Dear Honored Friend of Masjid DarusSalam:
As-Salamu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
You are receiving this letter because you have been a continuous source of support for DarusSalam’s Masjid and Seminary. With the help of your generosity, Allah ﷻ has allowed DarusSalam to thrive as a center of religious, educational, and social services for the entire community.
In 2008, DarusSalam Foundation was established with the hope of becoming a premier institution of Islamic education in America. With just a handful of Qur’an and Arabic students and with the Masjid property still being developed, classes were held in teachers’ homes and in a small office of a warehouse building. Since then, year after year, these programs grew and new programs were introduced for adults, children, and the general public.
Today, by the grace of Allah ﷻ, DarusSalam is home to hundreds of students. On a weekly basis, the Seminary offers seven programs of study consisting of 24 class groups, 32 part-time and full-time instructors, and over 450 instructional periods. In addition to these classes, DarusSalam holds monthly seminars, annual retreats and conferences, workshops, sisters’ programs, youth events, and interfaith community events.
We are grateful to Allah ﷻ for granting us the opportunity to serve His deen in whatever capacity we have been able, for it is only through His divine will that we are able to do so. We are also grateful to you. If it was not for your support – whether by generously donating, attending events, or sincerely making du’a – we would not be able to offer these services to the community.
However, while we thank Allah ﷻ for all of His blessings, we face a very real and pressing problem; as enrollment in our Seminary increases, we simply do not have the space to accommodate our growing student body. Despite being home to all of the classes mentioned above, DarusSalam currently has only three dedicated classrooms. Anyone who visits during school hours will notice that the classes are crammed into every corner of the masjid, from the high school and fiqh classes which are taught in the main lobby, to the three hifz classes which are taught in the prayer hall. What may not be immediately obvious are the classes which are held in the storage room, pantry, library, and even the funeral preparation room, which also serves as the sisters’ office. Not everyone sees the brothers’ hallway being used as a computer lab, or the sisters’ hallway being used as a dining hall.
DarusSalam is prepared to enter its second phase: a Seminary Campus which will be home to future American-Muslim leaders for generations to come, inshaAllah. This campus will feature over 20 new classrooms, a sisters’ prayer sanctuary, a gymnasium, a community banquet hall, a research library and much more.
We are on track to receive our building permits by the end of January 2018, and hope to break ground in March 2018, inshaAllah. However, this project cannot be completed without your help. We humbly request your support in completing these projects. Please consider donating to this project, as your donation will be a source of tremendous reward which can only be fully remunerated on the Day of Judgement. Furthermore, if your donation is received on or before December 31, 2017, you will receive a donation receipt that may help reduce the amount of income tax you owe this year, inshaAllah. You may visit MasjidDS.org/give to make your donation. You can also do so via Chase QuickPay to donate@MasjidDS.org.
Once again, we sincerely thank you for helping make DarusSalam what it is today. May Allah ﷻ reward you immensely in this life and the next. May He grant you the reward for every single individual who has benefited from this masjid, and may He allow your ṣadaqah to be a source of shade for you on the Day of Reckoning.
Chairman, Board of Trustees