Organized by the Founders’ Committee, the luncheon showcases ISNA’s achievements during the preceding year, lays out its financial projections, and recognizes someone who has rendered exceptional service to ISNA in its pioneering days and has continued to support and strengthen Muslim presence in North America. This recognition memorializes the outstanding service of Dr. Mahboob Khan, an untiring activist who headed the Muslim Community Association in San Francisco at the time of his sudden death.
The award proclamation noted the fifty years of Dr. Jamal Barzinji’s service to Islam and Muslims in the West, beginning with his founding role in the establishment of Muslim Student Society of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (MSS) in 1959. Most recently he has been the Recipient of the first Faith in Action Award given by the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD), Washington, D.C. in 2007.
Along the way, Dr. Barzinji has served as President of the MSA (1972), founding general manager of North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) (1973), chair of MSA's Planning and Organization Committee, member of ISNA's Majlis Al-Shura, founding member of International Charitable Foundation, Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS), and the Association of Muslim Scientists & Engineers (AMSE), founding member, Trustee and Vice President of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) (1981), dean of School of Islamic Revealed Knowledge & Human Sciences at the International Islamic University Malaysia (1994 to 1998), and advisor and consultant to various educational, charitable and professional organizations. Dr. Bazrinji has had progressive experience of well over forty years in development and leadership of diverse organizations (business, educational, think-tanks, political and charitable), such as Amana Mutual Funds, Mar-Jac Poultry, Safa Trust, SAAR Foundation, Bank Islam Malaysia, and Nada International. He holds Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, with a minor in Management from Louisiana State University, U.S.A. (1974), and a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering & Fuel Technology from the University of Sheffield, England (1962).
Besides the acceptance speech of Dr. Barzinji, the luncheon attendees also heard the keynote speaker Dr. James Zogby, president of the Arabic American Institute (AAI).