Community Events

VOTER REGISTRATION

FRIDAY JANUARY 26, 2018
12:30 P – 2:30 PM
MUSLIM COMMUNITY CENTER
4380 N. ELSTON AVE., 60641

If you are going to be 18 years old and over and a citizen of the United States, it is your civic duty to register to vote. Also, if you have moved recently, you may need to register to vote. Please bring your ID and one other document or card that shows your address. It only takes a few minutes and qualifies you to vote in local, county, state and federal elections. The next election is March 20, 2018 with races at all levels of government.


COUNCIL OF ISLAMIC ORGANIZATIONS OF GREATER CHICAGO GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES’ FORUM

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2018
10:30 AM REFRESHMENTS
11:00AM FORUM
MECCA CENTER
16W560 91ST ST.,
WILLOWBROOK, IL 60527

Get to Know Senator Daniel Biss, Tio Hardiman, and Chris Kennedy as Illinois Muslims host their first Gubernatorial Candidates’ Forum.  Free.
Email: info@ciogc.org for more information.

 


 COMING TOGETHER IN SKOKIE AND NILES TOWNSHIP CELEBRATES MUSLIM-AMERICAN CULTURES

Throughout February, March and April

Attend a wide variety of discussions, presentations, performances and films that explore Muslim American identity and culture. Complete list of programs at their website: http://comingtogether.in/

OPENING CEREMONY: CELEBRATING MUSLIM AMERICAN CULTURES
12:00 PM: REFRESHMENTS, DEMONSTRATIONS & ART GALLERY
1:00 PM: Program in Auditorium
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2018
NILES WEST HIGH SCHOOL,
701 OAKTON STREET, SKOKIE, IL 60077

Celebrate this year’s Coming Together Opening Ceremony featuring Muslim-American cultures. There will be ebru art, calligraphy and henna demonstrations, an art gallery and refreshments, followed by a wonderful program featuring Quran and Nasheed recitations, spoken word poetry, hip hop emcee, and much more. The emcee for the event is NBC5 Chicago’s Ash-har Quraishi. Free and open to the public. Salat (prayer) room arrangements will be available.


ENGAGE FOR CHANGE – AN INTERFAITH DISCUSSION
ON GUN VIOLENCE CONTROL

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2018
7:00 PM
MUSLIM EDUCATION CENTER,
8601 MENARD AVE, MORTON GROVE, IL 60053

Solution-based discussions and motivational speakers to give hope for “next steps”. Speakers: Tamar Manasseh, founder of Mother’s Against Senseless Killings (MASK); Shamar Hemphill, Community Organizer at IMAN; and Pastor Daniel Ruen from Grace Lutheran Church in Skokie. Free and open to the public. RSVP to mccinterfatihteam@gmail.com.

 


UNDERSTANDING MUSLIMS

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2018
12:30 PM
Mather’s More Than a Cafe (Norwood Park)
7134 W. Higgins Ave., Chicago, IL 60656

Learn more about the religion of Islam and the Muslim community in the United States, especially in the Chicago area. Samina Hussain explains some of the fundamental beliefs and values of Muslims and the work she is doing with the Muslim Community Center to promote interfaith friendship and cooperation while fighting racism and bigotry. Get answers to your questions. RVSP to rubyzaq@hotmail.com if you wish to attend as space is limited.


IF NOT NOW, WHEN?
IMPACT AND RESPONSE TO THE ROHINGYA GENOCIDE

Thursday, February 8
6:00-8:30 pm
Illinois Holocaust Museum
9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL 60077

Admission is free.  Reservations required.

The international efforts and responses to the genocide of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Myanmar (formerly Burma), raises challenging questions. Facing increasing persecution, escalating violence, forced statelessness, and innumerable restrictions at the hands of the state, the Rohingya have experienced ongoing atrocities.  Join us for a thought-provoking discussion to understand the crisis, its impact, and learn what we can do – here in the United States – to ensure the Rohingya people can live with health, safety and dignity.  Register at https://www.ilholocaustmuseum.org/home-page/programs/events/


HALAL: CLEAN EATING, CONSCIOUS LIVING

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2018
7:00 PM
NILES-MAINE DISTRICT LIBRARY
6960 W. OAKTON STREET, NILES, IL 60714

This presentation by cookbook author, Yvonne Maffei, will showcase halal food/cooking. She will talk about the topic of halal and give a holistic overview of how Muslims approach food and eating from a practical to a spiritual side. There will be a no-cook food demonstration at the end.


INTERSECTIONALITY: HOW RACE, GENDER, AND SOCIAL CLASS AFFECT INVOLVEMENT IN THE MUSLIM-AMERICAN COMMUNITY

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2018
1PM – 4 PM
MUSLIM EDUCATION CENTER
8601 MENARD AVE, MORTON GROVE, IL 60053 

The MCC Interfaith & Outreach Committee invites you to celebrate Black History Month with a thought-provoking presentation and discussion.  Esteemed speakers, Tariq El-Amin (Imam at Masjid Al-Taqwa and host of Radio Islam), Aisha El-Amin (Associate Provost and Chief of Staff at UIC), and Bashirah Mack (Social Media Coordinator for Sapelo Square: An online resource on Black Muslims in the United States), will share their insights on how race, gender and social class affect involvement within the Muslim-American community.  To RSVP, email mccinterfaithteam@gmail.com.

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