1 - A world wide Islamic
Association has been formed carrying the name of “ The World Islamic
Association for Mental Health “ .
2 - The objectives of the Association :
a - To apply the Islamic ideology as a preventive factor against
psychological disorders .
b - To make use of the mission of the mosque to realize prevention ,
treatment and rehabilitation for those who need psychological care .
c - To conduct research work in the fields of mental health with special
bearing on Islamic ideology .
d - To exchange visits and experience with those working in the field of
mental health in different Islamic and non Islamic countries .
e - To set a special center to register Islamic mental health .
f - To exchange scholars and professors with other scholars and centers
working in the field of mental health in Islamic countries .
g - To convene a Biennial conference in the capital by the Board in order
to discuss the researches and studies by the Moslem researchers in these
h - To start a system of scholarships which the Association can award for
studies in different countries .
i - To issue a magazine in Arabic and English to publish the researches of
the Moslem scholars in the field of public mental health .
j - To participate in the international conferences to explain the
Islamic principles regarding mental health .
Membership Article 1 :
Section 1 Voting Members :
The following are
the voting members of the Association .
1 - Any branch of the WIAMH concerned with the promotion of mental health
and the prevention and treatment of mental illness which has acquired the
approval of the Board and has paid dues . These branches have the right
of 5 votes in all elections .
2 – Founding members who have paid their last year dues .
Section 2 Representatives of Branches :
Rights and responsibilities of voting branches will be exercised by a
person designated by the branch for that purpose .
If the branch does not designate such a representative , the chief
executive officer of the branch will be the representative .
Representatives of branches will be eligible for election to the Board of
Section 3 Application for membership :
An application to become a member will be made in the manner prescribed by
the Board of Directors and will be subject to approval by the Board
Section 4 Resignation :
Any member may withdraw from the Association be submitting a written
resignation to the President . Resignation will be effective upon receipt
unless otherwise specified therein .
Sections 5 Termination of Membership :
The Association may terminate any membership for conduct detrimental to
the interests and purposes of the Association , or for the adoption of
policies antiethical to the policies of the Association . A two - thirds
vote of the total membership of the Board at which the member in question
may be heard , is required for termination .
Article II : Officers :
Section 1 - Designation .
The officers of the Association will be the President , Immediate Past
President , President - Elect , Treasurer , Secretary and ten regional
Vice Presidents . In addition , the Board may create and fill such other
offices as it deems necessary . The Secretary General by virtue of his
position , will be an officer for the purpose of acting on behalf of the
Association in accordance with the authority vested in him .
Section 2 . Duties .
1 - The President will :
a - Be responsible to the Board for the overall administration of the
operations of the Association .
b - Represent the Association in relation to member Associations ,
international and governmental organizations , and related professional
associations , or designate either on his own initiative or in
accordance with instructions from the Board other persons to so represent
the Association .
c - Preside over the Assembly .
d - Preside over meetings of the Board .
e - Have such powers and perform such duties as may from time to time be
assigned to him by the Board .
f - Serve as ex-office member ,without vote , of all committees .
g - Perform all other duties which may be incident to the office of
2 - The Immediate Past President will :
a - Serve as chairman of the Nominating Committee .
b - Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President or the
3 - The President Elect will :
a - Assist the President in the performance of the duties of that office
as requested .
b - Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President or the
4 - The treasurer will :
a - Be the custodian of the funds of the Association and disburse all
moneys of the Association in accordance with the instructions of the Board
of Directors .
b - Represent the Board in the preparation of the budget in budget
management , in the auditing of the financial records , and in financial
c - Act through the Secretary General , receive deposit , invest , and
administer gifts , legacies , requests ,devises grants and property of any
sort or nature in such depositories as may be designated by the Board or
by an officer ( s ) to whom the Board may delegate the power to designate
,and in accordance with any specific direction given to the Treasurer by
the Board .
d - Perform all other duties ordinarily incident to the office of
5 - The Secretary will :
a - Insure that the official records of the Association as required by law
are maintained , that required reports are properly submitted and that
minutes of the Assembly , Board and Executive Committee meetings are duly
recorded and available for inspection .
b - Have such other powers and duties as may be assigned by the Board or
the President , as well as such other duties as may customarily be the
responsibility of the Secretary .
