Muslim activist named MacArthur Genius

  • For more than 20 years, Nashashibi has called a gritty corridor on West 63rd Street in the Chicago Lawn community his home base, and it’s been the place where he has worked to put his faith into practice.
  • Through his nonprofit organization, the Inner-City Muslim Action Network, Nashashibi has worked to help citizens returning from prison regain their footing by giving them income-based housing, job training, salaried positions and the tools to help them find their life’s purpose.
  • This is “what you do as a Muslim: You commit your life to being a force for good, particularly in neighborhoods and communities that have struggled because of historical injustices, because of profound disparities,” he said.
  • Besides its farmer’s market and medical clinic, the Inner-City Muslim Action Network, or IMAN, lobbies for public policies that address inequities.

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