February 2020

The Message

A Publication of the Muslim Community Center, Chicago, IL

Vol. 50 / No. 2/ Jumada Al - Akhirah— Rajab 1441/ February 2020

President's Report

Dear Brothers and Sisters, عليكم السالم , I hope and pray that you are all in the best of health and iman. In January, we had our General Body Meeting and was able to present to the community what we accomplished in 2019. In 2020 and beyond, we hope to continue to make MCC a more efficient running masjid, and In Sha Allah, we will do that with a renewed fervor along with new leadership. We are welcoming new and former board members this year. Brs. Masood Bijapuri and Usman Baki have been long stalwarts of the MCC and will return as members of the board. We also would like to welcome Br. Mohsin Ishaq as our Youth Director and Kazim Muhammad for his first time on the board while he currently serves as the co-principal of the Sunday School at MCC. By the time of this publication, we will also have three new DirectorsAt-Large who, In Sha Allah, will also provide new and fresh perspectives to us. Please continue attending and supporting MCC’s events and programs as every week something is going on for everyone and every age. On February 14th, we will be having a Family Night at MEC with Hot Chocolate! Everyone is welcome to attend, but please bring your kids! Lastly, for most of its 50 years, MCC has consistently provided services that cater to four out of the five pillars of Islam. Last year we tried to fulfill that 5th (HAJJ), but it wasn’t as successful as we would have liked. However, we want to start the year off by having an MCC Umrah trip in March. Please see the flyer in the Message for more details. Alhamdullilah, we have about half of our quota filled so far.

Jazak Allah Khair.

Regards,

Kamran Hussain president@mccchicago.org 847-452-5811
MCC job opportunity for immediate consideration:

Rehab and Welfare Coordinator

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter indicating how your experience relates to this position along with a resume to zakat@mccchicago.org

MCC Publication Committee:

  • Shabnam Mahmood—Chair/Editor-in-chief
  • Syed Mahmood—Co-Chair
  • Hafiz Ikhlas Ansari—Prayer Timetable
  • Mohsin Bhatty—Distribution

The Message is a monthly publication of the Muslim Community Center that informs members of administration, organization and committee activities of MCC/MEC. Submit your questions and comments editormccpublications@gmail.com. The opinions expressed in The Message do not necessarily represent those of the Publication Com-mittee. The editor reserves the right to edit all material.

MCC Job Opportunities

For more jobs and information please visit: https://mccchicago.org/jobopportunity/

If interested, please submit your resume: to:

president@mccchicago.org & amuhsin@mccchicago.org

The CUBS Are Hiring

The Chicago Cubs are hiring seasonal event operations staff to work at historic Wrigley Field. We are working to connect with local community businesses and organizations to let them know about our amazing seasonal positions including guest services, event security, Cubs Charities raffle sales, and more. For more information please visit us at 

https:// my1060wd.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/ Chicago_Cubs_Seasonal

MCC Senior’s Committee trip to Chicago History Museum

Calling All Artists!!!!

Enter The Message’s Cartoon Contest!!

Rules:

1. Cartoons may be 1-5 panels and contain an Islamic theme.

2. Cartoons must be the original work of the artist. (Artists should be 15+)

3. Please email your artwork to editormccpublications@gmail.com along with your full name/address/phone #

4. Cartoons will be chosen to the discretion of the Publication team.

5. If your cartoon is chosen you will be contacted and your artwork will appear in the following month’s print.

6. Prizes will be given out to winners.

MCC Educational Committee

Per MCC Bylaws article10.2.4, MCC Education Committee (EC) The EC shall be responsible for the educational development of the community with the ultimate goal of reaching every child & youth member of the community. For this purpose, it shall conduct surveys, mobilize and promote the community opinion, develop long and short-term plans, establish pilot programs if necessary, conduct seminars and lectures and adopt all such measures that will promote the cause of education in the community and progressively take the community toward higher goals of excellence in education.

To that end, we conducted a survey where a set number of general questions were asked from the community. The survey questionnaire was delivered through MCC food and funfair, through Juma prayers and MCC website. More than 60 surveys were collected. Although few people from outside the MCC community participated in this survey, mostly the MCC community participated. A majority want to bring children to MCCA, but due to two reasons (mostly financials), do not bring to MCCA. Others attend weekend schools but still want to improve upon standards of education. There are still some who do not attend any school. Unfortunately, they do not leave a contact number. From this survey, around seven people offered to help in education who are not part of MCC education at the moment.