Section 3 Election and Appointment , Terms :
1 - The President Elect and the Secretary will be elected by the Assembly
2 - The President will succeed from the office of President Elect by
affirmation by the Assembly . In the event that the position of President
elect will become vacant prior to succession to the Presidency the Board
of Directors will designate a replacement subject to affirmation by the
3 - The Treasurer will be appointed by the President subject to the
approval of the Board .
4 - Regional Vice Presidents will be appointed by the Board . In making
appointments the Board will be guided by recommendations from the regions
. The Board will have the power to establish the number of regions and
define their respective boundaries .
5 - The term for all offices is two years . No person may be elected or
appointed to the same one of the offices of Secretary ,Treasurer or
Regional Vice president more than twice consecutively . The term for those
offices that are not specifically designated but are within the Board’s
discretion to create , will be set at the time of appointment
but will not be longer than three years .
6 - The election of officers will take place at the meetings of the
Assembly and the Board held at the time of the Association’s biennial
congress or , if for any reason a congress is not held , at the annual
meeting of members and the Board held in odd-numbered years .
Appointments of appointed officers designated in Section I will be made at
the same time .
Article V :
Board of Directors :
Section 1 . Formation :
The Board of directors will consist of the President , Immediate Past
President , President - Elect , Treasurer , Secretary , and ten Regional
Vice Presidents .
Section 2 Duties .
The Board Will :
A - Be responsible for the policy decisions of the Association .
B - Consider and act upon all matters of business properly the
responsibility of the Board .
C - Select and charge a Secretary General for the implementation of the
Association operations .
D - Perform all other duties placed upon them by law , these by law and
general practice in a non profit Association .
Section 3 . Meetings :
The Board will hold at least one meeting in each year , in odd-numbered
years. This meeting will be held at the time and place of the Association
biennial congress for the purpose of election of officers and the
transaction of such other business as may properly come before that
meeting . Meetings other than the one to be held in conjunction with the
biennial congress will be held at such time and place as may be determined
by the President . Notice of the time and place of such meetings will be
to each member of the Board by air mail or an equivalent form of
communication addressed to the Board members at the address shown in the
Association , at least 30 days before the day on which the meeting is to
be held . Such notice will be deemed to have been received by the members
of the Board .
Section 4 . Quorum : Actions without meetings
A majority of the members of the Board will constitute a quorum . If a
quorum is present , the act of a majority of the members of the Board
present will be the act of the Board . Any action required or permitted to
be taken at any meeting of the Board or of any Committee thereof may be
taken without a meeting if written consent thereto will have been signed
by all members of the Board or such committee as the case may be and such
written consent will be filed
with the minutes of the proceedings of the Board of committee . Any
resolution adopted in such manner will have the force and effect of Board
or committee action . Until the next regular meeting of the Board
the action can be duly ratified .
Article VI :
Section 1. Executive Committee :
The Executive Committee will have and will be entitled to discharge all
the duties of the Board between meetings of the Board . Minutes of the
proceedings will be circulated forthwith to the full Board . The executive
Committee will be formed of the President , Immediate Past President ,
President Elect , Treasurer , Secretary and Chairman of the Membership
Committee . The Executive Committee will be chaired by the President .
Section 2 . Membership Committee
The Membership Committee will review applications for the organization
membership and recommend approval or disapproval to the Board. It will
also be responsible for membership development . The Membership Committee
will be chaired by one of the Vice-Presidents on the Board of Directors
and will be appointed by the President .
Section 3 . Finance Committee
The Finance Committee will be responsible for the organization’s fiscal
affairs including activities related to financial development The Finance
Committee will be chaired by the Treasurer and appointed by the
Section 4 Nominating Committee :
The Nominating Committee will be six in number exclusive of the Chairman
and will be responsible for the development of a slate of nominations for
officers to be elected by the Assembly . The Nominating Committee will
also prepare a slate of nominations for election by the Assembly to the
Nominating Committee which will be chaired by the Immediate Past
President and need not be among those to be elected . In the event the
position of Immediate Past President is vacant , the President may appoint
a chairman of the Nominating Committee subject to ratification by members
of the Board . The President will serve with the Nominating Committee but
will not be the chairman .
