Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

A Daughter’s Love: Nabra Nelson brings a Nubian life and folklore to the stage

As the force behind community engagement efforts for the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Nabra Nelson has worked as a director and deviser with performing arts groups around the country. Born in California, she spent much of her formative years growing up in Egypt and embracing the diversity of various cultures. Her new play was recently performed in Milwaukee during the Br!NK New Play Festival by Renaissance Theaterworks. The Wisconsin Muslim Journal spoke with her about the stage experience, based on the incredible life of her mother Mona Sherif Nelson, and how it intersected with her personal journey. | Q&A with...

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IRC Book Review: The Islamic Jesus

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. The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims by Mustafa Akyol by Mustafa Akyol, © 2017 ISBN: 9781250088697 Many Western non-Muslims, having never been exposed to the teachings of the Quran or Muslim beliefs, will be surprised to note that Jesus is a beloved and important prophet in Islam and that his mother Mary comprises a larger section...

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Steady growth for Muslim tourism industry brings profit and problems

Islamic Travels and Tours is a boutique agency tailored to attend to the complete needs of the Muslim traveler in South Africa. In addition to organizing shark cage dives, whale watches, and bungee jumps, it will plan honeymoons for Muslim couples, arrange visits to a Muslim-owned predator park in Johannesburg, and schedule tours of South Africa’s first mosque, built in Cape Town in 1794. It will arrange tours of Soweto and trips on safari, and leave room on its clients’ itineraries for ritual prayer and dinners adhering to religious dietary laws. It will even match clients with local host...

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Bringing food and comfort to the hungry while connecting bridges across communities

Members of the Islamic Center of Milwaukee have been providing quarterly meals for the hungry and homeless of metro Milwaukee for the past fifteen years, and find the experience rewarding both personally and as an expression of faith. Referred to as Milwaukee’s largest regular potluck dinner, the St. Ben’s Community Meal is served six nights a week, Sunday to Friday, at the meal hall on 924 W. State Street. It is open to everyone, and provides 90,000 home-made meals per year in a safe and family-based environment. “We’ve been serving and cooking for St. Ben’s for a long time,...

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Muslim prayer at St. Croix County board meeting stirs controversy with some residents

In St. Croix County, Wisconsin, residents are speaking out over the invitation of a local Islamic Society representative to deliver the opening invocation at the county’s board meeting. The county administrator asked for an invocation from the Muslim leader In an effort to be more inclusive in inviting clergy to participate. Mustapha Hammida of the Islamic Society of Woodbury offered the invocation. Sadly, some members of the community responded with bias and hostility about the Muslim faith. But many others offered support. Here is an excerpt from the Hudson Star-Observer report describing statements made by attendees during the public...

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Gap back-to-school ads include girl wearing hijab in an effort to show inclusiveness

Clothing retailer Gap’s advertising campaign for its 2018 back to school fashion line has drawn widespread criticism for including a girl wearing hijab. The advertisement promotes its children’s line of clothing and has been spread through posters as well as social media. On YouTube, the company released a 15-second video that received more than 1 million views. But the ad garnered a mixed response from viewers, with some saying the girl is too young to wear hijab or that hijabs should be banned. “Dear @Gap @GapKids your attempts to “inclusiveness” by normalizing “Child Hijab” is disgusting. You’re literally supporting...

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