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Establishing the Community

 

 

Permanent Site

 

 

BUDGET AND PLAN

 

 

How to Support ISGR

 

 

Fund Raising

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Establishing the Community

 


Early Days:
Islamic Society of Greater Richmond (ISGR) searched for a year or so for some land to build a Masjid in the West End.  On September 13th, 1997, ISGR rented an office building at 6325 Antler Road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the property was sold to Home Depot, ISGR moved to its present location at 6324 Rigsby Road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From July 2001, ISGR rented another office building at 6326 Rigsby Road, initially to resettle refugee Muslims.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since 2002, Friday and Taraweeh prayers are held in two buildings and in the backyard as ISGR congregation continues to grow.

 

Worship Services: ISGR began its Friday or Jummah service within a week of renting the Antler location.  Since then, numerous Imams, scholars, and brothers from all over the central Virginia has given Khutbahs (or sermons) at ISGR.

Since January 1999, the ISGR Web site has audio recordings of Friday Khutbahs (or sermons) and other lectures.  ISGR provides Friday Lunch donated by local families since the Summer 1999.  After establishing Friday services, ISGR has been open for five daily prayers.  ISGR also has comprehensive Ramadan activities since December 1997, which includes daily Suhr/Iftar, Taraweeh, and  lectures led by visiting scholars from South Africa.  ISGR has extensive selection of prayer calendars for many locations available on Internet and on ISGR’s automated telephone system*.

Charity:  From the very first Ramadan, ISGR streamlined the collection and distribution of Zakat (obligatory charity) and Sadaqa (voluntary charity).  ISGR evaluates the financial aid request on a need basis, and usually distributes the charity immediately.  ISGR also cooperates with other Masajid to provide assistance to the needy people in other congregations.  From March 2000, ISGR started Electronic Donation*.  Starting from August 2008, ISGR web site have Online DonationDonors can elect to have ISGR withdraw a fixed amount from their bank account every month or one time for general donation, Zakat, Sadaqa, permanent location, or for any purpose.  Since December 2002, ISGR has a Zakat form to calculate Zakat-ul-Maal.  In 2002, ISGR reevaluated the whole concept of Zakat-ul-Fitr.  ISGR distributes Zakat-ul-Fitr mainly as food assistance to the needy in terms of cash, grocery cards, and food from the ISGR Food Bank.  In order to provide temporary employment to some needing more financial assistance, ISGR started Community Worker Assistance*.  ISGR also provides Loan and Financial Assistance to individuals and businesses.

Islamic Education: Since December 1997, ISGR has Sunday School for children to learn Qur’an, Hadith, history, Islamic studies, manners, prayers, and much more.  Sometime there is additional teaching for children during the week and on Saturdays.  Between July and August, children also have Summer School with more classes during the week.   Since spring 1998, ISGR has Halaqas (Study Circles) for brothers and sisters.  ISGR sometimes have classes for adults that teach Qur’an and different topics of Islam.

Learning Center: From the very first day, ISGR has kept books and magazines at the Masjid; later it developed into a more formal library.  By 2003, ISGR established the Learning Center with broadband Internet, access to Islamic and other computer software, multimedia etc.  Books, periodicals, newspapers, and multimedia collection are on a electronic catalog.  The learning center provides many adult classes on Islam, computers, English language, cooking etc.

Outreach:  From the very first day, ISGR has been giving Daawah (outreach) to other Muslims.  Through the years, ISGR continues to provide information and conducts classes on Islam to Non Muslim visitors, journalists and responds to inquiries through phone and Email.  ISGR has conducted many Shahadah ceremonies and provides orientations for new Muslims.  During the 1999 summer, ISGR reorganized the outreach program for Muslim inmates at various prisons.  Since then, ISGR has a comprehensive prison Daawah effort which includes regular Friday prayers at local jails, steady mailing of Islamic literature, attire, and prayer calendars to prisons all over the nation.  ISGR continues the effort to create its own dawaah literature and organize community outreach programs.

