The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago is committed to active dialogue and joint action between Muslims and people of other faith traditions. The Council’s active Interfaith Committee is led by Dr. Shakir Moiduddin and Azam Nizamuddin, Esq. The Interfaith Committee is one of the most active and vital within the Council.
Interfaith engagement is an important aspect of the Council not just because it is a good thing (which it certainly is) but also because healthy and respectful dialogue between people of differing faith traditions is an important part of Islam. The Quran, the words of God as revealed by the Archangel Gabriel to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), is clear that people of the earth are meant to transcend that which divides them (race, religion, nationality) to come to know one another on the basis of a shared humanity.
The Council’s interfaith work supports and compliments the interfaith engagement of mosques and other Muslim institutions in Illinois. Twice a year the Council convenes an interfaith summit for American-Muslims engaged in interfaith work. The summit is a networking, planning and skill-building meeting aimed at quantitative and qualitative improvements in Muslim interfaith engagement.
The Council also maintains regular dialogues with Archdiocese of Chicago, the Presbytery of Chicago, the United Methodist Church, the Chicago Council of Rabbis and several faith-based advocacy groups such as Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Protestants for the Common Good and Faith in Place. The Council also partners with the Chicago Center for Cultural Connections, an interfaith organization established in 1935 and formerly known as The National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ).