Niagara Foundation and Fourth Presbyterian Church Cordially Invite you to:

Sharing the Faith: Ramadan Experience 2016


Niagara Foundation is proud to present its 2016 Sharing the Faith: Ramadan Experience dinner in conjunction with Fourth Presbyterian Church.

A Ramadan Experience brings individuals from different religious and cultural communities together to learn about the significance of the month of Ramadan in Islam, engage in friendly table conversation, and break fast with an Iftar dinner. All faiths are welcome and encouraged to attend.

This series of events held during religiously significant seasons will provide the Chicago public with a window into the diverse worlds of the three Abrahamic traditions. Our goal is to raise literacy of each of the Abrahamic faiths, create safe spaces/experiences for reflection, and respectfully showcase each tradition in its uniqueness.

Register early as space is limited. First come first serve. If you buy a table, please note that in the spirit of dialogue and interfaith encounter we like to mix-up the seating unless otherwise noted not to. If you do not have names at this time–no problem. We ask that you provide the names within 3 days of the event.

Join us, as we gather as one Chicago community, to share in something sacred, and to demonstrate how love of neighbor and hospitality grant us the ability to mutually support one another.

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
7:00 pm – 9:20 pm

Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago
126 E. Chestnut Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611

7:00 – 7:30

7:30 – 7: 35
Welcoming Remarks
Rev. Nanette Sawyer

7:35 – 8:00
Remarks on Ramadan & Fasting
Kareem Irfan

8:00 – 8:20
Water Marbling
Sevim Surucu
Ney Performance

8:20 – 8:30
Surat’ul Mariam & Athan
Ahmet Cavus

8:30 – 8:45
Fast Breaking
Transition to Dinner & Maghrib Prayer

8:45 – 9:15
Iftar Dinner & Table Conversations

9:15 – 9:20
Closing Remarks
Hakan Berberoglu

9:20 – Adjournment


Kareem Irfan became Chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) in January 2001 and currently holds the position as of December 2007. The CIOGC is a broad-based federation that serves over 400,000 Muslim Americans. Prior to 2001, he was involved in a number of council projects, co-chairing its Bosnian Refugee Relocation Project and chairing its Media Relations Committee.

He has worked together with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) in many areas including program development, presentations, and media relations for ISNA’s annual conventions, and was a founding member of the ISNA Wills & Living Trusts Initiative. He now sits on the Board of Directors of the Islamic Center of Naperville and continues to do pro bono work for non-profit, religious, and professional institutions.

Mr. Irfan works as Assistant General Counsel for the North American Division of Square D Co. – Schneider Electric, a French global manufacturer of electrical distribution, automation and control products. He has a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering from University of Illinois and a J.D. from DePaul University. Recently he has served as Secretary and Board Director of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago and as Chairman of its Inventor Services Committee.

Mr. Irfan has earned the Distinguished Community Leadership Award from the U.S. Dept. of Justice; the Distinguished Interfaith Collaboration Award from Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago; the Outstanding Religious Services Award from Imam W.D. Mohammed’s African-American Muslim Community; and the Community Service Award from the Muslim Bar Association.