In the name of Allah Most Beneficent, Most Merciful

CONSTITUTION FOR THE MUSLIM ASSOCIATION OF GREATER ROCKFORD

August, 2007

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In the name of Allah Most Beneficent, Most Merciful

APPROVALS President:____________________ Treasurer:____________________ Board Member:________________ Board Member:________________ Board Member:________________ Constitution Amendment Ad- Hoc Committee: ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ Vice President:______________ Secretary:__________________ Board Member:______________ Board Member:______________

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TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE #
ARTICLE I ARTICLE II ARTICLE III ARTICLE IV ARTICLE V ARTICLE VI ARTICLE VII ARTICLE VIII ARTICLE IX ARTICLE X ARTICLE XI ARTICLE XII ARTICLE XIII ARTICLE XIV ARTICLE XV ARTICLE XVI ARTICLE XVII ARTICLE XVIII ARTICLE XVIX NAME NATURE HEADQUARTERS PURPOSE MEMBERSHIP BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE BOARD & COMMITTEES FINANCES GENERAL BODY MEETING RESIGNATION OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS LOANS ROCKFORD IQRA SCHOOL ESTABLISHMENT DISBURSEMENT OF COMMUNITY ASSETS AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION DISSOLUTION OF MAGR AMENDMENTS TO THE BY-LAWS PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE MUSLIM CEMETERY ARBITRATION 4 4 4 4 5 5 6 7 8 8 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 11 11

Revision A Revision B Revision C Revision D Revision E Revision F

April ‘91 April ‘96 July ’98 April ‘01 Oct ’02 August, 2007

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GENERAL In this document, “shall” is used to express a requirement that is binding, “should” and “may” are used to express recommended or suggested actions, and “will” is used to express a declaration of intent.

ARTICLE I

NAME

The organization shall be called “The Muslim Association of Greater Rockford” (MAGR), commonly known as Muslim Community Center (MCC).

ARTICLE II

NATURE

The MAGR shall be a non-profit religious organization in accordance with the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah.

ARTICLE III

HEADQUARTERS

The headquarters of the MAGR is located at 5921 Darlene Drive, Rockford, Illinois 61109.

ARTICLE IV

PURPOSE

The MAGR is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and religious purposes, within the meaning of section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and shall be consistent with the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah which shall include, but not limited to the following: 1. Help Muslims residing in Winnebago, Stephenson, JoDaviess, Boone and McHenry counties in Illinois and Green, Rock and Walworth counties in Wisconsin (defined as Greater Rockford) to carry out Islamic activities in pursuance of Islam as a complete way of life. 2. Strengthen Islam/Islamic bonds and understanding between Muslims in the Greater Rockford area and from various parts of the world. 3. Promote Islamic understanding and friendly relations between Muslims, and Dawah for non-Muslims.

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Arrange for continuing Islamic education and personal development in the community. 5. Create educational programs for Muslim youth about faith and practice of Islam. 6. Strive to operate the Islamic Center for religious, social, charitable, educational and other Islamic activities.
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ARTICLE V
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MEMBERSHIP

Muslims of Greater Rockford, regardless of race, color, sect, gender or nationality may be members of the MAGR. 2. The membership fee for all voting members shall be $200.00 a year per household, or $100.00 a year per single member on a continuous basis payable on or before January 31, of each calendar year. A new member in the community shall be eligible to vote 30 days after the membership dues are paid. Members residing in the community who defaulted in paying their dues for the previous two years shall be eligible to vote upon payment of all dues thirty days prior to election date. 3. The Board of Directors with two-thirds (2/3) majority, may grant membership to individuals who are unable to pay the membership fee, by volunteering, and who are beneficial to MAGR. 4. All the voting members in good standing and in accordance with this constitution, and MAGR by-laws, shall form the general body of the MAGR. 5. Any member working against the constitution of MAGR, harming directly or indirectly the Islamic cause may not be eligible to vote or hold an office. The religious committee will review the attitude and actions of that individual and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. The individual has the right to appeal to the Board of Directors in writing within 30 days. 6. The fiscal year for MAGR membership and budget shall be based on the calendar year (January 01 through December 31). ARTICLE VI BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The new Board of Directors shall be convened in the second week of January, after the election. All Board of Directors shall take an oath according to the Quran and the Sunnah in front of the general body. They will perform their duties and functions honestly and faithfully to the best of their abilities in accordance with the constitution of MAGR of Rockford. 1. The overall management of MAGR shall be the responsibility of the Board of Directors. 2. There shall be a total of eleven (11) board members which include: 5 executive members and 6 committee chairs. 3. Election of the board members shall be based on the following criteria: a. Exemplary practices of Islam, dedication, knowledge and professional skills from which MAGR can benefit. b. In order to be eligible for nomination to run for the Board of Directors, one shall complete the applicable form as described in addendum B of the by-laws.
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The general body will elect members to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall be elected for a term of two years. During this period any vacant position shall be filled through nomination by the Executive Committee and decided by majority votes, voted on by the Board of Directors. 6. The general functions of the Board of Directors are defined as below: a. Overall policy making for MAGR. b. To formulate and approve the amendments to the constitution proposed by 2/3 majority of the general body. c. Appropriate funds and expenditures for capital projects and to approve the annual budget of MAGR. d. Handle appointment of the religious director (Imam) and/or any other paid employees of MAGR. e. Detailed functions are elaborated in the by-laws 7. An elected director in violation of the guidelines may be removed from directorship by simple majority vote by the general body, after recommendation from the Board of Directors. 8. An unelected director in violation of the guidelines may be removed from directorship by simply majority vote by the Board of Directors. 9. The board and committees shall meet at least once a month to monitor the affairs of MAGR and to make decisions. Simply majority of the Board of Directors shall provide the necessary quorum.
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ARTICLE VII

