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Our Muslim Neighbors

We were blessed yesterday to have Ms. Janan Najeeb, President of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition, Jananspeak to us about “Our Muslim Neighbors… What Everyone Should Know.” Her talk was filled with wonderful information about the history and practices of religion of Islam, the current world situation, and many other things. We are grateful that she shared her time, her experiences and her knowledge with us.

For the full audio, you can listen here. Our Muslim Neighbors…what everyone should know

Ms. Najeeb has been a spokeswoman for Milwaukee’s Muslim community to media outlets, government officials, interfaith leaders, academic institutions, hospitals, and a wide range of community groups.  A microbiologist by profession, Ms. Najeeb left her career because of the tremendous need to bridge the gap between the erroneous perception of Islam and Muslims in society and the actual beliefs and practices of the overwhelming majority of the world’s Muslims.  Ms. Najeeb serves on many committees and community boards, including the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.  She is a frequent lecturer at many area colleges and universities and has served as adjunct professor at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, teaching the Religious Culture of Islam.  In addition, Ms. Najeeb directs the new Islamic Resource Center on the south side of Milwaukee, which hosts Wisconsin’s first Islamic public lending library. In 2015, Ms. Najeeb founded the first Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival.

Janan Najeeb is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including the International Institute of Janan2Wisconsin’s World Citizen Award, CAIR’s (Council on American Islamic Relations) national award for activism, ACLU’s Special Recognition Award, UW-Milwaukee’s Scholar in Residence award, Dr. King, Jr. Celebration award, The Women of Honor award presented by six women’s organizations including the American Association of University Women, the League of Women Voters, and the Unitarian Society’s Womanspirit Group.