Living in a country of such diverse ethnic, religious and sociopolitical culture places a great burden on the community to develop a renewed sense of discipline and knowledge — knowledge that has become vital for our existence. The religion and its foundation rest solely upon the nature and integrity of its followers.
The immigration of the followers of Shi’a Ithna-Ashari (twelver) jurisprudence to United States, especially to Chicago-land area dates back to early 1960’s, if not earlier. The community was disbursed and most of the Islamic programs were held in individual houses or at rental facilities. As the number of migrants to United States increased, the number of programs and community-based activities increased proportionally.