ISNA comes back to Memphis

Photo by Saira Sikandar Lyba Naseer, Sahil Malani, Safwan and Hassan Arshad sit at the 901 Ummah table. They sold 901 phone cases and stickers. Islamic Society of North America hosted its annual conference in Memphis, Tennessee on Oct. 7 at the Hilton Memphis where adults and youth attended six sessions of various local and national speakers. The conference began at 9:30 a.m. with Session 1. ISNA Conference Chair Sameer Mansour moderated the introductory session. ISNA Conference Youth Chair Safi Khan and Board Member Sehrish Siddiqui introduced the conference and the various sessions. Session 2 began at 10 a.m. with Ihsan Bagby and Muzammil Siddiqi discussing the future of masjids in America

Communities attend vigil for Rohingya

By Sameer Mansour Attendees hold signs on the intersection of Poplar & Highland. “Pray for Burma." “Help the People of Burma." An interfaith vigil organized by Lina Dweik and supported by 901 Ummah was set up to raise awareness on the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims on Saturday night at the intersection of Poplar & Highland. People of different faiths and backgrounds gathered holding signs, passing out flyers, and giving words of wisdom to each other and those who passed by at the busy intersection. “I was watching tv and saw a clip of people from Burma and I could not stand the sight, having kids myself it was just too hard to look at, and I knew something had to be done, no matter how

'Divine Verses' talks about the day of Ashura

Khan gives his ten-minute lecture to the youth. Photo by Saira Sikandar Youth Director Safi Khan organized his regular bonfire for the youth to get a chance to relax, socialize and roast some marshmallows on Sept. 29 at Memphis Islamic Center's backyard. Khan had a short ten-minute reminder for the youth about the importance of the day of Ashura which was Oct. 1. He emphasized Allah’s unlimited mercy mentioning that Allah gives us several chances for our sins to be forgiven. "Why does Allah give so many opportunities for people to have their sins erased the year before and the year after,” Khan asked the youth congregation. “Allah is literally giving you chance after chance after chance…the

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