Muslims gather at the largest Islamic convention in North America

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.

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.

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.

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Muslims celebrate the event of Isra’ and Mi’raj

Today, Muslims celebrate the event of Isra’ and Mi’raj, or “the Night Journey and Ascension into Heaven”. It is the night when the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) was spiritually and physically transported from Mecca to Jerusalem and then to heaven where he reached a high stage of nearness to God Almighty.

The purpose of the Ascent was to confirm the high status of the Prophet of Islam. On the way, the Prophet (SAWS) met Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets. It is said that the archangel Gabriel accompanied the Holy Prophet.

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Insha Allah by Heliza Helmi

A rendering of Maher Zain’s popular nasheedInsha Allah” by Heliza Helmi, a participant of Akademi Fantasia season 5.