Frequently Asked Questions
What is MANA?
MANA is a new national Muslim organization that intends to work sincerely in the cause of Allah by bringing together masjids and Muslim individuals to address certain urgent needs within the Muslim community. These needs include the great social and economic problems that are challenging Muslim communities especially in the inner city; the need for the involvement of masjids and Muslims in community service projects which are aimed at improving society as a whole; the need for systematic and effective dawah programs to help bring more non-Muslims into Islam; the need for new Muslim programs that will help them to grow in Islam. MANA is therefore an open organization that is agenda driven.
What are the goals of MANA?
The primary goals of MANA are to (1) strengthen masjids to better address the needs of social services, economics, family, youth, Islamic training and education, (2) empower masjids to develop community service projects such as low-income housing, halfway houses, job training and medical clinics, (3) develop and implement effective national and local dawah programs aimed at non-Muslims, (4) develop local and national new Muslim programs that will facilitate their transition into Islam, and (5) address issues of justice and oppression in North America and abroad.
Who started MANA?
The idea of MANA emerged virtually independently in different conversations among various Muslim leaders including Siraj Wahhaj, Zaid Shakir, Hamza Yusuf, Talib Abdur Rashid, Asim Abdur Rashid, Ihsan Bagby, R. Mukhtar Curtis, Abdul Hakim Jackson, Amir al-Islam and many others. A meeting was held in Philadelphia, PA where Imam Siraj Wahhaj was elected as the Amir of MANA. Although the planning of MANA started much earlier, MANA finally started working in late 2005.
Who can be a member of MANA?
There are two types of membership: masjid/organization and individual. Any masjid/organization or Muslim individual that agrees to work for an indigenous agenda can join MANA. Membership, therefore, is open to all Muslims. MANA is primarily an alliance of masjids and organizations but it is open to individuals also. Membership does not negate or compromise a masjid/organization’s or individual’s allegiance or commitment to any leader or organization. The members of a masjid or organization do not automatically become members of MANA and therefore each masjid or organization is expected to encourage MANA membership among its own people. Annual membership fees are:
What is MANA’s Islamic approach?
MANA is committed to follow carefully and thoroughly the Quran and the Sunnah as understood by ahl al-sunnah wa al-jama`ah (the people of the sunnah and the community). The term ahl al-sunnah wa al-jama`ah is used to describe the broad spectrum of views of the great Muslim scholars who devoted their minds to understanding and applying Quran and Sunnah. MANA intends to stick to this broad spectrum and it will recognize and honor the great diversity that exists within Islamic scholarship
What is the structure of MANA?
MANA’s governing body is the Majlis ash-Shura (Shura), which sets policy and agenda. The Shura elects an Amir, Deputy Amir, and Diwan (Executive Committee), which implements the policies and agenda set by the Shura. A General Secretary is appointed by the Shura to oversee the administrative functioning of MANA under the direction of the Amir. A Leadership Council constitutes basically the general body of MANA. The Leadership Council includes representatives of all member masjids/organizations and prominent Muslim individuals who are appointed by the Leadership Council. Shura members have terms of three years, which are staggered. Positions on the Shura are elected by the remaining members of the Shura.
What is MANA’s relationship with other Muslim organization?
MANA envisions itself to be a partner with other Muslim organizations to fulfill Allah’s promise to develop Islam in the West. MANA welcomes the opportunity to work with other Muslim organizations to realize common agenda items.
What is the role of Muslim women in MANA?
Muslim women are an integral part of MANA. The agenda items of MANA, especially those focused on building strong Muslim communities, necessitates the active participation of women. Muslim women will serve on MANA’S Shura and its various committees.
“I would like to invite Muslims to join with me in supporting MANA. For decades I have been traveling America speaking at Muslim communities in order to help them. I never asked for payment because we are all working for Allah. Now I am asking you to help me to realize the worthwhile goals of MANA.” Imam Siraj Wahhaj