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Habib Umar at IMAN: An Opportunity for Spiritual Rejuvenation

Muslim Run: Community Leaders Taking Charge

One Chicago, One Nation: Community Ambassadors Becoming Leaders

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An IMAN Update

Habib Umar at IMAN: An Opportunity for Spiritual Rejuvenation

On Saturday, March 26, IMAN was honored to host Habib Umar bin Hafiz, a renowned scholar and spiritual leader, currently on his first tour of the United States and Canada. The IMAN visit was the first of his many engagements during a two-day trip to Chicago. IMAN as an organization and many of the individuals – staff, board members, leaders, etc. - associated with it are motivated by “spiritual convictions about community service, human compassion, and social justice.” However, as Rami Nashashibi, IMAN’s Executive Director, noted in his opening remarks during the reception honoring Habib Umar, this spiritual foundation can be weakened by the physical and psychological trials accompanying the day-to-day work for social change and service in our communities. As such, Nashashibi pointed out, this spirituality is constantly in need of rejuvenation and nourishing. He hoped that Shaykh Umar’s visit to IMAN would provide an opportunity for such rejuvenation. Read More

Muslim Run: Community Leaders Taking Charge

On March 2, 2011 community leaders of all stripes came together for an important steering committee meeting for the Muslim Run campaign. To start, in typical IMAN-style, committee members participated in an ice breaker exercise aimed at highlighting the diversity of talents and passions in the room. It was soon apparent that the committee personnel, from established business leaders to local activists and aspiring healthcare professionals, represented a range of skills and abilities to that could be harnessed to further the campaign. Read More

One Chicago, One Nation: Community Ambassadors Becoming Leaders

It’s been a really busy March for IMAN’s Community Ambassadors (CAs). Much has transpired since their collective efforts packed the Chicago Urban Art Society for IMAN’s February Community Café. CAs performed at and supported Café Finjan, an interfaith concert that brought together Muslims, Jews and others in a safe space for artistic performances and reflective dialogue. The show’s intermission offered the diverse crowd a chance to break into small groups and discuss the event’s theme, “Chicago Crossroads,” in relation to their specific life challenges. CAs were happy to give a huge round of applause to fellow ambassadors. Read More

Sign Up Today for Drumming & Storytelling

Starting next Monday, April 4, IMAN will be hosting drumming and storytelling classes for youth aged 13 to 22. The class will pair students with an experienced instructor, providing a safe space to grow in the skill of drumming through telling stories, while offering exposure to various cultures.

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