Largest gathering of Muslim Americans in Chicago

ISNA wevCHICAGO: The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) will be holding its 54th Annual Convention from June 30-July 3 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, a north side suburb of Chicago

It will be one of the largest Muslim gatherings in the United States and Canada, where Muslims and guests from other faith communities have a platform to network, exchange ideas and listen to renowned speakers. This year’s theme, “Hope and Guidance through the Qur’an,” will largely center on how faith can inspire the community to bring positive change in response to challenges and injustices of all forms.

The highlights of the Convention are: 200 renowned speakers, round table discussion, interfaith reception, Qiraat competition, career fair & carnival, community recognition luncheon, young professionals luncheon, meet the author, largest bazaar in US with 550 booths, film festival, enlightening entertainment, health fair, art & photography exhibit, matrimonial banquets, , basketball tournament, children’s program and babysitting, etc

The three-day Convention will unite both Muslim and interfaith individuals, families, businesses and non-profit organizations for a full schedule of lectures, discussions, debates and entertainment.

“ISNA’s Annual Convention is more than simply a coming together of the Muslim community,” said Azhar Azeez, ISNA President. “Our goal is to unite people across different faiths and backgrounds in the spirit of peace and better understanding. We hope the convention will be used as platform and catalyst for social change”, he added.

ISNA has invited a rich list of speakers, scholars, community leaders and public servants to address Convention attendees. Linda Sarsour, co-chair of the National Women’s March, will be the keynote speaker during the Community Service Recognition Luncheon which will honor Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed for his lifelong dedication to serving the community, building interfaith relationships and social justice advocacy.

Complementing the main ISNA offering of programs, there are conferences being hosted by the Muslim Students Association of the US & Canada (MSA National) and the Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA).

ISNA is the largest and oldest Islamic umbrella organization in North America. Its mission is to foster the development of the Muslim community, interfaith relations, civic engagement, and better understanding of Islam.

Ashfaq Syed

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