The Islamic Society of Milwaukee congratulates Sr. Janan Najeeb, a longtime member of the ISM, for being the first Muslim to lead prayers on the floor of the Wisconsin State Assembly on February 11, 2016.
Sr. Janan offered a general prayer and read two verses from the Holy Quran that speak to the value of diversity. The first verse is “And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the variations in your languages and your colors: verily in that are Signs for those who know.” The second verse is “We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you.”
We would like to thank State Representative Mandela Barnes, who extended the invitation to Sr. Janan. Mr. Barnes said he invited Sr. Janan “… in an effort to promote diversity in what is a predominantly white, Christian body and to present a more balanced picture of Muslims than that presented in much of the current political rhetoric.”
To read more about Sr. Janan’s experience, view this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Article.