On October 1, 2017, the Alliance of Inclusive Muslims (AIM) was founded at a conference in Hammamet, Tunisia as the first umbrella organization to unite counter-narrative progressive Islamic scholarship with the myriad of grassroots organizations around the world.
AIM founding members decided by consensus to have its central body seated and registered as a human rights and civil society organization (CSO) in Geneva, Switzerland, with the purpose of consolidating, coordinating, and mobilizing singular members’ efforts to counter radical, intolerant, and supremacist narratives of Islam in Muslim communities in Muslim-majority and Muslim-minority countries.
AIM formalized its intent by passing bylaws and a constitution that articulates its mission. Each incoming member is asked to sign a pledge signifying his or her organization’s willingness to uphold the three foundational values of AIM.
Hailing from four continents, the twenty-two participants truly reflect the global nature of AIM. Participants of the AIM Launch conference included Argentina, Burundi, Canada, France, Germany, India, Kenya, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Somalia, Tunisia, and the United States. Collectively they represent, either in their individual or organizational capacity, AIM’s inaugural and founding members, and over the course of the conference reviewed and agreed to adopt by consensus:
- AIM’s Constitution
- AIM’s Bylaws
- AIM’s Pledge
- AIM’s 2018 – 2020 Strategic Plan
Furthermore, the participants agreed by consensus to elect the following individuals to AIM’s Board of Directors:
- Mr. Aizat Shamsuddin, Board Chair – Malaysia
- Ms. Fenna ten Berge, Vice Chair – Netherlands
- Ms. Supna Zaidi, Secretary General – United States
- Mr. Bukuru Elie, Vice Secretary General – Burundi
- Ms. Ani Zonneveld, Treasurer – United States
The Board subsequently invited Mr. Frej Fenniche as Adviser to the Board for a term of one year. Mr. Fenniche accepted this invitation.