Imam Mohamed Magid, executive director of the 5,000-family All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling, Va., will succeed outgoing president Ingrid Mattson, who in 2006 became the first woman elected to the position.
Magid, 45, served two terms as ISNA’s vice president under Mattson, where he focused on interfaith relations, youth issues, and women’s issues. As president, Magid’s priorities will continue to include interfaith relations and improving Islam’s image in the United States, said ISNA spokeswoman Sarah Thompson.
Magid, who was unavailable for comment, takes the helm of ISNA as Muslim Americans face increased hostility and discrimination. According to a Pew Research Center poll last month, Americans’ favorable views of Islam fell from 41 percent to 30 percent in the past five years, while unfavorable views increased from 36 to 38 percent.