EXECUTIVE BOARD AND COMMITTEES

1. Executive Board: a) The Executive Board shall consist of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Rockford Iqra School Establishment (RISE) Chairman. b) Due to the extensive work that must be conducted by the Board of Directors, the executive board members shall not be chairman of any committee except the RISE Chairman and VicePresident. c) The President can call an Executive Board meeting at any time to discuss and vote on issues. 2. Committees: a) All committees will be chaired by a board member and the sister committee will be chaired by a sister member. b) Individuals, including board members, can participate in no more than two committees. c) All of the committees shall function independently, within the guidelines, established by the Board of Directors. All committees will consist of a minimum of five (5) members, including the chairman, approved by the board.

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The following committees shall be formed from among the voting members: (aa) Building (bb) Fundraising

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(cc) Public Relations/Social Affairs/Civil Rights (dd) Religious Affairs/Dawah (ee) Rockford Iqra School Establishment (ff) Sisters' (gg) Sunday School (hh) Youth/Volunteer No additional committees shall be formulated under any circumstance, without the prior approval of the Board of Directors, and 2/3 majority quorum of the general body, except ad-hoc committees. 3. Hand-over Procedure: A public meeting will be held within thirty (30) days after election. In such meeting the incoming Board members will take an oath to discharge their responsibilities to the best of their abilities in compliance with the constitution. At that time, the Board will present a summary of the financial status and progress to date. All officers shall observe the following hand over procedure: a) The outgoing Directors shall hand-over all the files, documents, keys and other property of MAGR at their disposal to the incoming Directors. b) A list containing unfinished business, outstanding accounts and other pertinent matters shall be given to the respective incoming Directors. c) All Directors shall keep records of their activities and hand it over to their successors. d) Handing and taking over of the documents will be signed by both the outgoing and incoming Directors in the presence of the general body (By-laws addendum C). e) If a board member continues in the same capacity for another term, he must file a copy of all the records in the master file cabinet from the previous years. ARTICLE VIII FINANCES

1. Finances, budgeting, business management and reporting shall be the overall responsibility of the Board of Directors. 2. The source of income shall be annual dues, rental income, donations and any other income from members. 3. Announcements shall be made at the time of fundraisers to mark donations into the following categories: Zakat, Sadaqa, Iqra School, MAGR, and other intended projects. 4. All funds collected for a specific purpose; unless a scope of the project is no longer valid then it will go to the religious committee to make a decision then that decision will be passed to the General body and a 2/3 majority vote from the General Body will authorize it’s use for a different beneficial cause within the goals and objectives of MAGR. 5. No part of the net earnings from MAGR shall benefit or be distributed to Board members. 6. No substantial part of the activities of MAGR shall be a carrying on of propaganda, or an attempt to influence legislation. MAGR shall not participate or intervene in the publishing or distribution of statements, or any political campaign on behalf of candidates for public office.
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Notwithstanding, any other provisions of this constitution, MAGR shall not carry out any un-Islamic or unlawful activities not permitted in the State of Illinois. 8. Internal Audit: a) An Internal Audit Team shall audit the accounts every 6 months, and submit the report to the Board of Directors for rectification of errors and to report any expenditures not stated in the constitution. b) A copy of the internal audit report shall be displayed every March and September of each year.
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ARTICLE IX

GENERAL BODY MEETING

1. Every two years a general body meeting shall be held within the first week of December to elect Directors and conduct any necessary MAGR business. Special meetings of the general body may be held when necessary upon a minimum of a two week notice to the general body. The agenda should be posted one week prior to the meeting. 2. A general body meeting shall be called by the Board every March/April and September/October, to discuss the agenda, community issues, financial status and to provide information regarding board activities. 3. The quorum for a general body meeting shall be 2/3 of the total voting membership. If the quorum is not met in the first meeting then another meeting shall be called within 30 days. 4. In the second meeting business shall be conducted, and the total members present shall form the quorum. 5. Signatures from 30 members along with specific reason(s) for calling a meeting must be given in writing to the Board four (4) weeks prior to the intended meeting date.

