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Constitution of the Kerala Muslim Community Association




                The organization shall be called the Kerala Muslim Community Association (KMCA) of San Francisco Bay Area ,  herein after called the Association. KMCA shall be a religious, non-profit, and non-political organization that shall comply with applicable local, state and federal laws.





To become the role model community for Keralite Muslims who develop balanced individuals of Islamic faith that can contribute to the American society and humanity at large.



 KMCA will organize programs and events that will provide a platform for the Keralite Muslim Community to come together to strive for God consciousness, and build strong interpersonal relationships. The organization will also provide a platform for the Youth to develop an identity.



1. As a grassroots, community organization KMCA shall organize and coordinate religious, educational, social, cultural, and other activities in the best traditions of Islam and also promote Malayali culture

a. Eid Celebrations for both Eids, Iftar for Ramadhan

b. Educational programs that can increase the knowledge of Malayalam, Kerala and Islamic culture

c. Social Services(Feeding the Needy/Charity Projects etc)

d. Spiritual Development ( Organizing study circles for Men/Women/Kids)

e. Recreational/Physical Activities: Sports/Camping, Cultural Activities, etc


2. As a member of American society and humanity, the organization shall promote good relations between Muslims and people of other faith and empower all of its members to become active, contributing citizens


1. The membership of the Association shall consist of members who agree to abide by this constitution, request to become a member, and satisfy the membership requirements specified in this article

2. All members should testify in the basic tenants of Islam specifically : 

● Belief in Allah (SWT)
● Belief in all prophets of Allah and Muhammad (PBUH) as the final of the prophets and no other prophets or messengers after him
● Belief in the Books of Allah (SWT)
● Belief in the angels
● Belief in the Day of Judgment
● Belief in Qadaa and Qadr

The membership is for the members of Sunni Islam (Ahl-as-sunnah-wal-jamaa). A person who belongs to a group which has deviated from the specified Islamic beliefs, such as Qadianis (Ahmediyyas), Druze, and Bahais shall not be a member of the Association.

3. An applicant or renewing member shall be a Malayali Muslim or their descendants. A Malayali is defined as a member of the Malayalam-speaking people chiefly inhabiting the Indian state of Kerala or who had descended from that land. Ability to speak Malayalam is not a necessary criteria for membership.

4. Membership in the organization can be obtained by paying a fee that shall be set or reviewed annually by the Executive Board. The Executive Board can set different membership fees for individuals, families or youth. Membership fees can only be paid for by individuals for their own membership or for their dependent family members. Members can be eligible for certain benefits as may be determined by the Executive Board

5. The membership year is one year, from the first of Shawwal(as per the MCA Islamic Calendar) to the first ofRamadan of the following year. Unless otherwise specified, membership applications and dues collected in Ramadan will apply towards membership for the following membership period.6. Withdrawal from membership may be voluntary or may be decreed by a two-thirds majority vote of the executive board

6. Membership fees once paid are non-refundable

7. Any criminal charges or violation of the law (deemed to be a felony in the state of California) of the land forwhich a member has been charged by legal authorities will automatically suspend the participation of the member in the organization. Any criminal convictions will automatically terminate the membership of the individual and disqualify the person from holding any formal position of the organization. Membership may be reinstated upon approval by two-third majority of the executive board.




The organization shall be governed by an executive board that is selected through a democratic election process as described below.


1. The day-to-day activities and operations of the Association shall be managed by an Executive Board consisting of a President and nine members. All the members will be elected by the members of the association.

2. The executive body collectively has the responsibility to create policies, document them and administer those policies as deemed in the best interest of the organization

3. There will be five members in the executive board who are leaders of functional committees that run the functional activities of the association.


1. All members of the Executive Board, individually and collectively, shall endeavor to understand and uphold this Constitution and implement policies in the best interest of the organization

2. Define Operational policies and procedures for the Association in accordance with generally accepted Islamic principles and this constitution and document them.

3. The executive board members will not receive any remuneration for their work on the board

4. Hold quarterly and annual meetings where detailed implementation plans of each department is presented discussed and approved. An annual budget based on long-term strategic plans for the Association will also be discussed.

5. Appoint functional committees for activities and decide on their recommendations.

6. At least one executive member should be responsible for sponsoring a functional committee

7. Executive board shall establish proper channels including email addresses and phone numbers to which association members can communicate any concerns and feedback


1. In the interest of ensuring smooth functioning of the board, we have created an KMCA Executive Board Committee, which is comprised of all board members of KMCA who are not part of any functional committee

2. This committee shall collectively discuss any items that do not require immediate attention of the Functional Committee Members, so we can plan any non Departmental activities.

