History of the Islamic Games
the past few years the Annual Islamic Games attracted much excitement
and participation. Since the Islamic Games is developing at a rapid
pace and will soon be launching other Regional Games, I thought it would
be best to share a bit of history with our visitors.
The Islamic Games was initially a project of the Muslim Workers Activites (MWA), a very active organization made up of brothers and sisters primarily from Guyana, South America. Most of their members were youths and very involved in Islamic development, sports and athletics; as a result they started the Annual Islamic Games to bring Muslim athletes and their family together to compete in unity and brotherhood, and that was the beginning.
Some of the past participants of the Islamic Games included Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Imam Jamil Al-Amin, Omar Amanat and many others who are today very successful and productive American Muslims. Participants came from NY, NJ, CT, PA and other nearby states and represnting an array of Muslims organizations and ethnicities.
After 1991 the Islamic Games was put on hold, it did not returned to the scene for many years. With a re-energized team and a stronger vision, the Islamic Games made its modern debut on Memorial Weekend 2007 with some assistance from ICNA. The response to the Games was phenomenal, more than 600 athletes participated in 2007 and that number grew to more than 1700 in 2008. Spectators grew from 1500 in 2007 to 6000 in 2008.
The 2009 Games is expected to attract more than 2200 athletes in more than 250 events and projected spectators of more than 10,000.
We invite you to be part of this rich 22 year history on unity, diversity and athletics on May 22-23, 2009 at Rider University for the 2009 Islamic Games.