Community Service Recognition Luncheon (CSRL)

The Community Service Recognition Luncheon (CSRL) is an event where a prestigious group of the nation’s Muslim leaders, scholars and government officials join to honor an individual dedicated to community service.

The luncheon, hosted by the ISNA Founders Committee, is a major highlight of the annual convention. People from all over the country and internationally attend this special celebration of Muslim community service. The CSRL keynote topic is carefully chosen to be of interest and relevance to the Muslim community of North America, and the keynote speaker is always of the highest caliber.

Every year, we select a member of the North American Muslim community who has displayed an exceptional example of commitment and dedication to community service and present them with the Community Service Recognition Award.


Keynote Speaker: Linda Sarsour

Linda Sarsour is a speaker, racial justice and civil rights activist. She is the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPOWER Change. Sarsour has been at the forefront of major social justice campaigns both locally in New York City and nationally. She was also a co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington. Sarsour was named among 500 of the most influential Muslims in the world.



Community Service Recognition Award Recipient: Dr. Sayyid M Syeed

This year we are honored to recognize Dr Sayyid M Syeed for his lifelong dedication to the Muslim community, Islamic work, social justice issues and interfaith. Read Dr. Syeed’s Islamic Horizons article titled ‘Shifting Gears’ announcing his retirement.

Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed is the National Director of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), heading up its Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances in Washington, DC. He served for 12 years (1994-2006) as Secretary General of the Indiana-based national umbrella organization, which has more than 300 affiliates all over the U.S. and Canada.

Dr. Syeed was born in Srinagar Kashmir and migrated to the United States in the mid-1970s. From 1980-1983, he served as President of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) of USA & Canada and pioneered its transformation into the modern day American religious organization Islamic Society of North America.  From 1984-1988, he was Secretary General of the International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations (IIFSO) and traveled widely in this capacity through the former Soviet Union, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and South America. Dr. Syeed has also been General Secretary of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS), a national professional organization founded in 1972. 

Dr. Syeed was one of the founders of the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS) and served as Editor and then Editor-in-Chief (1984-1994).  During his tenure there, AJISS grew into a quarterly publication, and today AJISS has acquired a respectable niche in academia and is quoted with recognition in professional and scholarly research.  Dr. Syeed was also Chairman of the Editorial Board of Islamic Horizons, the flagship magazine of ISNA, from 1982 to 1984 and 1994 to 2006.  

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