Therefore Education Committee members mutually decided to meet once a month in person and frequently via email messages. The committee members think outside the box and try to come up with novel ideas. Currently, EC is working on developing a pilot program. Also, the EC will be focusing on:

  1. Educational Research in the community that includes Surveys and feedback.
  2. Awareness events such as town halls where we share education options with the community and get feedback.
  3. Evolving institutions – working with MCCA, MCC Part-Time School Council to provide stimulus, assistance, and pilot opportunities to supplement ongoing organizational change and evolution.

With further meeting discussions, we will further develop the scope and function of the committee. Committee consists of a wide variety of personalities including CoChair, Kazim Mohammad (MCC Sunday school Principal), Azher Ahmed (MEC Sunday school Administrator and MCC Part-Time School Administrative Council Co-Chair), Mohsin Ishaq (MCC youth board member and a Public School Teacher), Tanveer Azmat (Ph.D.) professor of Quranic studies and Sadia Bano (BA BEd) a teacher and Mohammad Sarwar Nasir (a long-time Sunday school teacher). Also, Habeeb Quadri (MCCA Superintendent), Haleemeh Mikbel (M.Ed and MS in English), and Aminah McBryde(Youth Coordinator) will be actively consulted to get their input or assist them as needed.

If any community member has any ideas to share to improve upon the MCC education system, please do not hesitate to contact any committee member or contact me at (msnasir53@gmail.com) or 847-927-0919.

 

Mohammad Sarwar Nasir 

Education Committee Chair

MCC Youth In Action

*The MCC Youth Innovate winners were honored at the Jummah prayer this past month and had a celebratory cake afterward. Congrats again to all the winners! *Sisterhood Circle hosted a surprise hijab party for one of the members who recently decided to wear the hijab permanently. Mashallah and Mabrook to her!
*Sister Aminah hosted a successful college interfaith tour at MCC Elston location with approximately 14 young adult guests.

*The Youth of MCC held its first Northwestern Men’s Basketball trip with over 20 individuals in attendance. While the Wildcats didn’t win, it was still an enjoyable time.

*The Youth of MCC, in collaboration with the Illinois Muslim Civic Coalition, MMUSA, and MIST Chicago, held their Census 2020 event. It was successful Alhamdulillah, despite the weather, with over 20 youth in attendance and guest speakers and performers including Ram Villivalam and Hamza Abbasi.

*The Youth of MCC and Interfaith and Outreach Committee has collaborated on a service trip to the Mexican American border to serve the folks at the refugee camp in Matamoros, Mexico, and Brownsville, Texas. For more information and to register, please email Br. Asif at amasood1@yahoo.com.

*The Youth of MCC and Zaytuna college will be doing a program with Dr. Celene Ibrahim on understanding the Islamic perspective on Feminism for high school and college youth on February 8th at 4 pm. The Youth of MCC is also planning a High School, College, and Young Professionals trip to the United Center to watch the Bulls play. More details to come, In ShaAllah. Young Muslim Sisters and the Youth Committee are planning a service project creating blessing bags to happen at the beginning of February. More details on their Instagram account – @yms.mortongrove.

*The Youth of MCC is hosting a Hot Chocolate Family Night with Imam Ibrahim on February 14th at 7 pm. Some several other upcoming programs and events will be happening soon. 

*Follow us on Instagram/ Facebook at @mccchicagoyouth and @youthofmcc for regular updates on more exciting events and programs. 

If you have questions, concerns, suggestions, or comments, please reach out to our youth coordinators: Sarah Kadir, skadir@mccchicago.org & Aminah McBrydeRedzovic, aminah@mccchicago.org

· 5th Grade
1st Place Aamir Memon
2nd Place Jenan Mahmud
3rd Place Hafsah Abdullah
· 6th Grade
1st Place Daniyal Muhammad Sarwar
2nd Place Maryam Ahmed
3rd Place (tied) Soha Vohra
3rd Place (tied) Aleena Nasir
7th thru 10th Grade
Topic: How can you make an impact on
today’s world?
5Minutes
· 7th Grade
1st Place Mohammed Siddiqui
2nd Place Ahmed Taqayyah
3rd Place Addnan Mujahid
· 8th Grade
1st Place Aymal Yousefzai
2nd Place Amal Sarwar
3rd Place (tied) Zeshaari Ahmed
3rd Place (tied) Mariyum Patel
· 9th Grade
1st Place Noor Ahmed
2nd Place Amina Karabek
3rd Place Iffat Ali
· 10th Grade
1st Place Zaid Khan
2nd Place Ayaan Gul
3rd Place Nabeel Muhammad Sarwar

Again, congratulations to all the participants and big thank you to all the countless volunteers that made this ceremony possible.

