Let’s hang out!

MALA partners on a wide range of initiatives and hosts events across the U.S., with a focus on Chicago, New York City, and Washington, DC. Join us at the upcoming, or check out photos from past events at our Facebook page and under News on this website.



May 29, 7:30pm, WASHINGTON, DC: Iftar Dinner at WeWork Crystal City! Join us at our offices for dates and tea, then we’ll tear into a family style falafel feast! We also encourage attendees to make a donation to UNICEF’s #BreakTheirFast campaign in support of hungry children – see donation option on the registration page.

June 4, 7:30pm, WASHINGTON, DC: Congressional Iftar, by invitation only.

June 6, 6:00pm, CHICAGO: MALA Mompreneurs Chicago! Join us at WeWork Grant Park for a conversation about the challenges of starting a business while raising a family.

June 7, 8:30pm, NEW YORK CITY: Muslim & Sephardi Friendship Iftar – we will gather at the Center for Jewish History to break fast together; suggested donation is $10. Join us as we celebrate compassion, tolerance, and community building. Special thanks to our fellow community builders: the American Sephardi Federation and their Young Leaders program, Moroccan Americans in New York, the Greek Jewish and Sephardic Young Professionals Network, and Association Mimouna.

June 18, 5:30pm, CHICAGO: Eid Celebration with Abeer Najjar! Join us at WeWork RiverNorth for an evening of storytelling and Middle Eastern food with Chicago’s glamorous chef-blogger Abeer Najjar.

July 20, noon, CHICAGO: MALA Community Builders Council, by invitation only.



May 23, CHICAGO: Iftar Hangout at I Dream of Falafel! I Dream of Falafel is a wonderful fast-casual restaurant that donated a portion of the evening’s proceeds towards MALA scholarships. MALA also collected donations for UNICEF’s #BreakTheirFast campaign to alleviate child hunger during Ramadan. Thank you to everyone who participated! 

May 1, Chicago: Screening & Conversation: The Empowerment Project, a documentary film that honors the women in our lives, celebrates our true role models and challenges the next generation of leaders to ask themselves: WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU KNEW YOU WOULD SUCCEED? After the screening, a special panel of boss ladies shared their leadership insights: Jami Youmans, Founder and Managing Partner of VantEdge One Group; Ishani Patel, a board member for the Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing; Dr. Sandya Nagubadi of Z-Medi; Sameena Mustafa, who serves on the Advisory Council for Chicago Women’s Health Center. Special THANK YOU to our talented moderator, Dr. Asad Zaman! Pictures at our Facebook page.

April 11, Washington, DC: Screening & Conversation: The Muslim Next Door, an episode in National Geographic’s docuseries with Katie Couric, AMERICA INSIDE OUT. A panel of MALA storytellers shared their own experiences as Muslim Americans after the screening.