New Convener for Southern Imams – Imam Yahya Islam

By Rashad Sharif

Secretary for the Southern Association of Masajid and Centers

COLUMBUS, Ga. – In our last quarterly meeting, held Jan. 18, 2014, in Atlanta, the Resident Imams of the Southern Association of Masajid and Centers (SAMC) elected Imam Yahya Islam of Columbus as the new sectional convener for the next two years.

With Imam Salahuddin Hanif of Albany, Ga.,  having already fulfilled his maximum period of service (two consecutive two-year terms) in the position, the operating policies of the SAMC called for the selection of  a new convener.

Al-Hajj Imam Yahya Islam has been Imam in Columbus for 35 years, having entered Al-Islam in the late 1970s.

Besides pioneering in the establishment of masajid, promoting halal slaughtering practices, and establishing himself personally in his education, sales enterprise and professional tradecraft as a master plumber, Imam Yahya Islam has pioneered several Islamic “firsts” in Columbus.

He has also distinguished himself in his Arabic studies and as a student of Imam W. Deen Mohammed.

The incoming and outgoing conveners, both strong contributors in the ongoing work of establishing Al-Islam, look forward to the future.  Imam Yahya Islam calls on all believers to respond to Allah’s Call with a spirit to constantly improve our efforts.

Imam Salahuddin Hanif commends the vision and energy that the incoming convener, Imam Yahya Islam, brings to the table. As the outgoing Southern convener, Imam Hanif pledges that his service to the community as well as our section will not decline but be as active and visible as ever in our ongoing activities and projects

Nasif Majeed for North Carolina Senate

Nasif Majid
Nasif Majeed was born and reared in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is one of three sons born to Lewyn McCauley Hayes, Sr. and Margaret Lightner Hayes. He attended Lucille Hunter Elementary School and graduated from J.W. Ligon Jr. Sr. High School in the class of 1963.

At a young age he was very industrious and scientifically inclined. He worked as a Life Guard at the historic Chavis Park swimming pool and earned his Water Safety Instructor Certification. At J.W Ligon he won an award for his spectrograph entry in the annual science fair.

After graduating from Ligon High, he entered North Carolina A&T State University, in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1968. At NC A&T, he was a United States Air Force ROTC officer and earned his private pilots certification at the Winston Salem Airport aviation facility. In 1979 Majeed earned a Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Education (specializing in animal science) at A&T. In 1979 Majeed earned an Associates Degree in Restaurant Management from the University of Florida.

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Our National Shuraa Process

The National Shuraa Process

One Way the Collective Wisdom of the Ummah Finds Expression


Muslims who associate themselves with the leadership of Imam W. Deen Mohammed believe in and strive to practice the principle of Amrahum Shuraa Baynahum (shuraa); decision making through mutual consultation that leads to clarity. The principle of shuraa is practiced on many levels. This process is just one of those ways to practice mutual consultation in order to benefit from the collective wisdom of the many people in our community.

The Imams are but one leadership body amongst many leadership bodies in our community. They do not comprise “THE” leadership of this Ummah. The leaders over this community are Allah, Muhammad the Prophet, and Imam W. Deen Mohammed. We are a community, not an organization. Within our community are many leaders, many organizations, and many other groups.

The Imams are a group within the community and like other groups such as the National Business Association, American Coalition for Good Government, etc., we have assembled to organize and collaborate on ways that we can help our community reach its destiny.

Imams are leaders of local masjids, which are filled with resourceful people. These resourceful people have opinions, feelings, and thoughts about what is going on or not going on in the community. Allah tells us that shuraa is the best way to conduct our affairs.

The following describes a national shuraa process we are working to implement in our masjids across the country. In our Sections, we are seeking to implement it as a standard process by which we can engage in shuraa on important matters that affect all our community members across the nation and beyond.

Please take some time to review and understand the process. Click the link below:

The National Shuraa Process

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