The annual Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) conference is being hosted in none other than Detroit, Michigan -- after approximately 51 years of it being held elsewhere (namely Chicago, IL).
ISNA, based in Plainfield, Indiana, is no stranger to making history. On August 30, 2013, Tahera Ahmad became the first woman to recite the Quran to open the ISNA convention, which she did at the 50th annual ISNA convention in front of a mixed-gender audience.
Additionally ISNA, often referred to in the media as the largest Muslim organization in North America, elected its first female president, a Canadian native, Ingrid Mattson, in 2006.
Detroit is in full swing of preparations and duties for the convention slated for August 29th - September 1st, 2014. Register here: http://www.isna.net/annual-convention.html
Here's our list of why it's a very good thing that the annual conference is being held in the Motor City.
Detriot is great choice for ISNA according to Ingrid Mattson
In the words of former ISNA president, Ingrid Mattson Detroit is just a "great choice" for the convention this year
State Representative Rashida Tlaib
Rashida H. Tlaib is a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives. She represents the 6th District, which is located in Southwest Detroit and stretches from an area just south of Downtown. And she is likely to be the first Muslim in Michigan senate!
Volunteers are coming out in troves!
Hundreds of metro-Detroiters come out to attend the volunteer meeting in preparation of hosting the ISNA convention. They are 'SO EXCITE!', as the kids say these days.
Everyone is doing everything they can to help Detroit, even Toyota!
Toyota has pledged $1 million toward the Detroit Institute of Arts' goal to raise $100 million to prevent the sale of art in Detroit's bankruptcy and help city pensioners.
So you can too, by attending this year's ISNA convention in the Motor City.
Great folks in Detroit
A few months ago nationwide list was compiled to show appreciation of Black Muslim men in America and three of them were from the metro Detroit area!
Additionally the first Michigan Muslimah Award was presented at Eastern Michigan University and awarded to a sister from Ypsilanti, MI in 2010.
There are lots of good local people to meet at this year's ISNA!