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10:20AM, 9/03/07: I will be posting my final thoughts on the ISNA conference in a separate post, Insha Allah. Then I will post some of my general impressions. In the meantime, anyone know why there was no “Mosque Cares” convention this year?
5:43AM, 9/03/07: Was very tired last night and could not update. I plan to do a comprehensive post on my thoughts of the entire conference in a couple of days, Insha Allah. Last night, Jesse Jackson made a surprise appearance at the conference. Also this article on ISNA’s singles night.
10:02PM, 9/02/07: Christian Missionaries had a booth at the conference and were secretly proselytizing in the bazaar. ISNA shut them down. Can you imagine the reaction had Muslims did this at a Christian convention?
6:06PM, 9/02/07: Another busy day. Attended the panel: American Muslims and Jews together: Working toward a hopeful future with Ari Alexander, Gulrukh Rahman and Elie Stern. Elie told a funny story of how he became involved in Muslim/Jewish dialogue: Some of his students gave him a Hamas keychain as a going away gift. Here is an article on Friday’s similar forum and another one here. I am always happy to see such dialogue and hope that more of it can happen
Anyone attending this event will be left with no doubt that Muslims are regular everyday people no matter how much others may protest and try to give the opposite impression. I will try to give more complete summary of entire day later. Gotta run…
11:07AM, 9/02/07: Just finished talking to Yasir Qadhi who gave a version of this excellent (and very relevent) lecture. Yasir Qadhi (along with Altaf Hussein) are two of the future leaders of the US Muslim community. Please go to Muslim Matters and check it out.
9:20AM, 9/2/07: Just had breakfast and heading out for day two (for me) of the conference. Can’t say enough about the “old style” hospitality I am receiving.
5:30AM, 9/2/07: I have to wonder if more converts will begin to show up at events like this or will it remain an “immigrant thing” in spite of the the President being a convert herself and other converts like Hamza Yusuf, Zaid Shakir, and Siraj Wahaj coming regularly to ISNA. I am enjoying myself, but I just have to wonder. The Chicago Sun Times has this summary of the speech given here by Howard Deen and also mentions the riveting Keith Ellison speech
1:00AM, 9/2/07: Late night. Hamza Yusuf gave the keynote address and mentioned that Muslims should bring our Islamic values to the American community, oppose nuclear weapons and be opposed to torture. He also spoke about the issue of slavery in America (I wish he would have mentioned slavery in Muslim countries).
Zaid Shakir mentioned in his speech that we, Muslims, should work on an anti-hunger campaign as we have enough food to feed the world. This is an excellent idea and many masjids have Food Banks and other similar social services now. Siraj Wahaj gave the inspiring story of Masjid Taqwa in which he mentioned that they started with just 25 brothers for Jumuah in a brother’s apartment who were ALL Black American, but now Jumuah is in their own building with over 1,300 attendees each week and only less than 40% of that crowd is Black American. The point was to show that just a few brothers can do a lot
9:32PM, 9/01/07: Rep. Keith Ellison just gave a good speech that drew good crowd reaction. Got lots of pictures that I plan to share as well. Ran into Harun Yahya’s booth and I asked them if I bought a book would they allow wordpress back up in Turkey. Also got a chance to meet the brother who established the first masjid in Alaska. Heard that Appalachian State defeated Michigan in college football. Stay tuned…
8:46PM, 9/01/07: Very busy day. A lot of write about when there is time. Met Zaid Shakir, Amir Sulemon, some brothers from Texas Dawah, as well as IMAN and others. Met with lots of nice brothers as well and enjoyed some good (but over-priced) food with them. When I get more time to write in detail, I plan to give my full thoughts on the entire event in a separate post. In the meantime, I’ll update later
2:48PM, 9/01/07: Just arrived in Chicago. Good to be in the Windy City. A very good local brother (May Allah reward him) is picking me up and we are heading straight out to Rosemont for the conference Insha Allah. I’ll be blogging on the actual conference in the next update, but in the meantime, look at this GOP scandal list
1:26 PM, 9/01/07: I am on a VERY VERY slow bus with a driver with little sense of urgency. Looking like I will be late. Will update again, insha Allah once I get to Chicago. In the meantime I see that Senator Latrine Queen has finally resigned and here is a good little blurb on the Arabic School smear in New York City. Also check out these articles on ISNA here and here
– Heading out to Chicago for the ISNA conference. Will be blogging the conference, Insha Allah. Looking forward to seeing some of you there