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DEC 21 - 25, 2019

CHICAGO, IL

 

Registration

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Option 1 (With Hotel Accommodation)

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One Adult: Full Lodging & Admittance

For Each Additional Roommate

Adult 18 & Up

Student (18 & Up)

High School Youth (14 - 17)

Junior Youth (7 - 13)

Child (2 - 6)

Infant (under 2 years of age)

$510

 

$150

$130

$130

$95

$75

FREE

Adult 18 & Up

Student (18 & Up)

High School Youth (14 - 17)

Junior Youth (7 - 13)

Child (2 - 6)

Infant (under 2 years of age)

Per Day

$55

$45

$45

$35

$25

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$95

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A Return to Family

Introductory Statement

The home must be the foundation of our spiritual life. It is there, in the intimacy of family, that affection is lent, that love is shared, that character is cultivated, and that all the highest virtues are sown, strengthened, and maintained. It is in the home that we appear as we really are—flinging off the weary masks of the outside world to be our truest selves. It is in the home that we find refuge and retreat from the noise and dissipation of daily life. It is in that sanctuary that we seek the sources of renewal that might center us, and perhaps restore us to that which is more pure and edifying for our souls.

That, at least, is a traditional vision of what the home ought to be. Would that it were so!

In our shiny modern world, the family is naught but a besieged, battered, and beleaguered institution. Much like religion itself, this ancient sanctuary is now viewed by many as a thing of suspicion. Many among the youth look upon it with misgivings about their past, having been raised by parents who favored the imposition of law over love, and authority over affection. As for marriage—once a prophetic institution—it is now seen by some as an antiquated rite, or perhaps an impediment to youthful diversions or career aspirations. This is further compounded by the crises of depression, drugs, and mental illness which are ravaging the lives of our children and imposing tremendous burdens upon their families

 

In and of themselves, these are formidable challenges. That we must confront them against the milieu of a western liberal tradition which confines human rights to the individual, precluding the possibility of recognizing and respecting the rights of the family, lends even greater urgency to our task. And that is to say nothing of contending with a ‘progressive’ movement which is currently leading the cultural (and legal)charge to deconstruct and dismantle the rights of the family under the banners of combating patriarchy, identity politics, and social justice

Collectively, these crises are a clear indicator that our society is fundamentally unwell. And although wellness is principally an individual endeavor, predicated on establishing a sound relationship with God, it remains true that our religious well-being demands that we accept some measure of social responsibility. This is borne quite plainly by the truism that a healthy society can only exist when its members are healthy. If, as the Holy Prophet said, “marriage is one-half of religion,” this is because the family is the fundamental social institution and principal guarantor of social wellness. If the family can be kept healthy—something that is predicated on the spiritual wellness of its members—then society will be well.

In this year’s conference, we have resolved to explore the role that family plays as the guarantor of social and spiritual wellness in Muslim life. The scriptural basis for this is well known to all—that God, the Exalted, has confided within each of us a divine trust (ʾamānah), and made us a vicar (khalīfah) upon the earth, commanding us:

“O you who believe! Save yourselves and your families from a fire whose fuel is people and stones.”

[al-Qurʾān 66:6]

And the ark of that salvation is none other than the archetypal‘ first-family’ of Islam, the Holy Prophet and his Ahl al-Bayt, blessings upon them, who illuminate the journey of each soul back to its Source. This is what we endeavor by‘a return to family’—a return to familial piety in its fullest, primordial sense.

 

Join us!

 

Speakers

Sayyid 

Sulayman Hasan

Sayyid 

Sulayman Hasan

UstAdhA FatemaH

Meghji

Sayyid 

Mohammad Baqir Qazwini

Sayyid 

Sameer Ali

Dr. Shady Shebak

Shaykh Amin Rastani

Shaykh Trent Carl

السيد مهدي

الأمين

Shaykh Dawud Walid

الدكتور فضل

شحيمي

Shaykh Azhar Sheraze

السيد نجاح الحسيني

الأستاذة رقية

يونس

الشيخ

عبد الرضا معاش

 

Venue

70 Yorktown Center

Lombard, IL 60148

The Westin Lombard is located in the western suburbs of Chicago, providing a complimentary shuttle to the nearby Metra station, which will take you directly into the city.

 
 

About

The annual conference serves as a unique platform for Muslims to congregate, pray, and collectively discover the spiritual depths of Islam as well as explore the substantial challenges that confront our community.

The conference features a robust program including keynote lectures in English and Arabic, discussion forums, youth programming, congregational prayer, nightly entertainment programs and more. We endeavor to host a variety of qualified scholars, intellectuals and professionals to share their insights and wisdom, in hopes of kindling the hearts of a new generation of wayfarers striving toward God.

 

A Return to Family

The 36th Annual Conference

Contact Us

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(828) ISLAMGP |  (828) 475-2647 | info@themuslimgroup.org

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