Milwaukee Interfaith Conference Grants Islamic Society Full Membership

November 25, 2003

Source: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On November 25, 2003 The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, "Representatives of 11 denominations and faith groups that oversee the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee have voted to admit the city's Islamic Society to full membership, the first addition in three decades, conference officials said Tuesday.

Coming the same week as Thanksgiving and the Eid al-Fitr, or feast of fast breaking, the announcement was a symbol of how Muslim-Americans are trying to get more involved in and be better understood by society.

'The Muslim community used to be isolated,' Mequon physician Waleed Najeeb said Tuesday as an estimated record crowd of 4,000 to 5,000 Muslims flowed in and out of the Milwaukee County Sports Complex in Franklin. 'Now, almost every week we have interfaith functions. Either we go out, or they come to the Islamic Center, all faiths - Judaism, Christianity, Islam.'"