DALTON ISLAMIC CENTER, INC.,
The Dalton Islamic Center, Inc., is located at 2054 Dug Gap Road, in the City of Dalton, in the State of Georgia, in the United States of America. It is a non-profit, tax exempt, non-political, religious organization, that is not affiliated with or subordinated to any other organization either inside or outside the United States.
The following articles have been written and adopted by the Board of Directors of the Dalton Islamic Center, Inc., as the basic bylaws of the Corporation, and in accordance with the Articles of Incorporation of Dalton Islamic Center, Inc.
The basic objective is to clarify how the Corporation is going to be administered and directed. The bylaws direct that the property of the Corporation and the facilities built on it are to function as an Islamic institution. No activities shall be allowed that may contradict with the Islamic teachings, as prescribed in the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah.
The Dalton Islamic Center, Inc., is controlled by its Board of Directors for its members and, therefore, the collective property of the Muslim Community (waqf). It has been established to serve Muslims, particularly in meeting their religious, educational, social, and cultural needs. As a result, no clauses shall be altered or introduced to allow selling the property or any of its facilities for any reasons whatsoever.
ARTICLE I: Bylaws of the Board of Directors
I.1 The affairs of the Dalton Islamic Center, Inc., referred to thereafter as the Corporation, shall be controlled and administered collectively by the Board of Directors, thereafter referred to as the Board, which shall be composed of five (5) members.
The Board shall meet within a month of being elected to elect a president (an Amir) and to assign responsibilities of members. The first meeting shall be presided by the eldest member until a president is elected. Then, the elected president presides over the meeting.
Upon the death, removal, resignation, or incapacity of any member of the Board, a majority of the then remaining directors of the Board shall elect a successor, who will serve for the remaining period. A successor director who is elected by the majority of the Board directors can also be removed by a majority of the Board directors, if they deem that their decision is in the best interest of the Corporation.
No elected director of the Board can be removed by other directors without approval of the General Assembly. If majority of the Board directors decide to remove a director, they have to ask for a vote on their decision from the General Assembly.
A director of the Board shall be considered incapacitated if for any reason that director shall be unable to carry on the duties of his office. The remaining directors of the Board shall declare him incapable of service by a three-fourth (3/4) vote.
Any member of the Board of Directors may resign at any time by giving a written notice to the President or the Secretary of the Corporation. Resignations shall take effect at the time specified therein.
I.2 The Board of Directors shall meet regularly, once a month, and may meet more often at the discretion of the Directors.
The President of the Corporation shall call for the regular and special meetings. A meeting can also be called by a majority of the Directors.
The President shall consult with the Board members concerning the suitable time, place, and date of meetings, then notifies them with the results of his consultations.
All meetings require two-days notice, in writing, or by actual verbal communication. Notice of special meetings shall include the purpose of the meeting and its time, date, and place.
I.3 A majority of the Board of Directors shall be a quorum and shall be authorized to conduct business. Decisions of the Board of Directors are made with a simple majority vote of those Directors present. In case of a tie-vote, as a result of absence of one Board member, the President’s side carries more weight. An absent member can delegate a vote, in writing, to another Board member.
A Director shall be counted as present if the Director is physically present or can participate electronically so that the Director can hear all other Directors and be heard by all other Directors. In lieu of any meeting, the Directors may take action by written consent signed by all of the Directors.
1.4 Directors shall not receive any compensations for their services.
ARTICLE II: Responsibilities of the Board of Directors
II.1 The Board of Directors is collectively responsible for the administration of the affairs of the Dalton Islamic Center, Inc. However, a division of labor among Board members facilitates the Board’s work.
Thus, the Board shall create the positions that meet the needs of the Dalton Islamic Center, Inc. Some positions are of a permanent nature, such as the positions of the President, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Director, and Education Director. Emerging responsibilities, such as building maintenance, landscaping, athletic activities, and social activities may be added to the responsibilities of the Board Directors, as these become necessary. Board Directors can seek help from others outside the Board to conduct their responsibilities, but they continue to be held responsible in front of the Board.
II.2 The Board of Director shall elect a Vice President, who shall perform the functions of the President in case of the President’s incapacity, or if authorized by the President due to absence.
The Vice President shall assume other responsibilities as directed by majority vote of the Board at a regular or special meeting. The Vice President functions only in absence of the President.
II.3 The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation. In the absence of the President, the Vice President performs the duties of the President. In the absence of both of them, the Secretary shall perform the duties of the President.
