Monday 9/28/2015 @ 11 am – 3 pm @ Main Quad–Wear a Hijab Challenge. The Wear a Hijab Challenge is dedicated to exploring the roles and beliefs of Muslim women and what it means to wear the hijab (head scarf). Women of all backgrounds are encouraged to participate in the challenge by wearing a headscarf for 3 days, completing daily challenges, and sharing their experiences. Facebook Event Page
Monday 9/28/2015 evening @ 7:00 pm @ Lincoln Hall 1000–Shariah Then and Now. Shariah, or Islamic Law, is often misconstrued in today’s media and is associated with words/phrases like radicalism and “a threat to America.” Edina Lekovic will be dispelling these misconceptions, discussing what Shariah is, how it has been implemented in the past, and what it means in the daily life of an American Muslim. Speaker: Edina Lekovic is the Public Affairs Consultant for the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Edina Lekovic has previously served as the Communications Director and has appeared regularly in major media outlets, including CNN. MSNBC, Fox News, CBS Television, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. Edina joined the faculty of Bayan Claremont, part of the Claremont Lincoln University, as an Adjunct Professor in Fall 2013, where she teaches “Religious and Spiritual Leadership in a Muslim Context.” She is co-founder and graduate of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute and also co-founded Elev8, an arts-based youth leadership development program. She has an M.A. in Communication from Pepperdine University and a B.A. in American Literature & Culture from UCLA, where she also served as the Editor in Chief of the Daily Bruin.
Tuesday 9/29/2015 @ 7:00 pm @ Asian American Cultural Center–Islam Around the World: The Framework, Appeal, and Growth of Islam.
Islam is a rapidly growing religion. Kaiser Aslam will be discussing what dictated the sociology of the Ummah (the Muslim community), and how the “Islamic culture” is not rigid but rather manifested in a natural progression through its early and contemporary history. Speaker: Kaiser Aslam attended Elmhurst College. Halfway through his senior year, Aslam was elected national coordinator of Young Muslims, a nationwide network of Islamic youth groups. Aslam is today working toward a pair of master’s degrees, one in Islamic studies and one in chaplaincy, at Hartford Theological Seminary. He plans to become a chaplain at a college or university. And while his term as national coordinator of Young Muslims is now over, he continues to serve on the organization’s board of directors.
Wednesday 9/30/2015 @ 6:00 pm @ Women’s Resource Center–Wear a Hijab Challenge- Discussion. Join the participants of Monday’s Wear a Hijab Challenge for a discussion about everyone’s experiences while wearing the hijab as well as a short history about the hijab and what it means to Muslim women.
Thursday 10/1/2015 @ 6:00 pm @ YMCA–Interfaith Dinner. Generosity is a key principle in Islam and sharing a meal with someone is one manifestation of generosity. People of all faiths are invited to share a meal with us as we near the end of Islam Awareness Week.
Friday 10/2/2015 @ 1:00 pm @ CIMIC, 106 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana, IL 61801 Phone: (217) 344-0022–Visit a Mosque Day. The Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center (CIMIC) has been supporting Muslims in Central Illinois since 1983. Muslims of all nationalities and cultures come to CIMIC to pray every Friday during the congregational sermon and prayer. Please join us for a tour.