Funeral Services:  Over the years, ISGR has cooperated with other Masajid to provide funeral services including washing the deceased, prayer, and burial services.  ISGR has been aggressively working to establish a cemetery for Muslims. Al-Barzakh Cemetery

Community Presence:  ISGR has a sophisticated telephone system* to inform and provide easy access to the community with fax on demand and menus with timings of congregational prayers, directions to ISGR, and information on other activities and services.  Since November 1997, ISGR web site serves the local and global community.  ISGR participates in community events such as Eid.  In early 2006, ISGR initiated the effort to provide prayer and Zabiha in the same location during the festival of Eid-ul-Adha.

Community Business:  In June 2006 ISGR started a for profit corporation to finance and manage community projects.  Initially the corporation started Muslim Yellow Pages to bring together the information on Muslim businesses and Masajid, Islamic schools etc. in one book.  Later added some non Muslim businesses of interest to the community like funeral homes.  Revenues from the yellow pages are used to print FREE monthly prayer calendars, especially Ramadan Calendar.  In June 2007, corporation started ISGR Gift Store offering essential Islamic products.  Gradually expanding to other items which many Muslims need in everyday life.

Other Services: ISGR conducts Islamic weddings* and provides marriage counseling.  ISGR also provides relief to many refugees.

 

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Permanent Site

Background:  Islamic Society of Greater Richmond (ISGR) is located in the western part of metropolitan Richmond, Virginia (West End).  Metropolitan Richmond includes the city of Richmond, which is the state capital of Virginia, located in the Southeast region of United States and about 90 miles from Washington, DC.

Besides ISGR, there are six other Masajid (plural of Masjid, Islamic place of worship) in metropolitan Richmond:  Masjidullah Inc. in north side, Masjid Bilal in east end, Masjid Rahman in south of metropolitan Richmond, Islamic Center of Virginia further south, Petersburg Islamic Center in Petersburg, and in Farmville Islamic Center of Prince Edwards.  There are Friday prayer services at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) campus and Medical Center (MCV).

Since opening its door to area Muslims, ISGR continues to add new services and activities to benefit the Muslim community and other Americans.  After achieving the immediate goals, the long-term plan is to establish a permanent site for ISGR in the West End.

 

 

Current Location:  ISGR have three prayer rooms in each building

 
 
Main prayer area is at 6324 Rigsby Road.

 

 

 

 

 

Sisters pray in one small room at 6326 Rigsby road.

During Sunday school, classes are held in four rooms at 6324 Rigsby.  

 

 

 

 

Need a Bigger Place:

 

 

On Fridays and during Ramadan, it gets very crowded in the buildings.

 

 

 

 

 

Many brothers have to pray in the tent and on the ground in the back of the buildings.

 

 

 

 

Size and number of rooms limits the activities during Sunday school.

 

 

It is very hard to find the parking during Fridays or Jummah services.

 

 

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BUDGET AND PLAN

Budget and Plan in pdf Format (including the form for donation) needs pdf reader

 

Current Facility        $6,000 per month

(6324 & 6326 Rigsby Road)

 Includes Rent, Utilities, Maintenance,  Zakat/Sadaqa, Salary for Imam etc.

Phase I: Sign the contract on the land and pay the deposit DONE

 

Phase II: Apply for county’s Plan of Development (POD)

Initial Expenditures        $50,000*

(Engineering, Legal, & Architectural Services and Deposit for the Land)

   Wet Land: A portion of the land in the back has been delineated for Wet Lands.
                For final confirmation, application has been send to Army Corps  of Engineers. DONE

    Part 1: Surveying, Boundary and Topographical Survey to ALTA standard, DONE

    Part 2: Site Analysis, DONE

    Architectural Design of the Masjid:  Exterior/Interrior draft sketch DONE 

    Sample of Masjid Exterior Design Here

    Part 3: Site Engineering and Storm Water Management.

 

 

Phase III: Buy the Land

Final Land Price             $800,000

 

Phase IV: Construction

   

* Subject to Change

 

Separate bank account for New Masjid.  Ultimately Masjid’s assets will be transferred to a permanent Waqf or Trust.  

