CAIR-Chicago outreach coordinator, Gerald Hankerson and Government Affair intern, Shivani Chokshi attended the Fight for 15 rally in the corporate headquarters of McDonalds in Oak Brook, IL on May 21, 2014.
Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Council for American-Islamic Relations, said he doesn’t agree with the principles of Hizb ut-Tahrir, but believes the group is entitled to freedom of speech and assembly like any other group in the U.S.
“They are a minority group among Muslims and their ideology is considered sensational by mainstream communities,” Rehab said. “Despite their best efforts, they are neither persuasive nor effective.”
Six years after being barred from coming to the U.S. to teach at the University of Notre Dame, the Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan spoke Saturday in suburban Oakbrook Terrace, attributing his presence to new “channels for dialogue” between the U.S. and Islamic scholars and telling American Muslims to treat the U.S. as their home.
A prominent Muslim scholar who was once denied a U.S. visa is scheduled to give one of his first major speeches since the 2004 ban this weekend in suburban Chicago. Tariq Ramadan is scheduled to speak Saturday in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., at an event sponsored by the Council of American-Islamic Relations.
In the spirit of unity, people of many cultures gathered Oct. 5 to experience an evening of Muslim tradition. Officials and residents from Burr Ridge, Darien, Willowbrook and Oak Brook met at Ashton Place in Willowbrook for a meal and program hosted by the Muslim Educational and Cultural Center of America.
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