Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Moviegoers experienced cultural dialogues during the Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival

The 4th Annual Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival finished a successful run of screenings on May 7, and brought both a cinematic and social experience to hundreds of local residents. The goal of the film festival has been to use films as a platform to hold open conversations on important matters, both locally and internationally regarding Muslims and the Islamic World. The 2018 lineup featured 7 films screened at 4 college venues, with 10 showings that each included a talkback session hosted by advocates, academics, and community leaders. The totally free two week event was attended by nearly 1500 moviegoers,...

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Film Festival Highlights and the many stories about Muslims

Milwaukee is known for its variety of ethnic events, and is one of the only cities in America to host a Muslim Film Festival. Over the past four years it has paved a way for award-winning motion pictures to be discovered by a local audience, while offering creative filmmakers the attention they deserve. The Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival ended on May 7 after a two week run of nearly a dozen screenings. The 7 films ranged from the Academy Award nominated documentary about Syria’s Civil War to a biographical comedy-drama about the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria and her...

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Arranged: Discovering common ground for women in the value of dignity

A diverse group of five dynamic women, all from different faith and cultural backgrounds, participated in a panel discussion after the movie “Arranged” was screened at this year’s Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival on May 7. The movie told the story of arranged marriages, and focused on a Muslim woman and an Orthodox Jewish woman who were friends and first-year teachers who each prepare for the process arranged matrimony. Arranged marriage conjures up for many people the images of child marriage and forced marriage. This film refers to it as a family engagement in the process of searching for a...

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A rare and up-close look at the first night of Taraweeh in Wisconsin

Muslims around the world and in Wisconsin began fasting for the month of Ramadan, which began this year on May 15. The ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, Ramadan moves up by ten days every year. Over the course of a normal lifetime an individual will have fasted the entire year at least twice. From pre-dawn to dusk, Muslims abstain from food and drink, even water. Fasting is one of the five main required pillars in Islam, and it is the month that the Holy Quran began to be revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (P). The Quran says,...

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Wisconsin Churches show support for Muslim Neighbors during Ramadan

In an effort to express its faith commitment to love thy neighbor, the Wisconsin Council of Churches reached out to its Muslim neighbors with a message of solidarity, and respect for the holy season of Ramadan. Ramadan began at sunset on Tuesday, May 15 and lasts until sunset on June 14. Members of the organization are committed to be compassionate neighbors, bearing witness to the love and justice of Christ when those of other faith traditions experience prejudice. For the last two years the Minnesota Council of Churches ran a yard sign campaign during Ramadan, to show support for...

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Marquette professor pushes scholars to educate against Islamophobia in the Age of Trump

As Donald Trump enters the second year of his four-year term as a president, many began unpacking their initial impressions of his unexpected victory and controversial administration. One of them is Louise Cainkar, a sociologist and associate professor of Sociology and Social Welfare and Justice at Marquette University where she also directs the major in Peace Studies and minor in Arab and Muslim American Studies. Spending her entire career researching Arab and Muslim Americans, Cainkar argues that “long-standing anti-Arab racism became more strongly anti-Muslim in recent decades, yet all Arabs get caught up in its impacts, as well as...

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