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Platform 2015

In chapter 103 of the Quran, Suratul Asr, Allah swears by Time and reminds humankind that we are lost unless we engage in three things: 1) we believe and do good, 2) we remind each other of truth, and 3) we enjoin patience on one another.  Although this is one of the shortest chapters in the Holy Book, it provides a full description of how we should live our lives.

Platform 2015 will center on these tenets, reminding us of what our obligations to Allah and other humans are in our short time in this life.

Important Documents

Rules + Regulations Medical Form Platform Overview

Activities

Quranic Competition Family Fued Sport Competition Go Bananas Park

Speakers

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Sister Amal Ali

Sister Amal Ali completed her graduate studies at the University of Chicago where she conducted original and empirical research on the acculturative experiences of Muslim American youth. Amal is currently the Director of Youth and Community Building Initiatives at ZF where she designs service-learning opportunities that inspire, educate, and mobilize students around human rights and social causes in the U.S. and in underdeveloped countries abroad. Amal also administers community building programs at ZF with a focus on family health and connectivity, and youth counselor trainings. Amal has over 15 years of youth development experience and has played a leading role in designing and executing transformational programs from teen leadership excursions to student activism on university campuses across the Midwest. A public speaker, Amal inspires young audiences to recognize their vast potential as change-makers and peace-spreaders; she awakens a spiritual and cultural identity that is rooted in prophetic tradition and manifested in action for positive social change. Amal resides in Illinois with her two boys who have taught her that parenting is the hardest job she will ever love!

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Sister Tope Ganiyah Fajingbesi

Sister Tope Ganiyah Fajingbesi is a social entrepreneur, author and an inspirational speaker. She hosts Impact Africa (www.impactafrica.co), a podcast that inspires listeners to participate actively in African development through entrepreneurship and job creation particularly for Africa’s growing youth population. She also invests considerable time and energy into creating a better world for children from low-income families through United for Kids Foundation (www.unitedforkidsfoundation.org), an organization she co-founded in 2002 and which she continues to serve as its Executive Director/Coordinating Trustee. Tope, a U.S. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Nigerian Chartered Accountant (1999 ICAN prize winner) is the author of “What Color Is Your Money?” She  obtained a Bachelors degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos Nigeria, a Masters in Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and attended the  University of Oxford’s Women Transforming Leadership Program in October 2014. Tope is also a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar Session 530 – “Value(s) for Money? Philanthropy as a Catalyst for Social and Financial Transformation.” She was one of 30 African leaders invited to the U.S. White House briefing and dialogue session in preparation for the 2014 U.S.-Africa leaders summit in May 2014.

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Sheikh Rachid Belbachir

Sheikh Rachid Belbachir is the resident Religious Scholar for IFANCA. He has studied for more than a decade under various renowned scholars, like Shuyukh Mohamad Hasan Dedew Al-Shanquiti, Mustafa Al-Khan, Ahmed al Kufahi . He has received his Ijazah in Hadith from Sheikh Dedew Al-Shanquiti, the President of Ulama Training Center, and President of Abdellah BenYacine University in Nouakchott, Mauritania. He also completed his Usul Fiqh study with Dr. Abdelmajid Turki, Director/Editor Studia Islamica Magazine and former Head of CNRS Sorbonne Paris. Sheikh Rachid has over 25 years of extensive background in Islamic studies. He is a member and contributor to AlHadeeth forum, a Sharia’ committee member at World Halal and Food Council. He was invited to speak at various centers and conferences on important topics like, Evolution of Fiqh; Muwatta Imam Malik; Different schools of thought; Usul Alfiqh; and Introduction to Science of Hadeeth. Sheikh Rachid Belbachir was the chairman of the religious department at Muslim Community Center in Chicago.

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Dr. Yushau Sodiq

Dr. Yushau Sodiq, an Associate Professor of Religion and Islamic Studies at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, specializes on Islamic Studies, Islamic Law and African religions. His published articles include: “The Application of Islamic Law in Nigeria: A Case Study,” in the Islamic Studies Journal, 1992; “A History of Islam Among the African American Muslims of Richmond,” in The Muslim World, 1994; “Muslim-Christian Relations in Nigeria: Causes of Tension,” in Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 1994): “Islam in Africa,” in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to African Religions, ed. by Elias Bongmba (2012); and a book “An Insider’s Guide to Islam,” Indianapolis, 2010.

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Habeeb Quadri

Habeeb Quadri is an educator, author, and youth activist. For the past decade, Mr. Quadri has been the principal of MCC Academy, one of the earliest Islamic elementary and middle schools in North America located in the suburbs of Chicago. He was recently confirmed to a seat on the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Principals’ Advisory Board. Mr. Quadri is a student of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education where he is also a part-time faculty member teaching professional development courses. In addition to teaching and administering in both public and private schools for the last 15+ years, Mr. Quadri is on the National Advisory Board for MYNA (Muslim Youth of North America) and he has delivered hundreds of lectures and conducted numerous workshops throughout the United States, Canada and abroad on Islam, society, and social problems confronting Muslim youth and the community at large. He has co-authored five books on topics including parenting and other social issues as relating to Islam and Islamic education. He has a Bachelor’s in Teaching of History and a Master’s in School Administration.

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Misbahudeen Ahmed-Rufai

Misbahudeen Ahmed-Rufai is a professor of History at Malcolm X College, Chicago. He obtained his B. A degree in Sociology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, a postgraduate degree in Journalism, specialization in Public Relations, Advertising, and Magazine production from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Ikeja, Lagos, M. A. (History) from Chicago State University before proceeding to the University of Illinois at Chicago for a Ph.D (History).

Professor Ahmed-Rufai is currently the Imam/Director of the Lamp of Faith Community Center in Chicago. Before his current position he was Imam at the Light of Islam mosque, Harvey, IL (August 2006 – July 31, 2015), Mosque Maryam (September 1989 – December 2004), Mellamby Hall, University of Ibadan (1983 – 1986), Noibul Imam, Olorunsogo Mosque, Molete, Ibadan (1978 – 1988). He was President of the Ghana Muslim Students Association, Ashanti Region, (1980-1983), President of Muslim Students Association, University of Ibadan, (1984) and a founding member of the National Council of Muslim Youth Organizations, Nigeria (NACOMYO). Prof. Ahmed-Rufai’s journalistic career includes contributions to the Nigerian Tribune, Daily Sketch, The New Nigerian, Staff Writer for the Nigerian Economist, international news Editor for the Final Call newspaper, and Foreign News Editor for the Muslim Journal newspaper. He helped establish the first Muslim youth magazine The Bloom and the first Muslim evening newspaper An-Nur, both in Lagos in the 1980s.

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