II.4 The Secretary shall be the custodian of the minute books of the Corporation and shall accurately keep minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors. The Secretary is also responsible for creating and maintaining a membership roster, which is updated whenever new members join the Congregation, as agreed by the Board.
II.5 The Treasurer shall be responsible for reporting the financial affairs of the Corporation. The Treasurer shall accurately keep records of the revenues and expenditure of the Corporation. The Treasurer is also responsible before the Board to show absolute transparency. This includes writing reports to the Board regularly and on monthly basis. The Treasurer’s responsibility further extends to writing checks on behalf of the Corporation and signing them together with the President.
Monthly and annual reports should be prepared by the Treasurer, presented to the Board on regular basis, and made public to the Congregation.
II.6 The Public Relations Director shall be responsible for representing the Corporation to the public. This includes conducting contacts with other entities, dealing with the media, inviting members of other entities to the Corporation’s facilities, and visiting other interested entities. Such contacts shall be consistent with the Preamble, other provisions of these By-Laws, and the Corporation's Articles of Incorporation.
II.7 The Education Director shall be responsible for the educational affairs conducted in the Corporation’s facilities. This includes supervising school activities for children and Islamic studies for adults. The Education Director shall also cooperate with the treasurer in the financial affairs related to the educational activities of the Corporation. Such education and supervision shall be consistent with the Preamble, other provisions of these By-laws, and the Corporation's Articles of Incorporation.
III.8 Only the Board of Directors is responsible for hiring and removing Imams and other Corporation employees. When an Imam is hired by the Board, he becomes the religious leader of the Dalton Islamic Center and its Mosque. The Imam shall NOT be a member of the Board of Directors. Although hiring or removing Imams is the responsibility of the Board of Directors as a whole, the Imam reports directly to the President.
III.9 Neither the Imam, invited religious speakers, nor others speaking for the Corporation shall intrude politics in religious services. In particular, Friday service speeches should not include any incitement against governments, nations, religions, ethnic groups, or racial groups in the United States or anywhere in the world.
ARTICLE III: Membership
III.1 The Dalton Islamic Center, Inc., shall be a membership corporation. The membership may also be referred to as the Congregation or or the General Assembly. Any natural person may become a member of the Congregation upon his or her profession of faith in the tenets of the Islamic religion, as prescribed in the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah.
Membership is accorded upon his or her acceptance by the affirmative vote of a majority of the membership at any meeting of the Congregation, which has as one of its purposes the admission of new members. The prospective member is thereafter listed on the membership roster by the Secretary, and upon such prospective member’s agreement to adhere to the bylaws of the Corporation and US laws, without contradiction with the principles and teachings of the Islamic religion.
III.2 Each active member of the Congregation, eighteen years old or older, shall have the right to vote and he or she shall have one vote. Active members are those who attend Friday services regularly, as prescribed by the Shari'ah.
III.3 The membership (Congregation) shall meet every two years, during the month of September, for the election of the Board of Directors but may meet before that for the transaction of any other business allowed by these By-laws. The Board of Directors shall declare the time, place, and date of such meetings.
If the Board of Directors fails to designate the time, place, and date for a due Board election during the month of September every two years, the Congregation shall hold a meeting at its regular meeting place on the 3rd Friday, directly after Friday prayers, during the month of October of that year, for the purpose of electing new Board of Directors.
III.4 Special meetings of the membership may be called at any time by the Board of Directors or the President of the Corporation and shall be held at such time, place and hour as shall be designated in such notice.
III.5. The President or Secretary shall send written notices of all meetings to members at least ten (10) days in advance to the member's address or the roster.
III.6 At any meeting of the membership, a majority of those present and voting affirmatively shall govern any action or proposed action by the members. The attendance in person of not less than a majority of the membership listed on the membership roster at the time of any annual or special meeting of the members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any such meeting. When a quorum, that is a simple majority of members, is present to organize the meeting, the members present may continue to do business at the meeting or at any adjournment thereof notwithstanding the withdrawal of enough members to leave less than a quorum. A majority of the members at any meeting, whether or not a quorum is present, may adjourn such meeting from time to time.
ARTICLE IV: Property Ownership
IV.1 As mentioned in the Preamble, the Dalton Islamic Center, Inc., is the collective property of the Muslim Community (waqf). As a result, the Corporation, its property, and facilities located at 2054 Dug Gap Road, in the City of Dalton, in the State of Georgia, shall not be sold or transferred to any other person or entity for any reasons whatsoever.
