Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Salim Amin: Sharing the Ghosts of Africa in the images of Mohamed Amin

Salim Amin, the son and only child of Mohamed “Mo” Amin, undertook a journey of recollection and reflection into the life of the frequently absent, globe-trotting father he loved, revered, and feared. Focusing his camera lens across continents, Mo Amin’s thirst for breaking news put him repeatedly in harm’s way. Over his legendary career, he endured weeks of torture, automatic arms fire, explosives, and the amputation of his left arm, to become one of the most decorated news camera-men of all time. Salim now runs the vast Camerapix archive of his father’s work, preserving and displaying images of Africa...

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Using the Photography of Chip Duncan and Mohamed Amin to inspire change

The Friends of the Charles Allis invited the public to a special panel discussion with two internationally acclaimed storytellers, African filmmaker Salim Amin and Milwaukee-based photographer and filmmaker Chip Duncan, about their mission to help soften barriers to thoughtful exchange across the greater Milwaukee community by sharing the heartening journey of emergent African peoples through film and photography. The companion exhibit Inspiring Change: The Photography of Chip Duncan and Mohamed Amin runs through October 21 and features the work of Duncan, alongside acclaimed African photographer Amin (1943-96), the Kenyan photojournalist responsible for exposing Ethiopia’s famine crisis globally in the...

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Thomas Jefferson and Islam as an American religion

After last year’s deliberate break with tradition, President Donald Trump has resumed the iftar dinner – the sundown meal during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. An estimated 3.3 million American Muslims celebrate Ramadan. The month of Ramadan marks the time when Prophet Muhammad is believed to have first received revelations from God and has been celebrated at the White House since 1996. It was Hillary Clinton who started the tradition as first lady. However, last year, the Trump White House did not host the traditional reception. Neither did the State Department under Secretary Rex Tillerson, even though the...

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A celebration of Eid al-Fitr in prayers, family, and fellowship

Thousands of faithful families navigated rain and downtown traffic to attend the Islamic Society of Milwaukee’s Community Eid Al-Fitr Prayer on June 15 at the Wisconsin Center. Muslims around the world gathered for the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr. In Milwaukee and across Wisconsin, people of the Islamic faith joined in prayer and celebration after a month of fasting from before sunrise until sunset. With the conclusion of the month of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr began the start of the month of Shawwal, with the three-day Festival of Breaking the Fast. At the community prayer service,...

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Wisconsin’s Dr. Adel Korkor runs 37th consecutive 5K to raise awareness for mental health

Dr. Adel Korkor, a nephrologist from Wisconsin, ran his 37th consecutive 5K in his 37th state on June 8 at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, to raise awareness for mental health. The Five Fifty Fifty Run/Walk Series for Mental Health launched on May 5 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Since then, Dr. Korkor has run 36 consecutive 5Ks across the entirety of the United States, from Alaska to Texas, and Hawaii to Virginia. Over 1,200 people have participated with Dr. Korkor to date. “The journey across America has been incredible and is far beyond what I expected,” said Dr. Korkor. “I have...

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IRC Book Review: Muslim Fashion

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. Muslim Fashion by Reina Lewis, © 2015 – ISBN: 9780822359340 How you present yourself to the world says a lot about you. What shoes you wear, how you match your clothes, what brands you frequent, how you do your makeup and hair all give people a small glimpse into who you are. It doesn’t matter whether you are Muslim, Christian, Hindu, or of some other...

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