OnIslam Staff, 30 December 2014
CHICAGO – Hosting widely sought-after international speakers over the past weekend, the 13th MAS-ICNA Convention concluded another successful season which united thousands of American Muslims under one roof.
The annual convention of the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) was held from December 25-29.
More than 15,000 Muslims from across the United States and Canada huddled together at McCormick Place in Chicago, known as the nation’s largest convention center.
The number has increased from only 500 attendants who appeared at the first convention that followed 9/11 twin tower attacks.
This year’s theme of the five-day convention, which wrapped up on December 29, was “Faith, Compass for Life.”
This year’s speakers include an impressive list of world-renowned scholars and speakers such as Muslim thinker Tariq Ramadan, Shaykh Nouman Ali Khan, Shaykh Zias Shakir, Omar Suleiman and Dr. Jamal Badawi.
Speakers also included, sister Kristiane Backer, sister Muslema Purmul, Dr. Aminah McCloud, sister Lobna Mulla, sister Karen Danielson and US fencing champ Ibtihaj Muhammad.
The activities included artistic performances, exhibitions, business meetings, Qur’an recitation contest and exhibition.
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 at large.
Since 1968, ICNA has worked to build relations between communities by devoting itself to education, outreach, social services and relief efforts.
The United States is home to a Muslim minority of between six to eight million.
A US survey has also revealed that the majority of Americans know very little about Muslims and their faith.
Last year, Gain Peace, a Chicago-based Muslim outreach group, launched a public and television campaign to clear long-held misconceptions about Islam.
ICNA has also launched a campaign to educate Americans about Shari`ah and dispel wrong perceptions about it.
Article Courtesy: OnIslam.net
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