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Reflections: Beyond Banning Muslims(0)

September 12, 2018

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 ›

Why Iqbal Matters

Azher Quader President  Community Builders Council (CBC) Mohammad Iqbal is a household name among South Asians in general. Many know him as an inspiring poet philosopher from the East. Equally many regard him as the Founder of Pakistan the one who originally conceived the idea and promote the notion of a separate homeland for Indian… Read More ›

On Mawlid and Muslims

Azher Quader, President, CBC  Ki wafa thoo ne Muhammad se tho ham therey hain Ye jahan cheez hai kya loh o qalam therey  hain If you are true in your love of Muhammad then We are with you This world is nothing; We will give you Our pen and tablet to write your own destiny… Read More ›