Muslims Gather at Largest Islamic Convention in North America

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    If Muslims want to improve their image America, they have to get involved in their communities and proactively talk Islam before controversies arise; leading Muslim figures told 40,000 people gathered at the continent's largest Islamic convention this weekend (01 – 04 July).

    The message, echoed among dozens of panels and discussion groups at the Islamic Society of North America's annual meeting in suburban Chicago, comes after a difficult year for American Muslims. Several states have passed or proposed bans of Islamic law, mosque construction projects have met ferocious opposition and polls have shown that many Americans have a negative perception of the religion.

    Some conference panels this year included "Islam, Pluralism, and Social Harmony," "Empowerment through Engagement," "Interreligious Collaboration Inspired by Love of God and Love of Neighbor," and "Ethics of Disagreement and Coexistence in Islam."
    ISNA officials said the conference theme - "Loving God, Loving Neighbor, Living in Harmony" -- and the convention programming reflect a belief that, despite the difficulties created by Islamophobia, the situation can be improved through engagement.

    Panels carried titles such as "Muslims under a Microscope," "Anti-Sharia Initiatives: How to Respond" and "Not in My Backyard," regarding to anti-mosque construction campaigns. The sessions at ISNA, which were based upon the requests of members, indicated that Muslims are also concerned about the state of their religion as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches.

    "We have to balance the internal needs of the Muslim-American community with our need as Muslims to defend Islam," said Ingrid Mattson, a member of ISNA's executive council and a professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary. "We have to constantly battle those negative threats to define us."

    We feel the best way to change the attitudes and opinions of those living in America is through informing and not preaching," said Ghani, who launched the Mineret Foundation with a group of Texan professionals last year to teach non-Muslims about Islamic beliefs. The group runs web sites, such as CuriousAboutIslam.com, with the aim of "pitching" Islam to non-Muslims in an informative, entertaining way. "Everyone in America has the right to be informed about the different aspects of Islam in a way they can relate to and understand," Ghani said.

    Islam has no religious hierarchy and few national Muslim groups cover the spectrum of theology, activism and community engagement among Muslims, making ISNA unique among religious events in the United States. The convention drew from Sunni and Shia schools of Islam, which comprise the majority of Muslims practices.

    About a hundred Muslims showed up for a panel Sunday 03 July on "Observing Islam in Everyday Life," where Islamic scholars gave advice on how to reconcile Islamic law and western traditions. That included discussion of Islamic financing and the stock market. Muslims should look for Islamic bank loans when buying homes to avoid paying interest, which is banned in the religion, but purchasing and selling stock at a profit is okay because it it similar to selling any other good, the scholars of the Fiqh Council of North America said.

    "The average American is scared of Islam because he doesn't know about Islam," said Yasir Qadhi, a popular conservative cleric and dean of academic affairs of AlMagrib Insitute, a network of Islamic schools in the U.S. He spoke at a panel on "Islamophobia: Opportunities, Challenges and Responsibilities for Dawah," or the spreading of the religion.

    Qadhi told Muslims to turn to the Quran, with it story of the hardships endured by the prophet Muhammad, when faced with challenges in their own communities. Qadhi quoted a verse from Surat Ash-Sharh, a portion of the Quran: "Therefore, recall, with every difficulty, there will be ease."

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    Are the Muslims gathering worried about opposition?
     
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    Where can I get an interest free Islamic mortgage?
    How does one enforce that?
     
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    Good for them. Im not entirely sure what the difference between informing and preaching are. Sharing what you believe is pretty much the same no matter what it's called.
     
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    Mostly works the same in terms of a regular mortgage in terms of you pay the same, they just structure it differently so it doesn't look like interest. Just looks more like they put a higher price on the property.
     
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    Muslims are having a hard time being accepted into American society.

    The prejudice against them is so thick you could cut it with a knife.

    The focus of the conference was what can Muslim Americans do to change the negative perception of them.
     
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    Stopping other Muslims from strapping bombs to themselves and to their children would definitely help. I would fully support any methods you use to accomplish that.

    There is no reason we can't work with Muslims to stop these lunatics.
     
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    As I have stated many times before.

    We are American Muslims and concerned with Islam in America.

    And have no control over what people do in other countries.
     
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    Did anyone talk about the best way to be seen in the best light possible?

    B/c they seem to have skimmed over the parts where they make a stand against kidnapping muslim immagrant boys and sending them off to become killers in another country.

    They also skipped over how to respond when local muslims try to kill thier fellow Americans.

    I suggest you clean up your own backyard before you call me an islamaphobe.

    But thanks for showing to me that muslims have no entention of going the American community except as a victim class of people.
     
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    So you deny that American muslims have taken American lives in the name of allah.

    nice

    I thought lying was a big time sin for muslims?
     

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