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A Midwest-Born Muslim's Story of Growing up Muslim in Chicago

Guest Speaker: 

Dawned Ali, IT Manager Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dawood Ali was born in Iowa to a Catholic American mother and a Muslim Indian father. He grew up as a practicing Muslim in Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois with an engineering degree.  While his professional life has focused on engineering and information technology, in his personal life he has been engaged in Islamic learning and teaching since his teenage years.  He was actively involved in the operation of the Institute of Islamic Information and Education since its inception in 1986, eventually becoming its Managing Director.  Mr. Ali has been the Director of the Muslim Youth Camp for the Muslim Community Center of Chicago for 15 years, teaching boys ages 12-18 about life as a Muslim in America.  He is currently a speaker for the Muslim community to a variety of non-Muslim audiences, educating the public about Islam and Muslims. 

Come hear Mr. Ali’s story: his childhood in Chicago, his unique high school experience, a “traditional” marriage, being Muslim in the workplace, all while living through the blizzard of 1979, 80’s music, the 90’s tech boom and bust, the 9-11 tragedy, and the current political climate.