HOUSTON – Muslims from across North America have started arriving in Houston, Texas, on Friday, August 31, to attend the opening day of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) 55th annual convention, one of the largest gatherings of its kind on the continent.
This year’s Convention themed, “In God We Trust,” brings together both Muslim and interfaith individuals, families, businesses and non-profit organizations for a full schedule of lectures, discussions, debates, and entertainment. The occasion is scheduled to run for 4 consecutive days, from August 31 to September 3.
Government and interfaith leaders, as well as heads of organizations, brought greetings and well wishes for a successful gathering during the inaugural session.
Estimates put the Muslim population in the US at between five and eight million.
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.