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Community Café Rebuilds and Reclaims

Health Clinic Expands and Deepens Connection

Faith Communities Stand Together against Violence

Save the Date!

IMAN's 15th on December 15th
Details Coming Soon!

Streets 2013

IMAN is in the midst of planning a very special 15th Year Anniversary edition of Takin' It to the Streets for Summer 2013. While this means there won't be a Streets this summer (2012), the festival next summer will be well worth the wait.

In The News

IMAN on WVON Radio
On April 7, IMAN's Executive Director was interviewed about Muslim Run, IMAN's campaign for food justice and racial healing.

WVON

Recent Events

Youth @ UIC's SHIFT Forum
On Saturday, April 28, 17 of IMAN's youth leaders took part in focus groups and health education at UIC's SHIFT (Shaping Health by Influencing Food Trends) Youth Summit.

Upcoming Events

Executive Director
Rami Nashashibi has been invited to present at the The 2012 U.S.-Islamic World Forum to be held in Doha, Qatar in late May.

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An IMAN Update

Community Café Rebuilds and Reclaims

By Haroon Najam - Member IMAN Arts Council

CC: RebuildCommunity Café: Rebuild not only hit the right notes musically and artistically for me, but it also hit upon a theme and an idea that I have been thinking much about recently: the relationship between the lands and spaces we claim as ours, and the many personal and social crises that we face in our lives and in our communities.  It may be that one way of turning many of these crises around is to imagine and create new relationships with our lands and spaces.  We need to reclaim our spaces and rebuild our places, if we are to transform our communities. Read More

Health Clinic Expands and Deepens Connection

By Altaf Kaiseruddin - Medical Director IMAN

Health ClinicThe mission of the IMAN Health Clinic has always been to provide free, accessible and holistic health care to as many in the local community as possible.  The most important part of increasing the Clinic’s capacity to see patients is to increase the number of sessions that it is open to the public.  In this regard, the Clinic reached a new landmark last month: With the addition of a second session in the morning, Wednesdays have now become the first full day that the Clinic is open to patients.  This full day of patient interaction on Wednesdays will also serve as a template for other full days that are in the planning phase.  Read More

Faith Communities Stand Together against Violence

By Ismail Ibrahim - IMAN Youth Leader

Multifaith PrayerIn keeping with its tradition of multifaith community organizing, IMAN responded to the innocent killing of local resident and father of three, Ulysses Martin, a block away from the IMAN office, by collaborating with St. Rita of Cascia, Temple Beth Shalom and CeaseFire to hold a multifaith prayer service and observance on the very spot Mr. Martin had died a few days earlier. The observance started with a Stations of the Cross prayer led by Father Tony Pizzo from St. Rita of Cascia as part of their Good Friday procession.  It was followed by Friday khutbah and congregational prayers led by Gemali Ibrahim, an IMAN-Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) organizer.  It ended with a Jewish afternoon prayer led by Rabbi Funnye Capers from Beth Shalom.

One of our youth leaders, Ismail Ibrahim, wrote the following reflection on the event. Read Here