Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Shaykh Noman Hussain: A Winter Umrah

From December 22 to 31 Shaykh Noman Hussain led a group from Milwaukee to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. The Winter Umrah was organized through ISM Brookfield. The Wisconsin Muslim Journal sat down with Shaykh Hussain and talked about his pilgrimage, and the journey he led for 50 members of the local community. The video segments and written Q&A were produced separately, but combined here into a single package. Q: How is a Umrah different from a Ḥajj, and what was your first experience like for each? Umrah is considered the minor pilgrimage whereas Hajj is known...

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Afriqah Imani: From Brookfield to Makkah and Madinah

Afriqah Imani joined dozens of Muslim community members from the Milwaukee area for a Winter Umrah from December 22 to 31. Organized through ISM Brookfield, Imani and her fellow pilgrims visited the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. This Q&A talks about her experiences along the journey. Q: Was this your first Umrah, and how was the experience different from a Ḥajj? This was not my first Umrah. I have gone several times since 2005. Things have changed over the years in both Makkah and Medinah in terms of accessibility. New hotels have arisen, allowing closer access to both...

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Muslim Slaves in America: Abdul Rahman Ibrahim Sori

Black History Month is an annual observance in February that started as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. This biography is part of a series that features well known enslaved African Muslims. Born in 1762, Abdul Rahman was a prince of the Kingdom of Futa Jalon, present day Guinea. By the age of 26, Ibrahim became a military leader, but was then defeated in a war, captured and sold to a slave ship captain. The captain then brought him to the West Indies and sold Ibrahim into slavery to a...

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