Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

The insult of inviting a warmonger to visit Milwaukee’s War Memorial

The Rotary Club of Milwaukee partnered with the Milwaukee Jewish Federation to bring Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, to the Milwaukee County War Memorial on June 5 as a keynote speaker. The event sparked local controversy over Israeli policy and also disrespected the purpose of the site that honored war dead, by welcoming a leader with a documented position that fomented war. There has been a regional increase of violence directly related to the Trump Administration’s policy that moved the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Palestinian civilians in Gaza have been fatally targeted...

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Islamic Studies course from Madina Institute coming to Milwaukee

Al Quran Foundation, a local Muslim organization in Milwaukee, recently announced its affiliation with the Madina Institute of Atlanta, Georgia, to provide a part-time course in Islamic Studies. Set to begin in September 2018, the course will be the first of program by the Madina Institute in the Midwest. It will be based on a classical Islamic curriculum developed by Shaykh Muhammad bin Yahya Al-Ninowy, founder of the Madina Institute. Shaykh Ninowy and his staff have successfully run the Madina Institute main campus in Atlanta, Georgia for over 15 years, offering both full-time and part-time classes. Organizers said the...

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The Muslim heroes who saved Europe from defeat during the First World War

Engraved with Islamic inscriptions, the headstones of 576 Muslim soldiers stand in ranks facing Mecca at Notre Dame de Lorette, the biggest of France’s many war cemeteries. Each one is also inscribed with the words “Mort Pour La France” – died for France – like the massed crosses of their Christian comrades in this 62-acre memorial containing the remains of over 40,000 soldiers. Today it is a lonely place of birdsong and rustling trees overlooking the slag heaps of the Artois mining region but it was once one of the bloodiest battlefields of the First World War. The Muslim...

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Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities share their perspectives of Mary, mother of Jesus

Organized by the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee’s Committee for interfaith Understanding, the May 9 event was held at St. Mary Catholic Faith Community in Hales Corners. The presentation of “Mary, Mother of Jesus: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives” drew about two hundred people. The four speakers each shared a perspective of Mary, as a way to understand her Jewish roots, her position of honor in both the Christian and Muslim traditions, and even the different theologies and devotional practices across the spectrum of Protestant denominations and in Catholicism. The presentation was moderated by Judith Longdin, former director of...

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Bike Day brings South Side residents together for community health

Written by Donna Sarkar • Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service Yazmin Ramos, a South Side resident, smiles proudly at her two daughters, ages 5 and 10, as they clutch the handlebars of their matching new bicycles. Wearing a black shiny helmet, Alejandro Gespaida, 10, cruises down a path in Kosciuszko Park on his new bike. Rakel Ruida, 11, watches as her new bike receives a tune-up. Rakel, Alejandro and the Ramos sisters were among more than 600 children and adults who received bicycles, helmets and bike locks at the Sixteenth Street Health Centers Bike Day, on a recent Saturday at...

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