|Tiled artwork with the Names of Allah (DIC)|
My former university campus is directly adjacent to DIC which made it super easy to attend Friday Prayer after class. I took the elevator with seven other people to the top floor. Thank God for the eight person rule; before people would pack the elevator like sardines in a can which caused major safety hazards resulting in rather uncomfortable jolts through the ascension up... or down. The attendees for prayers tonight were mostly business professionals working late into the evening hours, and a younger generation living in the South Loop, River North, and Streeterville areas.
|Tarawih at DIC- Chicago|
Shortly after, Tarawih began and was led by an old time acquaintance, Dr. Hafiz Kamran Riaz. If I remember correctly, Kamran completed his hifz in an incredibly short time of under one year. His style of qirat was almost exactly like Shaykh Sudais of the holy mosque in Makkah, while maintaining his own flare. He even said salaam at the end of each rakat how Sudais does- the first one with a normal tone, and the second one sounding like it's going down a tunnel. I don't know how else to explain it (Click here and you will know exactly what I'm talking about!), but just trust me on that one.
It's great to know that between concrete and glass high-rise buildings is a mosque, a place to get away from the the daily grind of life and to take a few minutes to realize our true purpose.
|Downtown Islamic Center, Chicago|