Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Students share stories of culture shock as strangers in a strange land

Arts @ Large featured a special series of performances for a new stage play that highlighted voices from the immigrant community in Milwaukee. Prompted by social unrest in their homeland and their family’s desire for new opportunities in a peaceful land, every year thousands of students find themselves immersed in the challenges of creating a new life in a strange country. “My Family Came for This” is an evocative theatrical montage that combines the words from some of these adolescents, with the professional writings of other immigrants and refugees. Through the performances, the play strives to capture the heartache...

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IRC Book Review: Salam Alaikum, A Message of Peace

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. Salam Alaikum: A Message of Peace words by Harris J, pictures by Ward Jenkins, © 2017 ISBN: 9781481489386 “Salam Alaikum” is Arabic for “peace be with you” and is the standard greeting for all Muslims around the world. Is it any wonder then, that Muslim popstar, Harris J, would use that title to focus on giving back to the community and spreading the peace we...

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National Muslim Voter Registration Day brings #MyMuslimVote campaign to area Mosques

The Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition, along with coordinated efforts from local volunteer groups, held a voter registration drive on August 24 as part of the National Muslim Voter Registration Day, a grassroots campaign to reach and register U.S. Muslim voters in Wisconsin and across the country. Every election year is another opportunity for Wisconsin Muslims to impact officials and policies through their collective voting power. In 2018, with an explicitly racist and anti-Muslim administration in the White House, it has been even more important for Muslims to be civically engaged. “Voting registration is especially important and the first step...

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IRC Book Review: Yaffa and Fatima, Shalom, Salaam

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. Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam adapted by Fawzia Gilani-Williams, illustrated by Chiara Fedele © 2017 ISBN: 9781467789387 It is a folktale whose origin resides in both cultures and, by now, Fawzia Gilani-Williams is an expert in the retelling and reimagining of folk and fairytales. Her stories transform the versions we know into something new and wonderful. Having already transformed the Westernized stories of Cinderella, Sleeping...

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Muslim woman becomes first in Wisconsin to earn commercial driver’s license

Maysa Abu Khdair is the first Arab woman to get a Commercial Drivers License in Wisconsin. She has been living in the United States for 14 years and is currently completing her final year of study at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) where she will earn a business degree. According to TMJ4 News, Abu Khdair is a single mother of three children and works as a makeup artist, and has a daycare license to boot. “I didn’t have the chance to do too much in my life but when I got this chance, I said, OK. I can’t let...

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