Nancy Elbassiouny, IOL CorrespondentCOLUMBUS, Ohio — Tens of thousands of Muslims from across the US and Canada will come together in Columbus, Ohio, at the weekend to discuss key issues as spirituality, community service, economic development, family, Islamic banking and  outreach.

But change will be the buzz word in many sessions and panel discussions of the 45th annual Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Convention, scheduled for August 29 – September 1.

The gathering, expected to attract nearly 40,000 Muslims, is even themed “Ramadan…a Time for Change.”

Muslim men, women and children will spend four days attending interactive sessions on such important topics as the need for an American identity and how Muslim organizations can help bring about change in America.   (comment from Allyson -why does America need to change? Did Our forefathers not think it out perfectly?)

They will hear from renowned scholars like Jamal Badawi and Hamza Yusuf and Zaid Shaker, politicians like Congressman Keith Ellison, academics like Dr. John Esposito and businessmen like Dr. Yaqub Mirza.

The convention will also feature a bazaar with more than 500 booths, a matrimonial banquet, an Islamic art exhibit, a film festival as well as a Qur’an recitation competition.

Sunday night, August 31, ISNA will organize what is tipped to be the largest Taraweeh prayer in American history, led by Sheikh Abdul Kareem Edghouch.

America is home to between six to seven million Muslims  (there is currently no statistical evidence to back up the figure( making up less than three percent of the 300-million population.



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