of the activities of this corporation shall be carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and this corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in, including the publishing or distribution of statements, any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. Not withstanding any other provisions of these articles, the Council shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law, or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.

ARTICLE IV Membership

Section 1:

The membership of the Council shall consist of full-time Islamic schools and other Islamic educational organizations in North America. In no event shall the membership of the Islamic educational organizations exceed 25% of the total membership.

Section 2:

An application for membership shall be submitted to the Secretary of the Board, as designated in Article VI, for the Board's final approval.

Section 3:

All memberships shall be for a period of one year automatically renewable upon payment of dues.

Section 4:

Dues for membership shall be set by the Board which may revise them at its discretion.

Section 5:

A member shall be entitled to vote upon completion of the membership requirements as defined by the Board.

Section 6:

Membership may be terminated if dues are not paid by due date or for other reasons as determined by four-fifth of the Board.

Section 7:

Membership may be reinstated by payment of all dues in arrears and/or fulfillment of other requirements laid down by the Board.

Section: 8:

A membership may not be suspended or terminated without a four-fifth vote of the Board.

Section: 9:

Grievances against decisions of the Board may be appealed to a standing committee appointed by the Council for this purpose.

ARTICLE V
General Assembly

Section 1:

The members of the Council,shall constitute the General Assembly.

Section 2:

The General Assembly shall meet at least once every two years to review the activities of previous and present years, including financial reports, and to initiate, and/or approve, plans, policies and programs.

Section 3:

Fifty percent of the total membership shall constitute a quorum for any General.Assembly meeting. If the quorum is not met on first call, any number will constitute a quorum on second call.

Section 4:

A special meeting of the General Assembly may be called by the majority of the Board or by a petition of one-third of the General Assembly. Notice of any meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary to members at least six weeks prior to the meeting.

Section 5:

Any decision by the General Assembly shall be reached by simple majority vote, except when specified otherwise in this constitution..

ARTICLE VI The Board

Section 1:

The Board shall be the Board of Directors of the Council whose number shall not be less than 5 nor more than 9.

Section 2:

The Board shall conduct the affairs of the Council and report to the membership at the biennial meeting for approval of its actions and any proposed changes of policies or functions.

Section 3:

ti. The Board members shall be elected by the General Assembly to serve a period of four years. The term of the initial board members shall be for a staggered period deter-mined by the first Board.

Section 4:

The elected Board members shall immediately appoint the members to the following positions from among themselves: .

a: Chairman b: Vice Chairman c: Secretary d: Treasurer


Section 5:

Vacancies on the Board may be filled by the Board from among members of the General Assembly to serve until the following scheduled General Assembly meeting.

Section 6:

The Board shall always meet before and after the Biennial meeting of the General Assembly and at other times at the call of the Chairman or the written request of a majority of the Board members.

Section 7:

The Board may appoint:

An Executive Director who shall serve as the chief administrative officer of the corporation under a written contract with the Board. The Executive Director shall report to the Board.
An Administrative Assistant who shall assist and report to Executive Director.
Section 8:

No members of the Board shall receive compensation for services as a member of the Board, but the board may, at its discretion, reimburse Board members for expenses.

Section 9:

Charges of professional dishonesty, working against the objectives of the corporation, and/or injuring the professional standing of a member, in the light of the Quran and sunnah, shall be filed in writing, signed by three voting members in good standing, and sent to the Secretary of the Board.

Section 10:

The member so accused shall be notified in writing of the charges and shall have the privilege of being present at a special hearing convened by the Board. A four-fifth majority is required for decisions.

ARTICLE VU
Duties of Officers

Section 1:

The Chairman of the Board shall preside at Board meetings and at the biennial meeting of the General Assembly. The Chairman shall enforce the rules and regulations of the Council.

Section 2:

The Vice Chairman of the Board shall act in the absence of the Chairman.

Section 3:

The Secretary shall keep a record of all the proceedings of the Council and its Board.

Section 4:

The Treasurer shall oversee the receipts of all moneys and securities of the Council and shall see to the deposit of same in a depository designated by the Board. The treasurer shall insure that appropriate financial records of the Council are kept, rendering to the board members whenever they request it, an account of all transactions.



ARTICLE Vlll Committees

Section 1: Election Committee

The General Assembly shall select an election committee to submit a list of candidates biennially to the General Assembly to fill the vacancies on the Board by election. The Committee will oversee the elections.

Section 2: Grievance Committee

The General Assembly shall select a Grievance Committee to which grievances against decisions of the Board may be directed. Other grievances will be handled by the Board as a matter of course.

Section 3: Other Committees

The Board shall appoint other committees deemed necessary to carry out the corporation's programs. The composition, duties, and terms shall be determined by the Board.

ARTICLE IX Amendments

Section 1:

Proposed amendment(s) must be submitted in writing to the Secretary of the Board


with a commentary explaining the amendment, and its (their) contribution to furthering the objectives of the Council.

Section 2:

The Board shall study the proposed amendment(s), and, unless opposed by two-thirds of the Board, such amendment(s) shall be submitted at the next meeting of the General Assembly or mailed to all voting members.

Section 3:

For an amendment to be approved requires the affirmative vote of two-thirds of a duly held constitutional meeting of the General Assembly or two-thirds of all votes returned by mail provided that at least one-third of voting members have participated.

ARTICLE X Dissolution

Upon the dissolution of the Council, the board shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all, of the liabilities of the Council, dispose of all the assets of the Council exclusively for the purposes of the Council in such manner, or to an Islamic educational trust (waqf - such as the North American Islamic Trust) as shall at the time qualify as exempt organization or organizations under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code of 1954, or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law, as the Board of the Council shall determine. Any of such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of the Council is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such Islamic organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.