1 Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Virginia Report Submitted by Ana Ekar 4/20/2021 2 TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction………………………………………………………………. 3 Description of the Problem ………………………………………………. 4 Statement for guiding principles for Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center…. 5 Methodology………………………………………………………………. 6 Contextual Interviews……………………………………………………. 11 Recommendations………………………………………………………… 18 3 Introduction Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, a religious center for the community of Muslims which is located along a busy road and is in very close proximity to a major residential area in the United States of America. The Muslim Centre serves the people of the residential area and as well as other Muslims from far and wide in the USA. The center is well-known for serving approximately 40,000 Muslims who reside in the area and the surrounding regions.

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1 Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Virginia Report Submitted by Ana Ekar 4/20/2021 2 TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction………………………………………………………………. 3 Description of the Problem ………………………………………………. 4 Statement for guiding principles for Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center…. 5 Methodology………………………………………………………………. 6 Contextual Interviews……………………………………………………. 11 Recommendations………………………………………………………… 18 3 Introduction Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, a religious center for the community of Muslims which is located along a busy road and is in very close proximity to a major residential area in the United States of America. The Muslim Centre serves the people of the residential area and as well as other Muslims from far and wide in the USA. The center is well-known for serving approximately 40,000 Muslims who reside in the area and the surrounding regions. Moreover, the Islamic center has affiliations with other important organizations and establishments, one of them being the Muslim American Society since the year 1999. This is a religious, educational, and also cultural organization that has a close partnership with the Islamic Centre, and it aims at instilling good Islamic values to the individual, the family, and the society in general. Description of the Problem I chose to conduct this report in Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center because I am a very strong believer in religion, and Islam is my way of life. I wanted to gain more insightful knowledge about it and determine some of the challenges that Muslims face. While the Islamic center has been having many challenges, the most pressing one at the moment involves parking space. For a long time, they have not experienced any parking space problems. The reason is that initially, the Mosque was designed to accommodate only a small number of people. However, there has been a steady increase in the number of people who visit the Mosque for prayer, worship, and fellowship. This mass increase has begun to exceed the parking capacity leading to acute parking congestion. Therefore, the administration was at the forefront in encouraging their members and visitors to opt to come to the Mosque via public means. The state of Virginia is well served with assorted public means for transport. These include taxis, cabs, buses, and trains to ensure that they do not have to congest the sparking space and that they do not run out of space if they come 4 late. This prerogative has been working for some time but not for everyone. The reason is that there are people who prefer to use their personal vehicles for convenience and for comfort. Additionally, there are congregants who come from far since the Islamic center is one of the biggest and most established in the region. Therefore, many people prefer to come to Dar AlHijrah Islamic Center in Virginia, and most of them opt to use their cars to avoid delays and inconveniences that may occur due to dependence on public means. Therefore, there is a need to purchase another piece of land nearby in which to build extra parking with ample space to accommodate the current space requirements. 5 Statement for guiding principles for Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center Throughout this project, AE sees her role as being a facilitator for Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center leadership and staff in better understanding: • The institution and core values that guide them. • The ultimate benefit that working together will bring in solving the underlying problem. • The most appropriate, convenient, and cost-effective method of engagement in achieving their goals. In this facilitator role, AE will work very closely, in particular with Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center’s development projects Department and with the recommended ad hoc Advisory Group for this project. For a variety of reasons, it will be very important for AE to have to continue guidance via these groups about ongoing Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center staff reactions to and suggestions for this project. It will also be AE continuing intent to do whatever is necessary to assure that this project is seen as always reflecting Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center core values and clearly leading to the kind of enhanced reputation for Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center that a consensus of staff envisions as a strong step forward for the organization. 