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ISNA Convention Returns to Chicago after COVID-19

Having been interrupted by COVID pandemic for two years, Muslims from across North America are now anticipating the 59th annual ISNA convention, set to open on Friday, September 2, in Rosemont, Illinios.

This year’s Convention themed, “Resilience, Hope & Faith, With Hardship Comes Ease,” brings together both Muslim and interfaith individuals, families, businesses and non-profit organizations for a full schedule of lectures, discussions, debates, and entertainment.

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“This year’s convention will feature great speakers, relevant topics like social justice, spiritual renewal, community development, and post-pandemic world human rights and much more,” the group said in its promo video.

The occasion is scheduled to run for 4 consecutive days, from September 2-5.

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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.

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.