Section 5 . Other Committees :
Other Committees may be appointed by the President and by the Board when
necessary and desirable for the achievement of the organization’s purposes
. They will have such powers as the President and the Board have authority
and choose to vest in them and will serve for the period of time set by
the President and the Board . Section 6. Compensation : Members of
Committees will not receive any compensation for their service but on the
recommendation for the President and the Treasurer they may be reimbursed
in part or in whole for expenses incurred in attending any meeting of the
committee or in connection with the committee’s activities .
Article VII :
Section 1 . Membership :
The voting members of the corporation will constitute the Assembly .
Section 2. Powers and Duties
The Assembly will :
A - Receive reports of the President and the Secretary General .
B - Receive financial statements and reports of the Treasure and auditors
D - Receive and act upon reports of the Nominating Committee related to
the election of the President - Elect and the Secretary .
Section 3 . Meetings :
The Assembly will hold at least one in each calendar year . In
odd-numbered years the meeting will be held at the time and place of the
Congress . In these years the Assembly will elect officers and transact
such other business as may properly be brought before the meeting . The
time and place of meetings held in even-numbered years will be
determined by the Board and will be held in conjunction with a meeting of
the Board or the Executive Committee .
The Board may also call , and set the time and place of special meetings
of the Assembly Meetings of the Assembly will generally be open to all
interested parties . However , the President may lose the meeting to those
who are not members of the assembly when he deems it desirable .
Section 4 . Notice :
A written notice of annual meetings will be sent by air mail or the
equivalent to each member of the Assembly , at least 20 days prior to the
new date of holding the meeting . The Board may call a special meeting of
the Assembly upon one month’s written notice stating the purpose , time
and place of the meeting . Section 5 Voting , Quorum : At Assembly
meetings , each assembly member is entitled to one vote in person or by
proxy . The branches will have five votes for one branch per country .The
majority members of the Assembly represented in person or by proxy will
constitute a quorum at a meeting of the Assembly . After an hour the
meeting becomes legal . The vote of a majority of those assembly members
present in person or by proxy will decide all matters brought before the
Article VIII :
Secretary General :
The Secretary General will be the chief executive and administrative
officer of the Association , will be employed by and responsible to the
Board of Directors , and will serve for such compensation and such
period of time as may be mutually agreed upon . He will be charged with
the overall general management of the Association , the direction of the
Association’s secretary and the development and supervision of
relationships with the organization’s voting and non-voting membership .
The following are his specific responsibilities
A - Be in contact as
often as required with the President , Treasurer , and Secretary .
B - Serve as a center of communications between various officers ,
members of the Board , and committees .
C - Publish newsletters covering significant news collected from member
associations , vice presidents , governments and related associations .
D - Maintain membership files and send out annual dues notices .
E - Be in close contact with representatives to and of the United Nations
and its specialized agencies .
F - To extend time and funds permit , take part in conferences ,
congresses and other meetings and obtain or produce reports and
publications emanating from such meetings for circulation as appropriate
G - Proved leadership for program planning and financial development .
H - Be responsible for hiring and supervision of all other staff in
accordance with the budget and related policies adopted by the Board .
I - Act as secretary at , and keep the minutes of , the meeting of the
Assembly and Board and cause the same to be recorded in books provided for
J - Give proper notice of all meetings of the Assembly , Board and
Executive Committee in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws or
as required by law .
K - Serve as custodian of the records of the Association and of the
corporate seal and see that the seal is affixed to all documents , the
execution of which on behalf of the Association under its seal will have
been duly authorized , and attest the seal when so affixed .
I - Maintain all books , reports , statements , certificates and other
documents and records required by law to be kept or filed . M - Exercise
such additional powers and duties as from time to time may be assigned to
him by the Board or by the President . The Secretary General will have
authority to make expenditures consistent with the provisions of the
budget adopted by the Board . The Secretary General will set the salaries
for all other staff in accordance with personnel policies adopted by the
Board . The Secretary General will participate actively in the
deliberations of the Board and Executive Committee and will make himself
available to serve with other committees to the extent that time and
financial resources permit ,but he will not be a voting member of such
Article IX :
Section 1. Purpose , Participants :
World Congresses will normally be held every two years to consider themes
and subjects of contemporary concern in the field of mental health . They
will be open to members and other interested persons .
