Islamic convention to address family issues

ContributedHARTFORD — This Memorial Day weekend Muslims from across the country will gather at the Connecticut Convention Center for the 35th annual ICNA-MAS Convention.

Dr. Reza Mansoor, president of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut, said 10,000 Muslim families and scholars are expected to attend the conference.

This year’s theme is “Save Family Save Society” and topics will include building strong families, communication and relationships, marriage and changing times. There will also be several short series offered on the topics of families, marriage, parenting, legal issues, counseling, Dawah, education, civil rights, family finances, spirituality and self development, and the media. During the convention, a parallel youth conference will also take place where youth can play games, listen to speakers and attend workshops.

Entertainment, a cultural bazaar and an interfaith banquet are also going to be highlighted this year for all attendees.

“It’s a weekend of families enjoying time together, building spirituality and relaxing together,” Mansoor said.

Renowned scholars will be giving presentations and hosting seminars throughout the weekend as well.

Keynote speakers this year include Imam Siraj Wahhaj of Masjid Al-Taqwa in Brooklyn, Sheikh Mokhtar Maghraoui, a New York City imam, and Sheikh Yasir Qadhi, a doctorate student at Yale University.

“We have some very good groups, and very good scholars coming,” Mansoor said.

He explained that this is the fifth year the convention, which is co-sponsored by the Muslim American Society and The Islamic Circle of North America, is being hosted in Hartford.

The event will be May 29-31 and many of the seminars are open to the public as part of the organization’s Window to Islam program.

On May 30 an invitation-only interfaith banquet, co-sponsored by the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut, will feature several speakers, including Rabbi Herbert N. Brockman of Congregation Mishkan Israel of Hamden, Rev. Shelley Best of the Conference of Churches and Imam Nasif Muhammad of the Al-Aziz Islamic Center in Bridgeport.

For information on the event visit http://icnaconvention.org.

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