WHAT – CAIR-Chicago is organizing a series of introductory level lectures on Islam with Elderhostel on a program titled Building Bridges to Islam. The goal of this series is to offer citizens of the Chicagoland area an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of Islam, as well as to interact with members of their local Muslim communities.
CAIR Chicago’s Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, will coordinate the program.
There are an estimated seven million Muslims in America today and nearly 2,000 mosques, Islamic schools and Islamic centers across the country. Indeed, Islam is one of the fastest-growing religions in the world, yet it is often perplexing to outsiders. Is the image of Muslims we see in the media the true face of Islam? What is it like to be a Muslim in the United States today? We answer these questions and more as we gain an introduction to Islam and examine the faith, cultures and traditions it has created.
In addition, we highlight the history and struggles of American-Muslims and discuss the commonalities among Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Finally, a panel discussion helps clarify the commonly misunderstood aspects of Islam, such as the rights of women, jihad, and democracy. As a special privilege, guests will have an opportunity to tour the mosque, observe noon prayer, and enjoy a Middle Eastern lunch.
The full day program will be repeated six times with an attendance of 75 people per session.
WHERE – The program will take place at the Islamic Center of Des Plaines, 480 Potter Road, Des Plaines, 60016 every Wednesday from April 5th to May 10th
WHEN – Program Schedule
9:30 a.m. Registration and orientation
10:00 a.m. Lecture: An Introduction to the Faith, the Qur’an, Islamic Law, and Misconceptions of Islam. Followed by Q&A session.
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Lecture: A Brief Historical and Cultural Anecdotal Account of Islam
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Panel discussion on the Islamic world today, Muslims in America, and women in Islam
1:30 p.m. Tour of the Mosque and observe noon prayer
2:00 p.m. Panel discussion on the Islamic world today, Muslims in America, and women in Islam (continued)
2:45 p.m. Program concludes *Subject to change.
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