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May 10, 2020

Azher Quader azherquader@yahoo.com Chicago, The  COVID 19 virus has wreaked havoc in the world in a few short months and caused powerful nations to become paralyzed. Entire countries have been shut down with their economies destroyed. With no treatment for cure and no vaccine for protection in sight, there is widespread panic as the case… Read More ›

The Pilgrims Return – What message do they bring?

Azher Quader azherquader@yahoo.com Aug 14, 2019 Today was the final day when the pilgrims in Saudi Arabia left Mina after their 5 day stay there, to return to Mecca for their farewell tawaf before heading home. As we congratulate them on the successful completion of this important obligatory duty in our faith, we are at… Read More ›

Reflections: Beyond Banning Muslims

Azher Quader September 11, 2018   Today was the 17th anniversary of 911, a watershed moment in our nation’s history.  When the twin towers in lower Manhattan fell that day and thousands perished, the world came to witness in silent horror, the awful power of hate. Over the years Americans have been fed a narrative… Read More ›

Eidul Adha 2018 : Message from the President

Azher Quader   Thanks to the the lively controversy between the moon sighters of America and the moon sighters of Arabia we have two days of Eid ul Adha to celebrate here in Chicago. With all the wonderful advances in technology and communications the world has made, it is indeed impressive that we insist on… Read More ›

Reflections: “Elections Have Consequences”

Azher Quader azherquader@yahoo.com How often are we told that elections have consequences? Yet how often do we ignore it. But that reality has hit home for many of us who have seen the very serious consequences recently  of partisan politics showing its colors in the highest court of our country with the travel ban decision… Read More ›

“Seeking God”

“Tujhe aadam nahin miltha Khuda ki justajoo kaisi Thu hai begaana apna, Aashna ki justaju kaisi” Iqbal “You have trouble seeking humans to connect with , how do you expect to find God? You are unaware of yourself, how do you expect to find the Most Aware?” Some seek God in silent solitude and meditation…. Read More ›

Tarnished Scholars

Azher Quader azherquader@yahoo.com Dec 4, 2017, Chicago   The recent allegations pertaining to the sexual abuses of Tariq Ramadan, a revered and beloved Islamic scholar and leader in the Muslim community, has created shockwaves among his staunch admirers and ardent followers who live worldwide. He has denied the allegations of course and at some point… Read More ›

Beyond Ramadan

  Azher Quader, President, CBC July 20, 2015 Now that Ramadan has concluded, it would be good to pause and ponder on what lies beyond. While for most of us the encounter with hunger was a temporary discomfort to bear, we should not forget that for nearly a billion around the globe it is a… Read More ›

Memorial Day 2014

Azher Quader, President, CBC It was Memorial Day yesterday . For most of us here in Chicago enjoying a balmy 80 degree day with kids playing soccer and the grown ups  feasting around  their barbecue grills, seemed like the day was simply meant to erase the memory of yet another bone chilling winter that appeared… Read More ›

Love is in the Air

By Dr. Azher Quader It is Valentine’s Day today. Love is in the air and America celebrates love as always with bouquets of roses and boxes of chocolates. Love is on sale everywhere we go. We see it in the balloons flying at checkouts. We smell it in the air as we pass by the… Read More ›