Constitution & Bylaws

In The Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

 

CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS

 

OF

 

ISLAMIC CENTER OF CHARLOTTE

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE I: NAME

 

 

The name of the organization shall be ISLAMIC CENTER OF CHARLOTTE (ICC).

 

ARTICLE II: AIMS AND PURPOSES

 

The purpose of the organization is to please ALLAH (SWT) by obeying His commands. It shall invite to all that is good, enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong according to Qur’an and Sunnah.  Toward this end the ICC shall;

 

  1. Help Muslims to understand and practice Islam based on Qur’an and Sunnah.
  2. Conduct religious, educational, social and other activities according to Islam.
  3. Promote unity and joint action among Muslims.
  4. Endeavor to make Islam known to non-Muslims.
  5. Conduct the affairs of the the Islamic Center(s).

 

ARTICLE III: BASIC LAW

 

The following items constitute the BASIC LAW, which is unchangeable partially or completely.

 

SECTION 1. CRITERIA FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEMBERS

 

a. Their belief should be based on Quran and Sunnah according to the methodology of the people of Sunnah and Jamma’h, i.e.Muslims who base their understanding exclusively on Quran and Sunnah of the prophet Muhammad (SAW) and the Sunnah of four rightly guided Caliphs i.e. Abu-Bakr, Omar, Othman and Ali (may Allah (SWT) be pleased with all of them).

b.They should be of good Islamic conduct.

c. The membership may be revoked by the Board of Directors (BOD) if the member were to commit or admit openly to an explicit major sin, engage in the practice and propagation of bid’aa (innovation in Islamic religious practices of worship) and/or invalidated his membership commitment by causing division in the community.

  1. Denial of membership by an Executive Committee may also be appealed to the BOD for reconsideration.

e. Revokation of membership by the BOD may also be appealed to the Shari’ Council.

f. The member has to be a resident of the greater Charlotte area for at least six (6) months.

 

SECTION 2.

 

Any conflicting Shar’i issue or matter pertaining to the ICC or its membership is not a subject to be voted upon.  It is to be referred exclusively to the Head Imam and/or the Shari’ Council for a verdict.  If the Head Imam and/or the Shari’ Council is absent, it is to be referred for a verdict to Fiqh Council of North America or any number of Fiqh scholars who fit the criteria mentioned in 1.a and 1.b. above.  This number is to be agreed upon by the organization (see Article VIII Section 3).

 

SECTION 3.

 

All decisions and recommendations of the organization should be within the framework of Quran and Sunnah according to the methodology of the people of Sunnah and Jamma’h, i.e. practice based on the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessing be upon him) and the sunnah of the four rightly-guided Caliphs, Abu Bakr, Omar, Uthman, Ali (may Allah be pleased with them).

 

SECTION 4.

 

North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) Inc. has the authority to interfere and enforce the Basic Law should the controlling body of the ICC abandon the Basic Law.  In addition, NAIT is to act as an arbitrating body of last resort in the event of a major dispute left unresolved by all parties concerned in the greater Charlotte area (may Allah (SWT) forbid) in issues pertaining to ICC.

 

ARTICLE IV:  NATURE & AFFILIATION

 

SECTION 1. NATURE

 

The Islamic Center of Charlotte shall be a non-profit organization.  No profit shall be made by any  individual connected with the organization except in consideration for services rendered.

 

SECTION 2. AFFILIATION(S)

 

The ICC may be affiliated with other organization(s), which has similar objectives including the Muslim Community Association of U.S.& Canada (MCA), which is an affiliate of Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim American Society (MAS) or the Carolina Islamic Council (CIC).

 

SECTION 3. ESTATE

 

All buildings and estates under the ICC are to be in the name of the North American Islamic Trust as a Waqf and have listed the Islamic Center of Charlotte as the owner of said property.  All the assets of ICC are to be transferred to NAIT in case the Islamic presence in this area comes to an end (may Allah (SWT) forbid).

