Developing Financial Sustainability for Your Organization

The growing challenge for nonprofit organizations, including Muslim nonprofit organizations, is sustainability.  As customary sources of revenue shrink, we must cultivate new sources of revenue to sustain our operation and to foster our continued growth. Indiana University has developed specialized studies in the area of philanthropy, with a focus on strategies for financially sustaining [...]

By |2018-07-10T15:36:50-05:00July 10th, 2018|Members and Community|0 Comments

Eid: A Reminder of Unity and Diversity

"O mankind, indeed 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. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted" (Q 49:13). Eid is upon us! Eid is [...]

Eid Mubarak From CIOGC

Expressed in many languages, celebrated in many varied ways, Eid Al-Fitr is our time for joyous celebration. It is our holiday that is preceded by a month where we refrained from food, drink, and intimacy with one’s spouse to instill discipline in our conduct, to raise awareness of those less fortunate, and, more importantly, [...]

Observing Ramadan with Chicago area Refugees from Syria

(CHICAGO, IL.) --The holy month of Ramadan is traditionally accompanied with an atmosphere of joy and family gatherings, but for those who were forcibly displaced from their home by war, it might be difficult to fully indulge in Ramadan’s atmosphere. Noor al-Shami, a Syrian refugee, who was resettled in Chicago with her husband and [...]

Annual Muslim-Catholic Iftar Dinner

"Overcoming Hate through Acts of Faith" On Friday, May 25, CIOGC, in collaboration with the Mecca Center and The Archdiocese of Chicago, hosted its annual Muslim-Catholic Iftar Dinner, inviting Catholics to join Muslims in breaking their Ramadan fast. For twenty years, CIOGC has sponsored this event during the holy month of Ramadan. It [...]

By |2018-06-07T13:34:17-05:00June 1st, 2018|Homepage Announcements, Interfaith, Ramadan|Comments Off on Annual Muslim-Catholic Iftar Dinner

Anti-Registry Bill PASSES Illinois Senate

VICTORY !!! On April 11, 2018, during Illinois Muslim Action Day (IMAD), we achieved the first step for the Anti-Registry bill becoming law in Illinois: it passed unopposed out of the presiding Illinois senate committee. Today, May 10, 2018, we witnessed the achievement of the next step for the Anti-Registry bill to become [...]

Forewarned and Forearmed – Punish Muslim Day

CIOGC Friends and Supporters, As salaam alaikum. Earlier this week, CIOGC disseminated an email informing our community about “Punish Muslim” day.  The date is April 3, 2018, and the origin of the threat is an email from some hate person or group in the United Kingdom.  The email has made a call to the general [...]

By |2018-03-30T15:18:07-05:00March 30th, 2018|Members and Community|0 Comments

Is a Halal Lifestyle Compatible With the Lifestyle in the United States?

Too often the answer given is no.  In explanations given, the “American” lifestyle is casted as offering a series of prohibitions to Muslims.  It is asserted that the American lifestyle means drinking alcohol, eating pork, or taking interest.   This answer, and its supporting explanations, rest on two false premises. The first premise relied upon is [...]

Zakat Foundation Recognized for its Charitable Work

Many charitable organizations, including Muslim charities, provided assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. One of our member organizations, The Zakat Foundation, not only sponsored a fleet of trucks that carried household goods and food supplies to the residents of Houston, Texas, it brought volunteer workers to Houston to assist with distribution [...]

By |2018-03-22T14:43:45-05:00March 21st, 2018|Members and Community|0 Comments

Insights of a Leader: Dr. Bambade

Our community is rich, but its richness, depending upon your perspective, is either hidden or undiscovered. This article focuses on one person who was a rich bounty to our community. Many of us were acquainted with her, but many did not know her. The person I am speaking about is Dr. Bambade Shakoor-Abdullah. She was [...]

By |2018-03-27T14:44:21-05:00December 13th, 2017|Members and Community|0 Comments