The Muslim American Society (MAS) Milwaukee held its 12th Annual Conference on March 30 and 31 at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport. The Wisconsin Muslim Journal attended the two-day program, recording keynote speakers and photo documenting the event which also served as a community platform. This feature is part of an editorial series put together to highlight the many important topics that were discussed by national leaders over the weekend.

Dr. Mufaddal Hamadeh is president of the Midwest chapter of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and a local hematologist oncologist in the Chicago-area. His presentation detailed the tragedies facing people in Syria, Iraq, Palestine, and Yemen. He challenged individuals in Milwaukee and the collective community to fulfill their duty as Muslim Americans to stop the bloodshed in those countries. Dr. Hamadeh shared heartbreaking details of the casualties and suffering under the Assad regime and its Russian allies, compounded by the indifference of American foreign policy.

As a Milwaukee immigration lawyer at Ahmad & Guerard and part of the MAS Milwaukee leadership, Munjed Ahmad presented a supplemental speech reminding Muslim Americans of their duty to help end the suffering of fellow Muslim citizens.