 

 

ARTICLE V:  MEMBERSHIP

 

SECTION 1. ELIGIBILITY

 

Any Muslim aged 17 years or more, whose belief is according to Qur’an and Sunnah as stated in the Basic Law, who lives in the greater Charlotte area for at least six (6) months and endeavors to practice Islam as a total way of life is eligible for membership after acceptance of the Constitution and Bylaws of ICC.

 

SECTION 2. APPLICATION

 

The Application shall be designed to acquire the following information: Name, address, contact phone numbers, occupation, email addresses, spouse name, name(s) of child(ren), in addition to any other pertinent information deemed important by current BOD.  Statement of commitment – “I, the undersigned, promise to abide by the Quran and Sunnah as detailed in the Basic Law of the Constitution of the Islamic Center of Charlotte.  I promise to participate and support in any measure or activity the General Assembly and/or the Board of Directors choose to follow, so long as it is in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah.  In the event of disagreement with the Board of Directors or General Assembly, I will abide by the policies and procedures set forth to voice my complaint and will not spread the seed of discontent leading to community division.” –  must be signed to validate the application.  In addition, he/she requires two signatures of previous members validating their character if not known to ICC.  One application is sufficient for a family (i.e. husband and wife).

 

 

SECTION 3. PROCEDURE

 

Any Muslim interested in membership shall submit an application.  The Executive Committee (E.C.) of the respective location shall review the application.  Approved applicant shall become a member upon approval of E.C. (see Article IX, Section 2).

 

SECTION 4. RENEWAL

 

Memberships will last the duration of two years.  Upon time of renewal, member must fill out a form indicating his/her information is current and that he/she still abides by the statement of commitment.  In the event information is not current, he/she is to correct old information and submit the card to a designee of the E.C.

 

SECTION 5. APPEAL

 

An applicant whose application has been denied can request a hearing by the Board of Directors (see Article VIII Section 3).  If membership is revoked by the BOD an appeal can be heard by the Shari’ Council.  The decision of the Shari’ Council is final.

 

SECTION 6. SUSPENSION

 

The Board of Directors may suspend or expel a member after an appropriate hearing or reinstate a former member on such terms and conditions deemed appropriate by it.  The Board of Directors shall revoke the membership if at any time a member is found to be in noncompliance with the Basic Law.

 

 

ARTICLE VI:  ORGANIZATION

 

SECTION 1. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

It shall consist of all members who have filled out the membership application and been approved by the E.C. of the respective location.  It has the power to elect the Board of Directors, suggest plans of action and resolutions, and remove an officer of the Board of Directors and/or Executive Committee, sponsor and vote on amendments.

 

SECTION 2. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

The Board of Directors (BOD) shall be elected by the General Assembly.  Nominees with the most votes shall be assigned the responsibility of these positions.  The BOD will elect a Director to be responsible for the entirety of the ICC.  The Head Imam is to hold a permanent position on the BOD, but is not eligible to be the Director.  The Administrators of all centers of the ICC shall also be permanent positions on the BOD of the ICC.

 

SECTION 3. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF EACH LOCATION

 

Each center or musala will have an E.C. consisting of the Administrator, Assistant Administrator, Secretary, Treasurer and committee heads of all standing committees. It shall implement the decisions of the BOD and coordinate the work of different committees in the day-to-day functions of that location.  The position of Administrator is elected by the General Assembly Membership attending that location.  The Administrator then appoints his Assistant Administrator, Secretary, Finance Coordinator and committee heads, upon approval by the BOD.

 

SECTION 4. SHARI’  COUNCIL

 

It shall be headed by the Head Imam of the ICC and will consist of learned brothers and scholars of deen.  This council will act as an arbitrating force in the greater Charlotte area to judge on any Shari’ issues, as well as resolve conflicts in the community forwarded to them.  In matters of conflict between any governing body in the ICC, such as BOD, General Assembly or Charlotte Islamic School, Inc. (CISI), in addition to conflicts between masajid (may Allah (SWT) prevent), this council will be the arbitrating body to reach a resolution.