3. Another goal is to make the KMCA Board meetings more productive and all the Prep work is complete for the non Departmental Activities, prior to the KMCA Board Meeting

4. Any decision made to be discussed in the KMCA Board Meeting, prior to execution

5. Some examples include: Website, Identifying areas for Policy and Guidelines, etc


   1. Four members who are the official signatories with the State of California satisfying legal requirements will act as the Board of Trustees of KMCA.

    2. Members or Board may propose for a change to a BOT member, by fulfilling Article 9 requirements if there is a need for one of the BOT members to be removed, substituted or added.

    3. The duty of the BOT is to ensure legal compliance of the organization at all times and shall not have any rights to interfere in the operations of the board. The BOT and EB shall work together along with qualified CPA, Attorneys etc. to ensure that the organizations remain legally compliant


1. The ten members of the executive board shall be assigned the position of :

1. President

2. Vice President

3. General Secretary

4. Treasurer

5. Joint Secretary (Reserved for females)

6. Islamic Services Secretary

7. Spiritual Development (Tarbiyah) Secretary (Female)

8. Spiritual Development (Tarbiyah) Secretary (Male)

9. Social Services

10. Recreational Secretary

2. The Executive Board member elected for each of functional committees has to bring a sub-committee of volunteers that include at least two males and two females in consultation with the board to ensure participation from both the genders of the community. The leader has the flexibility to constitute this sub-committee on an event basis or on a continuing basis. The sub-committee members shall be chosen based on input from the leaders of the appropriate gender from the board and input from the leader and the final composition of the sub-committee need to be approved by the board.

3. The posts of Joint Secretary is reserved for females. Spiritual development will have a separate male and female leads while all other posts can be filled by either male or female through an election process as defined in the Election section.

4.5.1 Role of President

 The President is the official head of the Association and shall provide leadership and inspiration to the association. The President shall be responsible for :

1. Providing the general management for all the activities of the Association

2. Directing and coordinating all the activities so as to achieve the aims and purposes of the Association.

3. Calling and presiding over meetings of the Executive Board and the General Body.

4. Presenting reports on the state of the Association at the general body and communication meetings, in the Association’s newsletter

5. Representing the Association as the primary spokesperson

6. Establishing and maintaining relationships and collaboration between the Association and other national and local organizations

7. Direct and provide appropriate recommendation for dispute resolution arising within the Executive Board or in the association

4.5.2 Role of Vice President

The Vice President shall be responsible for:

1. Ensuring the Association is in compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws

2. Growing the Association’s membership. Implementing and administering a membership program and maintaining the current and previous membership records of the Association

3. Carrying out the duties of the President in the absence of the President

4. Monitoring, designating tasks that come up in the Board meeting, communicating regularly and reporting back to the Executive Board on its needs.

5. Assisting the President in accomplishing and promoting the aims and purposes of the Association

6. Performing any other responsibility assigned by the President or the Executive Board

4.5.3 Role of General Secretary

The General Secretary shall be responsible for:

1. Maintaining all official records, meeting minutes and documents of the Executive Board

2. Preparing and publishing the agenda for each Executive Board and General Body meeting

3. Preparing and publishing minutes of all Executive Board and General Body meetings. Recording all decisions in minutes and publishing them no later than two weeks after the meeting

4. Presiding over the Executive Board meetings when both the President and the Vice President are absent

5. Presenting the minutes of previous Executive Board meetings for approval

6. Managing the operations (legal etc) of the Association

7. Performing any other responsibility assigned by the President or the Executive Board

4.5.4 Role of Joint Secretary (Reserved for Females)

The Joint Secretary shall be the primary liaison of the board to the females of the association and shall be responsible for :

1. Assist the general secretary in the overall operations of the association

2. Ensure the board decisions are communicated properly to females of the association through appropriate channels

3. Assist in constituting the sub-committees of the functional committees and ensure enough representation from female side is obtained in each of the sub-committees

4. Provide conflict resolution assistance to the leaders of the functional committees and the board

5. Ensure enough participation from the female side in the activities of the organization and raise concern if any board decisions or functional committee actions overlook female interests

6. Perform any other responsibility assigned by the President or the Executive Board


4.5.5 Role of Treasurer

 The Treasurer shall be responsible for:

1. Preparation and filing of any and all applicable federal, state and other tax returns

2. Maintaining a record of all financial accounts and transactions of the Executive Board

3. Authorizing or signing all disbursements and transfers on behalf of the Executive Board in accordance with the best financial practices as seem fit for the organization

4. Preparing the annual budget of the Executive Board and submitting for approval by the Joint Session of the boards meeting no later than thirty days from the day the new Executive Board takes charge.

