In the name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful

June 11, 2022

The Muslim community in Southern California, and across the nation, expects Muslim organizations and Masajid to maintain high standards of ethical conduct, good governance and inspiring leadership, founded in Islamic ideals and expressed in accepted social practice. It is imperative for such institutions to ensure that board members, staff and others officially associated with the institution engage in a responsible, transparent, appropriate and professional manner when dealing with one another and with their constituents. Unfortunately, there are cases that arise regarding inappropriate actions on the part of current or prospective associates, including spiritual abuse, sexual assault, boundary violations and other forms of misconduct. When there is sufficient evidence or testimonial that calls into question the suitability of an individual to hold a position of leadership or authority, it behooves institutions to disassociate from them, even if no legal or criminal judgments come into play. The primary criteria involved is ethical, drawing from the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah. Even if such individuals express regret or make amends towards those who’ve been victimized, a position of public leadership is not appropriate. Such individuals may find alternative ways to serve the community should they wish. The Islamic Shura Council of Southern California encourages all organizations and Masajid, whether they are members of the Shura or not, to exercise due diligence and caution in granting positions of leadership (after background checks, reference verification, etc) so as to maintain the broad community’s trust and support. May Allah help us to do what’s right and protect us from harm.

The Shura Council has conducted harassment training by legal experts and provided the following resources on the matter. Each organization is requested to comply by creating policies, implementing training and reporting incidents in a systematic manner internally to appropriate parties. Please see the recently finalized comprehensive Islamic Code of Conduct for our members and the various materials attached for employers/employees as well as boards and volunteers.

Sincerely,

The Board of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California

Resources: Shura Council Code of Conduct & Ethics Presentation (pdf), What is Sexual Harassment (pdf), Professionalism and Sexual Harassment Training (pdf)

About Us

Our Mission & Vision

Mission: The Islamic Shura Council of Southern California represents the consensus of Southern California Muslims, promotes communication and service among member organizations and society-at-large, advocates on behalf of its members, and advances leadership development.

Vision: Excellence in Leadership and Strength in Unity.

 

Our History

The Islamic Shura Council was formed on April 20, 1995, by the Muslim leadership as a  community-based nonprofit – 501(c)3 organization. This was a response to fill the need for an umbrella organization representing and advocating on behalf of the growing number of mosques and Muslim organizations in Southern California. It now has an impressive membership of 60 mosques and Muslim organizations. The organization also coordinated outreach campaigns and workshops on relevant issues for its constituencies. The linguistic meaning of Shura is the procedure of making decisions by mutual consultation and consensus. More History Coming Soon…

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