 

 

ARTICLE VII:  GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

SECTION 1. COMPOSITION

 

It shall consist of all members who have filled the membership form and have been approved by the E.C.  Within the General Assembly, each location (masjid or musala) will have its own general assembly of said location as a subset of the entire ICC General Assembly.

 

SECTION 2. FUNCTIONS

 

The General Assembly shall:

 

  1. Participate in ICC activities and function as a nucleus of Islamic education and conduct.
  2. Elect the BOD and associated administrators.
  3. Adopt resolution(s) to promote the aims and purposes of the ICC.  Such resolution(s) are to be considered by the BOD for implementation.
  4. Sponsor amendments to be considered for review by BOD and Shari’ Council after requirement set forth in Article XIV, Section 2.
  5. Ratify amendments to the constitution and bylaws by 75% majority after amendments are passed by the BOD and reviewed by the Shari’ Council.
  6. Remove a member of the BOD or Executive Committee with due reason by 75% majority vote of the General Assembly.

 

SECTION 3. MEETINGS

 

  1. The General Assembly shall meet at least once every calendar year.
  2. The meeting shall be called by the Administrator of the E.C. or Director of the BOD.
  3. A special meeting shall be called within two months by the Director of the BOD when formally requested by one third of the General Assembly members.
  4. The meeting shall be presided by the Director of the BOD.
  5. The members shall be informed about the time and place of a meeting at least 30 days in advance.
  6. Quorum consists of 51% of membership attendance during the first meeting.  There is no percentage requirement for an adjourned meeting.

g.      Unless specifically required otherwise by the Constitution and Bylaws, the decisions in a quorum meeting are to be made by simple majority of members present and proxies.

 

SECTION 4. VOTING

 

  1. Members (see Art. V, Sec. 1) are eligible to vote one month after completion of membership application, signature on commitment statement and approval of the E.C.
  2. Members attending meeting may represent one proxy vote only.
  3. Members of each location will vote for a specified number of BOD representatives based on their proportion of membership in relation to the total membership.
  4. Members of each location will vote for an administrator for that specified location who will function as one of their representatives on the BOD.

 

 

 

ARTICLE VIII:  Board of Directors

 

SECTION 1. COMPOSITION

 

  1. The BOD shall consist of 5% of total membership of ICC but at any time the minimum number of its elected members shall be 7 and the maximum number shall be 17.
  2. The General Body shall elect the BOD for a period of four years.
  3. The Head Imam shall be a permanent voting member of the BOD, but is not eligible for the position as Director.

 

SECTION 2. QUALIFICATIONS FOR BOARD MEMBERS

 

SECTION 1. COMPOSITION

 

Any member of ICC aged 27 years or more, who, by Jan 01 of the election year, has been a member of ICC for at least one year and intends to reside in Charlotte for another two years, is eligible to become a member of the BOD.

 

SECTION 2. REPRESENTATION

 

  1. The total number of BOD representatives will be calculated according to Article VIII, Section 1a.
  2. Number of Representatives per location will be assigned based on the ratio of location membership over total general membership.
  3. Each location will have at least one representative regardless of membership size.  This representative will be the administrator of said location.

 

SECTION 3. FUNCTIONS

 

The BOD shall:

 

  1. Upon election choose a Director of the Board, Records Keeper, and Treasurer.
  2. Approve the appointments of the Administrator for the positions of Secretary and Finance Coordinator and other committee heads of each location.
  3. Resolve issues referred to it by an Executive Committee.
  4. Appoint two liaisons to the Charlotte Islamic School Board.
  5. Approve annual budget proposal submitted by Finance Committee.
  6. Oversee the general activities of the Executive Committee and other committees.
  7. Approve proposed amendments of the constitution (see Article XIV).
  8. Select the number and names of Fiqh scholars whenever required (see Art. III, Sec.2).
  9. Resolve conflict(s) related to the membership.
  10. Remove a Board member with due reason by 75% majority vote of all members on Board.
  11. Assist an E.C. in the formulation of long-term goals and objectives for respective location.
  12. Approve of any expenditure exceeding a specificed amount based on approved budget outside the approved budget.
  13. Select a spokesperson from among the BOD to speak on behalf of ICC (all locations) on all external affairs.

