CAIRO – Thousands of Muslims from across the US headed to Detroit this morning to attend one of the biggest Islamic conventions in North America, a four-day event at which they will discuss the future of their community and faith in America.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to show not only American Muslims around the nation, but also our fellow Michiganians, that we’re a very diverse community,” Imam Aly Lela, religious leader at the Islamic Association of Greater Detroit in Rochester Hills and one of the convention speakers, was quoted by Detroit News on Friday, August 29.
“We are contributing to the economy and to the well-being of our cities and our states.”
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Kicking on Friday, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) 51st annual convention opens at Detroit's Cobo Center.
The theme of the convention is “GENERATIONS RISE: Elevating Muslim American Culture.”
Former President Jimmy Carter and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder are among the speakers.
Muslim leaders at the convention will be invited to sign a Declaration for Peaceful Communities and join President Carter’s movement for greater human rights, according to ISNA.
The convention’s opening session on Friday will be addressed by Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder; Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, the national leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Adam Shakoor, Former Chief Judge of the 36th District Court and Deputy Mayor of Detroit; and State Rep. Rashida Talib.
The convention is packed with plenary sessions and includes workshops on a variety of topics.
An Islamic Film Festival, an Art and Photography Exhibit, a National Qira'at Competition, a Matrimonial Banquet, Meet the Author sessions and Health Fair will be held, and there will be a bazaar and trade show with more than 400 vendors.
Parallel conferences will also be held by the ISNA affiliated organizations - the Islamic Medical Association of North America, Muslim Students Association and Muslim Youth of North America.
ISNA is the largest Muslim umbrella organization in North America.
ISNA's four-day 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.
Over the years, the convention has increased in popularity and consistently draws crowds of up to 40,000 Muslims in attendance each year.
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