Chicago Mompreneur: Lisa Prock

Every May, we dedicate the day to celebrating mothers and their unconditional love and support (even though they deserve to be celebrated every day!). However, women should never be defined solely by motherhood: all their passions and achievements should be highlighted and recognized. On Wednesday, June 6, MALA will host Chicago Mompreneurs to do exactly this […]

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Lisa Gunderson Chicago Mompreneur

Kiran Ansari: Life Comes Full Circle with a Cyclical Ramadan

  Kiran Ansari shares her love for the varying Ramadan calendar.   I love how Ramadan comes at a different time each year. As Muslims follow the lunar calendar, Ramadan starts around ten days earlier every year. It may sound weird how this month-long holiday does not have a fixed date in our conventional Gregorian […]

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Kiran Rasul on Ramadan

MALA Partners on Ramadan Story Guide

  Include the entire family and promote community dialogue with storytime MALA is thrilled to partner with publisher KitaabWorld on a simple guide for parents and educators on hosting a Ramadan event for children! KitaabWorld publishes a beautiful collection of books geared towards everyone from toddlers to young adults. Their Ramadan collection includes everyone’s favorite monkey […]

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Ramadan KitaabWorld

MALA Launches First Community Builders Council

Council convenes leaders and core supporters to strengthen MALA programming On April 20, MALA convened its first Community Builders Council meeting over luncheon at The Metropolitan in Chicago. Attendees included MALA’s core supporters and community leaders from across the greater Chicago area. Many thanks to this glamorous members-only space at the top of Willis Tower […]

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Community Builders Council

MALA Hosts NatGeo Screening and Conversation

  MALA Storytellers Reflect on Being “the Muslim Next Door” On April 11, MALA hosted a pre-air screening of “The Muslim Next Door,” an installment in Katie Couric’s National Geographic docuseries, AMERICA INSIDE OUT. In the episode, Couric explored the stories of Muslim Americans in today’s America. The screening was followed by an impressive panel of […]

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America Inside Out screening

Vareesha Khan: Bringing Different Worlds Together

“But really, being someone who moved around a lot, you had to be flexible, adaptable, and observant of the world around you and the things that change from one place to the next. Coming from that experience at a young age really defined my next steps in life.”

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Vareesha Khan

Hibaq Hassan: My American Journey

“My parents would remind me everyday about the significance of education and how fortunate I was to have the have the chance to explore educational opportunities.”

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Hibaq Hassan