 

SECTION 4. PROCEDURES

 

  1. The BOD shall elect its Director.
  2. The same member cannot hold the office of Director for more than two consecutive terms.
  3. A BOD seat shall be considered vacant if the membership of a BOD member in ICC is suspended or revoked by the BOD (see Article VII, Section 3) or General Assembly (see Article VII, Section 2) or a member: i) formally resigns ii) leaves the area continuously for six months or more iii) fails to attend three consecutive meetings of the BOD without being       excused iv) fails to attend at least 50% of the scheduled meetings in a calendar year.
  4. A list of runners-up for BOD membership shall be made at each election. In case of a vacancy the next runner-up shall become the BOD member for the remainder of the term.
  5. The BOD shall meet at least quarterly (four times a year).
  6. The meeting shall be called by the Director of the BOD.
  7. A special meeting shall be called within four weeks by the Director of the BOD whenever formally requested by one third of its members.
  8. The members shall be notified about the time and place of a meeting at least three days in advance.
  9. The meeting shall be presided by the Director of the BOD.
  10. The presence of two thirds of members in the first meeting and one half in an adjourned meeting shall constitute a quorum.
  11. Unless specifically required otherwise by the Constitution and Bylaws, the decisions in a BOD meeting are to be made by a simple majority of members present and proxies.
  12. Approval of at least 75% of total membership of the BOD is required to amend the Constitution and Bylaws and to register a vote of no confidence against the Director or any other Board member.
  13. In the event an issue pertaining to the Head Imam (i.e. salary, contract renewal, evaluation), the Imam shall not attend the discussion and vote.
  14. In the event the Director is unavailable, the Administrator of the largest ICC location will act in his place.

 

SECTION 5. DIRECTOR

 

The Director shall have the following responsibilities and authorities:

 

  1. To call and conduct any and all meetings of the BOD and E.C. if present.
  2. To implement decisions voted in by the BOD and General Assembly.
  3. To be held accountable for all functions and activities of the ICC.
  4. To make decisions, based on consultation of one or more other BOD members, if the time does not permit to call a BOD meeting.
  5. To assign an Administrator, Secretary and Treasurer of the E.C.

 

SECTION 6. RECORDS KEEPER

 

The Records Keeper shall have the following responsibilities and authorities:

 

  1. Prepare the agenda for all BOD meetings.
  2. Keep minutes for all BOD meetings.
  3. Present minutes of previous meetings for approval of the BOD.
  4. Notify members of the BOD of all upcoming meetings.
  5. Keep directory of total membership of General Assembly.

 

SECTION 7. TREASURER

 

  1. Review all budgets of each location prior to submittal to BOD.
  2. Organize fundraising events that affect all locations of the ICC.
  3. Co-sign any expenditure exceeding specified amount determined by BOD with the Finance Coordinator of the location in question.

 

 

ARTICLE IX:  EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

SECTION 1. COMPOSITION

 

  1. The Executive Committee (E.C.) shall consist of i) Administrator ii) Assistant Administrator iii) Secretary iv) Treasurer and v) Committee heads of all standing committees.
  2. The Administrator shall appoint the Assistant Administrator, Finance Coordinator and Committee Heads upon approval of the BOD.
  3. The E.C. shall hold office for two years.

 

SECTION 2. FUNCTIONS

 

  1. Conduct the affairs of the ICC within the long-term goals and objectives formulated in conjunction with the BOD.
  2. Implement decisions of the BOD in matters pertaining to respective location.
  3. Coordinate activities of different committees.
  4. Process membership application(s) per that location.
  5. Appropriate funds for various committees, activities and project(s) approved by the BOD.
  6. Hire any staff deemed necessary for that location.

