Sheikh Hisham Al Qaisi

Br. Hisham Qaisi is the Religious Activities Coordinator at Islamic Foundation. His pursuit of traditional Islamic sciences began in Jerusalem and continued under scholars in the US. In addition, Br. Hisham has obtained bachelor’s degrees in Judaic Studies and English literature as well as a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Midwestern University. Daily Quranic Reflections [...]

Dr. Zainab Alwani

Dr. Zainab Alwani is the Founding Director and the first Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Howard University School of Divinity (HUSD). She is also the chair of the Master of Arts (Religious Studies) program at HUSD. Dr. Alwani received her Ph.D. in Islamic Sciences and Islamic Jurisprudence from the International Islamic University in Malaysia. [...]

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 [...]

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Muslim Celebrations

Muslims have two major annual celebrations called Eid, which means ‘recurring happiness’: Eid-ul-Fitr (Eid of Fast-Breaking) and Eid-ul-Adha (Eid of Sacrifice). Eid-ul-Fitr (Eid of Fast-Breaking): Eid-ul-Fitr is an Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. Fiṭr means "to break the fast" and therefore symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period. [...]

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How To’s of Fasting

The Obligation Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is an act of obedience and submission to Allah's commands through the highest degree of commitment, sincerity and faithfulness to seek Allah's mercy, to atone for sins, errors, and mistakes and to avoid condemnation to Hell. It is done out of deep love [...]

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Inner Dimension of Fasting

Excerpts from Imam Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali Inner Dimention of Islamic Worship Three grades of fasting It should be known that there are three grades of fasting: ordinary, special and extra-special. Ordinary fasting means abstaining from food, drink and sexual satisfaction. Special fasting means keeping one's ears, eyes,tongue, hands and feet-and all other organs-free from sin. [...]

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