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IQRA Annual Dinner 2011 Highlights

IQRA International Educational Foundation
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf Speaks at the
IQRA Annual Dinner 2011

Drury Lane Oakbrook, IL – October 29th, 2011

IQRA the leaders in Islamic Education hosted their Annual Dinner on October 29th. IQRA’s community of advocates, educators and private Ansar (sponsors) gathered to celebrate the 28 years of the Foundation’s accomplishments. The room was filled with more than 550 up beat supporters. The keynote speaker, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, chief architect of the Cordoba Initiative discussed the importance of Muslim Americans taking an active role in society. Appreciating the pioneering work and leadership role that Drs. Abidullah and Tasneema Ghazi have played, American Muslims were urged to invest in organizations like IQRA to help realize the implementation of critical and pivotal work in promoting innovative Islamic education in USA and worldwide. Dinner guests were also honored to hear the inspirational speech of Sister Mary Ali, the recipient of the IQRA Education Leadership Award that the organization has instituted to honor the memory of Dr. MAW Fakhri, its founding Chairman.

Dr. Shahid Siddiqi, a member of the Board and Chairman of Reception Committee, lauded the leadership of IQRA team and its innovative futuristic approach. Dr. Ghazi in his Presidential address narrated IQRA’s past achievements and laid down its future vision which covered, revision of the Program, use of electronic media for publication, standardization of Islamic education, establishment of distance education on internet and producing new genre of literature appropriate for our age and the global village.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf receives for him and his wife Daisy Khan an award from Ali Yurtsever & Dr. Abidullah Ghazi for their Interfaith Work of Bridge Building among faith communities (right picture) – Mary Ali gives her acceptance address for the IQRA Education Leadership Award (left picture)

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IQRA’ Annual Dinner 2011 Promo Video

This Promo Video was specially produced by Ash-har & Basma Quraishi for IQRA’ Annual Dinner 2011.

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Eid Mubarrak

Happy Eid Mubarrak from All of Us here at IQRA’

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Importance of Dhul-Hijjah

What To Do During Dhul – Hijjah

(Dhul-Hijjah begins October 28, 2011)

For those of us who could not attend Hajj this year, it is important that we utilize the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah the same way we do the last 10 nights of Ramadan.

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Prof. Omer Mozaffar receiving Excellence in Teaching Award 2011 from U of C

The University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies is honoring Prof. Omer Mozaffar (Humanities, Arts, and Sciences) with 2011 Excellence in Teaching Awards on

Friday, November 4th, at 5:30 pm
The University of Chicago Gleacher Center
450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive,
Sixth Floor
Chicago, IL

If you like to attend the Ceremony and Reception then RSVP by daileycr@uchicago.edu before October 28th, 2011

About the Graham School Excellence in Teaching Awards

The annually-awarded Excellence in Teaching Awards are based on outstanding service in contributing to the furthering of continuing education and continuing professional development, as well as the advancement of the vision and mission of the University of Chicago Graham School. They acknowledge excellence in the classroom that contributes to student learning, as well as excellence in program content and curricular design. All Excellence in Teaching Award recipients are nominated by current and past Graham School students.

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Tips for Hajj

List of Do’s and Don’ts when Planning Your Trip this Year



Do’s for Hajj:.


.1. Study how to perform Hajj & Umrah well in advance before you go, (Do NOT rely on others to help you as you may get separated)

2. Know the Fiqh of Hajj / Umrah (especially the rules of Ihraam) before you leave.

3. Learn the Fiqh of praying a Janaza (funeral prayer). You will be doing it after every single prayer.

4. Use your time wisely – Do dhikr, du’aa, recite Qur’aan (Do NOT waste time shopping or purchasing gifts).

5. Prepare yourself for a lot of walking.  Practice walking daily (weeks before you leave for your trip).

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Essential Items for Hajj

                                                          What You Should Be Packing for Your Journey

Clothes / Shoes

Ihram (3 yard length and 60 inch with in hand luggage) An extra Ihram can come in handy

2 or 3 Jilbabs (at least one in hand luggage)

2 pairs of sandals (in hand luggage)

Only a few outfits. Travel light, you can wash your clothes there

Plenty of undergarments

Ihram belt (waist pouch)

Light weight sweater or shawl that can also be used as an extra blanket during Muzdalifah



Miswaak  / toothbrush / toothpaste

Plastic squeeze bottle for the bathroom

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