The Institute of Islamic Information and Education

The Institute of Islamic Information and Education IIIE is dedicated to providing basic correct information about Islam and Muslims, and to empower Muslims through education to be points of inspiration drawing others to the beauty and peace of our Merciful Creator.
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The Institute of Islamic Information and Education (IIIE) is dedicated to providing accurate information about Islamic beliefs, history and civilization from authentic sources. IIIE was established in Chicago, Illinois in 1985 with the comprehensive project of conveying the message of Islam to everyone in North America. IIIE is a leading provider of brochures and other educational publications to individuals and institutions throughout North America. At our "Reading Room" facilty we host regular weekly and monthly informational and educational sessions for Muslims and non-Muslims to learn about Islam and Muslims.

IIIE's Umar Ali will be giving a talk at DIC tonight about how to properly discuss Ramadan with our non-Muslim friends, ...
06/06/2018

IIIE's Umar Ali will be giving a talk at DIC tonight about how to properly discuss Ramadan with our non-Muslim friends, neighbors, and colleagues. 6-7:30, 231 South State street.

As the last 10 nights arrive, please see the added lectures we have scheduled so you can make the most of the blessed month that is left iA!

08/22/2017
Evenings With Evans

Evenings With Evans

7:30 scheduled start this evening. Insha Allah!

07/25/2017
Evenings With Evans

Evenings With Evans

Open session resumes tonight, late start at 7:45. Join us at the Reading Room

Evenings With Evans
07/18/2017
Evenings With Evans

Evenings With Evans

It is with great sadness that we report of the tragic death of Ustadh Ubaydullah's brother-in-law, Umar Muhammad. We will not be hosting class this week....Ubaydullah asks that you keep his family in your prayers.

06/13/2017
Evenings With Evans

Evenings With Evans

This is a reminder that we will not be hosting class or iftar tonight. Please check back for announcement about next Tuesday evening.

Ubaydullah Evans going live in a few minutes
06/12/2017

Ubaydullah Evans going live in a few minutes

LIVE at approximately 5:00pm EST...Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans "Following the Sunnah"-Lamppost Education Initiative's Ramadan Reflection Series...Stay Tuned!

05/23/2017
Evenings With Evans

Evenings With Evans

Class cancelled tonight, we apologize for the last minute notice.

04/25/2017
Evenings With Evans

Evenings With Evans

Tonight's open session will begin immediately after maghrib prayer. Doors will be open at 7:00 in case you wish to arrive ab little early.

Umar Ali- Today had the pleasure to host Emilio, a freshman at the prestigious Latin School in the heart of Chicago.  We...
04/14/2017

Umar Ali- Today had the pleasure to host Emilio, a freshman at the prestigious Latin School in the heart of Chicago. We had a nice lunch at Afghan Kabob, and afterwards he sat in on the Friday sermon and prayer, where Shaikh Murad gave a very moving talk about the lifelong process of the purification of a Muslim's heart. This young man was as intellectually impressive as the sixth grader from Parker last week, and gives me great hope for the future leaders of the next generation! Thank you, Emilio, for giving us the opportunity to serve as your host.

04/04/2017
Evenings With Evans

Evenings With Evans

Evenings with Evans is on for tonight, 7:00 pm openning

Today we were please to host two groups of students, from Rochester College and Indiana Wesleyan University to participa...
03/24/2017

Today we were please to host two groups of students, from Rochester College and Indiana Wesleyan University to participate in a discussion led by Umar Ali about the religion of Islam and the Muslim community, and to observe the Friday service at the Muslim Community Center. We thank Professors Mark Manry, Brian Fry, and their very inquisitive and courteous students for visiting us and for the open dialogue!

Muslim Community Center (MCC)
02/19/2017

Muslim Community Center (MCC)

Open Mosque Day at MCC on Elston...huge turnout! We thank our many neighbors and partners on the north side of Chicago for coming out to visit and offer such heart-warming support in these troubling and divisive times.

02/05/2017
Sunday "Revelation" Book Discussion- with Ubaydullah Evans

Sunday "Revelation" Book Discussion- with Ubaydullah Evans

Revelation Book Class continues this Sunday Feb 5th, where we will discuss the revelation of surah Al-Baqarah (the Cow, charter 2) and how it warns of the enemy within the new community of Medina, the Hypocrites. (Page 185)

Doors open at 11:00, discussion begins upon arrival of Ustadh Ubayd.

01/31/2017
Evenings With Evans

Evenings With Evans

Ustadh Evans will be available tonight for open session at the Reading Room (6:30 to 8:30). We will initially follow up on the conversation from Sunday Revelation Book class regarding the parallels between pre-Islamic Arab society (Jahilliyah) and the recent US election, and what follows is up to you and your fellow guests! We hope to see you tonight.

