History of Al-Azhar

Brief History of Al-Azhar Islamic Foundation (AIF)

The thought of forming a new Islamic organization began in 1994. The Founding members were mainly Egyptian Muslims.

The organization was named Al-Azhar Islamic Foundation (AIF). The name was chosen to emphasize the commitment to having an organization that promotes moderate Islamic teachings using Al-Gaamee Al-Azhar as a model.

AIF was incorporated on March10, 1995 as a not-for-profit religious and educational organization. AIF purchased a property (six acres and a house) at 160 Hawthorn Road in Barrington, Illinois, on July 2000 and applied for a permit to convert the house into a place of worship.

The zoning permit was issued on August 2001. The house was quickly renovated and used for prayers, lectures and other activities 2001 and 2002. Work on final renovation as a place of worship in 2003. Renovation was completed and final occupancy permit was issued October 24, 2003

Presently AIF has regular Friday prayers, Ramadan Taraweeh prayers, Eid celebrations, an active Islamic Sunday school and various discussion groups and several summer gatherings.

The Sunday Islamic School has more than 60 students from USA, Egypt, Palestine, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, and other ethnicities and national origins. Discussion groups include: Reading Group in Classical Islamic Literature, Women Discussion Group, Youth Discussion Group.