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ISNA Hosts Regional Conference in South Florida
Over the weekend, ISNA held a regional conference in South Florida. The conference theme was 'Upholding Faith: Serving Humanity' and featured national speakers including Imam Tahir Anwar, ISNA President Azhar Azeez, Ubaydullah Evans, ISNA Vice President Dr. Altaf Husain, Imam Mohamed Magid and Hassan Shibly as well as local speakers including Rabia Khan, Imam Azhar Subedar and Dr. Aisha Subhani. The conference also featured parallel sessions for Islamic school educators led by Patricia Salahuddin and Laila Shatara, Spanish sessions led by Daniel Alvarez and Wilfredo Ruizz, and youth development sessions led by the Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA).
Speakers provided both spiritual nourishment as well as practical take-aways audience members can apply to their lives. Attendees were able to engage in conversations about relevant topics such as developing a Muslim identity during the rise of Islamophobia and civic engagement. "In America, Allah (SWT) is with us and the law is also with us. We have no excuse not to practice our faith and not to represent our faith and not to share our faith in public." CAIR Florida Executive Director Hassan Shibly explained in one of his sessions.

The conference also featured a matrimonial event. "The concept of the matrimonial event is great as it gives Muslims a platform to meet," shared one attendee.
The conference concluded with a celebration banquet featuring a keynote address by Imam Mohamed Magid and entertainment by nasheed singer Ibrahim Caba. During the banquet, ISNA President Azhar Azeez presented local leaders Mukhtar and Nasim Hasan and Dr. Aisha Subhani with the Community Service Recognition Award in honor of their lifelong dedication to community service. Sh. Hamza Yusuf shared a beautiful message via video for Dr. Aisha Subhani.

"The primary purpose of this event was to reconnect ISNA with the thriving South Florida Muslim community by offering a program led by a cross-sectional group of dynamic speakers who promoted ISNA's services to provide a future opportunity to partner with local leading organizations and centers," explained steering committee member and former ISNA Executive Council member Farhan Syed.

Please look for full coverage on the conference in the next issue of Islamic Horizons.
ISNA Board Members Attend Leadership Training
ISNA Board Members, Dr. Asra Ali, Sr. Sehrish Siddiqui and Br. Zeyn Patel had the pleasure of attending an intensive weekend training at the El-Hibri Foundation in Washington D.C. along with 40 other Muslim leaders from around the country. These leaders were trained on best practices for non-profit governance and equipped with tools to take back to their organizations to implement what was learned. The training was led by several field experts including ISNA Strategic Reorganization and Planning Committee members Farhan Latif and Asma Mirza.

ISNA would like to thank El Hibri Foundation for sponsoring this vital training to uplift Muslim organizations.
IOICA Joins Interfaith Partners to Advocate for Anti-Hunger Program 

On Thursday, March 1, IOICA Director Colin Christopher and IOICA Economic Justice Fellow Sara Swetzoff joined a dozen Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faith-based advocacy organizations on Capitol Hill to ensure that funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) remained at current levels in the upcoming Congressional Farm Bill. SNAP is the single most effective anti-hunger program in the nation, feeding nearly one in eight Americans who would not otherwise have the ability to access an adequate amount of food. In coalition with faith partners, all members of the Washington Interreligious Staffing Committee Domestic Human Needs Working Group, IOICA staff spoke with congressional policy directors and other staff from 8 Republican and Democratic Senate and House offices. Discussions ranged from unwavering support for SNAP and a desire to increase funding to moderate support recognizing the program as an important component of a larger anti-poverty landscape. Most offices also expressed concern about the future fate of the program and pledged various levels of interest in advocating for it in the Farm Bill. Congressional Republicans will introduce mark-ups for the Farm Bill in the coming weeks. IOICA meetings last week included in-person discussions with the following offices: Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL), Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, Congressman Roger Marshall (R-KS), Congressman Jeff Denham (R-CA), and Congressman Jodey Arrington (R-TX).
ISNA and the Episcopal Church Strengthen Ties

On Monday, March 5, IOICA Director Colin Christopher hosted Dr. Margaret Rose, Ecumenical and Interreligious Deputy to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, at ISNA's D.C. office on Capitol Hill. The two discussed the important roles both Muslims and Episcopals play in the political space given the diversity of political views held by their respective communities. During the meeting, Dr. Rose also pledged Episcopal participation from regional ecumenical leaders and denominations for this year’s Ramadan Iftar series developed by the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign and sponsored by IOICA. Finally, both Mr. Christopher and Dr. Rose discussed the role of structural racism within religious communities and what a substantive racial reconciliation process might look like moving forward. They plan to meet later on in 2018 to discuss this topic further and explore possible joint programming opportunities.

55th Annual ISNA Convention
In God We Trust
August 31 - September 3, 2018 | Houston, TX
Featured speaker Wajahat Ali invites you to join him in Houston over Labor Day weekend for the 55th Annual ISNA Convention!
Convention Highlights
  • Over 200 Renowned Speakers
  • 500 Vendor Bazaar
  • Entertainment
  • Community Service Recognition Luncheon
  • Qira'at Competition
  • Matrimonial Banquet
  • Art Exhibit
  • Film Festival
  • Health Fair
  • Meet the Author Program
  • Fun Run
  • Photography Exhibit
  • Children's Program
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Upcoming Events
The Chicago Education Forum features pre-conference workshops, knowledge based sessions, celebration banquet and networking luncheon.
ISNA matrimonial banquets provide an opportunity to meet and interact with other Muslim singles in a safe and Islamic environment.
The conference will focus on Islamic education and present sessions for professional development of teachers, principals and administrators.
ISNA matrimonial banquets provide an opportunity to meet and interact with other Muslim singles in a safe and Islamic environment.
The 55th Annual ISNA Convention will be held in Houston, TX over Labor Day Weekend (August 31-September 3, 2018)
Communities nationwide are benefiting from in-depth training, lectures, resources and networking opportunities that ISNA provides through our regional conferences. 

By supporting these events, you are helping us to uplift, inspire and educate others on numerous topics that can improve lives and communities. This lasting impact will positively affect our society as a whole. 

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