The annual convention of ISNA, one of the largest Muslim gatherings in North America, kicks off Friday, September 2 and welcomes a large audience from across North America.
The theme for this year’s conference is “Resilience, hope and faith, with difficulty comes ease.”
The 59th annual convention, sponsored by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, takes place over 4 consecutive days, September 2-5.
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The event welcomes dozens of renowned speakers, scholars and activists for a full program of lectures, discussions, debates and entertainment.
“The Convention will have plenary sessions, keynote sessions, parallel sessions, a panel discussion, a health fair, sessions for young professionals, around 200 renowned speakers, inspirational and leadership talks, an exhibition of ‘art, … and more,” said ISNA board member Mir Khan. and chairman of the convention’s steering committee, while addressing the press conference in Chicago, India Post reported.
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Speakers include Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Sr. Leasha Prime, Sheikh Zaid Shakir, Sheikh Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Imam Mohamed Magid, Sr. Yasmin Mogahed and others.
In addition to prominent academics, the convention will bring together activist Miko Peled, Khizr Khan and Bushra Amiwala, the youngest elected Muslim in the United States.
“The four-day ISNA convention will bring together Muslim and interfaith individuals, families, businesses and nonprofit organizations for a full program of lectures, discussions, debates and entertainment,” said Ashfaq Syed, secretary of the convention steering committee.
ISNA is the largest Muslim umbrella organization in North America.
ISNA’s annual convention dates back to 1963 when the first such event was hosted by ISNA’s predecessor, the Muslim Student Association of the United States and Canada.
The last two events were held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.