Section 2 . Location and Program :
The Board of Directors will choose the location and will take such steps
format for the congresses . The locations will be chosen in such a way
that any region able to assume the responsibilities will have the
opportunity to hold a congress in its region at least once every 20 years
When appropriate , the Board will enco9urage regional or inter-regional
meetings with themes related to Congress themes .
On the basis of long-term usefulness ,demand , format and cost , the
Board will decide whether to publish papers presented at , and a record of
the proceedings of these Congresses .
Article X :
Membership Fees :
The Board of Directors will publish each year a schedule of dues for
members and branches to become effective on January 1st of the following
year . The dues are $ 15 for the member per year and $ 100 per year for
the branch .
Section 2. Collection :
Membership fees are due on the date of joining and 12 months from that
date in succeeding years .
Section 3. Termination of Membership for Nonpayment :
The membership of an associate may be canceled by the Board if the
organization has not paid its dues within 12 months of the due date.
However , if all dues are paid by the organization within 6 months of the
termination , membership will be automatically restored .
Section 4. Administration :
The Board will make any regulations required pertaining to currency ,
rates of exchange and other matters related to fees .
Article XI :
Finances and Financial Reports :
Section 1. Financial Reports :
The Board of Directors , through the President and Secretary General ,
will report annually to the Assembly concerning the Association’s
financial position for the previous year . To the extent possible , that
report will be based on a formal audit of the books . The Board will also
report upon the current year through the month preceding the Assembly
Section 2. Audit :
At its meeting the Assembly will select the auditors to prepare the
audit of accounts for the current year .
Section 3. Fiscal Year :
The fiscal year of the Association will be the calendar year unless
otherwise determined by the Board .
Section 4. Financial Policy
The financial policy of the Association will be to prepare an annual
budget which does not presume a deficit and to the extent possible to work
toward forward funding of core personnel and essential operating expenses
.Annual income from membership fees and other regular sources including
annually renewed donations , interest or dividends earned from reserves
, profits from projects , and sales of books and other publications will
be available for the cost of regular recurring expenditures
Grants and designated gifts will be sought for the support of special
projects . Donations or legacies not restricted by the donor may be
expended on special projects at the discretion of the Board or may be
added to the reserve established by the Board for the purpose of
increasing the level of forward funding which the Association is able to
Article XII :
Section 1 .
Amendment By Assembly :
The Bylaws of the Association may be altered , amended or repealed at any
meeting of the Assembly by the affirmative vote of a majority of the
Assembly members present , in person or by proxy , and entitled to vote
thereat , provided that notice of the general nature of the proposed
changes in the Bylaws will have been given in the notice of such meeting
to Assembly members in writing to all Assembly members at least one month
prior to such meeting .
Section 2. Amendment By
In addition , the Board of Directors will have the power to alter , amend
, or repeal the Bylaws by the affirmative vote of the majority of the
whole Board at any regular or special meeting of the Board whether or not
notice of the proposed change in the Bylaws will have been given in the
notice of such meeting to the Board . Such alteration , amendment or
repeal will be effective at the time of adoption by the Board . If ,
however , it is not ratified by the Assembly at its next meting , it will
cease to be effective and prior provision will be revived .
Article XIII :
Waiver of Notices :
A waiver of due notice of any meeting can be given in writing or by
telegraph or telephone before or after the time scheduled for the meeting
. Waiver of due notice or attendance at such meeting without objection to
the lack of notice will be deemed equivalent to notice .
Article XIV :
- The Secretariat or head office of the Association is located in Cairo .
- Languages :
- The working languages of the Association are Arabic and English . The
Board will arrange interpretation into other languages to the extent
feasible and warranted in connection with participation at Congresses and
meetings of the Assembly , having always in mind the importance of clear
communications in such a organization worldwide .