 

SECTION 3. PROCEDURES

 

  1. The E.C. shall meet as often as necessary to conduct the affairs of its location.
  2. The decisions of E.C. require approval by at least majority of its total members.
  3. An Executive Committee seat shall be considered vacant if the membership of an E.C. officer in ICC is suspended or revoked by the BOD (see Article VII, Section 3) or General Assembly (see Article VII, Section 2) or an officer i) formally resigns ii) leaves the area continuously for four months or more iii) fails to attend three consecutive meetings of the E.C. without being excused by the Administrator.
  1. A vacancy in E.C. shall be filled by a new officer appointed by the Administrator, and approved by the BOD.
  2. If the vacancy is in the office of Administrator, the Assistant Administrator shall take the position of Administrator.  The new vacancy left by the Assistant Administrator will be replaced according to Article IX, Section 3d.
  3. Member filling in vacancy shall serve the remainder of vacant position term.

 

SECTION 4. ADMINISTRATOR

 

The Administrator shall be the chief operations officer and responsible for:

  1. Directing and coordinating activities of all committees so as to achieve the aims and purposes of the ICC.
  2. Calling and presiding over the meetings the E.C.
  3. Reporting on the status of the ICC at least annually.
  4. Preparing an agenda of the ICC activities and presenting it to the BOD.
  5. Representing his location as one of the BOD representatives of that location.

 

SECTION 5. ASSITANT ADMINISTRATOR

 

The Assistant Administrator shall be responsible for:

  1. Assisting the Administrator in directing and coordinating activities of all committees so as to achieve the aims and purposes of the ICC.
  2. Assuming the responsibilities of the Administrator in his absence.
  3. Being a liaison between the ICC and external media under the guidelines approved by the BOD and assure that any statement given by location is in conformance with the BOD designated spokesperson.

 

SECTION 6. SECRETARY

 

The Secretary shall be responsible for:

  1. Preparing the agenda for the E.C.
  2. Keeping the minutes of E.C. and presenting the minutes of previous meeting(s) for approval.
  3. Notifying the members about the time and place of a meeting.
  4. Keeping their location registered under the ICC and the state and in compliance with state laws.
  5. Keeping a directory of names, current phone numbers and addresses of all ICC members.

 

SECTION 7. FINANCE COORDINATOR

 

The Finance Coordinator shall be responsible for:

  1. Maintaining the records of all financial transactions, systematically maintaining the account books, checks, and receipts, writing disbursements and performing banking reconciliation.
  2. Heading and assisting the Finance Committee in collecting and depositing all funds.
  3. Preparing the annual budget of the location.
  4. Preparing and presenting a quarterly report on finances to the E.C.
  5. Being responsible for matters related to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other tax agencies.
  6. Co-signing any expenditure exceeding specified amount per the budget and BOD with the Treasurer of the BOD.

 

 

ARTICLE X: SHARI’ COUNCIL

 

SECTION 1.  COMPOSITION

 

The Shari’ Council shall be headed by the Head Imam of the ICC in matters pertaining to the ICC.  He shall select learned Muslims and/or scholars in Quran and Sunnah to comprise the council, in addition to imams of all locations of ICC.

 

SECTION 2. QUALIFICATIONS

 

Any Muslim who has graduated from a recognized University with a degree in any aspect of Islamic Studies or has demonstrated a command of Shariah will be qualified for this position.

 

SECTION 3. FUNCTIONS

 

The Shari’ Council shall:

  1. Evaluate all matters of the ICC from a Shari’ standpoint to assure compliance with the Basic Law.
  2. Review amendments proposed to the BOD to assure compliance with the Basic Law.
  3. Arbitrate conflict(s) referred to them by the BOD, CISI and/or General Assembly.
  4. Hold appeal hearings for membership revocation by BOD.

 

SECTION 4. IMAM

 

Imam referred to in Article III Sec. 2 shall be formally educated in Fiqh or recognized as Fiqh scholar by Fiqh committee of ISNA.  Otherwise, he does not have the powers of Imam.  The Imam of the largest center of ICC will be deemed Head Imam whose functions are:

 

  1. To chair Shari’ Council in matters pertaining to ICC.
  2. To approve any imam hired by a location under the ICC.
  3. May remove and/or suspend any imam or teacher operating with the ICC structure based on a confirmed violation of the basic law.

