DEAR AMBASSADOR OF ISLAM, Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah
On behalf of Assafa Islamic Center, We would like to bring to your attention an urgent appeal for $700 thousand to complete a brand new nine-storey project at 172 Eldridge Street, Manhattan.
Assafa Islamic Center is a not-for-profit, religious and non-political organization. The local Muslim community established the center in 1996. Two years later they acquired a city lot at an auction. Currently it is providing services of five-time prayers, weekend school, and Hifzul Qur’an, in a rented space at 172 Allen St only on a temporary basis.So it is crucial to complete the new project to continue the services for the musallies.
The new project is intended for da’wa and interfaith dialogue, expanded prayer space, a NYC Board of Education complaint full time Islamic school, all kinds of religious educational programs, and social services as needed by the community at large.
The structure of the sixth floor is completed and the roof of the sixth floor is done already. Main water, sewage, electric and gas lines have been connected to the building. The electrical wiring and the sprinkler system is being installed. 95% of the interior framing and HVAC system is finished while 95% of the ducting is complete. The plumbing of the bathrooms and wudhu area are under construction. The doors and windows are being installed as well as the elevator. The stonework of the façade will be finished soon insha Allah. We need $700 thousand to finish the plumbing, sprinkler, HVAC, electrical work, elevator installation and all interior work as required for a “Certificate of Occupancy”. Please note that the HVAC costs $360,000 more than the original estimation.
A diversity of travelers, taxi drivers, professionals, scholars, local musallies, youth, and new Muslims from the expanses of multi-lingual cosmopolitan New York utilize this Islamic center. It is a global microcosm of the Muslim world bursting at the seams. The overcrowding in our current space affords the community a burden of pricey violations from the City Building Department. With your assistance we could accelerate construction and avoid additional penalties.
Therefore you may donate $2500 for one Musalla, $1000 for a life-membership or $150 for a square foot. We are appealing for a minimum of $5,000 as a refundable loan and a donation of $100 per month from everyone.
Please note: if you had made any commitment for the house of Allah, this is the best time to fulfill that commitment. Please come to see the construction site and visit our website for more information @ www.assafaislamiccenter.org
Check payable to:-----------> Assafa Islamic Center Inc.
172 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002
ISLAM IS THE TRUE PATH.
WHY ISLAM? All religions basically exhort mankind to be righteous and eschew evil. But Islam goes beyond that. It guides us towards practical ways of achieving righteousness and eliminating evil from our individual and collective lives.