Awards

1. Naziruddin Ali Award
“Naziruddin Ali’s tireless service to the organization was very crucial during the birth and growth of ISNA. His commitment was unwavering and he withstood all that came with this experience.” – Dr. Syeed, National Director, ISNA Office of Interfaith and Community Initiatives.

A pioneer of Islamic activism in the United States, Naziruddin Ali’s exemplary dedication to the Muslim American community is illustrated by his lifelong association with MSA National, Islamic Society of North America, and North American Islamic Trust. Beginning as local MSA chapter president at the Illinois Institute of Technology and having chaired numerous MSA annual conferences, he subsequently served as president of MSA National for two terms. During his time as president, he was integral in facilitating the establishment of the Islamic Society of North America. Thereafter, he served as General Manager of NAIT for twenty years. His tireless service, sincerity, and unwavering commitment proved to be crucial in the birth and development of each of these organizations.

Naziruddin Ali lived by his conviction of striving for excellence through dedication and perseverance in all aspects of his life. He applied this conviction to his educational pursuits, being an accomplished student himself, and was supportive of other students in pursuing academic excellence and achievement as well. He believed that as muslims, students had the obligation to not only excel in education, but also to carry the responsibility of being of service to the community. Hence, this distinguished award reflects Naziruddin Ali’s legacy of commitment to academic excellence and service to the American muslim community as well as the greater community at large.

1st Place: $2,000
2nd Place: $1,000

Dedicated to the study of the American muslim Society, Islamic Community Activism, and core values of the Islamic family.

2. Ilyas Ba-Yunus Award

Among the founders of the modern Islamic movement in the United States, Ilyas Ba-Yunus, Ph.D., was one of the original students from 13 SA chapters that formed the MSA of US & Canada in 1963. He served MSA in various capacities, including as Vice President and then President from 1969-1970. His academic study of Sociology, with a focus on muslim society, framed him as the father of Islamic Sociology. Committed to the development and strengthening of the muslim Community in the US and Canada, Dr. Ba-Yunus first proposed the concept of a community-based organization, which directly led to the formation of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and he was elected as ISNA’s first President.

Dr. Ba-Yunus’s pioneering work in Islamic Sociology not only led to the formation of ISNA, but a number of ISNA projects, most prominantly the ISNA Matrimonial Referral Service, the first and only significant attempt to promote harmonius and successful marriages in the face of increasing divorce rates within the muslim community in North America. He also championed the cause of North American muslim demographics, completing the first-ever comprehensive estimation of muslims in the United States, incorporating detailed information including religious practices. He served as the President of the Islamic Media Foundation, received the ISNA Community Service Award in 2005, and was a member of the ISNA Majlis as Shura until his passing in 2007. This scholarship honors Dr. Ba-Yunus’s dedication to the unity of the North American muslim community, his constant to improve the muslim family, and his commitment to strengthening the relative position of muslims in North America.

1st Place: $2,000
2nd Place: $1,000

3. Ilyas Ba-Yunus Award

Dr. Ahmed Elkadi was a leader of community work and dedicated much of his time to Islamic work in the US. He played a vital role in establishing numerous Muslim organizations and continued to serve as a leader in many of these organizations. Dr. Elkadi is remembered for the work he did toward helping the fledgling MSA of the United States and Canada in the 1960s, and later in the founding of the IMANA (Islamic Medical Association of North America), the MYNA (Muslim Youth of North America), and the FIMA (Federation of Islamic Medical Associations). He went on to establish the Akbar Clinic and the Institute of Islamic Medicine for Education and Research. He presented his research at national and international meetings of Muslim physicians, and served on the editorial board of the Journal of Islamic Medical Association. Dr. Elkadi was a strong, early proponent of the concept of Islamic medical ethics, and believed that Muslim physicians should make an effort to know the Islamic perspective on various aspects of the practice of medicine. He helped form and later chaired the Ethics Committee of IMANA.

Dr. ElKadi is greatly remembered for his loving personality, soft heart, soft language and many contributions to Islamic medical research and education. This scholarship honors Dr. Elkadi’s commitment to constantly finding ways to be able to serve Islam and Muslims community service and the development of Islamic Medicine.

1st Place: $2,000
2nd Place: $1,000

 

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FAQs


What is the Naziruddin Ali Award for Excellence?

