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In an effort to continuously serve all of IFN's community members, Imam Azfar and a support team have volunteered their time and resource to help those who are new to the fold of Islam. Below are individuals and resources available.

  • Before a person decides to say the declaration of faith at the IFN masjid, they must meet with Imam Azfar to go over the essentials of the faith. 

Support Team
For Sisters

Sr. Noha - 224.443.2865 (Qur'an Teacher and New Muslim Sisters Lead)
Sr. Helena - ; 224.715.4223

For Brothers

Br. Nur - 312.945.7767 (Convert Care lead)
Br. Amir Abu Shamaa -
Imam Azfar Uddin - IFN Imam -; 630.344.3431
Br. Bobo Diallo -
Shuaib Muhaymin
Br. Abdullah Bushnaq -; 
Br. Giovaskie Perez 
Br. Hussam Mostaf
Br. Zaid 
Br. Shayaan Shaikh -
Br. Abdullah Darma  - 630.656.8949 - available to teach new Muslim Brothers in the IFN Masjid. 

For our new converts, feel free to fill out this questionnaire and submit it to the convert care support team as a starting point to getting to know one another. 

Brother and Sister Questionnaire.pdf

Spiritual Guidance
Imam Azfar. Imam will give the new Muslim a tour of the masjid, give advice on some changes that new Muslims often face, and explain the Islamic beliefs. He will also provide resources as well as a book titled, “Welcome to Islam” by Mustafa Umar. Imam Azfar will also ask that they fill out the brother/sister questionnaire. 

Hajj/Umrah Letter
Imam will email a letter to the new Muslim stating when they pronounced their declaration of faith so they can go for Hajj/Umrah.

Organizations where they can learn the basics of the religion under the guidance of a teacher. 

  1. Islamic Essentials Darul Qasim (online)

  2. GainPeace.(In person)
    Contact: Shahab Sayeedi ( 

  3. Attend periodic gatherings held by Ta’leef Chicago. (In person)

Qur’an teachers (learn how to read in person)
Abdur-Rahman Basith - Male Qur’an teacher - 847-226-0746
Sr. Tanveer Basith - Female Qur’an teacher - 847- 749- 7617
Sr. Ayesha Tanveer - Female Qur'an teacher - 224-430-7319

Learn how to read the Qur’an Online

Be part of the IFN community 

  • Attend monthly potluck dinners at IFN (1st Saturday of the Month). Contact Emad Hasan 847-924-6178
  • Attend other potluck dinners at IFN. Contact Aamir Ahmed 312-848-3149
  • Attend Imam Azfar’s monthly adult lectures (Tea with Imam - usually 1st Sunday of the month).
  • Attend weekly Friday khutbahs at IFN.
  • Attend Sensai Najimu’s weekly Akido classes. Contact Sensei Najimu at 847-406-7277.
  • Attend Imam Azfar’s weekly tafsir on Wednesday after Isha.
  • Attend Imam Azfar’s weekly salawat circle on Thursday after Isha.
  • Attend Imam Azfar’s post Fajr talks after Fajr on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

How the New Muslim can continue further learning
Imam will send periodic emails to the Convert Care contacts as far as attending various lectures/spiritual gatherings across the Chicagoland community

Purchase these Books - Click on Link next to Title to Purchase:

  1. Being Muslim: A Practical Guide, by Asad Tarsin - Purchase from Amazon
  2. Reclaim Your Heart, by Yasmin Mogahed - Purchase from Amazon
  3. Essentials of Islamic Faith by Suhaib Webb - Purchase from Amazon

Helping Muslims Re-Enter Society

Resources - 

Welcome to Islam package



24 hour hotline for non-Muslims and revert Muslims for questions on Islam

1) 1 877-WHY-ISLAM

2) 1-800-662-ISLAM (4752)

Obtain free Qur’an literature

Websites to learn the basics of Islam

Websites to further continuing to learn Islam

Qur’anic resources

Quran translation:

2. An annotated linguistic resource which shows the Arabic grammar, syntax, and

morphology for each word in the Holy Quran

3. Quran recitation/memorizing – various reciters

Learn how to read the Qur’an

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