Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Milwaukee’s interfaith community celebrates our common humanity with Gratitude exhibit

An exhibition of photographic banners, “Gratitude: a celebration of our common humanity” was displayed in Milwaukee City Hall from November 19 until after the Thanksgiving holiday, a collaborative project of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee’s Committee for Interfaith Understanding and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design MIAD). Fifteen large photographic banners were displayed in the rotunda space, each image taken by a student at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. The project was designed to highlight the city’s diverse faith community, with each picture representing the theme of spiritual “gratitude.” As part of the learning experience,...

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Muslim lawmaker seeks to overturn ban on hats in Congress

A 181-year-old rule banning Congress members from wearing hats of any kind could be overturned in order to accommodate a newly elected Muslim lawmaker who wears a headscarf called a hijab. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat who won election this month, is a co-author of the proposal. She became one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to the House of Representatives. Rashida Tlaib, who was elected to serve in Congress from the Detroit area, does not wear a head covering. Born in Somalia, Omar came to the United States as a refugee. “No one puts a...

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George H.W. Bush: Reflecting on the legacy of our 41st President

On Saturday, November 30th, former president George H.W. Bush passed away at the age of 94. In the days that followed, statements poured in from politicians on both sides of the aisle which depicted the former president as a man of immense grace and civility, one of the last remaining members of a halcyon era of American politics. There is, of course, some truth to these characterizations. The condolences from former Democratic presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama illustrate a respectful remembrance which thrusts into relief the current hyper-partisan political climate. Bush also dedicated his life to public service,...

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Unrealized right, unfulfilled promises: A Day of Solidarity in Milwaukee with Palestinians

“The decades-long Palestinian struggle for self-determination, independence, and a life of dignity faces numerous obstacles, including continued military occupation of Palestinian territory, ongoing violence and incitement, continued settlement construction and expansion, deep uncertainties about the peace process, and deteriorating humanitarian and economic conditions, particularly in Gaza.” – António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General The annual observation by the United Nations of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people was held on November 29 in Milwaukee and around the world. Concerned citizens gathered at the Federal Building on 3rd Street and Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee, asking the federal...

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IRC Book Review: Proud, My Fight For An Unlikely American Dream

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. Proud: My Fight For An Unlikely American Dream by Ibtihaj Muhammad with Lori L. Tharps, © 2018 – ISBN: 978031651863 Ibtihaj Muhammad is the first American Muslim woman to compete in hijab and medal at the Olympics, and the inspiration for the first “hijabbied” Barbie doll. She has been named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. How did she get to this point?...

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Daughters of Jamal Khashoggi recall a loving father and patriot

Writing for the Washington Post, the daughters of the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi declared: “This is no eulogy, for that would confer a state of closure.” Khashoggi, 59, a Saudi national and US resident who wrote for the Post, was last seen entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. After a number of contradictory explanations, Riyadh said Khashoggi was killed and dismembered when “negotiations” to persuade him to return to the country failed. The CIA has reportedly assessed that the murder was ordered by Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader. He has denied...

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