Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Haneen Amro: The experience of being a Muslim woman living in Korea

Since being awarded a Fulbright to teach English in South Korea last year, Milwaukee resident Haneen Amro has immersed herself in the culture and found many common connections with her own Arab heritage. In a fairly homogeneous Korean culture, Amro works with an isolated community of North Korean students who are considered immigrants. | Q&A with Haneen Amro Wisconsin Muslim Journal: What motivates you to do volunteer work, and have the joys outweighed the frustrations? Haneen Amro: I started volunteering from a young age. I grew to love it because there is a sense of fulfillment in helping others,...

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Building bridges with Arabic from Korea to Cape Town

After discovering the beauty of Arabic script, eL Seed has taken his art to the world’s most recognizable places. “I am an artist with a humanist intention,” said eL Seed, as he opened his TED talk in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Choking back tears, he explained how he had selected Manshiyat Nasr, a community of rubbish collectors who live in a closed district in central Cairo, because they were poor and neglected. He said he wanted to “shine light on the neighbourhood”. He concludes the presentation with a personal revelation. “It was not about beautifying a place; it was about...

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How the generation gap affects religions around the world

In the United States, religious congregations have been graying for decades, and young adults are now much less religious than their elders. Recent surveys have found that younger adults are far less likely than older generations to identify with a religion, believe in God or engage in a variety of religious practices. But this is not solely an American phenomenon: Lower religious observance among younger adults is common around the world, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center surveys conducted in more than 100 countries and territories over the last decade. Although the age gap in religious...

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Turkish Festival creates positive impact on local Milwaukee community for second year

The Turkish American Society of Wisconsin (TASWI) hosted a Turkish Festival with food, live music, dance, and entertainment on July 21. The event was also very family focused, with pony rides, henna tattoos, face painting, and a bounce house. All proceeds will go to Embrace Relief. The nonprofit organization brings together volunteers to collaborate on humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts, including hunger relief, education, women’s empowerment, and refugee relief. There are 65 million people worldwide who have been forcibly displaced. Serdar Bozdag, the floor manager and a volunteer for the Turkish Festival, has seen how important the event...

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Inventions by Muslims that have shaped the modern world

Think of the origins of that staple of modern life, the cup of coffee, and Italy often springs to mind. But in fact, Yemen is where the ubiquitous brew has its true origins. Along with the first university, and even the toothbrush, it is among surprising Muslim inventions that have shaped the world we live in today. The origins of these fundamental ideas and objects — the basis of everything from the bicycle to musical scales — are the focus of “1001 Inventions,” a book celebrating “the forgotten” history of 1,000 years of Muslim heritage. “There’s a hole in...

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Connecting believers with Hajj and Kabah

In every religious universe created by God through revelation, there exists a center for the followers of that religion, a center where Heaven and earth touch each other. For Islam, this center is the Kabah, where the vertical and horizontal axes of existence meet, where the Transcendent manifests Itself as the Center that is both in this world and beyond it. It is this gate to the realms beyond humanity’s ordinary world and at the same time the earthly center of the religion that draws and attracts men and women in whom the yearning for the Divine, which is...

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