Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Teacher brings high school students to Islamic Community Center.
This story is part of a Patch series examining the Muslim experience 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks. Read other stories in the series here. Twice a year, about 25 students from Glenbrook South High School in Glenview visit the Islamic Community Center of Des Plaines with their World Religions West class. The students attend a Friday afternoon prayer service followed by a question and answer session with representatives from the center, oftentimes the imam for the day or the center’s president, Ghulam Farooqie. Islam is one of many religions covered in the high school class, which has been developed and taught by department head Terrance Jozwik for almost 30 years. He said bringing his students to churches, synagogues and mosques …
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Leader of Glencoe's Am Shalom sees broad role in community for temple.
This story is part of a Patch series examining the Muslim experience 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks. Read other stories in the series here. "God is found not in buildings and synagogues but in relationships," said Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein, leader of Temple Am Shalom in Glencoe, when asked what he has learned in his role at the temple as he nears a decade with the congregation. The synagogue recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. As a religious leader in Glencoe, Lowenstein is actively involved in trying to better interfaith relations. Recently, for Temple Am Shalom's 9/11 commemoration, Lowenstein invited Imam Adnan Balihodzic, leader of The Islamic Cultural Center of Greater Chicago in Northbrook, to join the congregation for…
Thursday, September 22, 2011
A man who has seen the horrors of war has his own take on 9/11.
This story is part of a Patch series examining the Muslim experience 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks. Read other stories in the series here. Imam Adnan Balihodzic was living in Bosnia on Sept. 11, 2001. But when the temporary leader of the Islamic Cultural Center (ICC) in Northbrook was invited to speak at Temple Am Shalom’s tenth anniversary commemoration of 9/11 two weeks ago, he went back thousands of years to find the right words. “I said, from a famous verse from the Quran, the best I could say: ‘Whoever kills one innocent soul, it is like he killed all human beings,” said Balihodzic, 34. “And whoever saves one innocent person, it is like he saved all of humankind. “This is what every Muslim must believe.” Minutes later, a Jewish …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
School functions as a world hub.
This story is part of a Patch series examining the Muslim experience 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks. Read other stories in the series here. When Ayah Allam walks through the busy hallways of Maine East High School wearing an Islamic headscarf, she doesn't stand out from the crowd. The school, which draws students from Niles, Glenview, Morton Grove and Park Ridge, functions as a world hub, with students from 50 nationalities. Many arrive every year from foreign countries, and more than 70 percent speak a language other than English at home, according to teacher Barbara Englebert. As the United States commemorates the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, this tremendous diversity tends to create tolerance towards all groups, including Muslims, …
Monday, September 12, 2011
Citizens, officials fill Gallery Park for ceremony honoring 10th anniversary of attacks
Thousands gathered in Gallery Park Sunday night as Glenview honored the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The event was put on by Glenview State Bank, the Glenview Freedom Memorial Committee, the Village of Glenview, and Glenview Park District. The ceremony featured patriotic music and an address by Richard Jaehne, director of the Illinois Fire Service Institute. Glenview's Fire and Police Department officials also participated, along with representatives from local girl and boy scout troops. Read more: Glenview schools commemorate 9/11 Several banners hung around Gallery Park and signed with personal messages by guests at the ceremony thanked first responders for their continued service to our nation. The speical nighttime ceremony …
Day-long event begins with a memorial service.
A memorial service for first responders to the 9/11 assault on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon kicked off a day of activities to commemorate the 10th anniversary, and focus on our communities and our future at Maine East Sunday. Related: Reclaiming 9/11 as day of hope.
Community organizations come together for a day of service to honor heroes and victims of tragedy.
Hundreds of people attended HopeFest 2011 Sunday to honor the heroes of 9/11, remember the victims of the devastating attacks and pay tribute by serving their communities. HopeFest, an event sponsored by three area United Methodist Church congregations, started at 7:30 a.m. with the arrival of a 200-pound steel beam that was once part of the World Trade Center in New York at Maine East High School in Park Ridge. The beam, which has been donated to the Village of Park Ridge, will be put on permanent display at an as yet undetermined location. Related: Photo gallery of HopeFest. Throughout the day volunteers helped with blood drives and donated blood at two sites, participated in family-friendly CPR and disaster response/relief classes, …
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Patch teamed up with HuffPo to create national snapshot of community reactions.
The attacks of Sept. 11 affected every person in this country. Patch has teamed up with The Huffington Post to create a snapshot of those reactions nationwide. Today The Huffington Post launched a mosaic of photos and captions — more than 900 of them — from each Patch site coast to coast. Each photo tells the story of an individual, family or community group and how the events of Sept. 11 impacted them. Browse through the full gallery here. To see Glenview Patch's full 9/11 coverage, peek at our related stories to the right. Like Glenview Patch on Facebook to join the conversation.
Glenview resident K. Rizwan Kadir is the President of Pakistan Club at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and serves on the board of several Islamic organizations in the U.S.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
As a Chicagoan, I’m very proud of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower and the John Hancock center. Not only do these buildings aptly epitomize the City of Broad Shoulders, the fact they were designed by a Pakistani-American Muslim adds another dimension of pride for me. Since 9/11, American Muslims have identified with the US and differentiated from the violent extremist mindset which has permeated parts of the Muslim world since the Soviet-Afghan war. In my mind, there is no better symbol of this differentiation than the former Sears Tower – we are the kind of Muslims who build things to reflect our high aspirations as a civilized nation, and are not the ones who want to smash planes into such buildings. The events of 9/11 were perpetrated …
Students mark 10th anniversary of tragic day
In honor of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, Glenview schools took time Friday to commemorate the event with a variety of touching tributes. Glenbrook South students created a memorial wall filled with 4x6 cards expressing and depicting a variety of experiences, emotions and hopes regarding the events of that day and its aftermath. Students at Springman Middle School, wearing red, white and blue, created a human replica of the American flag with a peace sign in place of the fifty stars. Because many students are too young to to have direct memories of the day, the commemorations of the anniversary serve as a way to teach the significance of the day and the ways it changed our country and our world. "So much has happened to us as …