IANA also holds an annual banquet in the Twin Cities to showcase the great work the organization has done with the community. IANA also awards a person and/or a business who have made an impact on the community. This is a great night for the public to know the services IANA provides and contributes. The goal of this program is to create networks for the organization from other profit and non-profit organizations including faith-based organizations, philanthropists, elected officials, business people and other dignitaries.
IANA Annual Banquet 2019
On Saturday March 30th, 2019 IANA organized held the first annual banquet. The banquet was a chance for the community leaders and members to learn more about IANA and its services to the public. IANA is re-positioning itself and branching to build relationships with many different organizations, in order to service its diverse, The banquet was attended by members of IANA based in Minnesota, such as Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center, Al-Ihsan Islamic Center, Shaafici Islamic Center, Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center, Abu Huraira Islamic Center, Masjid Dar-Us-Salam and Masjid Ibaadu-Rahman, Masjid As-Sunnah, Al-Huda Islamic Center in East Grand Forks and Irshad Islamic Center. These are proud members of IANA, who have also sponsored this event. Along with our members we had organizations who are our partners and allies, such as ISAIAH, MAS, Helping Hands, ARAHA, HARO, SEIU Lcal 26, UIF and AMOUD.
The dinner was an opportunity to welcome our newest members; Dar Al-Farooq, Al-Huda, Ibaadu-Rahman (MMCC), and Shaafici who have joined IANA over the past couple months. Sheikh Hassan gave his executive director address and highlighted IANA's vision, mission, services, history, and future goals. Followed by our keynote speaker who was Dr. Yahya Suufi public relational of IANA who spoke on the importance of leadership in our community. Sheikh Abdirahman Sh. Omar spoke as well and finished the night with Dua'a.
We thank everyone who came to our banquet, and everyone who made it possible for us to have this dinner in the first place.
We would like to thank all our sponsors; without them we would not be able to pull this night off. A big thanks to our volunteers and IANA team who put in a great effort to ensure this event running smoothly.