Islamic Society of Greater Richmond (ISGR)
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Establishing the Community
BUDGET AND PLAN
How to Support ISGR
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.
2002, Friday and Taraweeh prayers are held in two buildings and in the backyard
as ISGR congregation continues to grow.
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.
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
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
Donation. Donors 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
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
ISGR also provides Loan and Financial Assistance
to individuals and businesses.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
Budget and Plan in pdf Format (including the form for donation) needs pdf reader
$6,000 per month
& 6326 Rigsby Road)
Rent, Utilities, Maintenance, Zakat/Sadaqa, Salary for Imam etc.
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)
(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
bank account for New Masjid.
assets will be transferred to a permanent Waqf
to Support ISGR
More details on how to donate, including online donation
Where: Islamic Society of Greater Richmond (ISGR)
Goal: $3,000 for Professional Services (Engineering, legal etc.)
Goal: $90,000 for Deposit and Professional Services (Engineering, legal etc.)
Goal: $3,000 for Event Expenses
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
Goal: $1500 for Event Expenses
Saturday March 29th 2008
at 2:00 PM Open House
2:30 PM New Masjid Update 3:00 PM Lunch & Meeting With Muslims
Goal: $500 for Event Expenses
Saturday April 19th 2008
at 6:00 PM Community Dinner and
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
Goal: $1000 for Event Expenses
Saturday May 3rd 2008
at 6:00 PM Barbeque Dinner and
6:15 PM Asr
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
Goal: $500 for Event Expenses
Saturday July 19th 2008
at 6:00 PM Fund Raising Dinner and
6:30 PM Asr
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
Next Goal: $135,000
Saturday September 20th 2008
at 5:00 PM Community Iftar
5:30 PM Asr
6:00 PM Field Trip to New Masjid
7:11 PM Iftar/Maghrib
7:30 PM Dinner
Next Goal: $250,000 or Own the Land
Raise: 34,000+, Own the Land
Saturday May 30th 2009
at 3:00 PM Barbeque Dinner and Bus
3:00 PM Bus Tour to Local Masajid, Schools, and ISGR New Masjid
6:10 PM Asr
6:30 PM Imam Thair Hussen Lecture on Masjid
6:45 PM Brief Update on New Masjid
7:00 PM Barbeque Dinner
Goal: $500 for Event Expenses
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
Next Goal: $50,000
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
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