The results of ISNA’s 2010 Elections are in and it seems that Imam Magid has been elected president. Many of us know Imam Magid as the dynamic Imam of ADAMS Center, one of the most active Masajid in North America based out of Sterling, Virginia. In spite of his high profile and constant traveling, Imam Magid is one of the most accessible Imams I’ve ever seen.
I was fortunate enough to record a video of Imam Magid for the SeekersGuidance/Cambridge Mosque webinar “Healthy Hearts, Healthy Community” webinar which featured lectures byShaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Shaykh Muhammad Yahya al-Ninowy, and Shaykh Faraz Rabbani:
Magid, 45, served two terms as ISNA’s vice president under Mattson, where he focused on interfaith relations, youth issues, and women’s issues. As president, Magid’s priorities will continue to include interfaith relations and improving Islam’s image in the United States, said ISNA spokeswoman Sarah Thompson.
“A lot of local communities don’t know how to engage with the media and the communities around them, and they’re asking for help,” Thompson said. “Reaching out and improving interfaith relations is what Imam Magid excelled at.”
Imam Mohamed Hagmagid Ali is a Sudanese-born American who came to the United States in 1987. He attained his religious education in various Islamic disciplines as a Resident Scholar at Al-Medina Institute. Currently serving as the Executive Director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), Imam Magid helped establish exemplary religious services for Muslim communities across the nation to emulate. He has much experience serving the nation-wide Muslim community as ISNA’s East Zone representative and as ISNA Vice President prior to his election in September 2010 as ISNA President. Imam Magid has a long history of commitment to public service through organizations, such as The Peaceful Families Project, Annual Twinning of Mosques and Synagogues, Fairfax Faith Communities in Action, Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington Assembly and the Buxton Interfaith.
Imam Magid strives to create and foster dialogue and increase understanding about Islam. Part of his work with the Buxton Interfaith Initiative included forging a partnership with Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk, then leader of the Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation in Reston. Both men were recognized by the Washingtonian as “2009’s Washingtonians of the Year” for building bridges between their faith communities. Imam Magid continues to provide good counsel for the Muslim community through his regular contributions to ISNA’s magazine, Islamic Horizon’s, as well as a speaker and leader of discussions on imminent issues facing the Muslim American community. He is also well known for his family counseling expertise. Imam Magid lives in Virginia with his wife and five young daughters.