Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Milwaukee celebrates Eid Al-Adha with a morning community prayer

Local Muslims with ethnic backgrounds connected to counties all over the world, including America’s home soil, gathered by the thousands on August 21 at the Wisconsin Center to worship together for Eid Al-Adha. Eid Al-Adha is one of Islam’s most revered observances. Along with Eid Al-Fitr, which occurs at the end of Ramadan, “The Greater Eid” is one of the two major religious holidays for the Muslim community in Milwaukee. Eid Al-Adha commemorates the Quranic story of the Prophet Abraham’s intense devotion to God and his willingness to sacrifice his eldest son Ishmael, as an act of obedience to...

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IRC Book Review: My Halal Kitchen

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. My Halal Kitchen by Yvonne Maffei, © 2016 ISBN: 9781572841741 Finding good halal (Islamically permissible) food that you can make at home can sometimes be a pain. It sometimes seems like everything has gelatin, pork or wine products in them. So when you find a good halal recipe with simple ingredients and simple steps, it feels like a godsend. Finding an entire blog devoted to...

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First Islamic cryptocurrency exchange aims to serve Muslims worldwide

ADAB Solutions, a financial services firm registered in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), recently announced its plans to launch the world’s first Shariah-compliant cryptocurrency exchange. Shariah law, or Islamic law, is derived from the religious teachings of the Holy Quran, which is the central religious text followed by over 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide. The new digital asset exchange will reportedly be called the First Islamic Crypto Exchange (FICE) and be based on the “norms of Shariah.” According to the ADAB Solutions’ official website, the projected volume of daily cryptocurrency trading on the FICE platform is $146 million. The Islamic...

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Kashou Carpets to close its Persian rug business after 108 years

After 108 years in Milwaukee, Bob Kashou, owner of Kashou Carpets, one of the oldest carpet stores in the country, announced the beloved East Side store will be liquidating its inventory and closing its doors by the end of 2018. Kashou has been tracking the changes in the retail environment and decided to take the opportunity to transition the business. Kashou Carpets will begin the transition on August 23, 2018 when customers are notified. The store will be closed on August 31 and September 1 to prepare. On September 3, everything in the store will be on sale in...

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How two million hajj pilgrims avoid getting lost in translation

Lost in translation? Not in Mecca, thanks to a dedicated squad of interpreters that help 2 million Muslims speaking dozens of languages at the annual hajj pilgrimage. The 6-day hajj, which ended yesterday and culminates with the Eidul Adha holiday today, is one of the 5 pillars of Islam, an act all Muslims must perform at least once in their lifetime if they have the means to travel to Saudi Arabia. The Kaaba, or square structure in Mecca is recognized by Muslims as the first house built and dedicated to the worship of the one God, built by Prophet...

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Malcolm X on his 1964 pilgrimage to Makkah

Letter from Mecca – Malcolm X April, 1964 Mecca 1964 – Never have I witnessed such sincere hospitality and overwhelming spirit of true brotherhood as is practiced by people of all colors and races here in this Ancient Holy Land, the home of Abraham, Muhammad and all the other Prophets of the Holy Scriptures. For the past week, I have been utterly speechless and spellbound by the graciousness I see displayed all around me by people of all colors. I have been blessed to visit the Holy City of Mecca. I have made my seven circuits around the Ka’ba,...

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