We are on a journey to transform ourselves and our surrounding communities to righteous, God-fearing people, who collectively strive for the highest moral standard and constantly seek forgiveness from our Lord to earn His pleasure. We seek His compassion and mercy in this life and in the hereafter. We rejuvenate our soul through internal struggle and spiritual exercise in worship of our creator Allah (SWT).
The strength of our belief in Allah (SWT) gives us the courage to establish good and forbid evil, thus promoting a system of justice for all mankind.
Our vision for the new center is to make it an expression of our commitment to the almighty Allah (SWT) in our mission to raise a strong and vibrant community of believers who can experience the joy and brotherhood/sisterhood in worshiping, learning, and engaging together for the sake of Allah (SWT).
Our aim is to make it an environmentally friendly and energy efficient center with a focus on strengthening our Iman (faith) and emphasizing our Islamic and family values.
In the past year, we have experienced a three-fold increase in Jumuah attendance, reaching nearly 1,000 worshipers. Our Friday prayer has increased from one to two prayers (to accommodate this growth).
Due to our rigorous Islamic school program, we attract many children from all over southeast Michigan. Regrettably, each enrollment period we are forced to turn eager students away from Sunday School and Summer School due to lack of space. IONA also regularly organizes conferences and seminars, including the annual Islam, Sirah, and Qur’an conferences.
IONA is committed to adult education and lifelong learning to rejuvenate and renew our faith. Our adult education program provides courses in Arabic, Qur’an, Hadith, and Tajweed. In addition, a weekly Tafsir program is offered at the IONA Center, which is also webcast.
IONA holds many interfaith and open house events for the non-Muslim community. It is evident that the IONA center is devoted to its congregants and the community at large.
The space shortage prevents IONA from meeting the needs of our community. We need to expand our facility in the near future to continue to meet the challenges our community faces. The graphs below document the growth in the past three years and our growth projections for the future.
Our short term (two years) future plans include:
Purchase five to ten acres of land
Prepare a multi-phased architectural plan.
Our long term (three to five years) future plans include:
Prayer hall to accommodate at least 2000 congregants.
A larger prayer area for our sisters.
A full-time school from preschool to high school.
A picnic area, playground, and basketball court for outdoor family activities.
State of the art gym for sports and physical education classes.
A fitness center for use by all congregants.
A beautifully designed multipurpose hall that will host Ramadan iftars, Eid celebrations, banquets, seminars, religious, and other social events.
A fully stocked bookstore providing access to Islamic knowledge by offering the best books, CD/DVDs, games, and hard to find items.
IONA’s unparalleled public Islamic library that will serve as a resource for children and adults. Our library will house resources in different languages including English, Arabic, Spanish, Urdu, and Bengali. The library will be fully equipped with computers providing access to exclusive online libraries and databases to be used for scholarly research by Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
IONA is committed to delivering quality education to our Muslim youth. Our curriculum will include both secular and Islamic education to bridge the gap between the material and the spiritual worlds. This allows our students to gain a holistic education, bringing newfound appreciation for the Creator and His created world through the lens of faith. The school will also focus on producing God-fearing, pious individuals who are simultaneously well versed in secular education. The curriculum will be specially designed to fit our aims and objectives. In the end, the ultimate goal is to produce students who will be successful in this life and the next.
Building an Islamic Center is one of the few opportunities to spend for the sake of Allah (SWT) without reservation. We are not simply building a masjid; we are creating a way of life. The Muslim community in North America has had many challenges, but few of them compare to how we decide to organize, live, and learn for our future in America. The challenge is to bravely envision a future for ourselves and our children where we can live as confident Muslims and maintain the strength of our family relations. Donate your time and money for the sake of Allah (SWT) to build a vibrant and purposeful spiritual community. Provide the answer to many souls that are thirsting for guidance and knowledge.
Short-Term Goal (1 to 2 years):
Raise $1.5 million for acquiring land and/or building,including the architectural plan development.
Long-Term Goal ( 2 to 5 years):
Raise $3 million for Facility Construction.