Islamic Foundation was founded in 1974 and recognized as a tax-exempt organization by the United States in 1975. In 1983, a former public school building set in a 7.1-acre lot was purchased for $585,000. The house adjacent to this land was also purchased at the same time for use as a residence for the Imam. Extensive remodeling of the building was done in 1984 at a cost of $131,000, in order to equip the building for the community’s religious, social, and cultural needs. A Muslim cemetery with a space for 1125 gravesites was established in 1984. In 1988, a full-time school from kindergarten to 8th grade was established; soon afterwards, pre-school for children ages 3 to 5 years was added. The parking facilities at the Foundation were expanded with installation of floodlights in 1993. In 1995, to accommodate our growing community, we began constructing a new Mosque. In 1997, we began a high school with 9th grade, added 10th grade in 1998, and later added 11th & 12th grade.
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The Compendium of Prophetic Beauty

When: July 28-30 (Friday - Sunday) Cost: $20 Before 7/16 | $30 After 7/16 | Free Lunch for First 25 Registrants How: Online registration required at chicago.shaykhsamer.com Class timings are Friday from Maghreb (8:15) - Isha (10:00), Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, and Sunday 10:0 AM - 6:00 PM. Free coffee and tea are provided and daily lunches can be pre-purchased for $6 per day when registering. The first 25 registrants will receive a free lunch pass. Islamic Foundation is graciously subsidizing this event for only $20 to the Chicago-land community, make sure you take advantage of this great opportunity. There is limited capacity to ensure the intimate & interactive nature of the class. For more details on the course please visit chicago.shaykhsamer.com ABOUT THE CLASS "Or know they not their Messenger, and so reject him?" (23:69) Study of the descriptions, character, and nature of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ is one of the greatest ways to increase one's knowledge of the Sunna and love for the Prophet ﷺ. In this two-day immersive program, we will be studying the classical text and hadith collection “al-Shama’il al-Muhammadiyya” (The Muhammadan Virtues) by Imam al-Tirmidhi. This text is a compilation of 400 hadith that examine the physical descriptions, character, worship, family, social and personal life of our beloved Messenger Muhammad ﷺ. This is regarded as one the greatest classical texts in the history of our Islamic Literature in its accurate compilation of hadith that portray the Prophet ﷺ. By the final chapter, students fall deeply in love with the Prophet ﷺ, forever painting his portrait in their hearts. The intensive course contains ~13 hours of content, commentary, and Q&A sessions, interspersed with poetry of love for the Prophet ﷺ. For centuries, Muslims have gathered in mosques for the narration of the hadith of the Prophet ﷺ in gatherings such as this. The tradition carries on to this day, so join us in reviving it as we aim to come to learn and love the Prophet ﷺ. With exposure to this large amount of beautiful hadiths, students are able to become intimately familiar with how the Prophet ﷺ lived. Students feel as if, just for a couple days, they went back in time and across the world to Medina and got a glimpse of God’s Beloved. Students who attend the entirety of the program will receive a signed formal Ijaza (traditional license) from Shaykh Samer al-Nass with a sanad (chain of transmission) going through scholars for generations back more than 1000 years to Imam al-Tirmidhi. Click here to read more about the role of Ijaza in Islam and see an example. ABOUT SHAYKH SAMER Shaykh Samer al-Nass has studied under some of the great ‘ulama of the Levant (Shaam) and the Arabian Peninsula. He has traditional licenses to teach (ijazah) in the ten styles of Quranic recitation. Shaykh Samer has a traditional license to teach (ijazah) in Islamic law (fiqh), theology, and creed (‘aqida) from Shaykh Lutfi al-Fayumi and the late Hanafi Mufti, Shaykh Adib al-Kallas. Shaykh Samer was honored to study hadith in Mecca with the great Indonesian-Meccan Shaykh Yasin al-Fadani, and with Shaykh Nur ud-din `Itr of Syria. He also has an ijazah in Prophetic traditions (hadith) from the late Shaykh `Abd Allah Siraj al-Din of Aleppo, Syria. Shaykh Samer has been teaching at various Islamic studies intensive courses in Europe, Malaysia, South Africa and North America since 2000. ​For more info on Shaykh Samer al-Nass including praise from local scholars please click here. You can also view this short trailer in which Imam Zaid Shaker, Sh. Yahya Rhodus, and other scholars comment about the status of Shaykh Samer al-Nass. ABOUT THE TEXT al-Shama’il al-Muhammadiyya (The Muhammadan Virtues) is a compilation of 411 hadith. The book is composed of fifty-six chapters, each chapter furnished with a heading clearly indicative of its content. It starts with the chapters regarding his physical constitution, and then continues with chapters regarding his clothing, details of his daily life such as eating drinking, sleeping, walking, sitting, and his social life such as his speaking and jesting. The book then turns to the Prophet’s ﷺ inward virtue and character. The book ends with chapters regarding the death, legacy, and vision of the Prophet ﷺ. According to Shaikh Abd ar-Rauf al-Munawi, in the introduction to his commentary on the text: “the book is unique of its kind, unequaled in its arrangement and its comprehensiveness. No one has produced anything resembling it or comparable to it. In it he followed an unprecedented method, and he adorned it with the sources of the reports and the varieties of the traditions, to the point where that book was counted among the precious gifts, and it flew in the regions of the East and the West.”

