October 2019

The Message

A Publication of the Muslim Community Center, Chicago, IL

Vol. 50 / No. 10 / Safar—Rabbi-ul-Awwal 1441/ October 2019

President's Report

Dear Brothers and Sisters, عليكم السالم ,

On September 21st, MCC had our 50th Anniversary Gala at the Holiday Inn in Skokie. It was a grand event where we had over 1000 people attend to commemorate this auspicious occasion.

Our host, journalist Ash-har Quraishi, welcomed the audience and dignitaries, which included Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, who addressed the audience to show her support for the MCC.

We had our films playing throughout the evening that were written and directed by Al-Imran Husain and Jayme Covaliers. Our panel discussions by the Past Presidents and the MCC Second Generation were inspiring as we got to see what MCC meant to all of them.

We capped off the evening with awards to Amantullah Ansari and Syeda Afifa Quadri for their tireless work over the years for MCC. Our last event for the evening was “In Memoriam,” which bought tears to everyone’s eyes as we did a dua for those who passed away.

The night’s highlight was the culmination of fifty years of friendships under one roof; many who had not seen each other in over twenty-five years. People came from all over the country to be part of this event, and we cannot thank you enough for taking time out and coming back to Chicago. Flying in from both coasts tells all of us what

Wassalam.
JazakAllah Khair.

Any questions or comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Regards,

Kamran Hussain
president@mccchicago.org
847-452-5811 

E-Newsletter Reminder

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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 Elston and MEC masjid locations are requiring your generous contributions to support the security program for both facili-ties. With your generous support, you will play a part in enhancing a safe and secure environment for our community. The goal is to raise $60,000 for this initiative. Please visit our website to contribute. Jazak Allah Khairan.

Interfaith & Outreach Hosts Annual Soup Kitchen

A group of MCC seniors has been hosting soup kitchens for some years now, and this is a community-building event to highlight the work of Muslims supporting their neighbors. The most recent one was held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Evanston on September 8th. Middle eastern food was served to about 100 homeless guests by about fifteen volunteers, which included seniors, young adults, and kids. Alhamdulillah, the food and hospitality were much appreciated.

The next soup kitchen is scheduled for September 30th at the Second Baptist Church. If anyone is interested in volunteering, please email Rashida Najiullah at rnajiullah@gmail.com.

MCC / MEC Women's Committee Events

On 14th September, the MEC Women’s Committee’s Mommy and Me program arranged a field trip at the farm for its young members. Kids enjoyed petting farm animals and riding a hay truck. Children also learned about farm animals. It was a beautiful day to be outside, which was enjoyed by all the participants.

MCC Youth In Action

Past Events – The Sisterhood Circle kick-off was successful with 20+ sisters in the audience.

The Youth of MCC group began an 8-week program with Br. Umair Haseeb discussing signs of the end of time; every Sunday, 10a-12p; MEC Youth Room.

The Youth & Women’s Committee End of Summer Picnic was successful with 30+ women participating.

The Young Muslim Sisters kick-off was successful with 20+ girls in attendance. For information, visit their Instagram account @yms.mortongrove.

Alhamdulillah, Beyond Bilal with Brother Mustafa Briggs was a wonderful and very successful event. It’s safe to say that everyone who attended the event left having learned something new and amazing about Islamic history. If you participated in the event and would like the slides from the lecture, please email the speaker at mustafa@floodplains.co.

Upcoming Events-
* MCC Youth High School & College Book Club Kick-off event, September 29, 2019, MEC Youth Room.
* MCC Innovate! A Community Youth Problem Solving Competition submissions due October 1, 2019.
* SoulFood Sisterhood Circle for High School, College, & Young Professional sisters meets next on September 21, 2019; 11:45 am; MEC Youth Room.
* MCC Youth is excited to welcome Sister Menahal Begawala, LMHC October 11-13. She will be speaking with middle school and high school sisters on Friday evening about healthy relationships as well as alongside Imam Ibrahim to all high school and college students on Sunday morning about addiction.

Many more exciting events & activities coming soon. Follow us on

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.