 

 

ARTICLE XI:  STANDING & AD HOC COMMITTEES

 

SECTION 1. STANDING COMMITTEES

 

The ICC shall have the following standing committees:

 

  1. MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.  It shall be responsible for day-to-day management and maintenance of an Islamic Center (IC) premises, be it masjid or musala. It shall coordinate and schedule different activities within  respective Islamic Center premises.  The head of this committee is titled the property manager.

 

  1. FINANCE COMMITTEE.   It shall be responsible for financial affairs of the location, including the preparation of the annual budget, headed by the Finance Coordinator.

 

  1. DAR AL-ARKAM SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMITTEE.  It shall be responsible for planning and managing affairs related to the Dar Al-Arkam Islamic weekend school for the designated location if area warrants the formation of a local weekend school.

 

  1. PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION COMMITTEE.  It shall be responsible for planning and managing location development and construction projects and other special purpose projects.

 

  1. DAWAH COMMITTEE.  It shall be responsible for dawah among Muslims as well as non-Muslims.

 

  1. SOCIAL AND WELFARE COMMITTEE.  It shall co-ordinate social activities of ICC.  It shall arrange for collection and distribution of Zakat. It shall also be responsible for helping the poor, the needy, and the disabled by organizing community resources and efforts.

 

  1. g.      WOMEN COMMITTEE.  It shall coordinate group activities, which are of interest to Muslim women.

 

  1. EDUCATION COMMITTEE.  It shall organize and coordinate all educational activities of the ICC.

 

  1. LIBRARY COMMITTEE.  It shall organize and manage the library and bookstore of the ICC.

 

  1. PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE.  It shall be responsible for all public relations of the ICC for proactive and reactive measures.  Unless otherwise assigned by the Director of the BOD, the Administrator shall act as the ICC spokesperson.

 

  1. OTHER STANDING COMMITTEES may be appointed by the BOD whenever it deems necessary.

 

SECTION 2. AD HOC COMMITTEES

 

The BOD may appoint ad hoc committee(s) whenever it deems necessary.  The BOD shall outline the task and the duration.

 

SECTION 3. PROCEDURES

 

a.   The E.C. and all other committees shall work within the guidelines and supervision of the       BOD.

b.   A person shall not serve as Committee Head of more than one standing committee at the same time unless lack of membership attendance and participation warrants such assignment.

 

 

ARTICLE XII:  FINANCES

 

SECTION 1. REVENUES

 

The ICC shall be financed by membership pledges, income, donations and contributions.  The E.C. may accept any donation or contribution in any form and from any source as long as it is consistent with the principles of Islam and purposes of the ICC.

All funds collected or donated for a specific cause or project shall be used only for that cause or project unless specifically released by the donor(s).

 

SECTION 2. ACCOUNTS

 

All accounts shall be interest free.  If approved by the BOD money may be utilized in investment(s), which satisfy Islamic criteria.

 

SECTION 3. ACCOUNTING SYSTEM

 

The Accounting system shall be in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the guidelines of the State of North Carolina.  The BOD shall approve any changes in the Accounting system.

 

SECTION 4. FISCAL YEAR

 

Fiscal year shall be Jan. 01 to Dec. 31 of each calendar year.

 

SECTION 5. AUDIT

 

The ICC accounts shall be audited once a year.  The results of the audit shall be reported by the Treasurer to the BOD by Jan 01 and made public after a review by the BOD.

 

 

ARTICLE XIII:  ELECTIONS and VOTING

 

SECTION 1. DATE OF ELECTIONS

 

The elections shall be held on the third Sunday of the month of December.  The time and alternate date (if absolutely necessary) shall be decided by the BOD.

 

SECTION 2. ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE

 

Refer to Art. VII, Sec. 4.

 

SECTION 3. ELECTION COMMITTEE

 

The BOD shall appoint an Election Committee by October 01 of the election year.  The Director and Administrator(s) shall not be members of the Election Committee.