Sincerely,
Kazim Mohammed and Omer Khan
(Co-Principals) MCC Sunday School

MCC Youth In Action

Congratulations to the three winning groups for MCC Innovate! Competition  Ahmed Malik, Ahmed Syed, Sufyaan Syed, Bilaal Ansari in the first place, Idriz and Yusuf Redzovic in second place, and Saad Mohammad, Hamza Kothawala, Rayyan Junaid, Ahmed Imran, Bilal Hameed in third place.

Sisterhood Circle had a very successful Hajj Story Time event with over 25 sisters in attendance. Sister Aminah co hosted a successful college interfaith tour at MCC Elston location with Dr. Sabeel Ahmed in mid-November.

 

The Youth of MCC’s Middle School Boys Youth Group that meets at the Skokie location and is led by young college-age men from our community has been running very well so far, alhamdulillah, and will continue to meet every Friday.

Please contact a youth coordinator if you would like to sign up. The Youth of MCC group that meets on Sundays has started a series, Lessons from the Life of the Prophet Muhammed PBUH with Omer Lateef, a student at DePaul and DaruSalam Seminary which has been very successful so far. The Youth of MCC and Interfaith and Outreach Committee has collaborated on a service trip to the Mexican-American border to serve the folks at the refugee camp in Matamoros, Mexico, and Brownsville, Texas. For more information and to register, please email Br. Asif at amasood1@yahoo.com. The Youth of MCC
has been invited to Temple Jeremiah for a Martin Luther King interfaith high school and college program in January. More information coming soon for those interested in attending. The Youth of MCC and Zaytuna college will be doing a program with Dr. Celene Ibrahim on understanding the Islamic perspective on Feminism for high school and college youth in February.

*Follow us on Instagram/ Facebook at @mccchicagoyouth and @youthofmcc for regular updates on more exciting events and programs. If you have questions, concerns, suggestions, or comments, please reach out to our youth coordinators: Sarah Kadir, skadir@mccchicago.org & Aminah McBryde-Redzovic, aminah@mccchicago.org.

MEC/MCC Women's Committee Events

Alhamdulillah Mommy & Me had a fun-filled winter break.

On Dec 30th, kids had fun doing an Arabic calligraphy art by artist Moje Barkat. Masha’Allah, some kids wrote their names in Arabic, some wrote Al-lah’s name, and some wrote good vibes. Kids used acrylic paint and glitter with help from moms and volunteers.

On Jan 3rd, Mommy & Me took a trip to the Skokie police department, where the kids learned so much about the work police officers do. Kids were able to see the investigation room, wore badges, saw the parking garage where they had squad cars; they were able to touch and feel equipment, ask questions, met animal control officers, and took many pictures. We want to thank Sergeant Franklin and Officer Wilken for hosting us and showing us around.

On Jan 4th, MEC Women’s com-mittee hosted their 2nd annual com-munity ladies and kids ice skating event, which was very successful. The rink was filled with over 200 skaters, and it was an excellent way to end the kids’ winter break. In Sha Allah looking forward to more successful events in the year 2020.

Please contact:

mecwomenscommittee@gmail.com for any questions and follow us on Face-

Holistic Lifestyle Seminar

The MCC Women’s Committee held its 2nd “Holistic Share” on December 23rd. A group of 25 mothers and daughters huddled around the workta-ble in MCC’s kitchen to make authen-tic lahmacun, a Turkish-style baked food. Women laughed as they strug-gled to make their flatbreads round, but also learned that imperfection is ok.

Sr. Saeeda demonstrated how preparing meals by hand, spending time with friends for the sake of Al-lah, not wasting any parts of the food, and eating clean ingredients that are good for the body and the environment, re-flect both Islamic teachings and health science. Later the ladies ate their lahmacun and drank “Golden Tea.”

One teen said, “I would like to thank the woman’s committee for this amazing experience at the holistic share event. The food was both delicious and healthy. My mom and I really enjoyed it. It was a great healthy way to start my [winter] break.” Another sister wrote, “It was so fun, and I loved how we all took part in making the delicious food.”

Possibly the best compliment came from a little girl who told her mom, “I want to come next week!” There is no program next week. But soon, In Sha Allah. Stay tuned.

Please contact
mecwomenscommittee@gmail.com or mccelstonWC@gmail.com to be informed about the next holistic living event.