Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Friday, April 13, 2018
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Thursday, April 12, 2018

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

 
illMuslims Opening Night Social – Tickets $25

illMuslims Opening Night Social - Tickets $25 

VIP Reception with special appearances from Nura Afia, Irene Sarah, and Nour the Barber.

 

Featuring:

Music by DJ Olympics hip hop Champ, DJ Double UP 

Special Album Release performance by critically acclaimed artist, Qais Essar

Live Art by renown artist, Marlobro 

 
Friday, April 13, 2018
Show Hours: 10 AM – 10 PM General Admission $5 (for all 3 days)

 

10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

School Field Trip: Halal Immersion Day – Free General Admission to All Students and Faculty

  • Intro to Halal Economy
  • Inter-Islamic School Talent Show
  • Play Area
  • Culinary Demonstration
  • Fitness
  • Lunch
  • Jumma

To include your school or students in this program, contact Roohi Younus by emailing info@rreventmanagement.com

 

3:30 PM- 4:30 PM 

Center Stage

Everyday Recipes - Culinary Demonstration By Chef Demetrios, Kontos Foods

Join seasoned Chef Demetrios to learn how to prepare delicious recipes for everyday meals and sample some of his mouth-watering creations.

 

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Prayer Area: Asr Prayer

 

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Main Stage

Muslim in America Capsule Series: Trump 2020? Civic Engagement in Modern Day America.

Join Minority engagement and representation in today's political landscape. Join an expert panel to discuss how you can be actively engaged within your communities in order to make a difference.

Panelists include:

  • Ed Yohnka, ACLU Next Gen
  • Sara Hamdan, IMAN (Inner-City Muslim Action Network)
  • Suhaib Qureshi, Stoneman Douglas Student Activist (Parkland, FL)
  • Laila Abdelaziz, Fight for our Future
  • Moderator: Rod Bashir 

6:30 PM– 7:30 PM

Center Stage

Baklava Cheesecake, Culinary Demonstration By Amanda Saab, MSW, Food Blogger and Culinary Instructor

When Amanda Saab auditioned for Masterchef she knew it had to be something that dazzled the crowd.  Join her as she shares her winning recipe, Baklava Cheesecake.

 

7:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Prayer Area: Maghrib Prayer

 

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

I Heart Halal “Proud to be Me” - Modest Women's Fashion Show - Tickets $25

This high-end modest fashion show promises to be an inspirational experience. Featuring everyday and unique labels. 

  • Fashion Show MC – Melanie El Turk Elturk
  • Featuring Guest Performance by Qais Essar

 

9:00 PM– 10:00 PM

Center Stage

Successful Entrepreneurship and Social Media

Meet these trailblazing individuals, who have successfully launched their careers as entrepreneurs and have shared their stories on social media.

  • Irene Sarah
  • Melanie Elturk
  • Mo Khan
  • Moderator: Omehabiba Khan
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Show Hours: 10 AM – 10 PM General Admission $5 (for all 3 days)

(Updated 4/6/2018)

 

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Main Stage

Muslim in America Capsule Series: American Women and Muslim Identity

What is it to be a Muslim woman in America? How do we navigate today’s culture and bias? 

Panelists include:

  • Ibtihaj Muhammad, US Olympian x 1st Muslim female medalist
  • Dr. Sahar Shafi, Periodontal / Implant Surgeon and Social Influencer
  • Zeinab Saab, Renown visual artist.
  • Zainab Johnson, HBO's All Def Comedy, NBC's Last Comic Standing, BET's Comic View

 

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Center Stage

Everyday Recipes - Culinary Demonstration By Chef Demetrios, Kontos Foods

Join seasoned Chef Demetrios to learn how to prepare delicious recipes for everyday meals and sample some of his mouth watering creations.

 

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Main Stage

Muslim in America Capsule Series:  Muslim Influence in Global Fashion: Inclusion or Appropriation?

From Gucci’s use of hijab to notable festival wear, eastern patterns are now increasingly visible in mainstream fashion. Are our cultural influences part of a broader evolution or simply a passing trend? Hear what leading voices in the fashion industry have to say.

