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MAS-ICNA Largest Islamic Convention in North America Held in Chicago
ICNA is second oldest Muslim organization after ISNA
CHICAGO, IL- More than 25,000 Muslims and others faith from across the world, but mostly from the United States and Canada came together at McCormick Place in Chicago to join MAS-ICNA Convention titled “Islam: Meeting Today’s Challenges & Investing in a Better Future.”
The annual MAS-ICNA Convention was held from December 27-29, 2019. “MAS-ICNA” stands for “Muslim American Society” and “Islamic Circle of North America.” ICNA is second oldest Muslim organization after ISNA. Established on September 1968. Currently ICNA is one of the largest, non-profit, grassroots Muslim organizations in North America with many projects, programs, and activities designed to help in reforming society.
The three-day-convention, more than 400 volunteers from all the ages were behind the programs. Mostly volunteers were active in providing security, managing logistics, serving on the panels and directing the human traffic generally. The convention had hundreds of speakers, intensive workshops, roundtable discussions, art exhibits, films, talent shows, a bazaar and lots of more.
The convention takes place in Chicago for several years. The convention offers a wide variety of simultaneously run and meaning full programs for all ages. The Convention and several Breakout Sessions provides access to scholars and speakers from around the world.
Most of the Lectures and speeches held in the main assembly hall accommodated several thousand of attendees’ smaller breakout sessions was held in the upper level. Mostly lectures and Speech were held in English and Arabic. But few were held in Spanish and Urdu. This year, more than 600 individuals parted in the Qur’an recitation competition.
Most of the sessions focused and topic were, Standing for Justice, Civic Engagement, Empower the American Muslim community, Ibrahim (AS) Was an Exemplary Leader, Empowering Muslim Americans Through 2020 Census, The Quest for Excellence & Educating a Whole Muslim, Parenting, Social Justice, and Raising the Next Generation, Dare to be Muslim – Building a Strong Muslim Woman Identity, Interfaith Panel, Aging with Dignity, Islam: Inspiration & Transformation for All Ages, Bangladesh & Kashmir: Democracy, Human Rights and Religious Freedom, Interfaith Roundtable Dialogue, Mental Health Interventions in Schools, Mentors and Leaders, Not Idols and several others topics.
In the convention Big Bazaar was held. More than 400 booths were there. Bazaar, featuring scores and scores of vendors touting all varieties of goods, services, organizations, and causes.
This year’s main speaker was Imam Omar Suleiman, Imam Zaid Shakir, Ustadha Yasmin Mogahed, Ustadha Lobna Mulla, Dr. Yaser Birjas, Sh. Suhail Mulla, and Ustadha Tasneem Alkiek.
More than 100 renowned American Muslims include the many Interfaith speakers addresses in the convention. Name were Abdul El-Sayed, Abdul Malik Mujahid, Abdul Nasir Jangda, Ahlam Jbara, Ahmad Al-Sheikhi, Ahmed Ghanim, mAisha Aladawiya, Aisha Ghori, Alia Salem, Altaf Husain, Ayah Ali, Ayman Hammous, Azfar Uddin, Dalia Fahmy, Dalia Mogahed, Deanna Othman, Dilara Sayeed, Eduardo Anjos, Esam Omeish, Esra Rahima, Fahad Khan, Hamed Ghazali, Hatem Bazian, Javaid Siddiqi, Kamal Eldeirawi, Kathy Manley, Khadija Husain, Kifah Mustapha, Linda Sarsour, Michael Ballard, Mohamad Ata, Mohammad Hasan, Mohammed Kibriya, Moussa Ayyash, Naji Nihad Awad, Noor Salem, Osama Abu Irshad, Oussama Jammal, Rami Kawas, Raul González, Saad Tasleem, Sabeel Ahmed, Safaa Zarzour, Siraj Wahaj, Suhaib Webb, Suleiman Hani, Suzy Ismail, Tarek Khalil, Tariq El-Amin, Yasir Birjas, Yasir Fahmy, Zahra Billoo, Zaynab Ansari, Adil Farid, Amjad Quadri, Bassel Abu Shaban, Hussein Ata, Karen Danielson and others.
Islamic Relief USA and several other organizations, including Helping Hand, ICNA Relieve, MUHSEN, Zakat Foundation was the major sponsors for this convention.