Thousands attend ISNA Convention in Chicago

A group of activists at ISNA event
A group of activists at ISNA event

CHICAGO: Thousands of Muslims from all over United States and other countries joined Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) for its 52nd year annual convention held from September 4 to 7 at Donald Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont near Chicago O’Hare Airport.

Men, women and children converged for the 4 day events of ISNA variety program. This year theme was “Stories of Resilience – Strengthening the American Muslim Narrative.” ISNA hosted number of Islamic scholars for the 4 days program. The convention was also combined with cultural and scholastic programs by Muslim Students Association (MSA) and Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA).

As usual there was a grand ISNA Bazaar where many Muslim traders showcased their businesses. Muslim fashion garments, Islamic books, electronics, fine arts, Islamic calligraphy for decoration and many attractive gift stores were opened in the bazaar. Halal food companies also showcased their products.

World’s well known Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan’s book “Quranic Wisdom” was available for free distribution.

Another stall “”, the website for spreading Islamic knowledge for non-Muslims, had English copies of Quran and other informative literature for free distribution. There were many stalls exhibiting other businesses in North America. A free health screening camp attracted many blood donors.

The convention coincided with Labor Day holiday weekend in Chicago and attracted many local families and dignitaries as well. The noble peace laureates, Tawakkol Karman, known as Yemen’s Iron lady also visited the convention.

Chicago land’s community leader Iftekhar Shareef welcomed her for the convention. Dr Ausaf Sayeed, Indian Consul General in Chicago was also among the visitors with his family members. Many families from neighboring Wisconsin and Indiana also visited the convention.

The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) supported ISNA convention and many of its members were seen as volunteers.

A.Q. Siddiqui
India Post News Service

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