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In the name of Allah Most Beneficent, Most Merciful

CONSTITUTION OF THE
MUSLIM ASSOCIATION OF GREATER ROCKFORD

CONSTITUTION
OF THE
MUSLIM ASSOCIATION OF GREATER
ROCKFORD
REV “E”
Released October, 2002

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In the name of Allah Most Beneficent, Most Merciful
CONSTITUTION OF THE
MUSLIM ASSOCIATION OF GREATER ROCKFORD

TABLE OF CONTENT
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ARTICLE I NAME 4

ARTICLE II NATURE 4

ARTICLE III HEADQUARTERS 4

ARTICLE IV PURPOSE 4

ARTICLE V MEMBERSHIP 4

ARTICLE VI BOARD OF TRUSTEES 5

ARTICLE VII EXECUTIVE AND SUB-COMMITTEES 6

ARTICLE VIII FINANCES 7

ARTICLE IX GENERAL BODY MEETING 7

ARTICLE X RESIGNATION OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES 7

ARTICLE XI LOANS 7

ARTICLE XII AGREEMENT WITH RISE 7

ARTICLE XIII DISBURSEMENT OF COMMUNITY ASSETS 8

ARTICLE XIV AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION 8

ARTICLE XV DISSOLUTION 8

ARTICLE XVI BY LAWS 8

ARTICLE XVII PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE 8

Revision A April ‘91


Revision B April ‘96
Revision C July ’98
Revision D April ‘01
Revision E Oct ’02

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In the name of Allah Most Beneficent, Most Merciful
CONSTITUTION OF THE
MUSLIM ASSOCIATION OF GREATER ROCKFORD

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” hereafter as the
“Association”, commonly known as MCC of ROCKFORD.

ARTICLE II NATURE

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

ARTICLE III HEADQUARTERS

The headquarter of the Association is located at 5921 Darlene Drive, Rockford, Illinois-61109

ARTICLE IV PURPOSE

The Association is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific 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 the Sunnah and shall include, but not be limited to the following:
(1) To help Muslims residing in Winnebago County and surrounding counties of Northern
Illinois and Southern Wisconsin (defined as Greater Rockford) to carry out Islamic activities in
pursuance of Islam as a complete way of life.
(2) To strengthen fraternal bonds and understanding between Muslims from various parts of
the world.
(3) To promote understanding and friendly relations between Muslims and non-Muslims.
(4) To arrange for continuing Islamic education and personal development of its members and
their families.
(5) To help arrange for the education of Muslim youth about faith and practice of Islam.
(6) To strive to operate the Islamic Center for religious, social, charitable, research and other
Islamic activities.

ARTICLE V MEMBERSHIP

(1) Muslims of Greater Rockford, regardless of Race, Color, Sect, Gender or National origin can
be members of the Association.
(2) The minimum dues for all voting members shall be $150.00/year per family or if
single, per working member on a continuous basis payable at the beginning of each
year. New member in the community shall be eligible to vote 90 days after the
membership dues are paid.

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(3) 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 no later than 90
days prior to election date. Honorary members, as defined in the By-Laws, in Article
V, Section 1 designated by the board, may be exempted from paying the membership
dues.

(4) All the voting members in good standing in accordance with this constitution and Association’s
By-Laws, rules and regulations shall form the General Body of the Association. Any member working
against the constitution of the Association, harming directly or indirectly the Islamic cause may not be
eligible to vote or hold any office without the approval of the board of trustees and a two third (2/3)
majority vote of the general body.
(5) The fiscal year for the MCC of Rockford for membership and budget for the committees shall
be based on the calendar year (January 01 through December 31).

ARTICLE VI BOARD OF TRUSTEES

All elected board members of the board of trustees shall take an oath in front of the general body
that they will discharge their duties and perform their functions honestly, to the best of their
abilities, faithfully in accordance with the constitution of the MCC of Rockford.

(1) The overall management of the Association shall be the responsibility of the Board of
Trustees.
(2) There shall be a total of Nine (9) Board members. Election or selection of the Board members
shall be based on the following criteria:
(a) Exemplary practices of Islam, dedication, knowledge and professional skills from which the
Association can benefit. In order to be eligible for nomination and/or to run for the Board of Trustees,
one shall complete the applicable form as described in addendum A of the By-Laws.
(3) The general body will elect the President and the remaining four executive members of
the Association. In addition, the remaining four (4) board members will be hand
picked by the elected president in consultation with the executive committee.
(4) The first meeting following the elections, the members of the board shall assume their duties for a
two-year term. During this period any vacant trusteeship shall be filled through nomination by the
board based on the criteria specified in Article II of Section III of the By-Laws.
(5) The functions of the members of the Board of Trustees shall be:
(a) Over all policy making for the Association.
(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 the
Association.
(d) Handle appointment of the religious director (Imam), teacher(s) or any other paid employees and to
establish guidelines for them in accordance with the process as defined in Article XI, of the By-Laws.
(6) An elected trustee in violation of the guidelines as described in Article VI of the constitution may
be removed from trusteeship by 2/3 majority of the members of the general body on recommendation
of the Board of Trustees.

(7) The Board shall meet at least once a month to monitor the affairs of the Association and to make
any appropriate decisions. Simple majority of the Board members shall provide the necessary quorum.
(8) Duties of the executive committee officers are described in Article III, section I-IV of the By-Laws.