5. Presenting a annual financial report to the Executive Board

6. Countersigning all withdrawal checks on behalf of the Executive Board

7. Performing any other responsibility assigned by the President or the Executive Board


4.5.6 Role of Islamic Services Secretary – (Functional Committee)

 The Islamic Services Secretary shall be responsible for:


1 Directing and supervising all arrangements for celebration of Eid festivals and one Ramadan Iftar programs: such as picnics, dinners, lectures, etc.

2 Informing members about the time, place, and details of events

3 Coordinating with Tarbiyah Secretary to conduct activities that would attract Members that are unfamiliar with the activities of the Association

4 Performing any other responsibility assigned by the President or the Executive Board


4.5.7 Role of Spiritual Development (Tarbiyah) Secretary (Functional Committee)

 The Tarbiyah secretary shall be responsible for:


1 Creating a curricula and organizing programs that promote improvement in Islamic character and knowledge of the community through the study of the Quran, the Sunnah and the Seerah of the Prophet

2 Managing all the volunteers that create, update and deliver the Islamic curricula and services

3 Coordinating with Youth to conduct additional da’wah activities specifically for the youth

4 Coordinating with Social Secretary to conduct activities that would attract Muslims that are unfamiliar with the activities of the Association

5 Ensuring that community events organized by KMCA will arrange and hold congregational prayers at its appropriate time during the event

6 Performing any other responsibility assigned by the President or the Executive Board


4.5.8 Role of Social Services Secretary (Functional Committee)

The Social Services Secretary shall be responsible for:

1 Directing and supervising all arrangements for social programs such as feed the hungry, Charity Projects, etc

2 Informing members about the time, place, and details of the festivals and social events through the Communications Secretary

3 Coordinating with Tarbiyah Secretary to conduct activities that would attract Members that are unfamiliar with the activities of the Association

4 Performing any other responsibility assigned by the President or the Executive Board

5 Creating a policy document for approval by executive board for raising and disbursing funds for charitable purposes both nationally and internationally

6 Approving fund request and administering disbursals to the needy


 4.5.9 Role of Recreational Secretary (Functional Committee)

The Recreational/Physical Actvities Secretary shall be responsible for

1 Directing and supervising all arrangements for Physical/Recreational programs such as Sports/ Camping, etc

2 Informing members about the time, place, and details of the festivals and social events through the Communications Secretary

3 Coordinating with Social Services Secretary to conduct activities that would attract Members that are unfamiliar with the activities of the Association

4 Performing any other responsibility assigned by the President or the Executive Board


1. The executive board will be selected based on an election wherein all qualified members of the association will vote


2. A member who is more than 16 years old and is sane will be given one vote to elect each position in the executive board


3. The term of office for each elected position on the Executive Board shall be two Hijri years starting on the first of Rabi-ul Awwal. The term of office for the appointed position is two Hijri years.


4. Elections shall be held between the tenth and the end of Muharram in order to elect members of the Executive Board in accordance with Article V. The elections shall be held at a time and place that is convenient to most members.


5. The outgoing Executive Board shall appoint the chairperson of the Elections Committee first and in consultation with the chairperson appoint two other members of the committee. All three members of the Elections Committee must be members of the Association and cannot be current members of the Executive Board. The Elections Committee shall be formed no later than the first of Dhul Hijjah.


6. Candidates should be elected for individual positions of the Executive Board


7. Candidates in an election may only run for one position at a time.


8. Before members of the Executive Board may run for other elected positions, they must first resign from their current position before accepting nominations for candidacy in the upcoming election unless this is for a re-election of the same position or if their term is naturally ending at the end of the current term.


9. In case of any vacancy in the EC Board, any existing EC member can fill that position upon approval from the board. The board may decide to conduct by-elections to fill any vacant position after rearrangement or decide to nominate from among the members.All replacement members must meet the requirements of an elected member and the appointment should be approved by 2/3rd of the Executive Board.


