Decked out in bright yellow shirts that read the common Islamic greeting 'assalamu alaikum', meaning 'peace be upon you', members of the Muslim Student Association were anything but shy in making Islamic Awareness Week known to the UIC campus. Though the snowpocalypse did put a halt to the abundance of enlightening lectures and concluding dinner, members of the MSA are more than confident that the week-long event, aimed to inform non-Muslims about Islam, will continue later on in the semester.
Prior to the Blizzard of the Decade, six lectures ran on Monday, February 7 and Tuesday, February 8. The lecture, "Sharia: A threat to the west," was given by African-American Islamic leader, Abdullah Madyon, who revealed the hidden fears of Islam that, according to him, are rooted more in matters of money than in matters of security. At times light-hearted and humorous, and at others very serious, Madyon discussed three themes: who Islam is a threat to, why it is a threat to them, and why Islam refuses to compromise itself in order to dispel unrelenting fears.