To create an interconnected community in Reading.
To create and maintain a community hub that is vibrant and inviting, inspiring and transformational.
100% of your donations will be used for the creation and maintenance of the Aisha Masjid & Islamic Centre.
Asalaamu-alaikum Brothers, Sisters, Colleagues & Friends, May the Peace & Blessings of Allah be upon you.
Alhamdulillah, by the grace of Allah, Jamme Masjid Reading (Alexandra Road) is pleased to announce that on the 28th March 2013 it completed the purchase (freehold) of De Boves House, London Road, Reading, for £1.75m. The building is situated on the junction of the A4 and the A329m on the Suttons Business Park roundabout.
De Boves House was previously used as a prestigious HQ office providing 15,000 sq/ft of open plan office space and includes 62 onsite parking spaces. The location is second to none, virtually on the doorstep of a large majority of Reading's Muslim Community.
De Boves House was constructed in 1995 of steel frame and is split over two floors. The entrance to the building is through an impressive double height glazed reception and the building is enhanced aesthetically by the landscaped gardens within its grounds.
The building itself contains the following facilities:
The current premises at Alexandra Reading caters for a congregation of approximately 850 brothers and sisters for Jumah prayer, which is presently accommodated by 2 settings of Jumah prayer, to cater for the ever growing congregation. Also there is only a small car park at the rear, which approximately only holds 6 to 8 cars. This building is quite dated and cannot accommodate the ever growing needs of the Muslim community. Following discussions with Trustees and to meet the ever increasing demands that are placed on the Trust the administration has taken the bold decision to purchase larger premises that has to be refurbished internally. This project, will In Shaa Allah establish a centric Masjid & Islamic Centre in Reading that will serve to fulfil the ever growing needs of the Reading ummah.
Jamme Masjid Reading share your vision that an Islamic Centre needs to be a 'Community Hub'. A place that is vibrant and inviting, inspiring and transformational. In addition to the dedicated space for the Masjid, there are a host of community facilities that can be offered such as modern educational facilities for children & adults, office & hot desking for community groups, multi-function meeting and conference facilities, public library, children's crèche, kitchen facilities. The main goal of the Trust is to ensure that the 850 brothers and sisters are accommodated in one Jumah prayer. To achieve these objectives a focused AMIC Management Team are overseeing all aspects of deliverables for this AMIC project. Also a strong dedicated volunteer group, consisting of both Sisters and Brothers are at the forefront of all 'fund raising' events.
The total project cost is estimated to be £2.25million which includes the refurbishment works. The initial funding of the purchase has been achieved by a short term Islamic Finance Loan of £1.1m, based on the 'diminishing Musharakah structure' which was authorised and approved by a leading Islamic Finance Scholar, Mufti Barkatullah. The Repayment of this Islamic loan and dates has been phased with 4 instalments over 15 months.
This huge financial target cannot be achieved without our community's moral, monetary contributions and physical support. The magnificent fruits and rewards of this unique endeavor are exceptional, as the Prophet (pbuh) stated:
'Whosoever builds a house (Masjid) for the pleasure of Allah, whether it be small or large, Allah builds for him a house in Paradise.' [Tirmidhi]
Please capitalise on this akhirah opportunity and participate in this noble cause and appeal by donating wholeheartedly today. Kindly complete the standing order form and commit either £25, £50, £75, £100 or whatever you can comfortably afford. Alternatively please donate a lump sum of £500, £1000, £1500, £2000 or whatever you can comfortably afford, by making cheques payable to the designated development fund 'Aisha Masjid & Islamic Centre'.
If you would like to volunteer and be part of the AMIC Fundraising Committee or have any ideas you would like to share, please introduce yourself in the Masjid office or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wa-Alaikum-Salaam & Warm Regards, AMIC Management Team