ARTICLE X
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RESIGNATION OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

board member may resign by submitting in writing to the President a detailed explanation for his resignation. In case the President decides to resign, he must submit his resignation to the Secretary. The Board must approve all resignations by a simple majority within thirty (30) calendar days.

ARTICLE XI

LOANS

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1. Personal

loans of any nature shall not be given out except emergency loans. An application must be filled out and approved by 2/3 majority of the Board of Directors. 2. Charity/Zakat fund shall be established for emergency needs for community members and Muslims at large. 3. MAGR shall never take out an interest-bearing loan or indulge in an interest-bearing transaction. ARTICLE XII ROCKFORD IQRA SCHOOL ESTABLISHMENT

1. The Board of Directors shall comply with the guidelines, rules and regulations concerning the operation of Rockford Iqra School Establishment (RISE). 2. RISE will work as an autonomous body, working directly under MAGR and responsible to the general body. RISE will be responsible to submit reports and accounts to the MAGR Board. RISE will be responsible for screening, appointing school staff, and the day to day functioning of the school. Any legal matters shall be referred to the Board of Directors; all functions, protocols and duties are elaborated in the by-laws. 3. RISE must present a budget to the MAGR Board by February for the upcoming year. 4. Dissolution of Rockford Iqra School Establishment is bound by the dissolution of MAGR.

ARTICLE XIII

DISBURSEMENT OF COMMUNITY ASSETS

Community assets such as furniture, public address system, keys, or any other item which belongs to MAGR, will be given out only if the criteria described in Article X of the by-laws are met. ARTICLE XIV AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION

The constitution can only be ratified once every two years. 1. Any proposed amendment to the constitution by the general body will require signatures from 1/3 of the total voting membership and a specific reason(s) for an amendment(s) must be given in writing to the Board of Directors 4 weeks prior to the intended meeting date. 2. The Board of Directors must approve the proposed amendment by 2/3 majority vote before being presented to the general body. 3. Amendment to the constitution can also be initiated and presented by the Board of Directors to the general body. 4. In either case (as described in items 1 and 3), the proposed amendment(s) shall be incorporated only if approved by 2/3 majority vote by the general body quorum. 5. The quorum will be defined as per article IX, numbers 3 & 4 in the constitution.

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ARTICLE XV

DISSOLUTION OF MAGR

1. Upon the dissolution, MAGR shall pay or make provisions for the payment of all liabilities, and dispose of all the assets according to the decision of a 2/3 majority vote by the general body quorum. 2. The assets shall be disbursed exclusively to Islamic charitable, educational and religious organizations as shall at that time qualify as an exempt organization(s) under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), as the Board of Directors shall determine. 3. The Winnebago County court, as said, may dispose of any assets not disposed of by the Board of Directors exclusively for Islamic purposes and to Islamic organizations.

ARTICLE XVI

AMENDMENTS TO BY-LAWS

The Board of Directors may: 1) Adopt by-laws, rules and regulations to regulate its functioning and decision making 2) Conduct MAGR affairs 3) Define the duties of all appointments including the elected officers and paid employees 4) Review by-laws every two years to accommodate changes if necessary. 5) Carry out the wishes of the general body in accordance with the constitution. The by-laws, rules and regulations shall immediately become effective when ratified by simple majority of the Board of Directors, and simple majority of the quorum of the general body as stated in article XI, numbers 3 & 4.

ARTICLE XVII

PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE

Meetings of the general body, committees and the Board of Directors shall be conducted in accordance with the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah. The minutes of all the Board meetings shall be posted on the bulletin board for members to
review.

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ARTICLE XVIII

MUSLIM CEMETERY

MAGR shall maintain a Muslim cemetery within the premises of Arlington Cemetery, located at 6202 Charles Street, Rockford, IL. 61108. The rules and regulations for the Muslim Cemetery are incorporated in the by-laws and set forth by MAGR. In addition, funeral services will be contracted out for the convenience of MAGR members. ARTICLE XIX ARBRITATION

In the event of any unresolved conflict within MAGR, after a minimum of three sincere attempts by the Board of Directors, the Executive Board may seek assistance from the general body. The Board of Directors will ask the general body to choose an ad hoc committee to resolve the conflict.

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