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IONA Holds 2016 Annual Convention Open To The Public At Cobo Center

DETROIT, November 22, 2016 – The Islamic Organization of North America is pleased to announce its 12th Annual IONA Convention “Living the Faith: The Struggle Continues - Confronting Challenges, Identifying Solutions.” The event will take place on Friday, November 25-27 in Detroit’s Cobo Center. The convention is open to the public, with lectures and workshops on many challenges which include Islamophobia, drugs, alcoholism, mental health issues among other challenges.Elaborating on the convention, Imam and President of IONA Steve Elturk shared, “Through our interactive approach, our esteemed speakers and experts will focus on the challenges our community faces through intimate workshops and speeches.” “Our aim is to bring together all

sectors of the community including all races and ethnic backgrounds. We are excited to see the community engage in the biggest and most diverse gathering in Michigan at Cobo Center in the heart of Detroit,” concluded Imam Elturk.
More than 30 speakers are scheduled to engage the attendees in a constructive way confronting challenges and identifying solutions. The convention is a family oriented event. Every member of the family from toddlers to youth to adults will enjoy the many programs designed for them. Ahmed Ismail, the Executive Director of the convention says, “We appreciate Cobo’s leadership and staff. They are very accommodating and cooperative. We also appreciate their understanding and being supportive of our cause.” He added, “We look forward to continue working together for the betterment of our community and city.”
“We hope to see a good turn-out for this event in Cobo Center,” said Claude Molinari, general manager of Cobo Center. “The event brings a great deal of community outreach and organization to the downtown Detroit area at a time of year when it is needed.”
IONA, 28630 Ryan Rd., Warren, MI 48092 | Tel: 586-558-6900 | E-mail: center@iononline.org

IONA’s mission is to transform its members and help transform the surrounding communities to righteous, God-fearing people, who collectively strive for the highest moral standard and constantly seek forgiveness from our Creator to earn His pleasure. We seek His compassion and mercy in this life and in the hereafter. We rejuvenate our soul through internal struggle and spiritual exercise in worship of our creator God. The strength of our belief in God gives us the courage to establish good and forbid evil, thus promoting a system of justice for all mankind.