Panelists include:

  • Nadia Azmy, Minaazine
  • Hoda Katebi, JooJoo Azad / Tehran Streetstyle
  • Alaa Elharezi, Haus of Blush
  • Shahaab Quraishi, ShayQ Bespoke
  • Faraz Zaidi, Profound Aesthetic
  • Afaf Zahira, Zeopatra / Heurueh
  • Moderator/Facilitator: Atif Kazmi

 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Center Stage

The Halal Economy and the Future of Finance

Learn about the halal economy, what we have learned from 32 years of Islamic investing and future opportunities for investment. Speakers will outline the value the Muslim consumer brings to the global economy and how the halal economy is a critical component of the global space. In North America, halal consumer needs are often overlooked. This session will lay the foundation to create conversation around the halal consumer and opportunities for investment.

  • Haroon Latif, Director Strategic Insights for Dinar Standard

  • Amjad Quadri Regional Manager, Islamic Investment Group at Amana Mutual Funds

 

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Prayer Area: Dhuhr Prayer

 

1:30 PM – 2:20 PM

Main Stage 

Halal Travel: Explore the World on a Budget the Halal Way

Discover how you can travel with a limited budget or even for free, be inspired by unlikely Halal destinations, and get a chance to win one of the 100+ giveaways which will be raffled at the session. Muslim travel bloggers will share how you can make your travel dreams a reality with limited time and budget, and share their inspiring travel stories in unexpected destinations. In this session, you will journey through destinations like Bosnia, China and Indonesia. Session participants will get a chance to win giveaways which include 50,000 Southwest Airline miles (good for 10 one-way tickets within the US), first class amenity products and wireless travel chargers.

  • Huda and Zain – Muslim Travelers
  • Kamraan Siddiqui – Holiday Bosnia
  • Adnan and Samia - Adnan n Samia
  • Adam Wu - Halal Travel China
  • Moderator: Reem El Shafaki – Senior Travel Associate, Dinar Standard

 

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Prayer Area

Food, Fitness, Spirituality for Women By Zainab Ismail (Fit For Allah)

Zainab Ismail, therapist, nutrition coach, personal trainer, and national speaker will discuss fitness, fasting, nutrition and spirituality. This may be the perfect break from bustle of the festival. Be prepared for a demo and light fitness activity.

Women and children only

 

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Center Stage

Impress Your Guests, Culinary Demonstration By Amanda Saab, MSW, Food Blogger and Culinary Instructor

Impress your guests with a beautiful and fulfilling meal without waste. Learn how to make Lamb Kefta with Jalapeño, Potatoes and Hummus.

 

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM 

Main Stage

Living a Halal and Authentic Life - Imam Zaid Shakir

Join Imam Zaid Shakir for an insightful conversation on how to live an authentic life in a world full of distractions

 

2:30 PM - 3 PM

Photobooth

Meet The Influencer: meet-and-greet; photo opp

  • Mo Khan
  • Elwa Saleh
  • Irene Sarah

 

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM

Center Stage

Create a Festive Home for the Holidays

Join Reem Sayes, Founder of Days of Eid, who will walk you through creative decorating ideas for your home to celebrate our very special holidays. Learn simple and festive ways to enhance the spirit of Ramadan in our homes.

 

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Prayer Area

Food, Fitness, Spirituality For Men By Khoshal

Learn to live your best life! Join North Shore fitness expert Khoshal Azami for an afternoon of fitness, faith and nutrition. Be prepared for a demo and light fitness activity.

 

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

I Heart Halal “Proud to be Me” Modest Women's Fashion Show – Tickets $25

This high-end modest fashion show promises to be an inspirational experience. Featuring everyday and unique labels.

  • Fashion Show MC – Melanie Elturk
  • Featuring Guest Performance by Qais Essar

 

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Center Stage 

Culinary Journey to Italy with Organic Valley and Yvonne Maffei

Watch My Halal Kitchen’s Yvonne Maffei and Organic Valley prepare the perfect non-traditional Ramadan meal. Italian carbonara, side salad with dressing, lemon tiramisu and dates with glaze topping are on the menu.

