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CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

IFN Islamic Foundation North  is committed towards fulfilling our civic and religious responsibility to fight Islamophobia stemming from  ignorance about true values of Islam. This committee will identify areas including press relationship, engaging with other groups with similar objectives provide training and participation in the election process and candidate awareness to name a few objectives.

The newly formed team is being led by Dr. Amin Nadeem  and Br Shahnawaz Khan and includes committed members of IFN. InshaAllah, Islamic Foundation North will strive to provide leadership in Lake County to counter Islamophobia, bigotry and extremism with well planned civic and other positive efforts.

Upcoming Event

Lake County United Organization Training Program

Topic
Training on organizing tools-how to conduct listening campaign to build power and address issues of concerns for a community

Presenter: Amy Lawless-Lead Organizer Lake County United
Venue: IFN Banquet Hall
When: Tuesday, April 4th from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Lake County United’s primary focus is the development of institutions, which nurture leaders to become active and effective citizens.

It's extremely important for our community to perform its civic duty by engaging with organizations like LCU.Please make all efforts to attend the program.

Regards
Amin Nadeem & Shahnawaz Khan (Leads-Islamophobia & Civic Engagement Committee)
Farah Nadeem
Nouman Haider, Nadia Nouman
Saif Sheikh
Syed Shahabuddin
Syed Numan
Syed Nisar

Volunteer Opportunity

Lake County Govt. Volunteer

In the wake of the current political events we, as Muslims more than ever , need to be a part of the bigger community, by showing active participation in the broader arena of the society. In our last civic engagement meeting at IFN, Mr. Michael G. Nerheim, the Lake County State Attorney suggested ways of volunteering at his office. We are looking to recruit volunteers for local lake county govt at IFN platform. We encourage our community members especially youngsters to e-mail their interest to Nadia Shah nadiashah1999@gmail.com or Farah Ahmed fahmed9@yahoo.com.

Journalism & Media Relations

One of the initiative is to have better working relationship with local press (both paper/electronic). We are looking for qualified volunteers with background in journalism and electronic media. The desired volunteers will work closely with newly formed press group and EC president to assist in communication between IFN and press (paper/electronic). The goal is to increase awareness of Islamic Foundation North and its activities with local press.Please e-mail your resume to Dr Amin Nadeem (aminnadeem@yahoo.com). 

PAST EVENTS

Interactive Session with Lake County Officials
Deadline Date: January 27, 2017

Taking the First Step – Educating is the Cure to Islamophobia

On Friday January 27, 2017 - The Islamic Foundation North (IFN) took the first step to open a dialogue and battle islamophobia by hosting an interactive session with local Lake County officials.

The event began with a prayer by Imam Azfar Uddin and continued with welcoming remarks from the current IFN President Mr. Vaseem Iftekhar. Mr. Iftekhar opened the evening by commenting on the urgency of beginning a dialogue in our community. He reminded those present that “this country is based on equality and is a symbol of democracy and fairness”, and continued by sharing that the mosque is an asset to the community. But given the current rhetoric in America “our communities are in turmoil and this is having a negative effect on our Muslim youth”.

The evening continued with words from a young IFN female member, Ms. Zareen Abbasi. Ms. Abbasi shared her concerns of being a youth under the current administration. “These are confusing times to be a Muslim in America, confusing times being anything different in America”, she said. Her remarks told the raw truth of having to deal with discrimination and prejudice. She proclaimed that it’s easier to pretend to be something you are not, than to openly show your faith in the current political climate. But putting our heads in the sand will not solve anything, “education and being involved that is the foundation”, she said.

“I am a realist,” said Mr. Michael Nerheim, the Lake County State Attorney and he continued by stressing that “I take hate crimes in Illinois very seriously and they will not be tolerated, he then mirrored Ms. Abbasi’s comments “the cure to hate is education”.

The two other guest speakers spoke highly of the Lake County Muslim community and shared the importance of serving and protecting. Mr. Roy Garcia Homeland Security, Lake County said, “I took an oath to serve and protect, and I serve you my brothers and sisters”, and Mr. Wayne Motley, Mayor of Waukegan said “your religion is a wonderful religion, and I welcome it with welcoming arms, our community will grow and prosper because of you”. These words were profoundly appreciated and showed respect of our religious beliefs and cultural differences.

The evening ended with a Q&A session, IFN members received advice on the steps to take should they face any type of hate crimes. IFN member Mrs. Loubna Kiliouine from Libertyville, said “this was a great first step, our community has never faced such issues in the past, but given the current rhetoric we have no choice but to start such dialogues, its important to have our voices heard”.

IFN Toys Drive with North Shore Unitarian Church
Deadline Date: December 14, 2016

Protection of Community Members From On-Line Hate Ideologies And Violence
Date: November 20, 2016

Recent Publications
Chicago Tribune - Islamic Foundation North opens their doors to neighbors with Huge Success
Date: September 29, 2016
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/libertyville/community/chi-ugc-article-islamic-foundation-north-opens-their-doors-to-2016-09-29-story,amp.html

Daily Herald - Questions about Islam abound at Open House in Libertyville
Date: September 24, 2016
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160924/news/160929227/

Daily Herald - Libertyville Mosque Open House Will Answer Your Questions
Date: September 23, 2016
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160923/news/160929472/

Daily Herald - Interfaith Dinner Brings People of Different Faiths Together
Date: June 23, 2016
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160622/news/160629506/

Daily Herald - Suburban Mosque Leaders Denounce Orlando Killings
Date: June 13, 2016
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160613/news/160619588/

Chicago Tribune - Orlando Shooting Response & Islamophobia Seminar
Date: June 12, 2016
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-libertyville-islamic-foundation-st-0613-20160612-story.html

Volunteer Opportunity
Journalism & Media Relations
One of the initiative is to have
better working relationship with local press (both paper/electronic). We are looking for qualified volunteers with background in journalism and electronic media. The desired volunteers will work closely with newly formed press group and EC president to assist in communication between IFN and press (paper/electronic). The goal is to increase awareness of Islamic Foundation North and its activities with local press.Please e-mail your resume to Dr Amin Nadeem (aminnadeem@yahoo.com). 

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