Library Committee’s Crossword Puzzle Contest

The Library Committee has launched its online crossword puzzle contest. The e Newsletter will feature a link to a crossword puzzle related to various individuals who have been an integral part of MCC’s history. Unscramble the names with the help of clues and complete the crossword puzzle. You will be prompted to fill out a form with your information. The first three correct completed puzzles will receive prizes and winners will be announced in the next issue! 

Click the image below to play

* Members of the MCC Administration and Committees are not eligible to participate.

Interfaith & Outreach Committee Open House Chicago

Did you know MCC’s Elston building was once a famous theater? MCC is once again proud to participate in 2019’s OPEN HOUSE CHICAGO. Organized by the Chicago Architecture Center, this event opens buildings to the public all over Chicago, so curious people can peek inside. Let’s welcome our guests with open arms! Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to this free event. Enjoy activities, snacks, information, and tours of the mosque. For more info, please email us at mccinterfaithteam@gmail.com.

Election Committee Announcement

MCC Election Day:
December 8, 2019 from
10 am – 3 pm at MCC & MEC.

Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot:
Nov. 8, 2019
Absentee ballots are available online or you can email:
mccelectioncommittee@gmail.com

Candidates Forums:
Nov. 10, 2019 MCC, time 10:30am
Nov. 17, 2019 MEC, time TBD

Deadline to renew your membership to vote:
November 30th

Masood Bijapuri
MCC Election Committee Chair

MEC Sunday School Kicks Off New Year

On September 8, 2019, MEC Sunday School opened its doors with much hope and aspirations to welcome MEC Sunday school students returning from summer break to celebrate their first day of Sunday School. Mixed emotions filled the first day. Some students were excited to see their friends after a long time, while others were anxious to start a new school, awaiting impatiently for this new year to begin.

To follow the Islamic traditions to protect the earth and to keep up with modern times, the MEC Sunday school administration decided to go green by introducing the online student and staff registration. The MEC Sunday school community appreciated the efficiency and convenience of paper-free registration. Moreover, tablets were assigned to each classroom to ease the process of staff and student attendance and also for posting homework assignments. The administration is planning to take many more green steps in the future, In Sha Allah.

The new PTO has been very active in providing new elements to the Sunday school experience. They welcomed many new and old parent volunteers who are eager to help with the student and parent activities planned for this year. Though the tradition started last year, the PTO will continue to serve free pizza to the Sunday school kids for snack time and lunch options for families after school. Parents are encouraged to attend the open house on September 29. It will be an excellent opportunity for parents to learn about their kid’s day at Sunday school and interact with their teachers.

The new year brings fresh new books, new teachers, new learning goals, and even new friends. May Allah make it the most productive and successful year for our students and staff yet. Ameen!

MCCA HOSTS INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISTS

Eleven senior journalists from around the world visit and learn all about MCC Academy and Islamic School in America. The journalists represented: The New York Times, The Washington Times, CNN Philippines, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Punch Nigeria, Ekattor Media Ltd. in Bangladesh, BBC World Service, Agence France Presse, The Jakarta Post, and NEO News in India.

A short history of MCC Academy (MCCA) and its leadership team was presented to the group. This was followed by a tour of the Skokie campus’ classrooms and ended with a Q & A. The discussion also included topics like U.S. relations with minority religious communities, the rise of hate crimes and divides, and bridging cultural and religious identity. Journalists interviewed some students from MCCA College Prep.

50th Anniversary Gala

Dear Brothers and Sisters, عليكم السالم

On September 21st, MCC had our 50th Anniversary Gala at the Holiday Inn in Skokie. It was a grand event where we had over 1000 people attend to commemorate this auspicious occasion.

Our host, journalist Ash-har Quraishi, welcomed the audience and dignitaries, which included Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, who addressed the audience to show her support for the MCC.

We had our films playing throughout the evening that were written and directed by Al-Imran Husain and Jayme Covaliers. Our panel discussions by the Past-Presidents and the MCC Second Generation were inspiring as we got to see what MCC meant to all of them.

We capped off the evening with awards to Amantullah Ansari and Syeda Afifa Quadri for their tireless work over the years for MCC. Our last event for the evening was “In Memoriam,” which bought tears to everyone’s eyes as we did a dua for those who passed away.

The night’s highlight was the culmination of fifty years of friendships under one roof; many who had not seen each other in over twenty-five years. People came from all