Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Students from Salam School take a stand with MLK for justice

Milwaukee youth honored the life, legacy, and example of the great Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 34th annual celebration of his birthday at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The theme for 2018 was “Take a Stand for Truth and Justice,” which was a quotation taken from words Dr. King spoke in 1967. A half century later, they remain just as important and relevant as when he originally said them. Among the winners of the art, writing, and speech contest for 2018 were four students from Salam School: Amani Omari, Fadli Abdirahman, Ayah...

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Arab-American students encouraged to apply for media studies scholarship

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) recently invited qualifying students to apply for the annual Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarships. The purpose of the Mass Communications Scholarships is to honor Arab-American students who excel in media studies. The scholarship fund was created by Jack G. Shaheen, who passed away in July of 2017. Dr. Shaheen was an internationally acclaimed author, lecturer, and media critic considered to be the foremost authority on media images of Arabs and Muslims in American Popular Culture. His writings include five books and more than 300 published essays, as well as chapters on media stereotypes...

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Muslim Slaves in America: Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq

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 1794 Timbuktu, Abu Bakr was named after the first Caliph who was the closest friend of the Prophet Muhammad (S). He was the son of a prosperous family in Mandingo, present day Ghana and was captured at age 13 and then sold into slavery. When he was captured, his clothes were torn and he was tied...

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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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