MARCH, 2019

IFN President's Message

Alhamdolillah we are blessed with the surrounding of thoughtful and caring interfaith members. In the wake of the New Zealand shooting we got an overwhelming response where around 300 people stood with us in the solidarity during the Peace and Unity Vigil organized by IFN. This vigil had a clear message that we have to work together and stand up against hate, division, terrorism and white supremacism

In order to develop good relations with newly elected Lake County officials, a town hall meeting was organized at IFN where members asked their questions and have had chance to connect while having dinner with them.

The month of Ramadan is around the corner, we all are excited and cannot wait to have this blessed month. We pray to Allah SWT to make this blessed month most peaceful and rewarding.

Family Advocacy Committee

The Family Advocacy Committee's Team Lead is Dr. Shazia Tayyab, MD Child and Adult Psychiatrist. The Family Advocacy Committee (FAC) of Islamic Foundation North’s mission is to end the stigma surrounding mental health in our community, by providing open communication and a plethora of resources to families struggling with mental health. They believe that by providing these resources, they’ll be able to create a network of support for individuals around the community that deal with mental health issues on a daily basis.The Family Advocacy Committee (FAC) has developed a specialized program to connect our community with mental/social health services through education, utilization of available resources in the area and those offered through the mosque. The FAC offers non-crisis helpline, provide guidance to resources in the neighborhood, educational seminars, support/discussion forums on social/emotional wellness and much more.

The Family Advocacy Committee presented it's team and vision on March 17th at noon in the basement hall. There was a huge turnout for the FAC introductory session.

Attached is the referral resource list of mental health services, crisis and non-crisis services available through Lake county and beyond.


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IFN Community Potluck Night

IFN hosted its third community potluck night on Saturday March 23rd, 2019 at 7pm after the success of its first and second one. The event started with Maghrib prayers which was followed by Quran Recitation done by Maaz Shaikh and its English translation was read by Maraim Shaikh. This was followed by a short lecture , social hour , dinner and Isha prayers. All members and non-members were encouraged to bring a dish of their choice to share with everyone.This event was organized by Br. Aamir Ahmed and his team.

New Tax Laws - What you should know

No one ever ever loved tax season and frankly speaking who does?, but now you’re really dreading it. Don’t worry, we’ve got your update! We want you to feel confident doing your taxes. And here’s the good news, if you’re looking for a trustworthy tax expert in your area we had Judy Aburmishan, CPA, Managing Director at A&A Accountants & Business Consultants as a presenter who spoke about tax laws , in collaboration with Muzaffer Sheriff, CPA, who also presented a tax seminar at the IFN Banquet Hall on Sunday, March 10th from 12 to 1 pm and covered areas on the 2018 tax returns and how they might impact you. They have years of experience, and believe it or not, they love this stuff. They can talk taxes all day long and have a thorough understanding of the tax changes this year and how it would affect you.They also covered some simple tax strategies for reducing your tax burden for 2018 as well as for the coming year.

Attached is the video link for the tax presentation: https://youtu.be/UGfAcCPUugk

Perfect Iman

A discussion on the 4 women who attained perfection in their faith was led by Imam Azfar. This was held during the biweekly Dars session on Thursdays from 11am to Noon, for Women only. The four great women who perfected their faith are:

1)Maryam Alayhas Salam: The Daughter of Imrân Alayhis Salam

2)Khadijah Bint Khuwaylid Radhiallahu Anha

3)Fatima Bint Muhammed Radhiallahu Anha

4)Asiyah Alayhas Salam

These four women changed the course of history through their perseverance, faith and courage. Maryam Alayhas Salam's life was characterized by piety, chastity and faith. Khadijah (RA) neither succumbed to the trappings of wealth, nor to power and fame. Fatima (RA) made Sabr in the face of unending hardships and was crowned the ‘leader of all women in Jannah’, whilst Asiya Alayhas Salam chose faith over royalty. These were women distinguished by Sabr who found Allah through their unfailing steadfastness in the face of grinding sacrifices.