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ARTICLE VII EXECUTIVE BOARD AND COMMITTEES

(1) Election Procedure


(a) Election of Trustees and Officers (Executive Committee)

The General Body will elect the Trustees of the Association as described in Article II
Section 1 of the By-Laws.
(2) Committees
All committees will be chaired by a Board Member. An individual (including a Board
Member) can participate in no more than two sub-committees. The following committees
shall be formed from among the voting members. All of the committees shall function
independently within the guidelines established by the Board of Trustees. All committees
will consist of a minimum of five members approved by the Board for a term of two years.
The following are the (7) committees:

Religious Affairs
Weekend School
Financial (Fund Raising)
Building
Public Relations and Social Affairs
Youth
Full Time Islamic School (RISE)

No additional committees shall be formulated under any circumstance without the prior
approval of the Board of Trustees and 2/3 majority of Quorum of the General Body. Ad hoc
committees can be formulated by the President of the Board.

(3) Hand over Procedure


A general body meeting will be held within thirty (30) days from the day of elections. In such
meeting all Nine (9) incoming Board Members will take an oath to discharge their
responsibilities to the best of their abilities in compliance with the constitution. The outgoing
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 officers shall hand over all the files, documents and any other property of the
Association at their disposal to the incoming officers.
(b) A list containing unfinished business, outstanding accounts and any other pertinent matter shall be
given to the respective incoming officers.
(c) All officers 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
officers in presence of the General Body.

(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 for the previous years.

ARTICLE VIII FINANCES


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(1) Finances, budgeting, business management and reporting shall be the overall
responsibility of the Board of Trustees. Proper check and balances as described in Article
IX of the By-Laws must be created to make sure that business is conducted in a proper
fashion.
(2) The source of income shall be annual dues and donations either from members or from
other sources consistent with the purpose of the Association.

ARTICLE IX GENERAL BODY MEETING

(1) Every two years a General Body meeting will be held on the first week of December in
order to elect the Trustees and standing committee members and to conduct any other
necessary business of the Association. Special meeting of the General Body may be held
as and when necessary upon a minimum of two weeks notice to the General Body. A
written request with a minimum of twenty (20) signatures from the voting members of the
General Body and a specific reason(s) for calling the meeting must be given in writing to
the Board for approval, three weeks prior to the intended date of the meeting.
(2) A General Body meeting shall be called by the Board to present the
annual report.
(3) Quorum for General Body meeting shall be 2/3 of the total voting membership. If
less than 2/3 of the members are present in one meting, another meeting shall be
Called. In the second meeting, business shall be conducted regardless of the Quorum.
(4) Minimum of one General Body meeting may be held every six months to discuss
community issues, financial status and to provide information regarding board activities.

ARTICLE X RESIGNATION OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES

A board member may resign from the board by submitting his resignation in writing to the
president pf the board with detailed explanation for his resignation. In case the President of the Board
decides to resign, he must submit his resignation to the General Secretary. The board must approve all
resignations with simple majority within seven (7) calendar days.

ARTICLE XI LOANS

Personal loans of any nature shall not be given out. Emergency loans must be approved by the Board
and the General Body. Charity fund may be established for emergency needs of community members
or Muslims at large.

ARTICLE XII ROCKFORD IQRA SCHOOL ESTABLISHMENT

The Board of Trustees shall comply with the guidelines, rules and regulations concerning the
operation of Rockford Iqra Establishment (RISE). Major expansion of RISE (Iqra school) shall
require approval of 2/3 of Quorum of the General Body. Dissolution of RISE (Iqra School) is bound
by the dissolution of MCC of Greater Rockford.

ARTICLE XIII DISBURSEMENT OF COMMUNITY ASSETS

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Community assets such as furniture, Public Address system (P.A.) system, or any other item which
belongs to the association, including keys of the building, 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 in a calendar year.


(1) Any proposed amendment to the constitution from the General Body shall be presented
in writing (minimum of 30 signatures of the voting members) to the Board of Trustees for
adoption/approval.
(2) The Board of Trustees must approve the proposed amendment by 2/3 majority vote for
presentation to the General Body.
(3) Amendment to the constitution can also be presented by the Board of Trustees to the General
Body.
(4) In either case (as described in item 1 and 3) the proposed amendment(s) shall be approved by 2/3
majority vote of the General Body Quorum.

ARTICLE XV DISSOLUTION

Upon the dissolution of the Association, the Association shall, after paying or making provision for the
payment of all the liabilities of the Association, dispose off all the assets of the Association
exclusively for the purpose of the Association in such manner, or such organization or organizations
organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes as shall
at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations 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 Trustees shall determine. Any such assets not so disposed off shall be disposed
off by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of the Association is
then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall
determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

ARTICLE XVI BY-LAWS

From time to time, the Board of Trustees may adopt By-Laws, rules and regulations to regulate its
functioning and decision making, to conduct Association affairs and to carry out the wishes of the
General Body in accordance with the constitution. The By-Laws, rules and regulations shall become
effective when ratified by 2/3 majority of the Quorum of the Board of Trustees and ½ majority of the
Quorum of the General Body.

ARTICLE XVII PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE

The meetings of the General Body, the Committees and the Board of Trustees shall be conducted in
accordance with the teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah.

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