 

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How to Support ISGR

More details on how to donate, including online donation

Fund Raising

When: Friday August 4th, 2006 at 8:15 PM
8:15 PM Maghrib
8:30 PM Lecture By Sheikh Essam Tawfik
9:15 PM Snacks
10:00 PM Ishaa
 
Sheikh Essam Tawfik lives in Sterling, Virginia and is a member of Sharia Academy of Virginia which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Islamic Education. He is also certified Imam from the Imam Institute of Egypt.
 

Where: Islamic Society of Greater Richmond (ISGR)

Goal: $3,000 for Professional Services (Engineering, legal etc.)

Raise: 100%

 

When: Saturday September 2nd, 2006 at 6:00 PM
6:00 PM Asr Prayer
6:30 PM Lecture by Sheikh Zia-ul-Huq
7:39 PM Maghrib Prayer
8:15 PM Dinner
Sheikh Zia-ul-Huq is the Imam of Islamic Center of Irving, Texas. Born in Kashmir and raised in England, Imam Zia is a Hafiz-ul-Qur’an, have Masters in Arabic and Islamic Theology, and have written a complete explanation of Imam Bukhari's Book of Iman.
 
Tickets: $25.00 Single $50.00 Family

 

Where: Freeman High School 8701 Three Chopt Road

Goal: $90,000 for Deposit and Professional Services (Engineering, legal etc.)

Raise: 100% 

 

When: Sunday October 15th 2006 at 4:00 PM Community Iftar and Bazaar
4:00 PM Bazaar
5:15 PM Asr Prayer
5:30 PM Presentations by School Children
5:45 PM ISGR Permanent Masjid
6:35 PM Iftar Followed by Maghrib Prayer
7:00 PM Dinner
8:30 PM Ishaa Prayer
8:45 PM Taraweeh
 
Where: Freeman High School 8701 Three Chopt Road

Goal: $3,000 for Event Expenses

Raise: 100% 

 

When: Saturday November 17th 2007 at 4:00 PM Community Dinner

4:00 PM Bazaar & Family Fun Time
5:00 PM Maghrib Prayer
5:30 PM Lectures: Community, Masjid, Eid-ul-Adha
8:15 PM Ishaa Prayer
8:30 PM Dinner

 

Where: Deep Run High School 4801 Twin Hickory Road

Goal: $1500 for Event Expenses

Raise: 100% 

 

When: Saturday March 29th 2008 at 2:00 PM Open House

2:30 PM New Masjid Update
3:00 PM Lunch & Meeting With Muslims
 
Where: Cedars Restaurant 1601 North 7th Street

Goal: $500 for Event Expenses

Raise: 100% 

 

When: Saturday April 19th 2008 at 6:00 PM Community Dinner and Lectures

6:15 PM Asr Prayer
6:30 PM Lectures:
Sh. Nooruddin Durkee “Establishing the Community”
Dr. Mohib N. Durrani “Hilal Sighting: Scientific Perspective”
7:30 PM ISGR Permanent Masjid
8:00 PM Maghrib Prayer
8:15 PM Dinner Prepared by Shish Kabab
Where: Deep Run High School 4801 Twin Hickory Road

Goal: $1000 for Event Expenses

Raise: 100% 

 

When: Saturday May 3rd 2008 at 6:00 PM Barbeque Dinner and Lecture

6:15 PM Asr Prayer
6:30 PM Lecture:

Imam Safi Khan: "Establishing the Community"

Imam Safi Khan is the founder and Director of the Dar-us-Salaam Community in College Park, MD.  He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Maryland, and is well-versed in Islamic law, tafsir, and seerah. He has been a prominent lecturer, family and youth counselor in the Washington DC metropolitan area for the past 25 years. He has multiple cds and tapes out on numerous Islamic topics.


7:15 PM ISGR Permanent Masjid
8:00 PM Maghrib Prayer
8:15 PM Barbeque Dinner

Where: ISGR

Goal: $500 for Event Expenses

Raise: 100% 

 

When: Saturday July 19th 2008 at 6:00 PM Fund Raising Dinner and Lecture

6:30 PM Asr Prayer
7:00 PM ISGR New Masjid

7:30 PM Lecture Dr. Ahmad Sakr: "Building a Masjid to Establish the Community"

Dr. Ahmad H Sakr was born in Beirut, Lebanon. He received his academic education at the American University in Beirut, and the University of Illinois where he got his Ph.D. While in Lebanon, he got his Islamic education through tutoring from the late Grand Mufti of Lebanon as well as from a large number of Muslim scholars from neighboring countries. He served as Director of the Islamic Center of Beirut.