Friday Khutbah By Shaykh Saad Quadri

Imām Sa’ad Quadri, gave a khutabh on March 15th, 1:15 pm at IFN.Those who are interested in reading his bio, please read the attached information below:

Shaykh Sa’ad Quadri is the Imam of Masjid Al-Huda, located in Greenfield, WI, near Milwaukee. He was born in Park Ridge, IL and grew up in the Chicagoland area. He completed his bachelor’s degree in English and History at Northern Illinois University and his master’s degree in Education at DePaul University. Prior to beginning college, Shaykh Sa’ad formally began studying the Islamic sciences and with local teachers on a part-time basis for almost fifteen years. After completing his master’s, he traveled overseas to Zambia where he completed his `alimiyya degree, receiving license to teach the traditional Islamic sciences. While studying the Islamic sciences, he began training and was formally authorized in the Islamic science of spiritual development (tazkiyah).Since his time in high school, Shaykh Sa’ad has also been actively involved in his local communities by teaching in the weekend and weeknight school systems, as well as by organizing a variety of youth and community events with local and national organizations. Prior to serving as an Imam, he taught in the Islamic school system as an AP English, Arabic, Islamic studies, and Qur’an teacher for nearly a decade. He spent his free time volunteering as a coach and advisor. He has also presented seminars and workshops on educational theory and practice with High Quality Education Consulting, with whom he has co- authored The War within our Hearts, Parenting...Who Said It Would Be Easy, and Wisdom for the Wise.

Open town hall meeting with State Representatives/Lake County Officials

An Open town hall meeting was held on March 22nd at 7:15 pm so as to have an opportunity to get to know your State Representatives and local Lake County Officials to ask any questions or concerns. The purpose of town hall meetings is for local and regional officials to hear the community's views on public issues.

The following State Representative/Lake County Officials were present :

State Representative District 51 Mary Edly-Allen

City of Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham

Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg

Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart

Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim

Lake County Board member Jennifer Clark

The main part of a town hall meeting occurred when the floor was opened up to questions and comments from the audience. Attendees generally presented their ideas, voiced their opinions, asked questions of the public figures, elected officials, or political candidates at the town hall.

It was a huge success with a big turnout.

IFN Strategic Planning 2025-2030

IFN Strategic Planning 2025-2030

IFN Strategic planning team has recently initiated a process to assess progress against 2020 goals, extend its vision horizon to 2030, and establish goals to be achieved by 2025.

Below are the 6 focus areas and the names of the team leads for every focus area.

  • 1.Religious/ Spiritual_(needs of the soul)
    • Leads: Imam Azfar & Dr. Waseem Kagzi
    • Team Members: Farzan Mahmood, Farid Fahmy, Qari Usman, Habib Bawani

  • 2. Education_ (needs of the mind)
    • Leads: Br. Zafeer Ahmed & Br. Haris Jamil
    • Team Memebers: Ishaq Mohiuddin, Saif Sheikh, Abdul Farrukh, Sadia Thiryayi, Waseeya Barkat

  • 3.Social_ (needs of the family and the community)
    • Leads: Br. Ghulam Waris & Sr. Shamim Mirza
    • Team Members: Zeeshan Humayun, Seniha Kraina, Rubina Jamil, Abdul Khaliq

  • Physical_ (of the body eg. medical, wellness, post-natal, funeral.)
    • Lead: Br. Rizwan Sheikh
    • Team Members: Mujeeb Syed, Issam Rayaan, Iftekhar Mohammad, Syed Khalid, Asma Masood, Azmy Abutaleb, Syed Hussaini

  • 5. Outreach and Civic Engagement (needs of integration with wider community)
    • Lead: Sr. Shazma Butt
    • Team Members: Helena and Amir Abushamma

  • 6. Economical_ (financial needs)
    • Lead: Br. Parvez Patel
    • Team Members: Taha Suglatwala, Siraj Khaja, Saquib Ahmed, Malik Khan

Please use the following link to get more information about all 6 different focus areas.


Once you understand all focus areas and choose one that you would like to be a part of, then use the corresponding link and register for one of the focus areas.


The team leads and team members have performed gap analysis of each focus areas and will share them with you in the workshop. Every one of you will review the original goals and will come up with new goals for your chosen focus area.


When: Sunday, April 28

Where: IFN banquet hall

What time: 9:30-1:00

For any questions, please contact Oghay Kherzai @ okherzai@gmail.com

Peace & Unity Prayer Vigil at IFN

In honor of our innocent brothers and sisters who were killed in New Zealand in a terrorist attack, IFN organized a Peace and Unity Vigil with our interfaith partners from Lake County area.

Program details were as follows:
Where: IFN
When: Wednesday March 20th
Time: 7:30 pm

Many people from diverse backgrounds attended this event to make prayers for the martyrs and unity among our fellow humans to live peacefully. It was attended by the Mayor of Waukegan Sam Cunningham, 9th Ward Alderman Ann Taylor, Sheriff John Idleburg, Rabbi Ari from Congregation Or Shalom and Local Priests and Members of Churches, Synagogues and Temples to show unity and solidarity with Muslims.

