By: Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans
ALIM’s first Scholar-in-Residence.
Admittedly, I didn’t grow up attending a mosque under the umbrella of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). I didn’t have a subscription to Islamic Horizons, the once thriving bi-monthly magazine of ISNA. And while I was familiar with some of the leadership of ISNA (Sheikh Mohammed Nur Abdullah, Muzzammil Siddiqi, Dr. Ingrid Mattson, and of course, our very own, Dr. Muneer Fareed) for me, the relevance of ISNA was never an extension of its leaders. For many, The Islamic Society of North America was an organization identified by one thing and one thing only: The annual convention. In fact, when my friends and I said “ISNA” we were only referring to the convention. As such, being invited as a speaker for the 59th annual ISNA convention which took place in my hometown Chicagoland community, I graciously and enthusiastically accepted.