By Susan Schwartz
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) in conjunction with the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California (ISCSC) held a highly successful West Zone Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, Ca. this past weekend.
Nearly 900 people attended a series of workshops and speeches. The theme of the Conference was: Rejuvenate the Spirit of Islam. The event began Friday afternoon with Jumuâ€™ah and was followed by an inauguration session before the workshops began.
The Muslim Student Association (MSA) and the Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA) were also present with workshops and a field trip.
Outstanding scholars addressed the Conference and provided thoughtful presentations that were followed by lively question and answer sessions. The speeches and workshops addressed a varied assortment of topics, ranging from headline news to personal deportment and interpersonal relationships.
Topics of the workshops included: â€œElection 2008: Empowerment through Engagementâ€; â€œOngoing Critical Issues in the Muslim Worldâ€ (Lebanon, Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq); â€œMaking a Difference – Health, Family and Societyâ€, and â€œLiving as Ambassadors of Islamâ€.
Dr. Aslam Abdullah, the editor in chief of The Muslim Observer,
A varied bazaar was sponsored by the conference. Bazaar booth-holders included CAIR MSA, Guidance Financial Group, (offering home financing claiming Sharia compliance); Bridges TV; Islamic Relief; and the Hidaya Foundation charitable group.
ISNA has counseling services on many issues including aging, youth, and domestic violence. ISNA also provides matrimonial and library services and halal certification.