Due to a tragic event experienced by an ALIM family member, we regret to inform you that we are cancelling the upcoming Day Program.  Please keep us in your dua’s!


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ALIM/AIC Chicago Day Program:

The question of authority has always been a challenge for Muslims. In contrast to the unambiguous guidance of the Prophet (upon him be peace) concerning faith and belief, his instruction on accessing the Will of God in his absence was much less clear. In the past, one’s stance on this issue determined core aspects of religious affiliation. For Shi’ites, the inspired opinions of a succession of leaders from the family of the Prophet (upon him be peace) provided the clearest access to God’s Will while Sunnis tended to locate the Divine Will in a meritocratic process referred to as Ijtihad. Although the Sunni/Shi’i divide has persisted down to the present day as a macro question of authority, it has been joined by several micro questions of authority:


  • If we do believe expounding the Divine Will is meritocratic, what merits and who possesses them?
  • If we believe that access to God’s Will is gained through the inspiration of people who lived long ago, what do we do about unprecedented issues?
  • Are we conceiving the Divine Will in a manner that makes ijtihad the exclusive preserve of religious scholars and their limited experience?
  • What does this mean for activists, artists, and others who have strong opinions about God’s Will but lack traditional training?

We look forward to exploring these and many other issues in conversation with the community.


Confirmed Scholars:

Dr. Ali Sulaiman Ali

Dr. Muneer Fareed

Dr. Sherman Jackson

Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans



Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

American Islamic College

640 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL 60613



2:00 pm Registration

2:30 pm Program Starts

5:45 pm Closing Remarks

6:00 pm Program Ends


Registration: $15/person

($20/person after 7/22)





Sadaf Khan