Hosted this bright young sixth grader, Ryder and his mom Venessa, from Parker School to visit the Reading Room and MCC for Friday service. His assignment is to visit a place of worship and write about the way a religious community organizes, honors, and maintains its sacred spaces. I was so thoroughly impressed with this young man, his intellectual curiosity, his openness with sincere dialogue, his humbling etiquette, and his parents' commitment to nurturing an open-mindedness.
Despite the troubling political times we live in, this young man brings peace to my heart that his generation will be prepared to face the challenge of cleaning up the messes that our current generation has left for them.
In commemoration of the upcoming Eid Al-Adha Islamic holiday, we are honored to share this post card we received from brother Robert W., one of the many incarcerated brothers we regularly communicate with by good old fashioned snail-mail.
One of our core missions at the Reading Room is to fulfill brochure and pamphlet orders from individual Muslims who are incarcerated. Many of these orders also include personal letters from these brothers and sisters asking questions about Islam. We take great pride in responding to each and every letter, if for no other reason than to let our fellow Muslims who are locked up know that they are a part of the greater Ummah (world community).
On this blessed Eid, we ask that you keep our fellow incarcerated brothers and sisters in your prayers.
This Friday we were honored to welcome back Dr. Carla Macdonald of Huntington University, Professor of Social Work, and her amazing students for her annual fall visit to the Reading Room to learn about Islam and engage in a very informative dialogue about the Muslim community.
We also welcomed a group of undergrad students from our neighbors at North Park University led by student Melanie Jane Lofgren , Team Leader of North Park's Faith & Justice initiative.
As we often do for our guests, we served a light lunch catered by a local partner in the community, followed by a brief presentation and Q&A about Islam led by brother Umar Ali. We then walked next door to observe the Friday service at MCC, where the students had the opportunity to see firsthand Muslims fulfilling their Jummah prayer obligation.
We thank out esteemed guests for honoring us with their visit, and greatly look forward to hosting them again soon!
Islamic Reading Room Chicago Director Umar Ali will represent the Muslim community as part of the discussion....
Chicago welcomes Author Dr. Meraj Mohiuddin to share his unique journey from inception to publication of the recently released “Revelation: The Story of Muhammad” in a special conversation with Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans, Reading Room Scholar In-Residence.
The conversation will highlight the varying paths of seeking Islamic knowledge: the traditionally trained scholar, and the self-seeker, highlighting the strengths and accessibility of both in today’s Muslim community. Dr. Meraj Mohiuddin will also introduce and answer audience questions about the book Revelation, this most unique final product of his thirteen years of dedicated research.
Light brunch will be served.