The Islamic Society of North America, one of the broadest umbrella Muslim organizations based in the U.S., has appointed Chicago lawyer and youth leader Safaa Zarzour as its next secretary general.
Zarzour’s appointment comes on the heels of several terror-related incidents that have cast suspicion on Muslim Americans and provoked concerns about Muslim youth being vulnerable to extremist propaganda.
Zarzour, 45, has acknowledged the concerns. “We need to have the ability to pay attention to our youth and make sure they aren’t being swayed by influences that are contrary to Islam,” he said. “We need better training of our own cadre of imams who can contextualize Islam in terms of the American experience.”