01/29/2017
Sunday "Revelation" Book Discussion- with Ubaydullah Evans

Sunday "Revelation" Book Discussion- with Ubaydullah Evans

Class will indeed be held this Sunday January 29th. The Reading Room will open at 11:00 and class will begin as soon as Ustadh Evans arrives (also scheduled for 11:00 am). We look forward to resuming regular weekly classes, and we greatly apreciate your tremendous patience with the recent schedule changes and class cancellations.

01/10/2017
Evenings With Evans

Evenings With Evans

Ustadh Ubaydullah has requested that we not meet tonight, so that we may all watch the President's farewell address, and that he also be spared the burden of suffering extra traffic caused by the President's farewell address.

We will continue next Tuesday at the Reading Room.

11/29/2016
Evenings With Evans

Evenings With Evans

Evenings with Evans back ON tonight! 6:30-8:00 at the Reading Room. Our topic will be the intersections of religion, culture, politics, fashion, athletics....you name it.

11/22/2016
Evenings With Evans

Evenings With Evans

We will not be hosting class this holiday week. Ustadh Evans, and the team at the Islamic Reading Room wishes all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Each Tuesday evening at the Reading Room, our Scholar In-Residence hosts an open session to discuss all things relevant,...
11/16/2016
Evenings With Evans

Each Tuesday evening at the Reading Room, our Scholar In-Residence hosts an open session to discuss all things relevant, YOU pick the topic:

Ustadh Evans discussing the election outcome, and Dr. Sherman Jackson's post-election commentary:

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My story starts at South Pass Block 89 A Platform. The Living God and Lord Jesus Christ saved my Life because of their Mercy and Grace and to tell what happen at the Job site. The Living God and Lord Jesus Christ came to my rescue. I’m the only one, except my Supervisor, that knows actually what happen at the Job site. I use to work Offshore and was a Senior Operator for 30.5 years, until I had to take a Medical Retirement due to my accident. I use to complain about sinuses in the (sleeping) Quarters at the Job site. Like clockwork, I use to become ill my second day at work and stay sick until my second day when I returned to my Home. I was going Home every work week from the Job site ill. I complained to my Supervisor that something was making and keeping me sick while in the (sleeping) Quarters. My Supervisor made the comment, “ You mean to tell me that the mold has gotten worse ? ” That was the first time I heard of mold in the (sleeping) Quarters. My Supervisor knew more about the mold than what He was telling me. It appears that my Supervisor was attempting to cover up the mold. My Supervisor said, “ I will bring the matter up at the morning safety meeting to see if anyone else is having problems with sinuses. “ At the morning safety meeting, my Supervisor explained the problem and ask if anyone else was having problems with sinuses. About two or three Men said, “ Yes we are having problems with sinuses and was wondering what’s going on.” My Supervisor said, “ I know a Man that could come out to the Platform and test the air. Based on that test, He could tell us what the problem is.” The Man came out and test the air. The air tested positive for a Poisonous mold in the (sleeping) Quarters. Right way, the Company moved all of us out the old (sleeping) Quarters and into some temporary ones. The floor was removed in my room and one other room to confirm the mold. The Company had to have the other floors removed in the (sleeping) Quarters and sandblasted, painted to remove the mold ! The Company spent over 2.5 Million Dollars ! My Hospital bill was over $250,000. In the Mighty name of Lord Jesus Christ, I had insurance that paid 100% for Major Medical. I was rushed to the Hospital with a severe brain injury, broken ribs and punctured lungs, but I’m Alive ! As a Christian, I learned that I had help from a higher Power. That higher Power is the Living God and His Son Lord Jesus Christ. Only God could make such a change in my Life. I know one thing, I never would have made it without the Living God and His Son Lord Jesus Christ in my Life ! But, a Demon/Fallen Angel placed that mold under the old Quarters and was keeping it growing. The mold was a trap for Mankind, set by the Demon/Fallen Angel to make Men sick or worse ! That Demon/Fallen Angel went into me, just because I was the one who complained first and I was a Muslim, with no protection from the name and blood of Lord Jesus Christ. I caused my Wife a lot of trouble. We were always arguing and fussing, but thankfully never fighting. I don’t believe in putting my hands on a Woman in anger. Thank you God and Lord Jesus Christ for not allowing us to get into physical fights. My Wife said, “Before your accident, you were acting crazy; you didn’t sound like yourself when you called my name.” She went on to say, “Before your accident, you told me that you didn’t care anything about Ikia” (my youngest daughter). If I was in my state of mind I would never in my Life say that about Ikia. I Love Ikia and that the last thing I would do. In fact, my Wife was about to leave me. After came Home from the Hospital, I found all Her things still packed at the foot of the bed. That confirms that Demon/Fallen Angel had possessed me ! But, when that Demon/Fallen Angel saw that He could not come between my family and me, He then made an attempt on my Life. Satan is attempting to destroy the family. That Demon/Fallen Angel made me wreck my Motorcycle by causing me to run off the road, at high speed and into a pile of dirt in a curve. My accident was on LA. Highway 438. On the day of the accident, a Man by the name of W.T. Foster was the first Police Officer on the scene. W.T. Foster is a friend of my family. He later told me, “When I got on the scene, I saw the Motorcycle, but didn’t see you. I had to look for your body ! When I found you, I had to take my knife and cut the helmet strap from around your neck. Because when I found you, you was (sic) chocking from the helmet strap. I was glad I got on the scene first.” I have no doubt that the Living God and His Son Lord Jesus Christ sent that Man to find me ! When I was in the Hospital, the Living God and His Son Lord Jesus Christ Blessed everyone in my Ward. The Company I worked for paid the bill for everyone in my Ward. The Living God and His Son has given me many gifts. Some of the gifts are a new Truck, 2 new Car and Property. The Living God and His Son give me 1 of the new Cars to give to my daughter for College and the other one for my Wife’s work. The Living God and His Son even gave me the Money to pay 1 of the Cars off after one month. The Living God Blessed my cousin in California with a Promotion and Blessed my cousin to buy His house He was renting. My cousin’s name is Artie. Artie is the one that placed me on face book. There is no way I could reach so many people to tell my story. When I was in the Hospital, I was going down the Hall in my Wheelchair one day. I happen to look up and I saw Her my Wife. We just looked at each other for a while. That was the first time I saw Her since I came out my Coma. She said, “ Praise God ”. I will never forget that day as long as I live. I was confined to the bed. Then I graduated to a Wheelchair and then to a Cane. I could not bathe myself. Someone had to give me a bath every morning. Before my accident, I didn’t know how to say thank you. Now, I say thank you to everything anybody has done for me ! Before my accident, my mouth use to be filthy. Every other word was a curse word. Now, I don’t curse anymore. I use to overindulge with alcohol. I worked 7 on and 7 off. I use to drink a Gal. of Gin when I was at Home. I was always drunk. I use to smoke ci******es. I use to smoke three packs a day. I use to light one cigarette off the other. Now, I don’t smoke anymore. I was a New Black Panther two star General. Now, I’m no longer into racism, since The Living God and His Son came into my Life. I use to watch po*******hy. Now, I don’t want to see another Woman in Her underwear. I use to speak to almost no one. Now, I speak to everyone. I use to take things that didn’t belong to me. Now, I don’t want anything that’s not mine ! After my accident, I went to this Church in my community. At that Church, I met an Ex-Sheriff’s Deputy. He told me, “ I answered the call at the Church across from your house. The call was about a subject that was on side of the Church with a weapon. When got on the scene, I looked across the street and I saw you on a riding mower with a Riot Shotgun on your shoulder. I said to myself, Lord will I have to shoot this Man ? If I do, Lord please forgive