North American organization originally known as the International Muslim Society. Founded in 1952 by first-generation, American-born Lebanese and Syrian Muslims to help maintain ties among scattered Muslim communities in the United States and Canada. Initial focus was recognition of Islam in the American armed services, holding annual meetings and conventions, and providing opportunities for young people to meet potential marriage partners with a common religious and cultural heritage. Hampered by lack of funds and lack of trained indigenous leadership. Condemned for its assimilationist tendencies by more conservative Muslims. Membership has decreased drastically in recent years due to disagreement over politics, particularly public attacks against other Muslim organizations.