The annual ISNA convention, one of North America’s largest Muslim gatherings, is going virtual on Saturday, September 5-6
Organizers of the event, which would normally attract thousands of visitors, decided to go online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic which is still much present and wrecking havoc since the beginning of 2020.
Coming amid rising calls for social justice, this year’s convention’s theme is, “The Struggle for Social and Racial Justice.”
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“A Moral Imperative will focus on the ongoing social and racial justice issues in our country and around the world,” the Islamic Society of North America said on its website.
“This convention will address topics including Social Justice, Racism, COVID-19, Environment, Census 20, Global Muslim issues, and much more. We will benefit from our community’s respected scholars, authors, orators, experts, artists, and other representatives.”
Speakers include, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, imam Siraj Wahhaj, Dr. Yasir Qadhi, imam Zaid Shaker, Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, and a galaxy of scholars.
Dr. Ingrid Mattson, congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, sister Linda Sarsour, and Dr. Tamara Gray are also among the event’s keynote speakers.
ISNA is the largest Muslim umbrella organization in North America.
ISNA’s annual convention dates back to 1963 when the predecessor to ISNA, the Muslim Students Association of the US and Canada, organized the first such event.