About Us


IMAN is a community organization that fosters health, wellness and healing in the inner-city by organizing for social change, cultivating the arts and operating a holistic health center.


IMAN, incorporated in 1997, was founded by an inter-generational group of students, residents, and community leaders united around the need to address violence, poverty, and decay in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood located on Chicago’s southwest side. Driven by their values of service, compassion, and social justice, they began a community assessment and examined alternative strategies to address these conditions. Soon they gathered the attention of community leaders, residents, and others across greater Chicago who shared their commitment to social change.

Over the years, the organization’s work has evolved in many areas.  Currently, we operate a free community health clinic; provide transitional housing for formerly incarcerated men; empower youth in our leadership development program; and inspire change through arts and culture programming.


To serve as the model of the Muslim tradition of facilitating transformational change in urban communities, by inspiring others towards critical civic engagement exemplifying prophetic compassion in the work for social justice and human dignity beyond the barriers of religion, ethnicity, and nationality.

2011 Audited Financials

2011 Form 990

2010 Audited Financials

2010 Form 990

2009 Audited Financials

2009 Form 990

Annual Report 2010-11

Annual Report 2008-09

Annual Report 2007

Recent Awards

500 Most Influential Muslims in the World
The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre and Georgetown University
Amir Al-Islam & Rami Nashashibi

Courageous Voices Award
Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
Rami Nashashibi

Norman Bobins Leadership Award, Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards
Rami Nashashibi

Excellence in Community Leadership Award
Holy Cross Hospital
Rafi Peterson

Community Hero
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Clyde El Amin & Rafi Peterson

Outstanding Community Service Award
Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago
Nia Odeoti-Hassan & Rami Nashashibi

Service to the IHRC Recognition Award
International Human Relations Council & Chicago Commission on Human Relations
Veronica Zapata

Community Organizing Award
Chicago Community Trust
IMAN & the Developing Justice Coalition

2009 Audited Financials

2009 Form 990