OnIslam & News Agencies
Sunday, 24 May 2015
CAIRO – Thousands of Muslims from across the US have been invited to attend the annual convention of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) to honor Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), as speakers from across the world provide a “better understanding” of the prophet.
When people in the United States mention the name of the prophet, “they actually do not know much about him,” Waqas Syad, ICNA deputy secretary general told Anadolu Agency on Saturday, May 23.
“When Muslims do something bad, people blame on prophet Muhammad and his thoughts,” he added, blaming US right-wing discourse.
More than 20,000 Muslims from across the United States are expected to attend the conference, which runs from Saturday May 23 – 25, 2015.
This year’s theme of the three-day convention, which opened yesterday, is “Muhammad (peace be upon him)”, making 2015 “The Year of Muhammad SAS.”
This year ICNA-MAS Convention would provide the information for our fellow Americans to understand Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) universal message of peace and love and his role in building the foundations of a movement devoted to truth and social justice,” the convention website says.
“The Prophet has inspired humanity for the last fourteen centuries with his message of faith in One God and his caring and compassion for all human beings. In this convention we aim to address how Muhammad (pbuh) instituted universal principles of human dignity, justice, fairness, consultation, tolerance and forgiveness, equality of individuals regardless of race or ethnicity, and peaceful co-existence among the nations and peoples of the world.”
This year’s convention marked the 40th anniversary of the annual gathering, which this year was honoring the Prophet Muhammad, as nearly 140 speakers across the world gave lectures to provide a “better understanding” of the prophet.
The convention speakers include Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Naeem Baig, Mazen Mokhtar, Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan, Imam Omar Suleiman, Shaykh Yasir Birjas, Imam Suhaib Webb, Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda, Ustadha Yasmin Mogahed, Dr. Mokhtar Maghraoui, Shaykh Abdool Rahman Khan, and Shaykh Hafiz Inayatullah.
It would also be attended by Shaykh Hafiz Zafeer Ali, Dalia Mogahed, Nihad Awad, Imam Khalid Griggs, Suzy Ismail, Nahela Morales, Sheikh Mohammad Qatanani, Docteur Oury Barry, Dr. Altaf Hussain, Azhar Azeez, Dr. Anis Ahmed, Dr. Zahid Parvez, Ustadh AbdelRahman Murphy, Qasim Mazhar, Dr. Farhan Abdul Azeez, Saadia Z. Yunus, Dr. Rida Beshir, Imam Safi Khan, Sheikh Ali Suleiman Ali, Shaykh Saad Tasleem, Dr. Abu Zayd, Dr. Jamal Badawi, Br. Hermano Hernan Guadalupe, Br. Ibrahim abdul matin, Imam Daud Haqq, Dr. Jonathan Brown, Imam Mohamed Hag Magid, Imam Talib Abdur Rashid, Joshua Salaam, and G.I.Jaaber – Ibrahim Jaaber.
The United States is home to a Muslim minority of between six to eight million.
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.
Article Courtesy: OnIslam