Our Story 

In 1989, an educational symposium, organized and hosted by the Islamic Society of North America, gathered Muslim educators, community members, and representatives from many Islamic institutions throughout North America. Discussions resulted in the appointment of a seven member ad hoc committee to serve as the architects of a mechanism for cooperation and communication among full-time Islamic schools throughout the continent. This committee included representatives from various US geographical regions and Canada. By November of 1991, as a result of the committee’s efforts, the first full-time Islamic School general assembly meeting was held in Detroit, Michigan. Approximately 45 full-time Islamic schools were represented, a constitution was ratified, and CISNA was formed.

Our Governance 

CISNA currently serves over 300 Islamic schools across the US and Canada at its expos and conventions. CISNA has close to 30 accredited schools and over 50 members and growing. CISNA is governed by a group of highly educated, experienced, and qualified board of trustees who believe in Islamic school education. Those volunteers who serve were elected by CISNA member schools as outlined in CISNA bylaws and their names and bios can be found by clicking here.

Mr. Safaa Zarzour, Esq.

Mr. Safaa Zarzour, Esq.

President

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Ms. Leila Shatara

Ms. Leila Shatara

Vice President

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Ms. Sufia Azmat

Ms. Sufia Azmat

Executive Director

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Ms. Sahar Hussain

Ms. Sahar Hussain

Treasurer

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Mr. Habeeb Quadri

Mr. Habeeb Quadri

Board Member

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Mr. Omar Chatila

Mr. Omar Chatila

Board Member

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Ghada Al-Sadoon

Ghada Al-Sadoon

Board Member

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Dr. Patricia Salahuddin

Dr. Patricia Salahuddin

Board Member

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Shaykh Dr. Abdalla Idris Ali

Shaykh Dr. Abdalla Idris Ali

Board Member

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Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad

Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad

Board Member (ISNA Representative)

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Our Mission​

CISNA is an association of Islamic schools and educational organizations working to improve Islamic schools through accreditation, consultation, and professional development; advocating for Islamic education; and fostering professional relationships with educational institutions and agencies relevant to Islamic education. 

Our Goals

  1. Promote Islamic schools and Islamic education on a global level
  2. Provide accreditation services
  3. Provide professional development at a global level
  4. Foster professional relationships among Islamic schools and other organizations
  5. Provide consulting services relevant to Islamic education

Our Vision 

To be a leading and unifying organization striving for the advancement of Islamic schools and Islamic education respectively.