Source: Muslim American Society
On March 31, 2004 Muslim American Society reported, "Imams from across the United States gathered over the weekend in northern Virginia to initiate discussions on the development of a council designed to foster better communication between mosques, Islamic centers and the American Muslim community. Recognizing the lack of unity among American Muslims, the Muslim American Society (MAS) sponsored a conference aimed at directly addressing religious leaders within local communities in order that they spearhead efforts to organize and coordinate relations between imams and Islamic centers. Currently, mosques and associated Islamic centers in the U.S. are fragmented along ethnic and national lines as different communities have established their own worship and social facilities. 'We’re trying to unite the community,' said MAS President Souheil Ghannouchi."