The Islamic Center of Maryland in Gaithersburg, Maryland has waited years for this moment, and now they are just waiting for one more permit and of course, money.
To start the $6 million construction of a new masjid and youth center, the community needs to raise $2 million. They currently have $500,000 on hand.
At a fundraising dinner held at the Shady Grove campus of the University of Maryland, ICM leaders showed the community a fly through video of the new center, complete with a gymnasium, 18 classrooms for a future full-time school, commercial kitchen, and other features.
Bottom, New Jersey Imam Ahmad Chebli was the keynote speaker and fundraiser at the ICM dinner on April 76, 2013. Playing on the new masjid campaign theme of "Paving the Road for an Enlightened Future," the Imam said the Khalifa Umar (Allah be pleased with him) felt responsible for paying the road for a camel, so parents should feel more responsibility to pave the road for thier childrens' future. On top, Chairman of the Board Taher Elkoshairi, Imam Chebli, Mannan Dasti, and Trustee Sayed Naved. Not pictured is youth committee member Sister Asma who spoke on the need of a place for the youth. Photos by Muslim Link.
Currently, the land development process is underway and about 65% complete. The basketball court and other areas have been cordoned off at ICM.
A youth leader, Sister Asma, provided a personal account of how halaqas at ICM provided a means for her to re-link to the masjid when she most needed it through difficult times in high school.
Moderator Mannan Dasti who is also involved with the ICM Weekend School said the need for a much larger center is obvious.
"There is tremendous strain on the resources we have right now" with overcrowding in the weekend school classrooms, he said.
Imam Ahmad Chebli conducted the fundraising, motivating the community using techniques like making the audience recite hadith outloud. The members raised around $60,000.
To learn more or donate to the project, visit www.icomd.org.