Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Community voices reflect on meanings and perceptions of Ramadan

Q&A: Reflections on Ramadan The Wisconsin Muslim Journal circulated questions about Ramadan to residents around Southeast Wisconsin. Through forwarded referrals, replies arrived from as far away as Florida. This article is a compilation of those Questions and Answers, presenting insight into the various personal meaning of and experiences with the Holy Month. Wisconsin Muslim Journal: Do you feel recognizing the importance of Muslim holidays outside of Islamic communities is important? If so, why? Dr. Magda Abdelfattah: “Firstly, it needs to be understood that Islam is a religion. While there are cultural traditions that some associate with Ramadan that vary...

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IRC Book Review: My Country Tis of Thee

Elise Bellin, MLIS is the IRC Librarian and this book review is part of an ongoing series that focuses on a range of books within the IRC collection as a service to the community. by Keith Ellison, © 2014 – ISBN: 9781451666892 by G Willow Wilson, © 2011 – ISBN: 9780802118875 On January 2007, Keith Maurice Ellison became the first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress, and has served there as Representative for Minnesota ever since. As a Black Latino Catholic convert to Islam, in a district with fewer than 1 percent Muslims and 11 percent Blacks, Mr. Ellison...

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Dr. Mufaddal Hamadeh: Stopping the Bloodshed in Syria

The Muslim American Society (MAS) Milwaukee held its 12th Annual Conference on March 30 and 31 at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport. The Wisconsin Muslim Journal attended the two-day program, recording keynote speakers and photo documenting the event which also served as a community platform. This feature is part of an editorial series put together to highlight the many important topics that were discussed by national leaders over the weekend. Dr. Mufaddal Hamadeh is president of the Midwest chapter of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and a local hematologist oncologist in the Chicago-area. His presentation detailed the tragedies...

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Dr. Osama Abu-Irshaid: Trump Era foreign policy and its impact on Palestine

The Muslim American Society (MAS) Milwaukee held its 12th Annual Conference on March 30 and 31 at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport. The Wisconsin Muslim Journal attended the two-day program, recording keynote speakers and photo documenting the event which also served as a community platform. This feature is part of an editorial series put together to highlight the many important topics that were discussed by national leaders over the weekend. With an ultra-conservative influence shaping American political thinking, Dr. Osama Abu-Irshaid spoke about how foreign policy during the Trump presidency was affecting the Middle East, and what the possible...

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Waheeb and Kareem: A public celebration of faith and fellowship

The Muslim American Society (MAS) Milwaukee held its 12th Annual Conference on March 30 and 31 at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport. The Wisconsin Muslim Journal attended the two-day program, recording keynote speakers and photo documenting the event which also served as a community platform. This feature is part of an editorial series put together to highlight the many important topics that were discussed by national leaders over the weekend. The conference ended with a dinner and special entertainment. Palestinian-American artists Waheeb Nasan and Kareem Ibrahim performed their cover of Adele’s hit single “Hello.” The duo’s version was adapted...

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