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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 ›

Make a Difference in 2014!

A year has come and gone. For most of us 2013 has been peaceful and prosperous. America the beautiful has given much to us to be thankful for. A growing economy, a booming stock market, a new lease on health care for the millions without insurance. For most of us our neighborhoods are quiet, our streets… Read More ›

Obamacare & the Politics of Deceit

In spite of all the misinformation floating in the air, our country today took a giant step in removing one of the major barriers that had obstructed millions of our citizens from accessing health care for decades. With the opening of the Health Care Exchanges across the country, Obamacare  (ACA) heralded today the end of… Read More ›

Twelve Years Later

Azher Quader  Twelve years ago America suffered an act of horrific magnitude which has permanently scarred it On that day it woke up to a new reality: that hate could hurt, that trust could turn into terror, that the happy days of freedom can change into an endless night of insecurity. We cried revenge and… Read More ›

Come Join Our March

 Abrar Quader 50 years ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke words that moved the spirit of a nation. His dream of hope, faith and equality was not limited to Black and White racial reconciliation alone. King and the more than 250,000 peaceful marchers who assembled in Washington in 1963 came to demand an equal… Read More ›

The Need For Trust

Do you trust yourself?    Have you ever heard of the Black Wall Street? It isn’t a very well-known place in this day and age primarily because it existed in the early 1900’s in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Moreover, it was undoubtedly the most affluent of all Black communities that ever existed. Considering the general status of… Read More ›


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