Ramadan 2012

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When was Ramadan 2012 in Chicago
Muslims follow either moon sightings or calculations to determine when the lunar months occur (Muslims follow a lunar calendar). About half the mosques in Chicagoland follow moon sightings and the other half follow the calculation method for determining the dates of the month of Ramadan. This should not be perceived as a division in our community, rather respect toward different interpretations of acceptable approaches for this matter.

On the basis of the calculation method, the first day of the month of Ramadan (and the first day of fasting) was Friday, July 20, 2012 and the last day of the month of Ramadan (the last day of fasting) was on Saturday, August 18th 2012. The Islamic holiday "Eid al-Fitr" was on Sunday, August 19, 2012 (this marks the first day of the next month "Shawwal". For more information about Eid al-Fitr, please see this page). We have posted a fasting and prayer timetable for Ramadan 2012 according to the calculation approach here.

For those following the moon sighting approach, we follow the Chicago Hilal Committee which announced that Ramadan and fasting began on Saturday July 21, 2012. Eid al-Fitr fell on Sunday August 19 for those who follow local sighting.

We recommend Muslims follow their community/mosque on using the moon-sighting vs. calculation approach. We (CCC/CMC) followed the moon-sighting approach, specifically moon sighting in North America, and followed the moon-sighting announcements on the website chicagohilal.org. Anyone considering CCC/CMC their community is welcome to follow the moon-sighting approach with us each year.



Blog Coverage of our Convert Community Ramadan & Eid Events

  • Check out this blog writing by one of our sisters Hind regarding spending Ramadan & Eid with the convert community.
  • Check back for NPR coverage of one of our convert iftars!


Chicagoland Events & Services for Ramadan 2012
Below is a list of events hosted by or recommended by ChicagoMuslimConvert (CMC), ConvertConnectionChicago (CCC), and/or IIIE for those new to practicing Islam or recommitting to Islam.

Educational Sessions

  • 'Friends and Family Prep on Ramadan' session was held by CCC and CMC on Saturday July 14th from 12-2pm at a coffeeshop near AIC. We welcomed our converts to invite their friends and family to this warm and welcoming session during which we respectfully provided an overview of the practices that take place during the month of Ramadan. Thank you to all those who attended and helped facilitate the session. We hope to make this an annual event, so if you could not come this year, perhaps you can make it to next year's event! Below are some pictures from this event - additional pictures are also available via this link.

     
  • Monthly CCC discussion with Omer Mozaffer - RamadanPrep 101 & 102: Every year before Ramadan, we hold two prep sessions for Ramadan. The first session, held in June, focused on the spiritual aspects of Ramadan. The second session, held in July, provided instructions on how to follow Islamic practices during Ramadan - what it means to fast, what time to begin and end the fasts each day, about suhoor, about the nightly taraweeh prayers, about iftars, etc.

  • Saturday 8/11/12 at the American Islamic College (AIC - 613 W. Bittersweet Pl., Chicago) - Female scholar convert Tamara Gray from Damascus spoke with Convert Connection sisters. Check out this link for the list of these free talks.


  • Saturday 8/11/12 at the American Islamic College (AIC - 613 W. Bittersweet Pl., Chicago). 'Reflecting on Ramadan' monthly CCC interactive discussion with Omer Mozaffer.At this event we discussed how we have grown this Ramadan, what we have learned, what we have struggled with, and discussed how we can make the most of the remaining days of Ramadan and how to leave this month with momentum to get through the year. Below is a picture of this event.

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Iftars (breaking of the fast) and other events

  • Saturday July 21: Iftar at Trisha & Heather's home near Diversey & Kimball in Chicago. Thank you everyone who joined us for this first iftar of 2012, which happened to be an 'Italian food iftar'. Below are some pictures of this event.

     

  • On Tuesdays, IIIE (aka the "Reading Room") opens their doors to anyone looking to break fast with others. Some Tuesdays they offer a class first - below are pics of some of the Tuesday discussions and iftars.

    The 7/31 iftar followed the 'Love of the Prophet' (PBUH, SAW, صلى الله عليه وسلم) discussion with Brother Altaf. Thank you to the over 40 people who joined us for this beautiful, informative discussion! Below is a picture of this discussion.



    The 7/24 Iftar followed the 'Life of the Prophet' session with Brother Rachid. Thank you everyone who joined us for this informative discussion! Below are some pictures of this event.

