These By-Laws were read and approved at the two (2) hereinafter listed Membership meetings: April 5th and May 7th , 1989 and the following Ta’aleem on Tuesday, May 9th , 1989 by Board Member Nathaniel Askia.
WITH ALLAH’s NAME, THE MERCIFUL BENEFACTOR, THE MERCIFUL REDEEMER
By-Laws: Accepted as legal document by more than two-thirds (2/3) or unanimous agreement of members being present on three consecutive meeting days – Tuesday or 1st Sunday or combination.
These by-laws shall be binding upon the Board of Trustees and all members of the Masjid Al-Qur'aan, now located at 35 Intervale Street, Dorchester, MA 02121. The same shall be the mailing address of the Board of Trustees.
The community of members in good standing and having honorable reputations shall have the authority to vote on all matters affecting the Masjid, Masjid holdings, and all its involvements. Their two-thirds (2/3) approval indicated by raising the right hand occurring on regular meeting days shall be their vote. And their (the community’s) vote shall render approved or not-approved all matters affecting the Masjid.
The community shall appoint a Board of Trustees. Board members must be declared Muslims and have life styles of honorable Muslims established for a minimum period of one year. Board members must be married adults, preferably with children in their care. The corporate officers shall also be Board members. Age: The minimum age of board members shall be; males, thirty (30) years of age; females, twenty-five (25) years of age.
Number of members: The number of Board members shall be seven (7). However, five (5) board members are sufficient for conducting business at any meeting of the board.
The minimum age levels reflected herein indicate our observations a Masjid Al-Qur'aan. Age maturity levels in matters of family and community may differ by towns and regions.
Tenure: Board members shall hold office as long as the member is in good health, living sound Muslim life and performing well in the capacity of a board member.
Vacancies: Board members may nominate someone for the position that is vacant. The nominee must then be presented a proper convening of the Masjid members for approval.
Assignment of Duties: The board must assign specific board members to specific duties, to assure that the aims and functions of the board are being met; that is, a specific board member may have the duties of assuring the payment of utility bills along with being responsible for the collection of mail, making upkeep and security inspection of Masjid and Masjid properties, and the like. Further, the board is to see that Masjid and Masjid properties are kept well and meet city and fire inspection codes, good property and sanitation standards. Deeds and other important papers are kept in a safe deposit box at the bank.
Monthly reports: The board is to make monthly reports to the Masjid members by way of a newsletter and verbally at Friday (Jum’ah) and Tuesday meetings. The purpose of these reports is to inform the community of current board transactions and to bring forth information and concerns surrounding various issues to addressed by the community. Board reports must be given in the common terms of the English language. Dates for scheduled reports will be announced in the most current newsletter and weekly at Jum’ah and Tuesday meetings. These announcements will aid in the maximum number of members being present in case voting or a ruling is necessary.
Overriding authority is made first by the Qur’an and then by the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad Ibn Abdullah, the peace and the blessings of Allah be on him. Board members and the congregation must act within the boundaries of the Holy Qur’an and the Qur’anically sound (accurate) hadiths and sunnahs (tradition) of Prophet Muhammad. The board must also respect the United Sates Constitution and courts of the land, as well as all civilized institutions.
Crime committed by or against Masjid members: When crimes are alleged to have been committed by or against Masjid members, the board, if aware of such allegations, will promptly bring such matters to the attention of the Masjid community and the proper law enforcement agency; that is, the police department.
Regular Meeting: The board, by resolution, may provide the time and place for holding regular meetings without other notice than such resolution.
Special Meetings: Special meetings of the board may be called by any two board members. The persons calling the special meeting may fix the place for holding any special meeting of the board called by them.
Notice of special meetings hall be given at least twenty four (24) hours or one (1) day prior to said meeting. Notice shall be in writing and must be given personally or mailed to each board member at his/her home or business address. The notice should contain the time and place of the meeting, along with the topic to be discussed.
Meeting Attendance: It is expected that all board members will attend board meetings.
A board member who is present at a meeting of the board, at which action on a matter is taken, shall be presumed to have assented to the action taken, unless his dissent shall be communicated and entered in the minutes of the meeting.
Power of the board to act: Any action of the board to enter into transactions as the board of Masjid Al-Qur’an must first be approved by minimum two thirds (2/3) majority of the Masjid members in attendance on the day that the monthly report is scheduled, or on the day of a regular meeting (First Sunday and/or Tuesday).
