Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Bringing food and comfort to the hungry while connecting bridges across communities

Members of the Islamic Center of Milwaukee have been providing quarterly meals for the hungry and homeless of metro Milwaukee for the past fifteen years, and find the experience rewarding both personally and as an expression of faith. Referred to as Milwaukee’s largest regular potluck dinner, the St. Ben’s Community Meal is served six nights a week, Sunday to Friday, at the meal hall on 924 W. State Street. It is open to everyone, and provides 90,000 home-made meals per year in a safe and family-based environment. “We’ve been serving and cooking for St. Ben’s for a long time,...

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Muslim prayer at St. Croix County board meeting stirs controversy with some residents

In St. Croix County, Wisconsin, residents are speaking out over the invitation of a local Islamic Society representative to deliver the opening invocation at the county’s board meeting. The county administrator asked for an invocation from the Muslim leader In an effort to be more inclusive in inviting clergy to participate. Mustapha Hammida of the Islamic Society of Woodbury offered the invocation. Sadly, some members of the community responded with bias and hostility about the Muslim faith. But many others offered support. Here is an excerpt from the Hudson Star-Observer report describing statements made by attendees during the public...

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Gap back-to-school ads include girl wearing hijab in an effort to show inclusiveness

Clothing retailer Gap’s advertising campaign for its 2018 back to school fashion line has drawn widespread criticism for including a girl wearing hijab. The advertisement promotes its children’s line of clothing and has been spread through posters as well as social media. On YouTube, the company released a 15-second video that received more than 1 million views. But the ad garnered a mixed response from viewers, with some saying the girl is too young to wear hijab or that hijabs should be banned. “Dear @Gap @GapKids your attempts to “inclusiveness” by normalizing “Child Hijab” is disgusting. You’re literally supporting...

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Anwar Sallumi: Using language between cultures and family generations

Anwar Sallumi immigrated to America in 2008 as a refugee fleeing to safety from the war in Iraq. With no extended family in the United States, Sallumi uprooted his immediate family from Baghdad to live with an American friend in Mauston, Wisconsin. Now, Sallumi lives and works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a data analyst for the Department of Children and Family Services. His children are both high school graduates, with his youngest daughter, Sana Shakir, an incoming-freshman at UW-Milwaukee focusing on Biochemistry. He recognizes the importance of his prior English education and understands the opportunities that come with knowing...

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Wisconsin feels the impact from a national decline in refugee resettlement

Over the first sixth months of 2018, 221 refugees were resettled in Wisconsin. During the same period in 2017, that number was 443. In 2016, it was 778. Wisconsin isn’t the biggest destination for refugee resettlement by far, but the multi-year decline in the state accompanies a similarly dramatic nationwide trend — detailed in data from the U.S. State Department’s WRAPSnet system — as the Trump administration increasingly bars the way for displaced and persecuted people hoping to build a new life in the United States. The United Nations, U.S. State Department and international refugee resettlement non-profit groups each...

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Michigan elects Rashida Tlaib as first Muslim woman to Congress

Former Michigan state lawmaker Rashida Tlaib has won the Democratic nomination to run unopposed for a House seat, setting her up to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress. No Republicans or third-party candidates ran in Tuesday’s district 13 primary race, meaning Tlaib is set to win the seat in November’s election. She would take the spot held since 1965 by John Conyers, who stepped down in December citing health reasons amid charges of sexual harassment. Tlaib, who is of Palestinian descent, has previously said her decision to run was prompted by increasing attacks against American-Muslims and immigrants...

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