 

SECTION 4. DUTIES OF ELECTION COMMITTEE

 

The Election Committee shall:

 

  1. Prepare and post on the bulletin board of Islamic Center a list of members eligible to vote. The list shall be posted by Oct 15 of the election year or one month prior to elections.
  2. Determine number of BOD seats  and representatives per location (see Article VIII, Section 1).
  3. Make public a preliminary list of members eligible to be on the BOD by October 15 of the election year or one month prior to election date. Individuals qualified to be BOD members should contact the election committee to express their willingness to serve as BOD members.  Make public a final list of members eligible and willing to serve on the BOD by December 01 of the election year.
  4. Print all ballots with the name and membership number of all members to have ready for the election by the date of nominee posting.

 

SECTION 5. ELECTION PROCEDURE

 

The Election Committee shall conduct elections as follows:

 

  1. There shall be no nominee from the Election Committee to the BOD.
  2. Members eligible to vote shall be provided a ballot containing names of all persons qualified and willing to serve on the BOD and another list of qualified candidates for administrator.  The final list (see Article XIII, Sec. 4c) shall be the ballot.
  3. Members shall vote for candidates of their choice based on the list provided for them.
  4. Candidates receiving the most votes shall become BOD representatives.
  5. In case of a tie, the older person shall become the BOD representative.
  6. A list of the elected BOD members shall be prepared.  A list of no more than 5 runners-up shall be prepared for filling any vacancies until the next elections.
  7. Absentee ballots can be obtained after date of posting from election committee and have to be turned in by the election date either in person or via an attending member (proxy).  Only one proxy per attending member.
  8. During the elections, members are to be called out by name and handed their specific ballot.

 

SECTION 6. STAGGERED ELECTIONS

 

Seats of the BOD, with the exception of the first year of implementation, shall be staggered.  The staggering shall be conducted as follows:

 

  1. After the election of only the first BOD, through random selection, 51% of the BOD will be selected to serve two years, as opposed to four years.
  2. The seats selected to expire in two years will be up for election.
  3. Every two years an election occurs for alternating halves of the BOD.

 

ARTICLE XIV:  CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS AMENDMENT(S)

 

SECTION 1.

 

The Basic Law shall not be amended.

 

SECTION 2.

 

Proposed amendment(s) shall be signed by at least ten members or 10% of the General Assembly, whichever is greater, and submitted in writing to the Director or the Secretary of the BOD.

 

SECTION 3.

 

After receipt of proposed amendment(s), the Director shall call a meeting of the BOD within four weeks to request the amendment be reviewed by the Shari’ Council and appoint an ad hoc committee(s) to study the proposed amendment(s).

 

SECTION 4.

 

After the ad hoc committee(s) and Shari’ Council report their finding(s), the BOD shall discuss and vote on the amendment.  An affirmative vote by at least 75 % of the total BOD is required for approval of any amendment(s).

 

 

SECTION 5.

 

All proposals for amendments and approved amendments shall be kept on file, in addition to previous versions of the Constitution and Bylaws, by the Records Keeper of the BOD for referral if need be.

 

 

ARTICLE XV:  DISSOLUTION

 

If, as determined by the Shari’ Council, dissolution of ICC becomes inevitable, the BOD shall handle the process of dissolution.  It shall make arrangements to meet all liabilities and transfer remaining assets to NAIT.

 

 

ARTICLE XVI:  MISCELLANEOUS

SECTION 1. INTERPRETATION OF CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS

 

a.   In case of ambiguity or conflict between different sections of the Constitution and Bylaws,    the interpretation of the Shari’ Council shall prevail.

b.   In case of conflict between the Constitution & Bylaws and the Articles of Incorporation the   former shall supersede.

 

SECTION 2. ADOPTION OF CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS

 

The amendment(s) to the Constitution shall become effective upon the approval by the General Assembly.  The implementation procedure of the amendment(s) shall be decided by the BOD.

 

 

 

History Note:

Constitution first adopted :    _____

Amendments adopted       :    _____

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