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Islamic Society of North America to Host 59th Annual Convention in Chicago

ISNA Board Member and Convention Steering Committee Chairman Mir Khan and Chicago Convention Steering Committee Secretary Ashfaq Syed at a press conference in Chicago giving details of the 59th annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America from September 2 to 5, 2022. Photo: ISNA

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) has scheduled its 59e annual convention in Chicago from September 2 to 5, 2022.

This year’s theme is “Reliance, Hope & Faith: With Hardship, Comes Ease,” according to a press release, which also said ISNA is widely regarded as the most important Muslim unifier in North America.

Organizers describe this annual convention as one of the largest gatherings of Muslims in North America. A main attraction of the event is the bazaar which features over 550 vendors including clothing designers, booksellers, non-profit organizations and more.

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At a press conference in Chicago, Mir Khan, board member and chairman of the convention’s steering committee, said ISNA is the largest and oldest Islamic umbrella organization in North America. North and promotes community development through conventions, conferences and educational forums. , interfaith activities, youth programs, civic engagement and other avenues.

“The ISNA annual convention is not just about bringing the Muslim community together. Our goal is also to unite people of different faiths and backgrounds in the spirit of peace and better understanding,” Khan said in the press release.

For the event, ISNA invited academics, community leaders and government officials to speak at the convention. “We live in challenging times presenting a wide range of voices, stories and perspectives, we hope to continue to shape a new narrative around what it means to be a traditional Muslim today,” Khan added.

Convention programs include plenary sessions, keynote sessions, parallel sessions, panel discussion, health fair, sessions for young professionals, approximately 200 high-profile speakers, motivational and leadership talks, a art exhibition, the bazaar with 550 stalls, an interfaith reception, entertainment, film festival, women’s fashion show, young professionals’ banquet, photography exhibition, qira’at competition, marriage banquets, recognition lunch of the community service, children’s program, babysitting, basketball tournament and more.

Speakers will include high-profile nationally known figures such as Khizr Khan, as well as Siraj Wahhaj, Miko Peled, Sayyed Hossein Nasr, Dalia Mogahed and many well-known community leaders, according to the press release.

The past two years have been challenging for the global community due to COVID-19 exacerbated by the climate crisis, ISNA noted. “As we know, over 6 million people around the world and over 1 million here in the United States have lost their lives. Our prayers go out to those who have died and to all who have been affected by this pandemic. said the organization.

“ISNA’s four-day convention will bring together Muslim and interfaith individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofits for a full program of lectures, discussions, debates, and entertainment,” the secretary said. of the convention’s steering committee, Ashfaq Syed.

Over 200 volunteers worked over the past three months to make the convention a success. The organization expects more than 20,000 attendees from around the world during the Labor Day long weekend September 2-5, 2022, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018.

The Islamic Society of North America (isna.net) traces its roots to the Muslim Student Association (MSA) beginning in 1963. Incorporated in 1981, ISNA’s headquarters are in Plainfield, Indiana. The organization offers a wide variety of services and programs including educational forums for Islamic schools, webinars, regional conferences, youth development, community resources, scholarships, mosque development, endorsement of chaplaincy, marriage services, community outreach and interfaith programs.

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