fundraisingAl-Hamdulillah, IONA established its center in 2007 to serve the cause of Allah (SWT) and the community, and by His grace, we have outgrown ourselves. Ma sha Allah, we accommodate nearly 1,000 congregants in the two Friday congregations. The many activities of IONA have also increased. Lectures, seminars, interfaith events, and dawah activities are among the programs IONA organizes. This translates to, of course, an increase in expenditures.

 

IONA is appealing to the community to raise funds in order to meet the demands of the masjid and the center. We try to keep our budget to a bare minimum. This year, IONA’s projected lunar year (Ramadan to Ramadan) budget is roughly $257,000. The budget includes utilities, maintenance, salaries, dawah, and insurance. The projected income from Friday collections and other contributions is $124,000. We are counting on Allah (SWT) to make it easy on us, and that through you, we are able to meet the demands of our community.

 

IONA’s budget fundraising will be on Friday, May 24, in sha Allah. Your contributions and donations are greatly appreciated. Ramadan is the month of charity. The prophet (SAW) was a very charitable person, and he would increase his charity during Ramadan because of the enormous blessings one may receive from the Provider, Allah (SWT), Almighty. Please support your Islamic Center.

 

Allah (SWT) commanded us to cooperate on Birr (goodness) and Taqwa (righteousness). As always, IONA will be helping the Masajid, organizations, schools, etc. raise funds for their projects. These activities will be restricted to weekends, Saturdays and Sundays. Each fundraiser will take 10 minutes to inform the congregation about their project and collect funds. Please prepare for the enormous reward for giving during this blessed month.

 

We urge you to contribute generously for the sake of Allah (SWT). May Allah (SWT) reward you for your charity. “The parable of those who spend their possessions for the sake of God is that of a grain out of which grow seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains: for God grants manifold increase unto whom He wills; and God is infinite, all-knowing.” [al-Baqarah, 2:261]

 

Expansion: The ongoing expansion projects currently are the IONA Cafeteria and the new gated fence to enclose IONA Masjid and Learning Center. The fence will provide the much needed security and prevent and deter crime from happening at our premises. Alhamdulillah, the funding for the fence has been collected already and the fenced wall should be completed soon, in sha Allah. The approximate need for completing the renovation of the IONA Cafeteria is $40,000 and this would complete the current phase of expansion. The next phase is a larger project which is the expansion of IONA Masjid. The plan is to expand the masjid westward to Ryan road which would take away a small part of our parking lot but enable us to add about 6000 square feet of much needed space in the masjid, providing more space for our congregation (jama'ah), especially our sisters. This year we will start collecting funds for this next phase in IONA Center's expansion and our goal for this year is at $125,000. We have done well and expanded much since we started over 12 years ago now, Alhamdulillah. WIth God's help, together we will struggle for a better future and expand our Center to accomodate the needs of our community and our next generations.

Zakah for Dawah: A portion of Zakatul Mal may be spent on dawah purposes as it falls in “In the Cause of Allah” category and scholars of Islam have approved this type of zakah. IONA separates the zakah due to the poor and zakah spent on printing brochures and other materials and other related dawah programs.

Masjid Donation (Budget): The donations are spent on utilities, maintenance, salaries, dawah, and insurance. IONA’s annual budget is approximately $257,000. IONA Masjid’s annual collections through Fridays and other occasions is approximately $124,000. Our goal this Ramadan is to reach $133,000. Helping us meet the demands of our community is greatly appreciated.

Youth of Ummah (IONA Youth): In order to meet the youth expenses of maintaining the many youth programs and activities as well as the Youth Lounge, IONA is appealing to our community to help support our youth.

  

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