Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Chicago Readies Welcome

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Chicago Readies Welcome

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Chicago Muslims set the stage for another memorable ISNA Convention.

Chicago is once again readying to welcome participants to the Annual ISNA Convention. This year marks the Convention's 43rd year and the theme will be "Achieving Balance in Faith, Family and Community".

The Convention offers socialization for Muslims living in the U.S. and Canada, but it also strives to empower them with the knowledge and skills they need for everyday life, to fulfill their civic duties and obligations, and of course to safeguard their rights. The program includes sessions on topics such as fiqh issues, civic involvement, Islamaphobia, education, da'wah, family and youth issues, and masjid organization. Another important component of the program is fiscal issues, including Islamic investing, retirement planning, and informed giving.

The excitement is building in Chicago and at the ISNA headquarters in suburban Indianapolis, IN. In Chicago, ISNA's long-term convention partner, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, is working hand in hand with ISNA staff. CIOGC Chair Dr. Abdul-Malik Mujahid serves as the convention co-chair, and ISNA Vice President Dr. Ingrid Mattson serves as program chair.

At ISNA headquarters, a skeletal staff miraculously works to organize the Convention details. Routine jobs include inviting speakers to attend, arranging travel for speakers, and accommodating overseas visitors and their interpreters. At the heart of the preparations are scores of volunteers from across the U.S. and Canada who assist with everything from program content to participant registration to security procedures. Volunteers also run crucial programs, such as the babysitting services and children's programs, which are essential to the positive experience of parents.

Mukhtar Ahmad, director of Convention, Conferences, and Programs, and Sadiya Ali are currently working hard to fine tune the program. …

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