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