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41st Annual ISNA Convention Brings Thousands of Faithful Muslims to Chicago

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a preeminent international
Islamic organization, and its co-host for the ISNA Annual Convention, the
Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIO), an umbrella
organization representing over 400,000 Muslims throughout Chicagoland, are
pleased to announce the 41st Annual ISNA Convention. The theme of this
year’s convention is “Islam: Dialogue, Devotion and Development”. The
convention will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center,
Rosemont, Illinois. From Friday, September 3, 2004 to Monday, September 6,
2004 Muslims will immerse themselves in the pursuit of Islamic knowledge
through seminars presented by international Islamic experts and
scholars. Over 25,000 attendees are expected at this important annual event.

Every year during the Labor Day weekend thousands of North American Muslims
come to the ISNA Annual Convention to enrich their faith, celebrate the
diversity of Islam, take advantage of the wealth of knowledge at seminars,
enjoy ethnic delicacies and browse through the colorful bazaar.

The ISNA Annual Convention is recognized for providing an avenue for
constructive dialogue involving social, religious, political and business
leaders. A notable group of Islamic scholars and prominent figures from a
range of disciplines are scheduled to speak at the convention. The speakers
include: Sheikh Muhammed Nur Abdullah, ISNA President and Director of the
Islamic Foundation of Greater Missouri; Dr. Ingrid Mattson, ISNA
Vice-President and professor of Islamic Studies at Hartford Seminary,
Hartford, Connecticut; Hamza Yusuf, founder of the Zaytuna Institute in
Hayward, California; Jamal Badawi, a professor at St. Mary’s University,
Halifax, Nova Scotia and Abdul Hakim Jackson, professor of Arabic and
Islamic Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

A press conference featuring ISNA leadership will be held on Friday,
September 3, 2004 at the Convention Center. The time and room location
will be announced shortly. This will be the best opportunity for the press
to speak directly with the leaders of one of North America’s preeminent
Muslim organizations.

One of the major events of the convention will be the Unity Banquet,
scheduled for Friday, September 3, 2004 at 6:00 p.m. The banquet will be
an opportunity for leaders of diverse religions, including the Catholic,
Protestant, Jewish and Muslim communities, to come together, renew their
bonds and forge a path of unity for the future.

We invite you to attend and cover this pre-eminent Islamic gathering,
scheduled news conferences and interfaith events. Please note members of
the media must register at the Media Registration Booth located in the
Convention Center lobby to enter the convention and attend events.

Advance media inquiries are suggested to facilitate press passes,
pre-planning for coverage of news events and interviews at the Convention.
Please contact: Farhan Younus at (630) 926-5566.


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