6 Methodology The outcomes stated above were achieved by combining research from primary and secondary research review processes. They also included interviews with Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center leaders and staff. Secondary Research: Review of pertinent materials and communications efforts To have a better understanding of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center organization, programs, operations, structure, goals, and current messaging activities, AE conducted a comprehensive review of all relevant print and audiovisual materials to assess their effectiveness in reflecting and communicating Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center’s mission and vision, especially concerning the parking space problem. The main materials that were reviewed include but are not limited to mission statements to longand short-term strategic planning documents to brochures, business cards, reports, as well as audiovisual and exhibit materials. This provided AE with a firm understanding of many of the current challenges facing Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center as it strives to consolidate, strengthen, and articulate its core mission and identity, as well as providing vital background information for conducting primary research. AE reviewed printed materials from the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center. These include brochures, annual reports, publications, and memos, among others. The materials frequently highlighted the parking space problem as a big challenge. Most of them, such as memos and brochures, requested the congregants to try their best and use public means to avoid congesting the already chocked parking space. Additionally, the annual reports revealed that the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center management, including the development chair, the Imam, and the finance director, had 7 talked about the parking space problem and sought to have an annual general meeting to address how they will solve the problem. The main challenge in these materials was harmonizing them to come up with a clear prerogative concerning what they represented. However, the Imam was very helpful in deciphering them. Websites The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center has a website from which the proposal drew the level of parking challenge there is at the facility. The website has a concept of infrastructural challenges from which parking space dominates the list. The website notes the acute clogging scenario, insisting that people who come to the Mosque, more so, the members and visitors who come from nearby areas to come with public means of transport. It also has the following regarding the parking space conundrum: • All members should make an effort to use public means of transport if they can to avoid congesting the existing parking space. • A page with directions and guidelines of parking when one comes with a personal car. • Different classes of cars and where and how to park them. Additionally, there is a comments and suggestion page whereby the members and visitors can add about what they think about the current parking space predicament. The results from this data collection and analysis remain indicative that: • Many of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center’s regular members and visitors are highly affected by the small parking space. • Most of them call for an additional parking space. 8 • Some of them note that they are ready to support any efforts and initiatives towards solving the parking space issue. • Some members have even offered to help in pushing for fund allocation and donations from their organizations, such as those who work with the government and nongovernmental organizations. Email signatures Email signatures at the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center are indicative that people have been petitioning and advocating for the purchase of a new piece of land to accommodate the parking space requirements. The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center bylaws state that email signatures that exceed more than 50% of the registered members call for immediate action about the issues being identified. Physical and infrastructural space After a naturalist observational study of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center’s physical and infrastructural space, it was not that apart from the parking space, there are others, as a request for recommendations that will also require to be addressed. These includes: • Lack of notices or banners to inform visitors and new members of the small parking space for them to secure alternative options, such as paid spaces outside. • Limited meeting rooms for congruent activities and meetings when prayers and worship are in session. • There are few, if any, good common areas that visitors, employees, and members of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center can interact and collegiate. • Little space for children playing and having classes. 9 Primary Research Budget allotting The new parking is required to accommodate many of the members. Therefore, there is a need to construct a new parking space that should accommodate more cars. After interviewing the Imam and the budgetary controller at the Mosque, they noted that they can have a parking space that can take up to 500 more cars. This means that they need at least two acres of land, which is 43,560 square feet per acre. As such, if they are to buy two acres, the budgeting will be: Parking budget for Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Virginia Labor Type of cost Number Calculation Total Comment Engineers 3 engineers $66010 per $198,030 Pay per year. $120,000 Per year year. Surveyors 2 $40,000 per year Site manager 1 $30,000 $30,000 Per year Supervisors 10 $30,000 $300,000 Per year Casual laborers 50 $19,200 $960,000 Per year 10 Related expenses (hourly rate) to the client: Work will be done for eight hours a day, five days a week, for one year. Therefore, the hourly rate for one year will be: Parking budget for Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Virginia Labor Type of cost Number Calculation Hourly Total Duration $198,030 Per year $120,000 Per year $30,000 Per year $300,000 Per year $960,000 Per year $1608030 Per year rate Engineers 3 engineers $66010 per $34 per year. engineer per hour Surveyors 2 $40,000 per $20.83 year per surveyor per hour Site manager Supervisors 1 10 $30,000 per $15 per year hour $30,000 per $15 per year hour per supervisor Casual 50 laborers $19,200 per $9.9 per year worker per hour Total Labor cost 11 Contextual Interviews Imam and Director of Religious Affairs Imam’s position at DAR AL-HIJRAH ISLAMIC CENTER is Imam and Director of Religious Affairs. He has supervisory authority in his position. He is 67 years old and has been part of the DAR AL-HIJRAH ISLAMIC CENTER staff for one year. He told me that he likes working at the DAR AL-HIJRAH ISLAMIC CENTER