The Naziruddin Ali Award for Excellence provides national recognition and financial support for students who exhibit outstanding academic strength as well as exceptional service to muslims and the American and Canadian community at large. In honor of M. Naziruddin, scholarships will be awarded to those students who portray the qualities that he valued and exemplified. Scholarship amounts: $2,000, and $1,000

Who was M. Naziruddin Ali

A pioneer of Islamic activism in the United States, Naziruddin Ali’s exemplary dedication to the muslim American community is illustrated by his lifelong association with MSA National, Islamic Society of North America, and North American Islamic Trust. Beginning as local SA chapter president at the Illinois Institute of Technology and having chaired numerous MSA annual conferences, he subsequently served as president of SA National for two terms. During his time as president, he was integral in facilitating the establishment of the Islamic Society of North America. Thereafter, he served as General anager of NAIT for twenty years. His tireless service, sincerity, and unwavering commitment proved to be crucial in the birth and development of each of these organizations. zolpidem for sale Naziruddin Ali lived by his conviction of striving for excellence through dedication and perseverance in all aspects of his life. He applied this conviction to his educational pursuits, being an accomplished student himself, and was supportive of other students in pursuing academic excellence and achievement as well. He believed that as muslims, students had the obligation to not only excel in education, but also to carry the responsibility of being of service to the community. Hence, this distinguished award reflects Naziruddin Ali’s legacy of commitment to academic excellence and service to the North American Muslim community as well as the greater community at large.

What is the Ilyas Ba-Yunus Memorial Scholarship?

The Ilyas Ba-Yunus Foundation Memorial Scholarship provides recognition and financial assistance to students who exemplify academic excellence, a commitment to the development of their local community, who strive to improve unity within the North American Muslim society at large, and demonstrate a long-term dedication to strengthening the North American Muslim family through their course of study and/or their community activism. In honor of Ilyas Ba-Yunus, scholarships will be awarded to those students who portray the qualities that he valued and exemplified. Scholarship amounts: $2,000, and $1,000.

Who was Ilyas Ba-Yunus?

Among the founders of the modern Islamic movement in the United States, Ilyas Ba-Yunus, Ph.D., was one of the original students from 13 SA chapters that formed the MSA of US & Canada in 1963. He served MSA in various capacities, including as Vice President and then President from 1969-1970. His academic study of Sociology, with a focus on muslim society, framed him as the father of Islamic Sociology. Committed to the development and strengthening of the muslim Community in the US and Canada, Dr. Ba-Yunus first proposed the concept of a community-based organization, which directly led to the formation of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and he was elected as ISNA’s first President. Dr. Ba-Yunus’s pioneering work in Islamic Sociology not only led to the formation of ISNA, but a number of ISNA projects, most prominantly the ISNA Matrimonial Referral Service, the first and only significant attempt to promote harmonius and successful marriages in the face of increasing divorce rates within the muslim community in North America. He also championed the cause of North American muslim demographics, completing the first-ever comprehensive estimation of muslims in the United States, incorporating detailed information including religious practices. He served as the President of the Islamic Media Foundation, received the ISNA Community Service Award in 2005, and was a member of the ISNA Majlis as Shura until his passing in 2007. This scholarship honors Dr. Ba-Yunus’s dedication to the unity of the North American muslim community, his constant to improve the muslim family, and his commitment to strengthening the relative position of muslims in North America.

Who should apply for these scholarships?

The MSA National Scholarships will be given to students exhibiting a strong commitment to Islamic activism, involvement in their MSA or local equivalent Islamic organization, concern for the American muslim community, and outstanding academic goals and achievements. We are looking for individuals who embody the qualities that Naziruddin Ali and Dr. Ilyas Ba-Yunus exhibited in their own lives and work: dedication to Islamic activism in North America, and excellence in educational and career achievements as a means for advancement of the community at large.

How do I apply?

Please go to Apply TAB on Top

Can graduate students apply?

Yes, we accept applications from rising sophomores and onwards.

Do I use the same form for both scholarships?

Yes, you only have to complete it once.

Can students apply from overseas?

No, we are looking for applicants whose goals are to contribute to the Muslim ummah in North America.

Can high school students apply?

No, we only accept applications from rising sophomores and onwards.

What type of references are required?

A minimum of 2 reference letters are required: one from a professor/teacher from an academic institution and one from a community member you have worked with.

What type of transcript should applicants submit?

We will only accept scanned versions of official transcripts in the electronic application. Finalists will be required to submit hard copies of official transcripts to the mailing address provided.

When is this year's deadline?

All applications materials must be submitted online by June 14, 11 PM EST 

Where do I send my scholarship materials?

Detailed instructions can be found on the application form. Completed applications and supporting documents should be submitted online and any further questions/concerns should be sent to scholarship@msanational.org

Contact

Please complete the online application with recommendation letters and transcripts by June 14, 11 PM EST

For further questions related to the scholarship: scholarship@msanational.org

For all other inquiries: info@msanational.org

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