In addition to the membership requirement for the association, a member of the Executive Board must meet the following additional qualifications :

1. More than 18 years of age, practicing Muslim known for their Islamic manners and morals in their community and organization dealings as agreeable by at least two members of the previous Executive Board

2. Be an active member in the community activities as agreeable by at least two members of the previous Executive Board

3. Be a member of the association for a minimum of one year.



1. The Executive Board shall meet at least once every month at such a time and place as is most suitable to most of the board members. The President may call Executive Board meetings in addition to the regular monthly meeting whenever necessary. An emergency meeting of the Executive Board may be requested in writing by at least three of the Executive Board members. Such a meeting shall be held within two weeks after the written request is presented to the President or the member presiding in his absence

2. At least a simple majority of the executive board (more than half of the existing board) should be present to have a quorum for the meeting

3. The decision on each and every matter in the Executive Board meeting shall be reached in a parliamentary way with each member of the Executive Board present, except the President, voting on the matter. The members not attending the meeting shall not be able to vote on any issue that is voted on at that meeting. All decisions of the Executive Board require approval by at least four members

4. In case of a tie, the President shall cast the tie-breaking vote. The President may veto a decision made by a simple majority. However a two-thirds majority of the members present, not counting the President can override any presidential veto. In the President’s absence, the person assuming the President’s duties cannot assume the veto power.

5. The Executive Board may appoint a functional committee to carry out a specific assignment or to investigate or study any issue it deems significant. The assignment of the committee, responsibilities and functioning shall be precisely defined through a memorandum of the appointing body as appropriate. The maximum tenure of all functional committees shall be one year.

6. Executive Board meetings shall be open to the members of the Association as observers except when discussing confidential personnel matters as determined by simple majority of the board.

7. A copy of all meeting minutes, preliminary or approved, of the Executive Board shall be made publicly accessible to the members of the Association within fifteen (15) days of the meeting if there is a request.


1. A member of the Executive Board may be removed from the board by a vote of at least a 90% (rounded to the lower whole, 5.3 and 5.6 will round to 5) of the members of the Executive Board or one less than the total number excluding the member whose removal is sought . A special meeting must be called, with at least two week’s notice, after the motion has been made with the concerned member informed of the decision. The motion of removal must include reasons for dismissal. The member whose dismissal is being considered shall not chair or vote at this meeting.

2. Any disqualification from basic membership as defined in Membership section will disqualify the member from Executive Board



1. During their term in office, members of the Executive Board/Functional Committees cannot receive any monetary or non-monetary compensation, gifts or benefits from the Association or any third party doing business with the Association, other than Zakat or direct reimbursement for approved expenses.

2. Whenever a member of the Executive Board/Functional Committee has a financial, personal or familial interest in any matter coming before the board, the member shall fully disclose the nature of the interest and withdraw from discussion, lobbying, and voting on the matter. The minutes of meetings at which such votes are taken shall record such disclosure, abstention and rationale for approval



1. The Executive Board shall call a general body meeting once a year or upon receiving a written request signed by at least fifteen per cent of the members of the Association. Such a meeting will be held within five weeks of receipt of the written request. Additional General Body meetings may be called at the discretion of the Executive Board.

2. General Body meetings should be called at a time convenient to all members such as evenings or weekends and shall be held physically in a location where deemed appropriate.

3. Any items to be voted upon must be placed on the agenda. Written or printed notice of a General Body meeting, including the agenda for the meeting, shall be e-mailed to all members of the Association at least one week prior to the date of the meeting.

4. A quorum of twenty percent of the Association members is required for a General Body meeting to be held unless stated otherwise elsewhere in the constitution. Quorum should be taken within thirty minutes of the meeting’s advertised starting time. If no quorum is met then the meeting may continue to solicit informal feedback from the members present about the agenda items. An informal poll may also be taken for those agenda items and may distinguish between the opinions of members and other attendees. If no quorum is met, the Executive Board members can decide on any agenda items that were planned to be voted on during that meeting, except those requiring a special majority vote as stated elsewhere in the by-laws or specially called General Body Meeting.

5. A two-third majority of Executive Board shall be present at each General Body meeting

6. A simple majority vote of members present is sufficient for decisions on all matters except those requiring a special majority vote as stated elsewhere in the By-laws.



The following agenda items are predetermined for each annual General Body meeting.

1. The first annual General Body meeting must be held within the first two months of the result of the convening of the new Executive Board. It must include a presentation and approval of the annual plan for the Association and various functional committees for the upcoming year. The annual plan must be provided to the members along with the meeting notice and agenda

2. The second annual General Body meeting must be held six months from the 1st GB Meeting(Approx) and serve as the annual General Body meeting. The Executive Board, and each functional committees shall present for approval by the General Body a written annual report and assessment of the performance compared to long-term plans of each functional committees

3. Constitutional amendments can be put in agenda items that may be added by individual members of the Association by submitting items 1 week to the executive board prior to the scheduled General Body meeting. Agenda items for discussion but do not need any vote may be added by individual members from the floor during the meeting




This following by-laws will be used to resolve dispute among Executive board members or association members within the scope of the organization


1. The normal course of resolution of any dispute arising within the Executive board is through discussion in the next Executive Board meeting.

