After a hiatus due to COVID-19, the annual Islamic Society of North America convention is back in person for Labor Day weekend.
The 59th annual convention, sponsored by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, was announced Tuesday at the Downtown Islamic Center, 231 S. State St.
“The pandemic is somewhat over and we can come together in person,” said Abdullah Mitchell, executive director of the council. “This is a unique opportunity where we invite all Muslims – here, in Chicago and across the country – to come and join this convention for an exciting time.”
It runs September 2-5 and returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont. The theme of the convention is Resilience, Hope and Faith: With Difficulties Comes Ease, which comes from the Quran and symbolizes personal return.
Convention activities will include youth programming, a bazaar, film screenings and featured speaker sessions.
The Chicago area is a perfect fit for the convention, given the location’s appeal over the years, said Safaa Zarzour, president of the Islamic Society.
Hamzah Latif, co-chair of media relations for ISNA, said the organization is anticipating pre-pandemic numbers for this year’s convention, with more than 50,000 attendees expected each day.