 

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Prayer Area: Asr Prayer

 

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Main Stage

Beauty Masterclass: Drugstore vs High End Makeup – Natural Look By Nura Afia– Tickets $25

Join Nura Afia, the history-making hijabi CoverGirl and social media personality for insider tips and tricks on how to create a flawless look while comparing drugstore and high end makeup products! First 100 online ticket holders to receive VIP swag bags, courtesy of NYX Cosmetics.

 

5:30 PM – 6:20 PM

Center Stage  

Enhancing Your Ramadan Through Attention to Health and Wellness

An in-depth exploration of ways to enhance your well-being while fasting during Ramadan. Some of the challenges we face are obvious such as the lack of nutrition, fluids, energy, and sleep; while others are not as recognizable such as mineral imbalances, caloric instability, and changes in our daily activity levels. Use the blessings of Ramadan in a positive way and join us to learn how to best manage yourself during this month. Giveaways to include complimentary one-on-one personal training and nutrition consultation at Body By Khoshal, a brilliant set of Nutrilite supplements tailored specifically to assist with your Ramadan Gainz, and a 15 minute premier nutrition consultation with Zainab Ismail.

  • Christina Phelps, RD - Nutrilite
  • Faiza Kalam, M.S., Nutritionist - MIDAN
  • Khoshal Azami, CPT - Body By Khoshal
  • Zainab Ismail, CPT – Fit For Allah
  • Moderator: Ali Othman, IFANCA

 

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Main Stage

Meet The Influencers: Impact of Influencers in Beauty and Fashion  

Join these beauty and fashion influencers that are setting trends in beauty and fashion in the US and around the globe!  Learn how they have effectively used social media to build their platforms.

  • Saba Khan
  • Saima Khan
  • Nadine Elzein
  • Omehabiba Khan
  • Nura Afia
  • Moderator: Shahzmeen Hussain

 

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Center Stage 

Sameer’s Eats Presents – “Top Halal Chef”

Join Sameer Sarmast of Sameer’s Eats to pick the next “Top Halal Chef.” This exciting cooking competition will require audience participation! Be there and cast your vote for who you think will be the Top Halal Chef.

Enter the competition here

 

7:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Prayer Area: Maghrib Prayer

 

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Main Stage

Comedy Show “illarious” Presents: America’s Least Wanted @ I Heart Halal Festival – Tickets $25

Introducing our funniest new series, illarious, a comedy showcase starring some of America's top stand-up comics (and yea, they're Muslim!). "America's Least Wanted" employs the power of humor to expose our collective fears and hypocrisies and to help us laugh at ourselves.

Featuring:

  • Mo Amer (Headliner), CBS's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, Comedy Central's @midnight
  • Rami Youssef, USA's Mr. Robot, CBS's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Nick@Nite's See Dad Run
  • Zainab Johnson, HBO's All Def Comedy, NBC's Last Comic Standing, BET's Comic View
  • Ahamed Weinberg, NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers, IFC's Comedy Bang Bang, HBO's Insecure
  • Hosted By: Azhar, Amazon's Patriot
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Show Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM General Admission $5 (for all 3 days)

(Updated 4/6/2018)

 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Main Stage

Muslim in America Capsule Series: Muslim In America

Join a diverse array of leaders exploring diversity in the Muslim American experience.

Panelists include:

  • Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Muslim Girl
  • Kayem, Recording Artist / Writer 
  • Himmad Khan, Haloodie Photographer & Entrepreneur
  • Sadaf Javaid, Co-Founder of illMuslims
  • Marlo Broughton (MARLOBRO), Artist and Designer
  • Nadiah Mohajir, Heart Women and Girls
  • Moderator: Rummi Khan, Co-Founder of illMuslims

 

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Center Stage 

Meet the Influencers: Redefining Beauty and Grooming

Meet these trailblazing icons, who have successfully launched their careers as beauty and self-care entrepreneurs and have shared their stories on social media.

