ISLAMIC FOUNDATION
300 W. Highridge Road
Villa Park, IL 60181, USA
Tel: +1.630.941.8800
www.islamicfoundation.org

INTERFAITH SERVICES

MISSION

The mission of the Islamic Foundation Interfaith & Outreach Committee is to build long-lasting  relationships with our neighbors – whether they be communities, congregations, or individuals.    We aim to build bridges in order to share knowledge, foster understanding, and generate goodwill – with common respect among all of us as fellow Americans.

Despite negative perceptions or rhetoric that are all too common these days, we know that real trust and goodwill comes from individual interaction in the local community.   With that in mind, we continually aim to engage with our neighbors to learn from each other, to support one another, and to maintain an honest dialogue with each other.

Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about our activities or upcoming events.  Highlights of our past events are shown below.

CONTACT US

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Phone:  (630) 941-8800  or  (847) 212-5459

Islamic Foundation’s Interfaith Services committee has several community outreach programs as it relates to Interfaith dialog. Please contact Azam Nizamuddin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 


 

 UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Picture of Lit Candles

Thursday July 6th, 2017 at the Islamic Foundation

After horrific weeks of terrorist incidents in many parts of the world, we mourn the loss of precious human life and are saddened by the pain and suffering of so many. Whether in Portland, Oregon, London, Kabul, or Baghdad, hate has no boundaries.

These unfathomable attacks are the result of hate-oriented ideologies that are determined to destroy the brotherhood of humanity, and further the divide between peoples based on race, religious, culture, and nationalism. The Holy Quran reminds us that the taking of a single life unjustifiably is like killing the soul of all of humanity. Accordingly, we cannot allow such vile intentions and ideologies to dominate the narrative of unity and bridge building. As American Muslims, we are committed to standing together in solidarity as one united community.

Come join us as we host an Interfaith Vigil for Peace and against violence and hate at the Islamic Foundation Villa Park on July 6th, 2017 at 6:30p. Join us as we shine the light of peace brightly over the darkness of those who choose to divide us. Join us as we celebrate our solidarity and the beauty of humanity.

Please register via the Eventbrite link.

 

 

 


 

RECENT PROGRAMS

May 21, 2017

On Saturday, May 21st the Islamic Foundation Interfaith Committee (IFIC) welcomed a number of guests from neighboring churches at the Islamic Foundation. Members of the IFIC prepared breakfast for approximately 60 guests from the local community.

Thoughts and reflections were shared by leaders of both Muslim and Christian faiths while dialogue was encouraged and fostered in individual settings throughout the gathering.

Special recognition was given to members of the First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton who assisted with the zoning approval given to the Carriers of Light school. A commitment to fostering dialogue was reaffirmed, as everyone who spoke shared the many benefits that have come from these fruitful meetings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

January 1, 2017: 2nd Annual New Years Day Unity Rally

2017 was kicked off with a positive and uplifting gathering at the Islamic Foundation.  Over 300 people gathered from nearby churches, temples and the Islamic Foundation itself to hear a variety of voices talk about the opportunities and challenges we all face in the new year following a politically divisive 2016.  Here's just some of the feedback from attendees:

I hesitated to come but I'm glad that I did.  This was an excellent presentation and some of the speakers brought tears to my eyes, especially Ms. O'Donnell.   After the negativity of the last election, not just toward Muslims but toward immigrants in general and all of the negative rhetoric, I have been despondent and feeling very hateful to those spewing the negativity.   Your solidarity event has lifted that hatred like lifting a weight off of my shoulders.   I now leave here more positive and with hope for the future.   Thank you.

Encourage us to invite others -- again and again

The diversity of speakers was impressive, and I appreciated the calls to action, especially from the Catholic woman and the last Muslim speaker.

Keep going -- this is beautiful as is

Pictures of the event

Joint Prayer

 


 

December 4, 2016: Community Forum

October 22, 2016: Religion and Violence

September 12, 2016: Abrahamic Eid-ul-Adha Dinner

February 27, 2016: Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?

On Saturday February 27th 2016, the Islamic Foundation and CIOGC hosted a program entitled "Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God" featuring Yale University Divinity School Professor Miroslav Volf. Over 500 people attended this first of its kind program.

Several scholars also took part in a panel discussion including Sheikh Amin Kholwadia of Darul Qasim Institute and Professor Matthew Milliner of Wheaton College.  Special Guest Dr. Larycia Hawkins, the courageous professor that chose to take a stand against the increasing bigotry against Muslims in the media and the presidential race by donning a hijab and reminding the world that Muslims and Christians worship the same God, was also present and accepted an award from the Islamic Foundation Board.

Video of the event

 

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LEARN MORE

If we are to build bridges in our communities, across faiths, it’s important that we have open and honest dialogue with each other. One way to encourage this dialogue is to share information and to address some common questions about Islam and Muslims.

The following links are recommended for general information. We will be adding to this list of resources often, so please check back periodically. Also, please reach out to us here if you have any specific questions or suggestions.

SPEAKING OUT

Statements Against Terrorism and Violence Since 9/11

Global Muslim Scholars Rebuke of ISIS

GENERAL

ING: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Muslims

UPF: American Muslims: Facts vs. Fiction

CAIR: Islam Basics

On the commonality between Christians and Muslims

NATIONAL INTERFAITH INITIATIVES

Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign

 

Please note that the links above are provided for reference. The linked content is owned by the respective website owners, and does not necessarily represent the views of the Islamic Foundation.