On June 30, 2006 IslamOnline.net reported, "The 31st annual convention of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) kicks off on Friday, June 30, with a strong focus on social awareness and responsibility among American Muslims. 'American Muslims must get more involved in society and social outreach work, such as helping the homeless, and disaster victims,' Dr. Zahid Bukhari, a member of the Program Committee, told IslamOnline.net. 'More focus of the convention, its topics, and the speakers is on the US and America,' he added. Dr. Bukhari stressed that as well as providing an Islamic environment for American Muslims, the convention hopes to push Muslims to get organized and get involved in outreach programs in their communities. Considered one of the largest Islamic events in the US, ICNA conviction is expected to draw Muslims from across the country. Some 12,000 Muslims are expected to converge on Hartford, Connecticut, for a weekend of lectures by prominent scholars and activists, performances by international artists, and activities and workshops. The three-day convention will also feature youth programs, an Islamic goods bazaar, girls and boys' basketball tournaments and an interfaith ceremony. It is organized in tandem with the Muslim American Society (MAS), a charitable, religious, social, cultural, and educational, not-for-profit organization."