"On Independence Day weekend, the Connecticut Convention Center was
crowded with thousands of American Muslims. The annual ICNA-MAS
Convention, one of the largest Muslim events in America, is organized
by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Muslim American
"Those who attended the convention came from across the country to learn
more about Islam from scholars and activists, to improve themselves as
individuals, and to make new friends and meet old ones. Nasim, a mother
of two with a Pakistani background, also emphasized that she wanted to
attend the convention with her two sons so that they “know we are
Muslims.” Asiyah, a woman coming from a small city in Connecticut
with an Egyptian background, similarly stated that one of the major
appeals for her was the “renewal of identity” that she experiences when
she is surrounded by other Muslims."
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