Guiding Principles and Policies
of the DawaNet
The trustees of the DawaNet approved following principles during
its founding meeting in Chicago, IL on 21st-22nd August 1999. These
principles will be reflected in the development of bylaws, policies
and action plan of DawaNet.
- The purpose of DawaNet is to establish a network of Muslims
who are committed to inviting others to Islam through personal
dawa efforts, assisting masjids and Islamic centers in developing
and strengthening their dawa programs, and educating Muslims in
appropriate and effective methods of dawa.
- DawaNet will adhere to a one-tiered, task-oriented organization
on the model of a network in which all responsibilities (objectives,
time frames, finances, etc.) will be clearly defined.
- If building institutions outside the framework of DawaNet's
aims and objectives becomes a necessity, they will be developed
as independent entities not organizationally linked with DawaNet.
- DawaNet will focus its goals and activities on North America.
- Members of DawaNet may be members of other organizations provided
there are no conflicts with the objectives and activities of DawaNet.
- DawaNet will always maintain a solid legal and fiscal foundation.
- DawaNet will adopt language and terminologies that are appropriate
to the target audience.
- DawaNet will adhere to a shura-centered decision making process.
The president of DawaNet will abide by the majority opinion of
the board expressed through votes.
- DawaNet will adhere to the fiqhi position that our relationship
with North America is that of darul ahd (contractual) and as such
all DawaNet activities, as well as individual member activities,
will abide by the laws of land.
- DawaNet will strive to maintain a membership which reflects
the ethnic diversity of Muslims in North America. At least half
of the members of the Board of Directors should be American-born
Muslims. The Presidency should be rotated between immigrant and
- Both men and women will be full participants of DawaNet at all
- DawaNet will engage and encourage its members to consistently
participate in action for social justice and assistance to needy
- DawaNet will be open to affiliations and collaborations with
other organizations active in the area of dawa. A memorandum of
understanding will be developed to guide any mutual relationship(s)
between DawaNet and any other organization.
- DawaNet will appoint an ethnically diverse board of advisors
comprised of leaders from the Muslim community of North America
in order to benefit from their expertise and advice.
- This document can only be amended by three-fourths majority
of the Board of Trustees.
Food for thought
... and action
"The strong man is not the good wrestler; but the strong person is the one who controls himself when he is angry." Hadith