Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Anwar Sallumi: Using language between cultures and family generations

Anwar Sallumi immigrated to America in 2008 as a refugee fleeing to safety from the war in Iraq. With no extended family in the United States, Sallumi uprooted his immediate family from Baghdad to live with an American friend in Mauston, Wisconsin. Now, Sallumi lives and works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a data analyst for the Department of Children and Family Services. His children are both high school graduates, with his youngest daughter, Sana Shakir, an incoming-freshman at UW-Milwaukee focusing on Biochemistry. He recognizes the importance of his prior English education and understands the opportunities that come with knowing...

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Wisconsin feels the impact from a national decline in refugee resettlement

Over the first sixth months of 2018, 221 refugees were resettled in Wisconsin. During the same period in 2017, that number was 443. In 2016, it was 778. Wisconsin isn’t the biggest destination for refugee resettlement by far, but the multi-year decline in the state accompanies a similarly dramatic nationwide trend — detailed in data from the U.S. State Department’s WRAPSnet system — as the Trump administration increasingly bars the way for displaced and persecuted people hoping to build a new life in the United States. The United Nations, U.S. State Department and international refugee resettlement non-profit groups each...

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Michigan elects Rashida Tlaib as first Muslim woman to Congress

Former Michigan state lawmaker Rashida Tlaib has won the Democratic nomination to run unopposed for a House seat, setting her up to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress. No Republicans or third-party candidates ran in Tuesday’s district 13 primary race, meaning Tlaib is set to win the seat in November’s election. She would take the spot held since 1965 by John Conyers, who stepped down in December citing health reasons amid charges of sexual harassment. Tlaib, who is of Palestinian descent, has previously said her decision to run was prompted by increasing attacks against American-Muslims and immigrants...

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Reach Out and Read Program features culture relevant books for diverse Milwaukee children

Founded in 1989 with its first program at Boston City Hospital, now Boston Medical Center, Reach Out and Read has seen dramatic growth since 2001, with programs in all 50 states. Reach Out and Read partners with more than 5,800 sites and distributes 6.9 million books per year. The program currently serves one-in-four children living in poverty, and continues to grow each year with a vision that one day the Reach Out and Read model will be a part of every young child’s medical checkup. The Reach Out and Read model is recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics...

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IRC Book Review: A Cup of Mint Tea Series

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. A Cup of Mint Tea: Short Stories to Warm the Heart series by Iman Abdallah al-Qaisi, © 2012 ISBN: 9780985922610 In the early 1990s, a couple of motivational speakers collaborated to bring together a compilation of inspirational, true stories that had been shared with them by audience members in their time on the speaker circuit. While initially failing to be published, they would eventually become...

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A shifting definition of ‘halal’ for many Muslim grocery shoppers

For Muslims, halal food follows certain rules proscribed by Islamic law. It usually pertains to ritual slaughter and abstention from certain items like pork, blood and alcohol. But the interpretation of Islamic food traditions has often varied by time and place. In fact, food that was once prohibited, like caviar for Shiite Muslims, has since become accepted as halal. While conducting research for our book, “Halal Food: A History,” we found that more and more Muslims are looking at ethical and health considerations while determining whether something is halal. Of course, ethical and healthy eating now occupies a significant...

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