  • Nura Afia
  • Nour the Barber
  • Moderator: Mo Khan

 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Center Stage

Sameer’s Eats Presents – “Cake Boss”

Join Sameer Sarmast of Sameer’s Eats to pick the I Heart Halal Cake Boss! This exciting cooking competition will require audience participation! The teams will be provided blank sheet cakes and will be pressed with time to use their creative juices to dress up the best looking cake following either a "Celebrate Halal" or "Chicago Love" theme! Be there and cast your vote for who you think deserves to be Cake Boss!

Enter the competition here

 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Main Stage

Muslim in America Capsule Series: I Don’t Wanna Be a Doctor

IDWBD is a program designed to showcase the success and developments of minorities in creative industries. (From Grammy award winning Producers, Record Executives, Comedians, or Directors) and a wide variety of “creatives” IDWBD aims to create a platform to inspire, empower, and encourage our community to pursue their artistic passions in a sustainable way. Audiences gain a unique insight to the day to day lives of these walking success stories as they narrate their journey, challenges, and offer insight on how they got to be where they are. Panelists discuss how they have overcome stereotypes, challenges, and cultural hurdles to make a living doing what they love. Panelists include:

Panelists include:

 

  • Humna Khan, Rocket Scientist / Astronaut
  • Akram (Mos Gen), Actor and spoken word artist 
  • Ash-har Quraishi, Emmy Award Winning Television Journalist, Producer, and Filmmaker
  • Farhat Sikdar, Editorial Photographer
  • Qais Essar, Critically acclaimed artist
  • Moderator: Atif Kazmi, Creative leader in digital media, Men's Lifestyle, Fashion, and Advertising

 

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Prayer Area: Dhuhr Prayer

 

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Main Stage

Beauty Masterclass: Drugstore vs High End Makeup – Supa Glam By Nura Afia – Tickets $25

Join Nura Afia, the history making hijabi ‘CoverGirl’ and social media personality for insider tips and tricks on how she creates a flawless look while comparing drugstore and high end makeup products! First 100 online ticket holders to receive VIP swag bags courtesy of NYX Cosmetics.

 

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Prayer Area

Food, Fitness, Spirituality For Men By Khoshal

Learn to live your best life! Join North Shore fitness expert Khoshal Azami for an afternoon of fitness, faith and nutrition. Be prepared for a demo and light fitness activity.

 

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Center Stage 

Travel To Morocco With Your Palette – Saffron Road and Yvonne Maffei

Join My Halal Kitchen culinary expert Yvonne Maffei and learn to make quick and easy Moroccan food that's healthy! Absolutely, yes for any day of the week!

 

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Main Stage 

Trendsetting Tips and Techniques For Male Grooming With Nour the Barber

Meet Chicago based male grooming trendsetter Nour the Barber who will share his technique on helping you look your best. Demos and all —this is an experience you cannot miss!

  • Moderator: Mo Khan

 

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Prayer Area 

Food, Fitness, Spirituality for Women By Zainab Ismail (Fit For Allah)

Zainab Ismail, therapist, nutrition coach, personal trainer, and national speaker will discuss fitness, fasting, nutrition and spirituality. This may be the perfect break from bustle of the festival. Be prepared for a demo and light fitness activity.

Women and children only

 

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Center Stage

Wazwan Culinary Demo with Chef Zubair Mohajir

Indian Cooking has always had the reputation of being a cuisine best enjoyed family style. Zubair Mohajir dares to suggest otherwise. The goal of a Wazwan dinner is to display the similarities cultures have with each other while being thousands of miles apart, all while highlighting what makes us unique to one another. At this session you will see dishes and techniques that tie the beautiful world of French fine dining with the flavor that embodies the soul of the South Asian subcontinent.

 

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Main Stage

Muslims as Trendsetters: Living by Your Values - Sheikh Hamza Yusuf

Sheikh Hamza Yusuf is a thought leader not only in North America but globally and inspires millions around the world. Join him to learn about the role that Muslims have played as trendsetters in the past and continue to be role models in every facet of society.

 

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Prayer Area: Asr Prayer

 

6:00 PM Festival Closes