BOARD OF DIRECTORS


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The Board of Directors is critical to defining and executing the vision and mission of Nueces Mosque; leading collaboratively with the Executive Committee in the development of our ever-evolving institution. 

Responsible for long-term institutional strategy and planning, the Board of Directors drives development on major institutional projects such as the first of its kind Reconstruction Project. Working collaboratively with the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors also strives to explore opportunities that may yield long-term operational efficiencies and success.

For additional questions/concerns: [email protected]

P  U  R  P  O  S  E


The Board of Directors is critical to defining and executing the vision and mission of Nueces Mosque; leading collaboratively with the Executive Committee in the development of our ever-evolving institution. 

Responsible for long-term institutional strategy and planning, the Board of Directors drives development on major institutional projects such as the first of its kind Reconstruction Project. Working collaboratively with the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors also strives to explore opportunities that may yield long-term operational efficiencies and success.

For additional questions/concerns: [email protected]

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• Provide support and guidance to the student-led Executive Committee, which is primarily responsible for the operations and programs at Nueces Mosque (see EC Charter for details).
• Foster an open and welcoming environment for the EC members where they will have access to skill development opportunities from members of the Board.
• Maximize the opportunities for mentorship and leadership of the youth with the goal of developing future leaders of the Muslim community.
• Provide support and resources to the Imam of Nueces Mosque, empower him to perform their duties effectively, and respect Imam’s authority in religious affairs
• Develop meaningful communal bonds among the local Muslim community through spiritual and educational activities.
• Build a robust capacity for representing Islam to the greater Austin community & fostering a greater understanding of Islam among the latter.
• Manage and lead the Nueces reconstruction project to completion based on the established conceptual design and operational proforma
• Sign all legal, contractual, and financial documents, including financial institutions, related to Nueces Mosque reconstruction, operations, and overall governance
• Develop bylaws and operating procedures to effectively support its function and responsibilities
• The deed of the Nueces Mosque shall remain with NAIT and the lease agreement shall remain with ICGA Board of Trustees.
• All resolutions of the board will be adopted upon the approval of 5 of the 7 members of the board.
• A minimum of 5 members are required for a quorum.
• Any Imam hiring or termination decision by the Board of Directors must be made in consultation and agreement with the ICGA Board of Trustees.

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• Provide support and guidance to the student-led Executive Committee, which is primarily responsible for the operations and programs at Nueces Mosque (see EC Charter for details).
• Foster an open and welcoming environment for the EC members where they will have access to skill development opportunities from members of the Board.
• Maximize the opportunities for mentorship and leadership of the youth with the goal of developing future leaders of the Muslim community.
• Provide support and resources to the Imam of Nueces Mosque, empower him to perform their duties effectively, and respect Imam’s authority in religious affairs
• Develop meaningful communal bonds among the local Muslim community through spiritual and educational activities.
• Build a robust capacity for representing Islam to the greater Austin community & fostering a greater understanding of Islam among the latter.
• Manage and lead the Nueces reconstruction project to completion based on the established conceptual design and operational proforma
• Sign all legal, contractual, and financial documents, including financial institutions, related to Nueces Mosque reconstruction, operations, and overall governance
• Develop bylaws and operating procedures to effectively support its function and responsibilities
• The deed of the Nueces Mosque shall remain with NAIT and the lease agreement shall remain with ICGA Board of Trustees.
• All resolutions of the board will be adopted upon the approval of 5 of the 7 members of the board.
• A minimum of 5 members are required for a quorum.
• Any Imam hiring or termination decision by the Board of Directors must be made in consultation and agreement with the ICGA Board of Trustees.

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• Where an Islamic Jurisprudence question arises as to the permissibly or impressibility of a matter being considered by the Board, or otherwise affecting the policies or practices of Nueces mosque, the Imam appointed by the Board will be consulted for a ruling and the Imam’s determination will be binding on the organization.
• Nueces Mosque core values and principles must be reviewed and approved by the Nueces Imam or the resident scholar to ensure their alignment with Islamic values and principles

I  S  L  A  M  I  C    G  U  I  D  E  L  I  N  E  S


• Where an Islamic Jurisprudence question arises as to the permissibly or impressibility of a matter being considered by the Board, or otherwise affecting the policies or practices of Nueces mosque, the Imam appointed by the Board will be consulted for a ruling and the Imam’s determination will be binding on the organization.
• Nueces Mosque core values and principles must be reviewed and approved by the Nueces Imam or the resident scholar to ensure their alignment with Islamic values and principles

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• We are continuously guided by the Quran, the authentic Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and the traditions of Ahl-e-Sunnah-wal-Jama’at in all aspects of our activities and services.
• We strive to serve Allah SWT by realizing the Prophetic model of Masjid as a sacred place of worship and center of community development.
• We identify as Muslims and not as a particular ethnic group, race, color, or tribe. We cherish our diversity and do not practice any exclusionary activities in the center.
• We promote Islamic morals and character in the most pleasing manner, and without any compulsion. Our role is to teach, remind, encourage, and not to compel or judge.
• We strive to help our members and community practice the best of Islamic behavior and help them develop a strong American Muslim identity.
• We enjoy those aspects of our nation’s culture that do not conflict with Islamic values and avoid those which do.
• We are committed to constructively engaging in our country’s religious, civic, economic, social, and other non-political activities for the overall betterment of our nation.
• Our facilities and activities are welcoming to women, minorities, and people of all faiths.
• Men and women are equally encouraged to participate in center activities and equally responsible for their efforts.
• Women should have prayer space in the main Musalla without barriers.
• Women should have private space in the main Musalla for prayers and reflection.
• Women should participate in the central decision-making process.
• We respect and honor our imams and scholars as custodians of Islamic knowledge. We look to them to guide us and empower them to make decisions in matters of Aqeedah and Fiqh.
• The leaders of the center are custodians and servants of the House of Allah SWT and as such welcome and honor anyone who enters it as His guest.