me ! I started to shoot you ! ” When I was in the Hospital, I was near death, but the Living God and His Son didn’t just write me off or throw me away. They still picked me up and turned my Life around forever. Joining Islam was a very big mistake. After making such a mistake, the Living God and His Son still picked me up and turn my Life around forever. My Wife said the Doctors told her, I would have to go into the Nursing Home. But, The Living God and His Son turned that around. The Living God and His Son saved my Life, Job, Marriage and Soul. I can’t thank the Living God and His Son enough for saving my Soul. The Living God and His has made me a better person, a better husband and a better Father. All the Doctors had given up on me, but I’m glad that The Living God and His Son didn’t give up on me. The Doctors don’t have the last say ! The Doctors said, “ He won’t remember anything “ But, I remember my first Car. No one can say No, when The Living God and His Son says Yes. The Living God and His Son can do anything, but fail ! The Living God and His Son have given me something that Man can’t give and that something is Life. I can’t thank God enough for my Soul. Justice says, “ We all should have died “. Mercy says, “ I’ll give you another chance “. The Living God is a God of another chance. Most Muslims believe and teach that Allah has no Son, but the Living God I know has a Son and His name is Lord Jesus Christ. The name that’s above all names. Most Muslims don’t believe and teach that the Virgin birth of Lord Jesus Christ is false. Most Muslims believe and teach not to Worship Lord Jesus Christ, because most Muslims don’t believe He’s the Son of the Living God. Most Muslims believe and teach not to acknowledge Lord Jesus Christ. Most Muslims believe and teach that Lord Jesus Christ was just a great prophet & messenger. The truth is Muhammad was just a prophet & messenger. Lord Jesus Christ is far much more. Lord Jesus Christ is Almighty God all by Himself. The Living God, His Son and Holy Spirit are one. They, along with the Holy Spirit, make up the Holy Trinity. Most Muslims believe and teach to put almost all their faith in Muhammad. Muhammad isn’t the person that gave His Life by sacrifice & isn’t the Bread of Life sent from Glory to give Salvation & Redeem Humankind. Muhammad isn’t the one that’s our deliverer & Muhammad isn’t the person that’s our Lord, Savior, Redeemer, Master & Substitute. Muhammad isn’t our Comforter, Sustainer, Provider & Protector. Muhammad isn’t the person who fed 5,000 people with 2 fish & 5 loafs of Bread. Muhammad isn’t the one that made the seas be calm. Muhammad isn’t the person who walked on the water & turned water into Wine. Muhammad isn’t the person that healed the sick, raise the dead, casted out demons, made the deaf hear, healed a woman by the touch of His garment, made the lame walk & gave sight to the blind. Humankind isn’t the Children of Muhammad, we are the Children of the Living God and His Son. Muhammad isn’t the person that’s the King of Glory, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Lily of the Valley, the Prince of Peace, the Rose of Sharon, the Bright Morning Star, the Alpha & Omega, the Son of Man, the Holy Spirit, the Messiah, the only Begotten, the Holy one & the Son of righteousness. Muhammad isn’t the one that’s the Lamb of the Living God & Muhammad isn’t the person that was betrayed & arrested. Muhammad isn’t the person who went on trial before Pilot & was sentence to be Crucified. Muhammad isn’t the person that was whipped all night long, spit on & after He was Crucified. Pierced in the side with a spear. Muhammad isn’t the person who stayed in the grave all night Friday & all night Saturday. Muhammad isn’t the person who the Living God raised from the grave on the third day & gave all Power in Heaven and Earth in His hands. Not little bit, not some, but all Power in His hands. Muhammad can’t be compared to Lord Jesus Christ. Muhammad is just like all the other prophets and messengers, dead in their grave. Muhammad can do absolutely nothing at all for you ! The name and blood of Lord Jesus Christ will make Satan and His Angels flee. Satan is the greatest of all Liars. Satan is the Prince of darkness and evil ! Remember, Satan was once an Angel. Keep a smile on your face. Satan and his angels don’t know which way to attack you. Satan and his angles though they had my Soul. You have to be very careful when God talks to you, because it may not be the voice of God. Even the Sheep knows the voice of the Shepherd. The Living God and His Son have given me victory over the enemy ! Satan has already said, “ I’d rather rule in Hell, then to serve in Heaven ! Satan and His Angels will make you see and hear anything ! I will Worship the Living God and His Son for the rest of my Life ! A song we sing in Church, “ I can’t thank Him enough “. I have been redeemed and saved ! Before my accident, I was very mean, hateful, self centered, unloving, uncaring and just a very terrible person. I was very mean to my Wife and She didn’t deserve it ! Before my accident, my eyes were always red and I had a sad face all the time ! I never would smile ! I was angry all the time ! I was on the road to Hell. But, the Living God and His Son took me off that road to Hell ! Now, I’m a Christian and very proud of it. Since I’ve been a Christian, I speak to all Sheriff’s Deputies and I’m very good friends with the Sheriff. I’m no longer mean, hateful, self centered, unloving, uncaring and just a very terrible person ! I’m no longer mean to my Wife and She doesn’t deserve it. My eyes are no longer red and my face is no longer sad, because I know for a fact that the Living God and His Son are working ! I smile all the time ! I don’t get angry anymore and I’m no longer on the road to Hell ! The Bread of Life was sent from Glory to sacrifice His Life and to Redeem Mankind. The Lord is our sustainer, provider and protector. The Living God and His Son has forgiven me, there Grace is why I’m still Living. Our Grace is renewed every day. It wasn’t the nails that held Lord Jesus Christ to the Cross. It was Love that held Lord Jesus Christ to the Cross. Lord Jesus Christ was our substitute. The Living God and His Son has done great things for me. The Living God and His Son are great and greatly to be Praised. I just want to be written in the Lambs book of Life. They say, “ You were born for a reason “. I was born to tell what happen at the Job site. By Grace, we are saved by faith. Lord Jesus said, “ If I be lifted up, I will draw all Men unto me.” One night while I was sleep, I saw Lord Jesus Christ. Lord Jesus walked from my left to right. Lord Jesus was looking at me and smiling. Lord Jesus even wore His crown of thorns, to make sure I knew who He was. The Bible gives the best description. “ And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. “ (Revelation 1: 15) Only the Living God and His Son Lord Jesus Christ can take a Test and turn it into a Living Testimony. My family and I will Worship the Living God and his Son and the days we Live. Thank you, God bless you and I Love you. Love, that’s what it’s all about.