IV.2 The Mosque and the Corporation facilities shall not be allowed to be used by members or non-members for sleeping or spending the night as long as security concerns persist, as determined by the Board.
ARTICLE V: Records
V.1 The books and records of the Corporation may be kept at such places as the Directors may determine from time to time, or as otherwise directed by these bylaws.
ARTICLE VI: Corporate Seal
VI.1 The Board of Directors shall provide a Corporate seal, which shall be in a form authorized or prescribed by law in the State of Georgia. The seal may be used in very limited cases and if only required.
The Corporate Secretary shall be responsible for safe keeping and affixing of the Corporate seal. The Secretary may attest to the validity of any Corporate document or signature of any Director or officer.
ARTICLE VII: Fiscal Year
VII.1 The fiscal year of the Corporation shall be set by the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE VIII: Altering Bylaws
VIII.1 With the exception of Article IV (Property Ownership), the Board of Directors shall have the power to alter and amend the By-laws or adopt new by-laws to improve the functions and services of the Corporation, provided that the bylaws at no time shall contain any provision inconsistent with law or the Articles of Incorporation. Essential and worth reiterating is that the Board of Directors shall not alter Article IV.1, which states that the Corporation, its property, and facilities located at 2054 Dug Gap Road, in the City of Dalton, in the State of Georgia, shall not be sold or transferred to any other person or entity for any reasons whatsoever. No other articles contradicting with Article IV.1 shall be adopted by future Boards.
This document was authored by Dr. Hassan Ali El-Najjar and adopted by the first Board of Directors of the Dalton Islamic Center, Inc., on Friday, 4th of Ramadan, 1426 Hijriah, 7th of October, 2005. The document benefited from by-laws of other mosques and was revised legally by an attorney.
The first Board of Directors served for two years, between September 2005 and September 2007. It was composed of the following five members, in alphabetical order of last names:
1. Samir Abu-Hadba Secretary
2. Rami Azzouz Education Director
3. Hammad El-Ameen President
4. Hassan El-Najjar Public Relations Director
5. Ahmed Salama Treasurer
On Friday, 9th of Ramadhan, 1428 Hijriyah, 21st of September, 2007, the second elections in the history of the Corporation were held after Friday prayers. Members of the Congregation elected the second Board of Directors to serve from September 2007 to September 2009.
The second Board of Directors was composed of the following five people, in alphabetical order of last names:
1. Ezad Ahmed Public Relations Director
2. Rami Azzouz Treasurer
3. Hammad El-Ameern President
4. Tarek El-Sayed Secretary
5. Ahmed Salama Education Director
On Friday, 5th of Shawal, 1430 Hijriyah, 25th of September, 2009, the third elections in the history of the Corporation were held after Friday prayers. Members of the Congregation elected the third Board of Directors to serve from September 2009 to September 2011.
The third Board of Directors was composed of the following five people, in alphabetical order of last names:
1. Abu Hadba, Wassim Public Relations Director
2. Al-Rifa’i, Ayman Secretary
3. El-Ameen, Hammad President
4. Salama, Ahmed Treasurer
5. Sheikh, Wassim Education Director
On Friday, 8th of Dhul Hijja, 1432, November 4th, 2011, the fourth elections in the history of the Corporation were held after Friday prayers. Members of the Congregation elected the fourth Board of Directors to serve from November 2011 to October 2013.
The fourth Board of Directors was composed of the following five people, in alphabetical order of last names:
1. Abdul Raheem,
2. Baig, Muhammed
Fassieh Board Member
3. El-Sayed, Tarek
4. Bekheet, Emad Board Member
5. Salama, Ahmed Board Member
On the third Friday of Dhul Hijja, 1434, October 2013, the fifth Board of Directors was elected by acclimation after Friday prayers. The fifth Board of Directors will serve from November 2013 to October 2015.
The fifth Board of Directors was composed of the following five people, in alphabetical order of their last names:
1. Ahmad, Ezad Board Member
2. Bekheet, Emad Treasurer
3. El-Ameen, Hammad Board Member
4. El-Sayed, Tarek
5. Salama, Ahmed President
On the second Friday of Muharram, 1437, October 2015, the Sixth Board of Directors was elected by acclimation after the Friday prayer. The Sixth Board of Directors will serve from November 2015 to October 2017.
The Sixth Board of Directors was composed of the following five people, in alphabetical order of their last names:
1. Ahmad, Ezad Treasurer
2. El-Ameen, Hammad Secretary
3. El-Najjar, Hassan Public Relations
5. Salama, Ahmed President