Faith and community leaders among other members of the Islamic Association of North America (IANA)
adjourned their conference today which was held at Abubakar as-Saddique Islamic Center in
Minneapolis. Also present at this conference was Sheikh Yusuf Adan who is considered among the
forefathers of Islamic da’wah in Somalia.
A number of important issues were discussed in this year’s IANA general assembly conference. Among
the issues were how to advance the da’wah activities nationwide in general and specifically that of
A considerable amount of time was spent on countering the Countering Violence and Extremism (CVE)
program, which IANA and many members and organizations among the Muslim community believe is
exclusively designed to single out Muslims, especially young adults, and spy on their daily activities
without warrant. IANA made clear its objections against the CVE program and encourages other Muslim
organization and individuals to not take part on this program. Likewise, other prominent Muslim
organizations such as Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) as well as American Civil Liberties
Union (ACLU) have expressed their opposition to this program.
At the conclusion of the conference, IANA proposed their conference resolutions. The chair of the
organizations governing council addressed the media with details on those resolutions. The new
executive director, Sheikh Hassan Dhooye, also addressed the media detailing his ambitions for the
following year and the responsibilities of his post.