Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

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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Milwaukee stands up to anti-Muslim hate

The anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim organization ACT for America, which calls itself “The NRA of national security,” announced nearly 70 rallies in three dozen states, including one in Milwaukee on September 9. The Milwaukee General Defense Committee’s call to action noted that Trump’s presidency had emboldened racists and fascists, and when those groups are allowed to take the streets they grow. “We showed up today to let ACT for America, and any supporters they may have locally, know that we will obstruct, and refuse them any kind of platform. Messages of hate have no place here,” said Shannon Frye of the...

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