The annual ISNA convention, one of North America’s largest Muslim gatherings, kicks off Friday, September 2, welcoming a huge audience from across North America.
This year’s convention’s theme is, “Resilience, Hope & Faith, With Hardship Comes Ease.”
The 59th annual convention, sponsored by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, runs for 4 consecutive days, from September 2-5.
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The event hosts dozens of renowned speakers, scholars, and activists for a full schedule of lectures, discussions, debates, and entertainment.
“The Convention will have plenary sessions, main sessions, parallel sessions, round table discussion, health fair, young professionals sessions, around 200 renowned speakers, inspiring & leadership lectures, art exhibit, … and more,” said Mir Khan, ISNA Board Member & Chairman, Convention 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.
Along with prominent scholars, the convention will be attended by activist Miko Peled, Khizr Khan, and Bushra Amiwala, the youngest Muslim elected official in the US.
“The four-days ISNA convention will unite both Muslim and interfaith individuals, families, businesses and non-profit organizations for a full schedule of lectures, discussions, debates and entertainment,” Ashfaq Syed, Convention Steering Committee Secretary, said.
ISNA is the largest Muslim umbrella organization in North America.
ISNA’s annual convention dates back to 1963 when the first such event was organized by the predecessor to ISNA, the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada.
The last two events were held virtually due to COVID-19 pandemic.