Libertyville High School(LHS) Muslim Student's Association(MSA) Mariam Ahmed, Zoya Jaffer and Leenah Ehsan attended the vigil at IFN. During the vigil, the students met LHS Nurse Cameron Traut who attended the vigil to support her students who go to Islamic Foundation North.

We are very proud of our IFN outreach team, Civic Engagement team and EC for hosting a solidarity gathering at the masjid. May we always create a peaceful atmosphere for

co-existence despite our theological differences.


Dr. Walid Khayr Tafseer Sessions

Dr. Walid Khayr's Quranic Tafseer sessions are led by him every Sunday from 10:30am to 12pm. Dr. Walid Khayr has been committed to teaching life lessons and wisdom from the Quran for the past 14 years to the IFN Community. He is a Hafiz-al-Quran and a Scholar.He strongly believes in empowering the community and individuals to use the Quran as a guide, a relevant reference book, a letter to YOU from Allah - so that YOU can uncover the hidden treasures in each of the blessed verses of the Quran.

Do you still find yourself asking ... Why should I attend? How are his classes any different?

Well, let his !! students tell you why you should join us through our personal testimonies:

• Dr. Khayr uses a holistic approach to understanding the Quran by relating everyday examples that can apply to anyone anywhere. His goal in class is to engage YOU in the conversation. He is always seeking YOUR input so YOU can benefit.

• His classes have not only changed lives, they have saved lives. He has a peer to peer approach to guiding and broadening your understanding of the Quran. We promise you, once you begin learning in this intimate way - you will develop the skills to ask deeper questions and you will get deeper answers from the Quran.

• Transform. Personally, Professionally, Socially! We guarantee that the way you begin to learn from the Quran wi! ll touch all areas of your life and help you on a daily basis.

• His medical training and his compassionate heart will always make you feel like there is someone who not only cares to teach you, but rather, you will feel that someone is on this personal journey with you. His character exemplifies the highest values in the Quran and he will model for you - the character and "way of being" the Quran describes and Allah (SWT) demands of us. He's certainly not all talk - he is ALL action!

• Dr. Khayr will NEVER tell you what to think, rather he uses examples from the Prophets (peace and blessings be upon them) to teach you how to think, how to learn and how to strive. Dr. Khayr is in it FOR YOU and you will feel it.

•He will challenge your feelings of hopelessness and help shift you into being an empowered action driven Muslim and citizen of the world.

Dr. Khayr's Hope for you; Our Expectations for the Class:

•Come prepared

• Share your views/opinions and thoughts and ask plenty of questions, no question is too big and no question will go unanswered

Check out our YouTube Channel where you can find the recordings of past Khutbas and Tafseer Sessions by Dr. Walid Khayr.

Dr. Walid Khayr - Quranic Lectures

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IFN Sunday school Quiz Competition

A very big turnout this year for the quiz competition. Thank you Sr. Ommey Atiya and Team and to all those who came out and attended the Annual Quiz Competition held on March 10th. MashaAllah the students did a fantastic job!

A huge shout out to all of our teachers and volunteers that put in their effort and time to make this happen every year. Also a huge thanks to our wonderful judges!

Sunday school Assembly

The Assembly at Sunday school is led by Imam Azfar . The theme for assembly was on "The Genius of Islam: How Muslims made the modern world" . Imam Azfar discussed the scientific advancement in the Islamic Empire during the Middle Ages that shaped our world today.

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Upcoming Events - Please Mark Your Calendars !

Iftaar and Sahoor Sponsorship For Ramadan

Ramadan is soon upon us and the best way to earn good deeds and rewards from Allah SWT is sponsoring Iftaar and Sahoor at IFN. If you are interested to sign-up for Iftaar and Sahoor sponsorship, please text our IFN Ramadan Committee Chair Br. Altaf Hussain with the day and option you are interested. Signup sheet will be filled on first come first serve basis.

Altaf Hussain

Phone: 847-271-4427

Email: altafhussai@yahoo.com

Umrah Reflections By Imam Azfar

Imam Azfar will have an informal talk/presentation about their recent Umrah trip with the community on April 17th from Maghreb to Isha in the LRC.

At The Approach Of Rajab and Shaban

The link below was provided by Imam Azfar so as to ready ourselves for Ramadan.


Fiqh Of Fasting

There will be a discussion on the Fiqh of Fasting led by Imam Azfar on April 21st from Noon to 1pm in the IFN Banquet Hall.

Editor's Note

The IFN Monthly Community Chronicle for March 2019 was compiled by Sadia Thiryayi. If you would like to share any community achievements or celebrations, please Email

Sadia Thiryayi at sadiathiryayi@gmail.com