Islamic Society of North America’s Annual Convention Heads for Chicago
Largest US Assembly of Muslim Americans Focuses on Interfaith Unity and Opportunity Amidst Challenging Times
(PLAINFIELD, IN 8/1/16) The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) will be holding its 53rd Annual Convention on Labor Day weekend, September 2-5, 2016, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois (5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018). With attendance estimated at 15,000 people, the ISNA Convention is the largest Muslim gathering 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, “Turning Points: Navigating Challenges, Seizing Opportunities,” will largely center on the issues facing millions of Muslims amidst challenging political times.
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 isn’t merely about bringing together the Muslim community,” said Azhar Azeez, ISNA President. “In the face of issues like Islamaphobia, our goal is also to unite people across different faiths and backgrounds in the spirit of peace and better understanding.”
ISNA has invited a rich list of speakers, scholars, community leaders, and public servants.
Complementing the main ISNA offering of programs, there are conferences being hosted by the Muslim Students Association of the U.S. & Canada (MSA National) and the Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA). Additionally, the convention will also feature a Bazaar with hundreds of vendors, an entrepreneurial showcase, art exhibition, film festival, basketball tournament fashion show and more.
“We live in challenging times,” said Azeez. “By showcasing a diverse array of voices, stories and viewpoints, we hope to continue shaping a new narrative around what it means to be a mainstream Muslim today.”
The Islamic Society of North America (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.
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