Source: Muslim American Society
On May 19, 2004 the Muslim American Society reported, "On June 4-6, 2004, in Washington, DC, imams and directors of Islamic Centers from across the nation will meet to ratify the constitution for the establishment of a National Council for Imams and Islamic Centers in the United States. After meetings and discussions with local leaders, regional shura councils and the national leadership from the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), the Muslim American Society (MAS), the Muslim Alliance of North America (MANA) and others, all agree the effort is critically needed. Over one hundred Islamic centers from across the nation have confirmed their participation. People in America are familiar with the Council of Churches or Council of Bishops. Thus far, no such structure exists for the American Muslim community. The council will serve as a national body coordinating and directing operations of the nationwide Muslim community, while respecting the integrity and autonomy of each individual mosque or center."