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A Celebration With Soul: 2011 End of Year Fundraising Dinner

IMAN Health Clinic: Making Connections, Moving Forward

Brother Ubayd's Detroit Reflection

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A Celebration With Soul: 2011 End of Year Fundraising Dinner

A Celebration With SoulIMAN will close out 2011 with a fundraising dinner on December 11, 2011 at the Harold Washington Library Center Winter Garden honoring one of the most prolific contributors to American culture of the past half century and one of the most successful community developers of the last two decades. Kenny "Luqman Abdul-Haqq" Gamble, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, is an icon and a legend in American pop music and an inspiration for everyone working in the fields of urban renewal and community development. He will be joined by our Special Guest Imam Suhaib Webb, Special Honorees Rabbi Robert Marx and Jane Ramsey, musical trio Three Generationz and renowned street artist El Seed. Blessed by the presence of scholars, activists and artists, the event will be, in true IMAN form, A Celebration with Soul.

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IMAN Health Clinic: Making Connections, Moving Forward

Islamic Relief is a principal sponsor of IMAN Health ClinicIMAN’s work of service and organizing in Urban America is part of a long tradition of such work by the American, especially Blackamerican, Muslim community. The IMAN Health Clinic and our other health care work are also connected to and build on similar work being done in other cities. One such model that continues to inspire us is the health care and policy work being done through the growing efforts of the Health Unity on Davison Avenue (HUDA) Clinic run by the Muslim Center of Detroit. Read More

Brother Ubayd's Detroit Reflection

Al-Huda ClinicThere are a lot of reasons to love the American Midwest. However, breathtaking scenery full of alternating types of natural beauty isn’t one of them. The camaraderie and bonding fostered by road trips aside, when I learned I would be traveling by car with a small group of IMAN staff to Detroit and Saginaw, Michigan for a series of community events, I didn’t expect much from the journey. Topographically, the Great Plains are, well, plain! This trip was about Detroit and Saginaw and their respective Muslim communities. Chicago, I had something different in mind as we set out on the road. Both illuminating conversations with pioneers (the early converts to Islam and proto-Islamic movements who make up the First Resurrection) and some academic literature on the subject point to Detroit as the true Mecca of Islam in America. And though it may be said that Chicago is one of its most important 'Medinas,' visiting Detroit does make for an interesting bit of historical perspective. Read More

The Tragedy After 9/11
Haroon Najam is a longtime leader and volunteer with IMAN who has contributed greatly to both our organizing and arts and culture work. He penned this piece for the September 2011 issue of the Chicago Crescent, a publication of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago

Ten years on from the 9/11/2001 tragedy, I, an immigrant Muslim in America, am supposed to say “everything has changed!” But has it really? Sure, the intense suspicion over our role and place in American society and Islamophobia in its various forms are a new external reality. But there is an internal reality that we are often less inclined to face. What do we, immigrant Muslims, believe our role and place to be in America? What do we understand the historical legacy and contemporary reality of America to be? I will argue below that this reality has not changed, by exploring one of its parts, and that a clearer understanding of this reality can provide us with the agency, options and incentives to effectively alter our external reality. Read More