     

  • Wednesday July 25 at 8:30pm: Iftar at a restaurant on Devon (near 2200 West Devon Avenue, Chicago, IL), generously paid for for 30 people. RSVP's are now closed for this event.
  • Friday July 27 at Hilton Chicago was CAMP's annual iftar/fundraising dinner partnered with ChicagoMuslimConvert (CMC) and ConvertConnectionChicago (CCC). All proceeds will be donated to Islamic Relief for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Thank you to all the people who purchased tickets and sat with us - CCC, CMC, and IIIE had 5 tables of attendees! Below is a picture of some of the individuals at our tables.




  • Saturday July 28 at the American Islamic College was Ta'leef Collective's "Living Right Class and Afternoon Tea" with Usama Canon and an iftar that followed. Thank you to the over 340 people who joined us for this informative discussion! Below is a picture of this discussion before the iftar, and more pictures are available via this link.



  • Thursday August 2 was the annual Iftar in the Synagogue held by the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA). This inspiring annual event has grown tremendously in recent years and become an important gathering for both Jewish and Muslim communities. The evening included Jewish and Muslim prayers, engaging speakers, conversation and a kosher/halal dinner. For the first time, this year's event was held in three locations on the same night.
  • Tuesday 8/7/12 was the 'Life of the Prophet' (pbuh) discussion with Brother Rachid Belbachir at IIIE (aka the "Reading Room") at 4390 N. Elston, Chicago. This session focused on how the Prophet observed Ramadan, from fasting to prayer to charity, and an iftar was enjoyed after.



  • Tuesday 8/7/12 at sunset (around 8pm) was: CAIR Chicago's fourth annual 'Taste of Ramadan' at CAIR-Chicago (28 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL). This year, over 500 attendees attended and enjoyed different dishes representing cuisines from around the world. Visit this link for the ABC7 coverage, or this link for a recap and pictures of the event.



  • Wednesday 8/8/12 was Ramadan Reflections at IMAN (Inner City Muslim Action Network). IMAN’s scholar-in-residence and recent Al-Azhar graduate Ubaidullah Evans led an interactive class and discussion on our engagement with the Qur'an. Included iftar.
  • Thursday 8/9/12 was an iftar at IIIE (aka the "Reading Room") at 4390 N. Elston, Chicago.
  • Tuesday 8/14/12 was an ftar at IIIE (aka the "Reading Room") at 4390 N. Elston, Chicago.
  • Wednesday 8/15/12 was Ramadan Reflections at IMAN (Inner City Muslim Action Network). IMAN’s scholar-in-residence and recent Al-Azhar graduate Ubaidullah Evans led an interactive class and discussion on our engagement with the Qur'an. Included iftar.
  • Friday 8/17/12 was Qiyam ul-layl (night prayers) for sisters at a sister's home. Traditionally, it is an evening of all-night prayer, conversation, and personal worship time until fajr (the morning prayer). They offered a program for the evening and provided food/snacks/caffeine Free.
  • Saturday 8/18/12 was a 'Chaand Raat' (Night of the new moon) ladies' henna party and iftar on Devon. About 20 sisters joined this fun evening and stayed out into the wee hours having halal fun. Below are some pictures of this event.

     
 


Eid Prayer and Celebration

We realize ChicagoMuslimConvert (CMC) and ConvertConnectionChicago (CCC) has become the primary community for many converts and recommitting Muslims in Chicagoland. For that reason, we proudly offered a prayer and celebration specifically for our community for the Islamic holiday 'Eid al-Fitr'. The location was in a park along Lake Michigan. Our teacher Omer Mozaffer led us in learning how to do Dhikr and the prayer. A potluck immediately followed in the same location. Thank you to the 50 adults who joined us for this prayer, and the countless others who joined us for the potluck after. Below are some pictures of this event.

 

 

 

After our Eid prayer and potluck, we joined the Muslim Community Center (MCC) Eid potluck at the Muslim Community Center (MCC), which was also organized by the Da'wah Committee and the Institute of Islamic Information & Education (III&E) in cooperation with the Latino Muslims of Chicago and Muslimahs of Chicago.


Suhoor Buddy Service Service

Most Muslims eat a pre-dawn meal called suhoor. We are offering a 'suhoor buddy service' for those interested. We match brothers with brothers, and sisters with sisters, and they can call or text each-other at time for suhoor to help ensure each-other wakes up and even to have a conversation with during suhoor. Please email chicagomuslimconvert@gmail.com (noting your gender) to request a 'suhoor buddy'.