Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

What adults can learn about the world from kids in a classroom

The third grade students at the University School of Milwaukee (USM) sat attentively on the classroom floor waiting for a presentation to learn about Muslims. The program was organized by Morgan Woods, one of the third grade teachers and an African American woman. The increased mention of Muslims and Muslim refugees in the media, and from political figures, had piqued the curiosity of many of the students. As a result, they began many discussions that, as a teacher, Woods felt would be better answered by inviting a Muslim speaker. All of the third grade teachers decided to include their...

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Muslims among families still affected by systemic housing discrimination

Fifty years ago, the federal Fair Housing Act was signed into law. It represented a giant stride forward in our nation’s protection of basic civil rights, and it was paid for by the blood and sweat of tireless men and women who worked long and hard for it. These activists are rightfully heralded as heroes and heroines today, but let’s also remember that they were ordinary human beings — human beings like you and me, who understood that if they didn’t stand up for our national ideals of equality and freedom, nothing would change. Can you and I say...

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IRC Book Review: The Butterfly Mosque

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. The Butterfly Mosque by G Willow Wilson, © 2011 – ISBN: 9780802118875 The Butterfly Mosque by G Willow Wilson is her personal story of her conversion to Islam. How she got to that point, what she experienced along the way, how people reacted and how she reacted. It is a powerful story of finding oneself even in a foreign land. It is the story of...

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In their own words: A youth tour of African American Muslim History

On Sunday morning, February 11th, 2018 a group of 50 girls boarded a coach bus at 8:00am and headed to Chicago on a tour to visit some of the most historical sites in African American Muslim history. A focus of the history was about the Nation of Islam (NOI), and how it led many people into Sunni Islam. The VIP Girls Youth Program of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee (ISM) worked long and hard to plan the trip, and opened it up to all Muslim High School girls in the Milwaukee area. A large number of Muslims come from...

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Words of peace and reconciliation to bring light from darkness

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee held a celebration recently at St. Joseph Chapel, a musical prayer service produced to help recognize inclusivity and it included a prominent voice from the local Muslim community. The service consisted of readings and sung responses, with interfaith prayers that spoke to the divisive segregation and racism in Milwaukee. The Catholic leadership invited Janan Najeeb, president of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition to give the reflection. Her ten minute speech was recorded live, and offered a witness to the courage and determination needed to build cultural understanding across secular and non-secular groups in the region....

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