7/30/2017 12:00:00 AM -05:00

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An Afternoon of Remembrance - Seerat Un Nabi

Join us for the annual Ladies Seerat Un Nabi!

4/9/2017 10:00:00 AM -05:00

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Understanding Your Rights

Please be sure to attend the "Understand Your Rights" seminar at Islamic Foundation this Friday, February 3rd at 6:00 pm.

2/3/2017 6:00:00 PM -06:00

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Real Talk - Crafting Character 1

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1/13/2017 6:00:00 PM -06:00

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Real Talk: Heroes

Join Islamic Foundation Youth for this months series of Real Talk: Heroes. Round 2 with Imam Hisham Qaisi will consist of discussions about the amazing and notable lives of the companions of the Prophet SAW. You don't want to miss out! Discussion will begin promptly at 6 PM inshaAllah followed by dinner and anonymous Q/A. Open to all high school and college students. Dinner will be served.

12/16/2016 6:00:00 PM -06:00

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Seerat Un Nabi (Women's Program)

An Afternoon of Rememberance - Seerat Un Nabi The program will begin sharply at 10 am in the women's prayer hall. Speech (in urdu) will be by Sr. Kazma Zaidi. Refreshments will be provided but anyone wanting to share a dish is more than welcome to bring it. Please spread the word! For more information, please call: Sr. Uzma Khan at 630 957 7553.

12/11/2016 10:00:00 AM -06:00

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Real Talk - Heroes

Join Islamic Foundation Youth for our series, "Real Talk: Heroes". We will be having 3 Talks this month, and the first will be lead by Br.Maaz Fitter. The program will consist of a talk discussing the stories of the many heroes from Islamic history, and will be followed by a Q/A session, where you can answer any burning questions you may have. We hope you can attend, and that this is one of many enlightening events to cultivate brotherhood and sisterhood in our community. And of course, no event is complete without dinner and refreshments. Flyer credit: Rafay Siddiq (rafaysiddiq1998@gmail.com)

12/2/2016 6:00:00 PM -06:00

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Real Talk

11/18/2016 12:00:00 AM -05:00

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Real Talk: A New Beginning

Islamic Foundation Youth is pleased to announce the return of Real Talk at Islamic Foundation. As the New Year comes around and the start of 1438 Hijri approaches, we often find ourselves looking for a fresh start. Join Islamic Foundation Youth for our series, "Real Talk: A New Beginning". Lead by Imam Hisham Qaisi, the program will consist of a talk discussing the endless oppurtunities that Allah provides us to start a new beginning and will be followed by a Q/A session, where Imam Hisham can answer any burning questions you may have. We hope you can attend and that this is the first of many enlightening events to cultivate brotherhood and sisterhood in our community again. And of course, no event is complete without refreshments and pizza!!! Flyer credit: Rafay Siddiq (rafaysiddiq1998@gmail.com)

10/21/2016 12:00:00 AM -05:00

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Spoken Word Night

Islamic Foundation with SSU would like to present Spoken Word Night with the award winning poet and performer, Boonaa Mohammed. Join us this Thursday after Maghrib to hear Br.Boonaa perform his work, and take the opportunity to engage with fellow youth and community members as well. Feel free to spread the word, as it is free and open to everyone in the community. We really hope to see you there!

10/20/2016 6:00:00 PM -05:00

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Real Talk: Finding Faith

Islamic Foundation Youth is pleased to announce the return of Real Talk at Islamic Foundation. High school and college are times when we typically find ourselves lost and are looking for an endless source of comfort. Join Islamic Foundation Youth for the second program of our series, "Real Talk: Finding Faith" Lead by Imam Hisham Qaisi, the program will consist of a talk providing practical tips on finding and maitaining faith through the toughest times in life and will be followed by a Q/A session where Imam Hisham can answer any burning questions you may have. We hope you can attend and that this is the first of many enlightening events to cultivate brotherhood and sisterhood in our community again. And of course, no event is complete without refreshments. Flyer credit: Rafay Siddiq (rafaysiddiq1998@gmail.com)

9/23/2016 6:00:00 PM -05:00

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Real Talk: Finding Faith

Islamic Foundation Youth is pleased to announce the return of Real Talk at Islamic Foundation. High school and college are times when we typically find ourselves lost and are looking for an endless source of comfort. Join Islamic Foundation Youth for the first program of our series, "Real Talk: Finding Faith" Lead by Br. Arif Hussain, the program will consist of a talk providing practical tips on finding and maitaining faith through the toughest times in life and will be followed by a Q/A session where Br. Arif can answer any burning questions you may have. We hope you can attend and that this is the first of many enlightening events to cultivate brotherhood and sisterhood in our community again. And of course, no event is complete without refreshments. Flyer credit: Rafay Siddiq (rafaysiddiq1998@gmail.com)

