Resolution of the Eleventh Annual Conference of
THE SHIA MUSLIM SCHOLARS OF NORTH AMERICA
SHAWWAL 18-19 1432 (SEPTEMBER 17-18, 2011) | DEARBORN, MICHIGAN, USA
In the Name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful
All thanks and praise is to Allah and may His blessings and peace be upon Prophet Muhammad(saw) and his infallible progeny (as).
The eleventh annual conference of the Council of Shi’a Muslim Scholars of North America was held in Dearborn, Michigan on the 18-19 of Shawwal, 1432 (September 17-18, 2011) with guidance from the words of Allah in verse 33 of the Chapter of Fusselat: “And who speaks better than he who calls to Allah while he himself does good, and says: I am surely of those who submit?” The conference was entitled “The Shi’a and Contemporary Challenges” in an effort to study and discuss the challenges that face Muslims, generally, and the Shi’a, specifically, on the level of the sect, the religion itself and the nations in which it exists. The goal was to support the increase in general awareness, to provide unity on the appropriate stance and rhetoric, and to place the vision and methods that will provide a positive return for Islam and Muslims.
The conference was honored by the presence of over 60 scholars, imams of Friday prayers and congregational prayers, lecturers, individuals concerned with religious affairs and preaching from different cities of the United States and Canada. Over a period of two days a number of important issues were discussed. Such as loyalty to religion, loyalty to one’s country, introversion versus integration, the overall development of Shi’a Muslims, educational curricula, the podium and Islamic lectures. In addition, issues surrounding the council, its development and advancement were also discussed. The conference participants were able to discuss the intellectual, economic, ethical, social, and other challenges facing Shi’a Muslims in North America and the different solutions to resolve or curb such challenges. The conference participants reached the following resolutions:
Finally, the attendees point out that the advice and decisions herein are part of the solution in facing the challenges, and we cannot achieve our goals without the cooperation and unification of all of the faithful, without exception, headed by all of the leaders who have taken it upon themselves to lead their communities with a clear conscience and seek to please the Imam of our time (atf).
The council thanks all those who attended and made meaningful contributions, and all those who were unable to attend due to a valid excuse but were still able to participate from afar. We would also like to thank all those who gave great efforts in preparing and bringing this conference to fruition. We ask Allah Almighty success and support for He is all we need.
The Board of Trustees
The Council of Shi’a Muslim Scholars of North America