Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Milwaukee joins worldwide protests to condemn Israeli massacre of Palestinian civilians

Hundreds of Milwaukee residents rallied at O’Donnell Park on May 14, protesting the opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem and the kiIIings in Gaza of Palestinian civilians who marched in a nonviolent protest. The Milwaukee protesters marched around the downtown area, holding signs and chanted slogans that drew comparisons between Israel and apartheid South Africa, the Civil Rights marches in America that were met with violence, and the condition of the Palestinians in Gaza being like European concentration camps from World War II. A collection of groups, including the U.S. Palestinian Community Network, Jewish Voice for Peace,...

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The role of Wisconsin Universities in furthering efforts for interfaith dialogue

Two students recently shared their findings on interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims in the Milwaukee area at the annual Interfaith Symposium. Kaitlyn Daly, Nursing ’17, and Caroline Redick, a Ph.D. candidate in theology, worked on a year-long research project with three other students examining different aspects of interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims in Milwaukee. Irfan Omar, a professor of theology and world religions, helped facilitate the research project. Daly, Redick and the three other students were in Omar’s interfaith graduate class in spring 2017. Their final project evolved beyond the classroom and grew into an academic publication....

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Community voices reflect on meanings and perceptions of Ramadan

Q&A: Reflections on Ramadan The Wisconsin Muslim Journal circulated questions about Ramadan to residents around Southeast Wisconsin. Through forwarded referrals, replies arrived from as far away as Florida. This article is a compilation of those Questions and Answers, presenting insight into the various personal meaning of and experiences with the Holy Month. Wisconsin Muslim Journal: Do you feel recognizing the importance of Muslim holidays outside of Islamic communities is important? If so, why? Dr. Magda Abdelfattah: “Firstly, it needs to be understood that Islam is a religion. While there are cultural traditions that some associate with Ramadan that vary...

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IRC Book Review: My Country Tis of Thee

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. by Keith Ellison, © 2014 – ISBN: 9781451666892 by G Willow Wilson, © 2011 – ISBN: 9780802118875 On January 2007, Keith Maurice Ellison became the first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress, and has served there as Representative for Minnesota ever since. As a Black Latino Catholic convert to Islam, in a district with fewer than 1 percent Muslims and 11 percent Blacks, Mr. Ellison...

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