9/9/2016 6:00:00 PM -05:00

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Real Talk : Back To School

Islamic Foundation Youth is pleased to announce the return of Real Talk at Islamic Foundation. High school and college are times when we typically develop our identity. Join Islamic Foundation Youth for the first program of our series, "Who am I?" Lead by Ustadh Tariq Musleh, the program will consist of a talk on exploring our identity as Muslim American youth and will be followed by a Q/A session where Ustadh Tariq can answer any burning questions you may have. We hope you can attend and that this is the first of many enlightening events to cultivate brotherhood and sisterhood in our community again. And of course, no event is complete without refreshments. Flyer credit: Rafay Siddiq (rafaysiddiq1998@gmail.com)

8/26/2016 6:00:00 PM -05:00

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Real Talk

Islamic Foundation Youth is pleased to announce the return of Real Talk at Islamic Foundation. High school and college are times when we typically develop our identity. Join Islamic Foundation Youth for the first program of our series, "Who am I?" Lead by our very own Shaykh Hisham Qaisi, the program will consist of a talk on exploring our identity as Muslim American youth and will be followed by a Q/A session where Shaykh Hisham can answer any burning questions you may have. We hope you can attend and that this is the first of many enlightening events to cultivate brotherhood and sisterhood in our community again. And of course, no event is complete without refreshments. Flyer credit: Rafay Siddiq (rafaysiddiq1998@gmail.com)

8/19/2016 6:00:00 PM -05:00

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IFSS Sunday School Reunion!

Join us for a BBQ and reunion of IFSS grads and students! Itll be a fun filled afternoon with old teachers and friends. There will also be a bazaar going on in the basement

5/22/2016 11:30:00 AM -05:00

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Wisdom In Bloom

Women Only Renew your faith, your knowledge and your convictions in time for Ramadan. Please join us in a Women's half day seminar in which eight highly qualified instructors of Ilm will teach eight courses. These classes will be offered in a break out session format where participants can choose and sign up for the classes of their choice. Https://goo.gl/RcbXHp

5/14/2016 12:00:00 PM +00:00

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Open Mosque Day

Join the Islamic Foundation in its Open Mosque Day! The program will include a short tour, brief presentation, prayer observation and a Q and A as well as lunch.

3/26/2016 6:00:00 PM +00:00

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Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?

Professor Miroslav Volf Professor Miroslav Volf joins us from Yale University to speak on a topic of core relevance to relationship between Muslims and Christians in America today. His talk will be followed by a panel discussion that includes: Dr. Miroslav Volf - Yale University Shaykh Mohammed Amin Kholwadia - Darul Qasim Institute Dr. Mathew Milliner - Wheaton College Dr. Rita George Tvrtkovic - Benedictine University Dr. Mark Swanson - Lutheran School of Theology Special Guest: Dr. Larycia Hawkins will be recognized for her courageous support for American Muslims When: Saturday February 27th, 2016 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Where: Islamic Foundation, 300 W. Highridge Road, Villa Park, IL 60181 Written questions will also be taken from the audience and light refreshments will be served.

2/27/2016 6:00:00 PM -06:00

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Secrets of Quranic Arabic

The Islamic Foundation is pleased to present an evening of understanding the Quran. By unlocking the beautiful language of revelation, we pray to improve our lives, spirits, and harmony through the Revealed Wisdom of the Quran. Join us, as Sheikh Suheil Laher, academic dean of Fawakih Institute explains the opening chapter AlFatiha and opens our hearts to the love of Allah. The program is free for all to attend, live streaming available, Q&A, families welcome. FRIDAY 1/29/16 6:30 For information, email: Info@fawakih.com

1/29/2016 6:30:00 PM -06:00

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Reconnecting with Allah as an American Muslim

1/2/2016 8:00:00 PM -06:00

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United Rally for Peace

1/1/2016 8:30:00 PM +00:00

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Ladies Seerat Un Nabi Program

Ladies Seerat Un Nabi Program - An Afternoon of Remembrance Date: Sunday December 13th. 2015 Time: 10:00am To 1:00pm Location: Womens Prayer Hall Speaker: Kazima Zaidi The program will be in Urdu For more information please contact: Uzma Khan (630) 957 7553 Sameena Shoukathullah (630)334 4337

12/13/2015 10:00:00 AM -06:00

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JazakAllah Khair Day!

Join us for our 2nd Annual celebration as we have a feast and celebrate the many things we have to be thankful for! There will be delicious food, a moon bounce, a brief lecture reminding us to always be thankful of Allah everyday, nasheed entertainment and family fun! Location: Islamic Foundation Banquet Hall Date: Friday November 27, 2014 Time: 6:30 PM Ages: All Cost: FREE for youth, Suggested donation of $5 for adults This event is brought to you by Sunnah Sports/Islamic Foundation Youth Committee. JazakAllah Khair! (May Allah reward you with goodness)

11/27/2015 6:30:00 PM -06:00

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