MCC: Past and Present
Back on a cold Sunday of February 1969, a group of Muslims of diverse backgrounds (15 of them) sat down after Salatul Zuhr at Muslim Religious and Cultural Home (Yugoslavian-Bosnian), 1800 N. Halsted Ave., Chicago, and with mutual consultation decided to form Muslim Community Center (MCC). In the same year, the name, Muslim Community Center Inc. was incorporated as a Not-for-Profit organization on September 18th, 1969.
Since 1969, the MCC has been serving the metropolitan Chicago area community. It is considered the mother organization out of which many other organizations and Masaajid came into existence. MCC is one of the oldest and largest organizations in the Chicagoland area. MCC has facilities at three different locations under one administration. The facilities are approximately 10 miles away from each other (MCC at 4380 N. Elston Ave, Chicago, MEC at 8601 N. Menard Ave, Morton Grove, and MCC Academy at 9301 Gross Point Rd, Skokie) that include two Masaajid and two schools. All three facilities run many programs.
MCC is one of the very few model democratic Muslim organizations where the administration consists of 21 board members elected every year with staggered terms. The President is elected every 2nd year. The board is always a combination of male, female, youth and under represented groups. MCC is also proud of its diverse community where Muslims from all walks of life, origin and gender are welcome to attend its services. MCC values each person who passes through its doors because we believe that our congregation is strengthened by a multiplicity of perspectives and experiences.
MCC is a membership-based organization in which all decision-making is based upon consultation (Shoora). Currently MCC has over 1,600 paid members. But the weekly Friday congregation at both mosques exceeds 3,000 people.
MCC is actively involved in conducting Dawa programs to Muslims and non-Muslims, and various programs for newly converts. It is also involved in outreach and Interfaith as well as Intra-faith and Health screening programs. MCC also offers counselling, and assists people financially and morally to help them stand on their feet in many cases. MCC also conducts marriages, runs a funeral facility and provides many other programs to the community.