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.



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

July 31, 5:30pm, CHICAGO: Muslims in Tech panel: Join MALA for the next installment of our “Muslims in Tech” discussion series! This evening, our panel of experts will focus on the life of a software engineer.

August 12, 11:000am, CHICAGO: Ladies Yoga & Networking, WeWork River North: Join us for a fun beginner yoga session especially for women that will release anxiety and stress while creating harmony within the mind, body and spirit. This is the perfect way to wrap up the weekend!


Save the Dates

Sept. 28, NEW YORK: “Building a Home Together”: Sephardi and Muslim Friends Shabbat, Center for Jewish history, details TBA

Oct. 23, CHICAGO: Listening Party – details TBA

Nov. 6, CHICAGO: MALA Annual Gala – details TBA


July 15, CHICAGO: An Afternoon of Islamic Art: MALA hosted an afternoon with artist Gabriel Rojkind, who walked us through the history of Islamic Art, stretching from Africa to Asia and focusing on tessellation art displayed in the beautiful interiors of the world’s most magnificent mosques. The discussion was followed by a demonstration and a fun hands-on activity to allow you to create your own masterpiece!

June 18, CHICAGO: Eid Celebration with Abeer Najjar! We came together for an evening of storytelling and Middle Eastern food with Chicago’s glamorous chef-blogger Abeer Najjar.

June 7, NEW YORK CITY: Muslim & Sephardi Friendship Iftar – we gathered at the Center for Jewish History for the Center’s first ever Iftar. This was a wonderful evening celebrating 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 6, 6:00pm, CHICAGO: MALA Mompreneurs Chicago! We met at WeWork Grant Park for a fantastic conversation about the challenges of starting a business while raising a family.

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

May 29, WASHINGTON, DC: Iftar Dinner at WeWork Crystal City! We had a great time watching the sun set together from the beautiful WeWork eventspace before tearing into a family-style falafel feast. THANK YOU to everyone who donated to UNICEF’s #BreakTheirFast campaign in support of hungry children.

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.