Amending said by-laws: Amendment to said by-laws must be approved or ratified by a two-third (2/3) majority of Masjid members in attendance on the day that the monthly report is scheduled.
Copies of said by-laws are to be made available to members of the Masjid community at regular meetings.
ARTICLE X – Classification and Definition of Member
A. Active Member
B. Inactive Member
C. Restrictive Membership
A. Any Muslim who follows the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (saws) and attend Masjid, Jum’ah, and or Ta’leem services at least four times a month minimum, active in zakat (2.5% per week or month minimum). If there is no income, the believer should be volunteering services and/or labor to the Ummat in lieu of zakat payment.
B. Women should participate in ways that they can show their sincerity and Faith. Sisters can get consideration for a waiver on attendance if she is maintaining her family and lets us know. The Board has the final decision.
Inactive member is any believer who does not fulfill the active membership requirement. An inactive member cannot vote or participate in the business of membership meetings.
A person may be expelled when found to have violated Qur’an and/or Sunnah. Expulsion means a member or believer loses his/her rights to participate or attend any Masjid properties for a minimum of one year. After said time, the person can petition for a hearing from the Board who will present their recommendations to full body.
Restrictive Membership will be determined by the Board of Directors for those members that violated any terms of the By-Laws.
ATTICLE XI – Process for Determination
All decisions concerning membership status shall be made by the Board of Directors.
Persons are classified as being expelled or having restrictive membership after a board hearing. All members classified as being expelled or restrictive shall be notified within a thirty (30) day period, at which time the person or persons has seven (7) days to request (in writing) for a hearing. The Board of Directors upon receipt of written request will set such hearing within thirty (30) days.
ARTICLE XII – Responsibilities of Board of Director Members
A. The Imam is the leader of the Jum’ah
B. Leads the prayers in Masjid Al-Qur’an or appoints a replacement in his absence.
C. Convenes and chairs the meetings.
D. Represents the community in relationship to other organizations and establishments or appoints a representative that is suitable.
E. Is constantly educating the community in the areas of Qur’anic development and Sunnah.
F. Should be able to read the Qur’an in Arabic and teach it to others.
G. Performs marriages.
H. Supervises a network of Believers to perform Janaza as required.
I. Gives Islamic advice.
A. In consultation with the Imam draws a budget proposal.
B. Supervises accounts.
C. Responsible for accounting and bookkeeping.
D. Generates regular financial statement to the community and Board of Directors and provides notices of reports to be read three (3) consecutive Tuesdays prior to the actual report being given.
E. Analyzes income and expenditure and forwards proposals for rational use of the community resources.
A. Notifies the members of the Board of Directors about upcoming meetings.
B. According to instructions by the Imam and Board of Directors draws the agenda.
C. Records and prepares Minutes.
D. Safe keeps all of the community records.
E. Notifies the community of the time and topic of upcoming general meetings.
F. Supervises Receptionist.
4. PROPERTY OFFICER
A. Responsible for the establishment of a property sub-committee which he/she chairs.
B. Draws plans for the material growth and development of the community and submits them to the Board of Directors for review, amendment and approval.
C. Implements approved plans and programs.
D. Analyzes the status of all property held by the community and puts forward proposals for their most affective and purposeful use.
Purposes of Masjid Qur'aan
1. To provide a suitable place of worship for its members and others in
accordance with the Islamic Faith.
2. To maintain a house of study for the advancement of the Islamic Faith and
3. To stimulate interest among the members is the formation, maintenance and
the teaching of the Islamic Faith.
4. To purchase textbooks, pamphlets, brochures and to solicit, collect and in
other manner raise funds for the hereinabove and hereinafter enumerated purposes.
5. To work for the imparting of the Islamic Faith and Islamic religion in accordance with the accepted Islamic religion’s tenets and principles.
6. To purchase, lease, acquire, sell and mortgage improved or unimproved real property and any interest thereon.
7. To do any acts and enjoy all powers that a religious corporation may have under and by virtue of the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to further the interests, tenets and principles of the Islamic Faith.
8. The foregoing clauses shall be considered both as objects and purposes and it is hereby expressly provided that the foregoing enumerated specific objects and purposes shall not be held to limit or restrict in any manner the powers of this corporation, but that this corporation shall be entitled to enjoy all the powers that a religious corporation may have under and by virtue of the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.