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

CIOGC 25th Anniversary Dinner a great success

See photos from our 25th Anniversary Dinner! Watch video from our 25th Anniversary Dinner! Listen to Dalia Mogahed's keynote address about "Reimagining Muslim Spaces"! The CIOGC board and staff express their deep gratitude and appreciation to the sponsors, guests, and volunteers of our 25th Anniversary CommUnity Dinner. The mission of CIOGC was in action at [...]

By |2018-03-27T16:01:27-05:00November 8th, 2017|E-News Articles, Members and Community|0 Comments

CIOGC remembers Abdul Hameed Dogar & Dr. Zia Hassan

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un. Indeed, we belong to Allah, and to Him we shall return.  We are sad to announce the passing of two Chicago Muslim community giants, Dr. Zia Hassan and Br. Abdul Hameed Dogar, and offer our prayers and condolences to their family and friends during this difficult time. May Allah (swt) grant them mercy and accept them into the highest levels of Jannah, insha'Allah.  Br. Abdul Hameed Dogar  Br. [...]

By |2018-03-27T16:01:16-05:00November 1st, 2017|E-News Articles, Members and Community|0 Comments

Dr. Ragab El-Rashidy: CIOGC 2017 Top Muslim Achiever

The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) is pleased to announce our second Top Muslim Achiever of 2017, Dr. Ragab El-Rashidy. He will be recognized at our 25th Anniversary Dinner on Saturday, November 4 at Shalimar Banquets in Addison, Illinois. Dr. Ragab El-Rashidy is the founder and CEO of Genix, a pharmaceutical research and [...]

By |2018-03-27T16:00:29-05:00October 25th, 2017|E-News Articles, Members and Community|0 Comments

Dilara Sayeed: CIOGC 2017 Top Muslim Achiever

The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) is pleased to announce our first Top Muslim Achiever of 2017, Dr. Dilara Sayeed. She will be recognized at our 25th Anniversary Dinner on Saturday, November 4 at Shalimar Banquets in Addison, Illinois. From the moment Dilara Sayeed graduated from Headstart preschool for low-income children, she understood the [...]

By |2018-03-27T16:03:36-05:00October 18th, 2017|E-News Articles, Members and Community|0 Comments

Meet Dalia Mogahed: 25th Anniversary CommUnity Dinner keynote speaker

CIOGC is pleased to announce that Sister Dalia Mogahed will be the keynote speaker of our 25th Anniversary CommUnity Dinner, "Unity In Diversity," on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Mogahed is the former Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, where she led the analysis of surveys of Muslim communities. Mogahed also has testified [...]

By |2018-03-27T16:03:49-05:00September 27th, 2017|E-News Articles, Members and Community|0 Comments