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• We are continuously guided by the Quran, the authentic Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and the traditions of Ahl-e-Sunnah-wal-Jama’at in all aspects of our activities and services.
• We strive to serve Allah SWT by realizing the Prophetic model of Masjid as a sacred place of worship and center of community development.
• We identify as Muslims and not as a particular ethnic group, race, color, or tribe. We cherish our diversity and do not practice any exclusionary activities in the center.
• We promote Islamic morals and character in the most pleasing manner, and without any compulsion. Our role is to teach, remind, encourage, and not to compel or judge.
• We strive to help our members and community practice the best of Islamic behavior and help them develop a strong American Muslim identity.
• We enjoy those aspects of our nation’s culture that do not conflict with Islamic values and avoid those which do.
• We are committed to constructively engaging in our country’s religious, civic, economic, social, and other non-political activities for the overall betterment of our nation.
• Our facilities and activities are welcoming to women, minorities, and people of all faiths.
• Men and women are equally encouraged to participate in center activities and equally responsible for their efforts.
• Women should have prayer space in the main Musalla without barriers.
• Women should have private space in the main Musalla for prayers and reflection.
• Women should participate in the central decision-making process.
• We respect and honor our imams and scholars as custodians of Islamic knowledge. We look to them to guide us and empower them to make decisions in matters of Aqeedah and Fiqh.
• The leaders of the center are custodians and servants of the House of Allah SWT and as such welcome and honor anyone who enters it as His guest.

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• In general, all governing bodies and individuals part of the Nueces Mosque governance team are expected to collaborate, consult, and communicate while performing their duties to minimize conflicts. Each governing body is expected to establish guidelines for resolving conflicts through mutual consultation and arbitration. However, when needed, following conflict resolution rules will apply.
• Complaints from the community with respect to the conduct of the board or adherence to Nueces values and principles shall be communicated to the Secretary of the Board who will undertake the investigation and resolution of the complaint in conjunction with the Chairman and any necessary action will be adopted according to the rules of decision making.
• Where the Chair or the Secretary is concerned in the complaint, the Vice-Chair will take the place of the Chair/Secretary.
• If the complaints remain unresolved after multiple attempts, the Board of Directors may decide to escalate the issue to ICGA Board of Trustees for final arbitration and resolution.
• In cases where the Executive Committee is in a sustained disagreement and is unable to fulfill its duties or adopt resolutions due to the inability of aligning majority EC members, the matter will be escalated by the EC to the Board of Directors for arbitration and final resolution.
• In cases where the EC and Imam or any other employee are unable to resolve their dispute or conflict, the matter will be escalated to the Board of Directors for arbitration and final resolution.
• In cases where the board is in a sustained disagreement and is unable to fulfill its duties or adopt resolutions due to the inability of aligning 5 Board members, the matter will be escalated to the Board of Trustees of ICGA for arbitration and final resolution.

C  O  N  F  L  I  C  T    R  E  S  O  L  U  T  I  O   N


• In general, all governing bodies and individuals part of the Nueces Mosque governance team are expected to collaborate, consult, and communicate while performing their duties to minimize conflicts. Each governing body is expected to establish guidelines for resolving conflicts through mutual consultation and arbitration. However, when needed, following conflict resolution rules will apply.
• Complaints from the community with respect to the conduct of the board or adherence to Nueces values and principles shall be communicated to the Secretary of the Board who will undertake the investigation and resolution of the complaint in conjunction with the Chairman and any necessary action will be adopted according to the rules of decision making.
• Where the Chair or the Secretary is concerned in the complaint, the Vice-Chair will take the place of the Chair/Secretary.
• If the complaints remain unresolved after multiple attempts, the Board of Directors may decide to escalate the issue to ICGA Board of Trustees for final arbitration and resolution.
• In cases where the Executive Committee is in a sustained disagreement and is unable to fulfill its duties or adopt resolutions due to the inability of aligning majority EC members, the matter will be escalated by the EC to the Board of Directors for arbitration and final resolution.
• In cases where the EC and Imam or any other employee are unable to resolve their dispute or conflict, the matter will be escalated to the Board of Directors for arbitration and final resolution.
• In cases where the board is in a sustained disagreement and is unable to fulfill its duties or adopt resolutions due to the inability of aligning 5 Board members, the matter will be escalated to the Board of Trustees of ICGA for arbitration and final resolution.

P  O  S  I  T  I  O  N  S


Director of Development & Expansion

Director of Student Engagement

Director of Communications and External Relations

Director of Finance

Director of Capital Development

The Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary of the Board are internally selected by the Board.

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Any board vacancies are to be filled by the Board of Directors through a nomination, interview, and selection process managed by a hiring committee appointed by the Board. Anyone from the community can nominate individuals for an open Board position through an online form. The selection committee will then vet, interview & select candidates based on their qualifications for the nominated position(s). The basic steps include:

1. Call for nominations for an open board position(s) is made by the Board of Directors
2. Qualified candidates are nominated or solicited by community members
3. Interviews and selection are managed by the hiring committee, appointed by the Board of Directors
4. Hiring committee makes its final recommendation to the Board for approval
5. New member(s) is announced to the community by the Board of Directors

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Any changes or edits to this document must be approved in writing by the ICGA Board of Trustees before they can become effective.