Muslim turkey drive reaches 5,000 South Side families

The Muslim Turkey Drive has been able to meet its goal of feeding 5,000 families in south of Chicago. Organizers gathered at Emmett Till school to prepare the turkeys to distribute among schools on Nov. 22. (Medill/Fariba Pajooh)

Muna Khan and Fariba Pajooh On a chilly Wednesday morning at least a dozen people wait outside of Emmett Till Math and Science Academy in the Woodlawn neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. They are volunteers with the Muslim Turkey Drive who have come to distribute turkeys to low-income families in Woodlawn and surrounding communities. [vimeo […]

Fear and coping in Muslim America

Muslim men attend the Friday sermon on Nov. 11 at a mosque in downtown Chicago where the cleric allayed fears following the election of Donald Trump as president. (Medill/Shahzeb Ahmed)

By Muna Khan and Shahzeb Ahmed The third floor of the Downtown Islamic Center in Chicago fills quickly with men of all races and ethnicities—Arabs sit next to South Asians who sit next to African Americans. They have come for the obligatory Friday congregational prayer. Most sit cross-legged with their heads bowed in silence, listening […]

Election day dawns at last for historic, decisive races

Voters eager to beat the rush expected at this polling booth in downtown Chicago lined up early in the morning to cast their ballots on Nov. 8. (Muna Khan/Medill)

By Muna Khan 9 a.m. CT Monday, Nov. 9, 2016 Election day has finally arrived. Millions headed to the polls across Illinois and rest of the United States this morning to choose between Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton and the Republican candidate Donald Trump as their next president. Voters are also choosing in a variety of […]

Chicago Muslim group uses billboard to slam ISIS

A Chicago group of Muslims has launched an ad campaign around the country to denounce ISIS in a bid to engage meaningful conversation on Islam. This billboard was put up on a Chicago highway on Aug. 5, 2016. (Image Courtesy Sound Vision)

By Muna Khan A group of Muslims in Chicago has banded together to denounce the militant group ISIS with disparaging messages on billboards posted in four cities — Phoenix, St. Louis and Miami, as well as in Chicago. The billboards, the first of which went up in Chicago on Aug. 5, read “Hey ISIS, You […]