June 22, 2016
By Manya Brachear Pashman for the Chicago Tribune
There might not be a budget, but Illinois could become the first state with a law on the books that gives Muslims a formal voice in government.
The creation of an Illinois Muslim-American Advisory Council is one of more than 400 bills awaiting Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature. It landed on the Republican governor's desk shortly before presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump renewed his call to ban Muslims entering the U.S., after a shooter of the Islamic faith killed 49 people at an Orlando, Fla., nightclub.
June 22, 2016
In the middle of the sleepless nights and long summer days of this Ramadan, when the Muslim community is brimming with Iftars, food drives and Taraweeh prayers, a group of activists came together last Saturday in Downtown Chicago to discuss civic engagement. The Council of Islamic Organization of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) invited MPower Change, Justice for All and Center for New Community, among others to its office for Iftar to participate in a strategic discussion about grassroots organizing, voter registration and GOTV efforts in this critical presidential year. One of the key dates for increasing participation in the political process is the National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) on September 27, 2016. Nationwide, masjids are encouraged to hold registration drives on that day to build excitement. Visit the NVRD website for additional resources.
June 22, 2016
Farooq Ahmed, MD
Quran permits Muslims to postpone fasting when they are sick, or, if one is not able to fast at all, compensate for it by feeding the needy.
Fasting is such a special and unique worship that according to hadith, “Allah (swt) said: ‘It [fasting] is done for Me and I shall reward for it…’” Fasting in Ramadan has so much attraction that even Muslims who may not be very observant during the rest of the year fast and flock to the mosques daily during Ramadan.
Fasting is not easy, especially in these hot and long summer days. Yet, in their eagerness to harness all the promised blessings of Ramadan, even sick or elderly people yearn to fast. The following are some general guidelines, precautions and good practices for safe fasting under a few common chronic conditions.
June 13, 2016
CIOGC held a press conference this afternoon at the Downtown Islamic Center (DIC) to extend their deepest condolences to the victims of the Orlando massacre on behalf of the Chicagoland Muslim community. CIOGC Chairman, Mohammad Kaiseruddin, reached out to the LGBTQ community to offer CIOGC’s support and offered to host blood donation drives. CIOGC also asked Chicago area mosques to be alert and report any suspicious activity as there have been threats reported since the event on Sunday, June 12.
June 8, 2016
Eid Expo 2016 is an opportunity for the Muslim community in the Chicago area to celebrate Eid together in a festive environment and offers activities for the entire family. Eid Expo 2016 is organized by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) and the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) and managed by the American Pan Islamic Community Council (APICC).
This event will be hosted at Navy Pier on July 5 & 6 and will include two timings for the Eid prayers, a variety of food vendors, fun activities and entertainment, and a shopping bazaar. Click here for more information and to get tickets!