In December 2007, DarusSalam Foundation purchased a 6.5-acre parcel of land with plans to build a masjid and academy. The construction of the Masjid was completed in July 2013 and its doors opened just days before the start of Ramadan. In 2015, an additional 3.5-acre parcel of land was purchased and the parking lot was expanded with access to Swift Road, making a total of 400 parking spaces. In 2017, the parking lot was further expanded to accommodate for the spaces lost to the construction of the Phase 2 Seminary National Campus beginning the following year. In 2021 Construction of the Seminary Campus was completed, providing a much-needed facility for our rapidly growing Seminary.
Centrally located at the intersection of I-355 and North Avenue, DarusSalam Foundation is easily accessible to around 20 suburbs in which thousands of Muslim families reside. By the grace of Allah ﷻ, in addition to providing prayer accommodations for brothers and sisters, the 87,000-square-foot facility also offers over 20 classrooms, resource libraries, a funeral facility, an NCAA-sized gymnasium, a banquet hall, fitness centers, kitchens, and ample parking.
The vision of Masjid DarusSalam is to preserve, implement, and disseminate Islamic knowledge, as well as nurturing and preparing our future leaders through sound, traditional understanding and learning. DarusSalam is unique in that along with providing a beautiful sanctuary for worship, it also incorporates a higher educational institute. Masjid DarusSalam serves as a community center for residents while DarusSalam Seminary offers beginner through advanced classes in various Islamic sciences. We are grateful to Allah ﷻ to have a number of young, American born, qualified Islamic scholars on our staff in addition to enjoying the support of many ulama from across the nation.
After reflecting on the history of American Muslims, it is apparent that Islamic scholarship has arrived on this country’s shores in successive waves. The first generation of immigrant Muslims, still strongly tied to their homelands, invited scholars born and educated abroad to teach them in their native languages and help them live their deen harmoniously in the new land. Thereafter, their children, immersed in the American language and culture, called for scholars who could relate to them. So a second wave of scholars, this time American-born Muslims, travelled overseas and acquired the knowledge they needed to serve their generation. Now the time has come to raise up a new wave of learned Muslims who have been born, bred, and educated at home. A wave that will duly fill the sacred posts of imams and scholars, address Islamic legal and social issues and challenges unique to the American context, convey with clear expression the true spirit of Islam to our non-Muslim fellow citizens, and establish institutions that will be forces of good, both spiritually and intellectually.
DarusSalam Foundation aspires to prepare these future leaders to take on the challenges for generations to come.
DarusSalam Foundation, along with Masjid DarusSalam and DarusSalam Seminary, is a 501(c)(3) non–for-profit organization registered in the state of Illinois. Our tax exempt ID # is 363563801.