While studying in America, he was a founding member and president of the Muslim Students’ Association of the U.S.A and Canada, currently known as the Islamic Society of North America (or ISNA), a mother organization in North America. Dr. Sakr was also a founding member of the World Council of Mosques whose headquarters is in Makkah. He was the first director and representative of the Muslim World League to the U.N. 


Furthermore, Dr. Sakr is an educator and has taught in several universities. In 1973, he was selected as an Outstanding Educator of America. He is also an administrator and has served in numerous capacities at various American universities, the last of which was the Acting President of the American Islamic College in Chicago. In 1976/1977 he was selected as a Community Leader and a Noteworthy American.


Currently, he is the president of the Foundation for Islamic Knowledge. Director of the Islamic Education Center in Walnut, California, a member of Operation Safe Community, a member of the Walnut Interfaith Council in California, and a board member of the Islamic food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA).


Dr. Sakr has appeared on ABC’s Nightline as well as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). In addition, he has made numerous radio and television appearances. He has also organized and coordinated many national and international conferences. Additionally, he is a well known writer and has written a series of books and booklets on Islam, food, health, behavior, terrorism, fundamentalism, Khutab, and orations. At last count, he had written over fifty six (58) books and booklets not counting the innumerable articles he has authored and published.



Dr. Sakr's approach is to build a bridge of understanding through commonalities with Muslims and non-Muslims. The latest visit was to the Vatican in Italy where he participated in a Dialogue with the Bishops, Cardinals and the Pope.


8:30 PM Maghrib Prayer
8:45 PM Dinner

Where: Mills E. Godwin High School

Next Goal: $135,000

Raise: $35,000+ 

When: Saturday September 20th 2008 at 5:00 PM Community Iftar

5:30 PM Asr Prayer
6:00 PM Field Trip to New Masjid

7:11 PM Iftar/Maghrib
7:30 PM Dinner

Where: Deep Run High School

Next Goal: $250,000 or Own the Land

Raise: 34,000+, Own the Land

 

When: Saturday May 30th 2009 at 3:00 PM Barbeque Dinner and Bus Tour

3:00 PM Bus Tour to Local Masajid, Schools, and ISGR New Masjid

6:10 PM Asr Prayer
6:30 PM Imam Thair Hussen Lecture on Masjid
6:45 PM Brief Update on New Masjid
7:00 PM Barbeque Dinner

Where: ISGR

Goal: $500 for Event Expenses

Raise: 100% 

 

When: Saturday July 18th 2009 at 6:00 PM Community Lecture and Dinner

6:30 PM Asr Prayer
6:45 PM Children Games / Bazaar

Balloon Toss, Treasure Hunt, Jump roping, Hula Hoop, Cup Stacking, Musical Chairs, Egg Run, Candy Land, Dodge Ball, Shoe Lace-Tie (in pairs), Book Stacking, Noodle Mania, Cloth Pin Tag, Art Corner, and Cake Walk.

Free Baby Sitting

7:00 PM Children Talent Show and Lecture by Imam Thair Hussen
7:30 PM Update on New Masjid
8:30 PM Maghrib
8:45 PM Dinner from RAVI KABOB, Arlington Virginia

 

Where: Deep Run High School

Next Goal: $50,000

Raise: 18,000+

 

When: Saturday September 5th 2009 at 5:30 PM Visit to the New Masjid and Community Iftar

At the New Masjid 5000 Shady Grove Road
6:00 PM Asr Prayer 
6:15 PM New Masjid Open House

At Deep Run High School 4801 Twin Hickory Road
7:00 PM New Masjid Update
7:35 PM Iftar and Maghrib
8:00 PM Dinner Prepared by
AL-KAWTHAR CATERING    CEDARS     KABOB GRILLE

Raise: 29,000+

 

 

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