Anas Gandhi (chair)
Saadath Afzal (co-chair)
Saturday Night Halaqa
Young Muslims (YM)
YM meets at MEC every Saturday after Asr and ends by Midnight. Various activities include sports, halaqa, eating and prayer.
What is YM?
Young Muslims (YM) is a non-profit youth organization that has been around since the early 90’s. Over the years, we have established a well organized network of local youth groups that we call NeighborNets across the United States and Canada. Each NeighborNet is a dynamic youth group which attempts to build a solid understanding of the principles of Islam amongst its members by helping them put these principles into practice. We stress the importance of knowing, understanding, and fulfilling our individual and collective obligations as Muslims to our families and our communities.
YM at MEC?
YM has been established at MEC since 2007. It began with a group of five friends who met in the mosque to give themselves weekly reminders. Eleven years later, the Neighbornet at MEC involves over fifty youth Alhamdulillah. These brothers come together to meet one another, play sports, eat, discuss relevant Islamic topics along with practical means through which they can be implemented, and much more. YM aims to attract Muslim youth from every walk of life by creating a comfortable environment where all are welcome. The environment is what attracts the brothers; the idea of learning about our religion and having a good time is what YM promotes.
What makes YM different from any other youth group or organization out there? Simple, YM is looking to unite those groups. We strive to bring these youth together so that they learn to live, work, play, and worship together. We want these youth to be comfortable and proud of their religion, which ultimately comes through experiencing it. They feel the brotherhood, they feel the impact, and they feel themselves growing closer to their religion and families.
What else does YM do?
YM hosts events throughout the year. In the summer we hold annual retreats. During Ramadan those that attend YM invite the group to their houses for iftar. Throughout the year we hold local events with speakers from across the nation such as Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan, Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda, Imam Omar Suleiman, and many more. For more information visit Ymsite.com or like us at Facebook.com/YoungMuslims. Better yet, come see what we’re all about every Saturday evening at MEC.
SSU (Sisters Steppin Up): Sisters Steppin’ Up (SSU) is a girls only youth group with several chapters around the Chicagoland area. Our mission is to provide an engaging space for personal growth and sisterhood through programs that support and inspire our youth’s spiritual, ethical and social potential. The SSU chapter at MEC Morton Grove is open to all high school and college girls. We meet every Friday evening from 6:45 – 9:30pm for various activities including sports, halaqas, social events and community outreach projects. Please check our Facebook or Instagram for latest announcement and weekly meeting details. Parents and youth are invited to contact the advisors with any questions you may have: firstname.lastname@example.org