2. The normal course of resolution of any dispute arising between any member of the association and Executive board is through the established communication channels wherein a member can seek to talk or communicate with the President of KMCA and the appropriate member. The Executive board collectively can propose and relieve the concern of the member. However, the President can recommend for judiciary proceedings as described below based on the nature and intensity of the dispute

3. Any member of the Association may bring charges of misconduct or violation of the constitution or bylaws against any board member who served within the previous one-year, or committee member. Such charges and evidence shall be given in writing to the Executive Board and must include the relief sought.

4. Judiciary proceedings shall not be invoked more than once within any twelve-month period by an individual member. Judiciary proceedings shall not be invoked against an individual or individuals for the same or similar charges ruled upon previously, unless new evidence is provided.

5. Within three weeks of receipt of the written charges, the Executive Board shall form a panel to hear the charges. The panel shall consist of three members, one selected by the accuser(s), one selected by the accused, and one more member selected by the first two members who will act as the chairperson. Neither the accused nor the accuser shall be on the panel. Each panel member shall have been an Association member for at least one year. If either party refuses to exercise the right to select the names of two members for the panel, or provides names of members that are not qualified, the Executive Board shall select the names of members on their behalf. A copy of this Article of the Constitution shall be provided to both parties at the commencement of the proceedings.

6. This panel shall act as a panel of mediators rather than advocates for either party. Decisions shall be made by a simple majority of the panel and a decision shall be reached within two months of formation.

7. Upon the formation of the panel, all parties must agree in writing that the findings of the Judiciary Panel shall constitute binding arbitration.

8. The chairperson of the panel shall fix the time for the first session of the panel within two weeks after the formation of the panel and shall notify, in writing, the panelists at least one week before the scheduled session. In this first meeting, the panel shall review the merits of the charges brought and issue a ruling on whether to continue with the proceedings or dismiss the charges.

9. The panel shall hear the accusations as well as witnesses from both sides, examine all evidence and recommend corrective measures. The panel may consult with an attorney if needed and report its findings to the Executive Board, which is obligated to enforce the decision of the panel. If at any time during the proceedings, the panel uncovers evidence of criminal acts, these shall be immediately reported to the law enforcement authorities. Based on the findings of the panel, the Association reserves the right to pursue civil legal action. All decisions of the judiciary panel are arrived at by a simple majority.



A decision to dissolve the Association can only be reached at a General Body meeting held for that purpose and requires approval by at least four fifths (80 percent) of the members of the Association



1. This Constitution shall be adopted and in force effective immediately after an initial election has been made to choose an Executive Board which constitutes the event of the formal existence of KMCA

2. The constitution shall be ratified once approved by two-thirds of the members present in the first executive board meeting.

3. In case of ambiguity regarding the interpretation of any sections of the constitution or possible conflict between two or more sections, the interpretation of the Executive Board to clarify the ambiguity or to resolve the conflict shall be final. Any interpretation or reinterpretation and the reasoning should be documented as an appendix to this constitution

4. A General body meeting shall be convened within 45 days of the formation of the Executive Board. The draft should be sent out to all members of the organization a week before the General Body meeting.

5. During the meeting an affirmative vote by two thirds of the members present, which is at least one third of the Association membership, shall constitute the adoption of the constitution

6. The president and vice president jointly shall be responsible for maintaining the official version of the constitution



1. This Constitution cannot be replaced in its entirety. Sections of this Constitution other than Article 1(Name and Charter of the Org), Article 2 (Section 1(Vision), Section 2(Mission)), Article 3(Membership) (Section 1, Section 2 and Section 3), Article 7 (Dissolution of the Association) and Article 9 (Amendments to the Constitution)may be subjected to amendments

2. A proposal for an amendment to the constitution shall be signed by at least ten per cent of the Association members and submitted to the Executive Board. The Executive Board can also seek any amendments needed

3. The President shall call a General Body meeting to vote on the proposed amendment(s). This meeting shall be held at least thirty days and no more than sixty days after the proposal is submitted.

4. An affirmative vote by two thirds of the members present, providing the affirmative vote constitutes at least one third of the Association membership, shall be necessary for the adoption of all amendments.