because becoming a member of your local Mosque gives power to your community and your family. This state gives me an opportunity to serve the community and help out in salient issues, such as community development. Imam Farhan added that membership in such an esteemed facility is an expression of interest that the members of the community are willing to take responsibility for the leadership and the support of their community center. He added that becoming member of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center is the right decision. He said that the greatest strength of the DAR AL-HIJRAH ISLAMIC CENTER is that one can nominate other leaders and gets vote privileges to choose the Board of Directors according to the bylaws. Moreover, he told me that the greatest opportunity of one being a member at the center is that you can choose your leaders and influence the planning, management, and execution of future plans. He also added that one of the greatest predicaments at the center is that people cannot find sufficient parking space because there is not enough area for all members during worship and prayer times. He also noted during the interview that the prayer area for women is also very small, considering it was originally designed for a small number of people. This space has 12 become insufficient, in the same way as the parking space, due to an increase in the number of people visiting the Mosque. According to the Imam, the best description of the center is that it is a wonderful place for religious gathering, learning, getting spiritual guidance. He notes that what he values the most about being the resident Imam and Director of Religious Affairs is being in a position to provide spiritual and religious guidance in addition to leading prayers and Jumuah Khutbahs. He says that “I take a lead of the Educational Department at Dar Al-Hijrah to fashion Islamic programming that focuses on educating our community and our youth.” Additionally, he mentioned that a lot of sectors can help in funding the parking project. These include, as noted earlier, the religious organizations in Virginia, the government, the members, and the visitors of the center. He said that they have raised $246.42 of the $50,000.00 and added that “we are trying to raise support from every source regarding the parking space issue.” The Imam said that despite an acute reduction in the source of funding from donations, probably because of the recent coronavirus pandemic, the Mosque continues to stand on solid ground. The Imam added that there is still a possibility for having an increase in the stream of donations. The reason is that although the total sum of funds from donations decreased, the number of donors increasing by the day. Thus, despite the economic constraints that led to less donation per family, the number of supporters to the mission and the facilities projects are growing. Notably, a full summary of the center’s income and expenses in 2019 is included in this report. New policies and resolutions were approved to improve the institutional operations and reduce costs. The board approved an ambitious 2020 budget of over $4.5 million to support operations and programs. 13 The board is looking to hire a resources development director to focus on expanding income resources from donations, grants, and projects. The Imam noted that the local land rates for the two acres of land required will be $10,000per acre, which amounts to a total of $20000 for both pieces. This sum, together with all the other costs are parameters that the Imam notes the Mosque cannot meet in the near future. As such, the Imam noted during the interview that Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center will have to for alternative sources of funding if they are to make the project requirements. One of the possible sources of funding according to the Imam is requesting for funding from the government. This request will be in the form of a grant. He remains confident that the state and national government are in a position to fund the project partially if not in full. The reason is that the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center has had and continues to have a positive effect in the local community. The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center also has worked with the government on community and national projects, such as building of community nursing and wellness centers, charities, and peacekeeping projects. Therefore, the Imam remains confident that they can come into an amicable and agreeable state of understanding on how the government can help in the car parking project. However, he noted that they still have to deliberate with the other leaders and representatives of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center’ members. When asked about other sources of funding other than the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center’s reserves, the Imam noted that they have several options to consider. First, the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center’s members and visitor have agreed to tender individual contributions towards the car parking space project. He added that some, especially the high-profile members, such as government officials, CEOs, and successful businesspeople have even pledged to contribute money and other supplies. For example, one individual, whom he did not have the permission to 14 name, has tendered has already pledged to supply any kind of need that the project will require. Additionally, they will hold an annual general meeting, from which they will announce a call for donations, contributions, and grants from conventional members and visitors. Other sources of funding will be grants from partner organizations, mosques, banks, the national government, and assorted non-governmental organizations. The Budgetary Controller at the Islamic Centre. I interviewed a worker from the Islamic Centre. He was charged with the duty of keeping things in order and he is also one of the budgetary controllers. He informed me that the Islamic centre had educational services and programs, youth programs, social services programs, and weekend Islamic school. He also noted that they have other outreach programs as part of the services that are offered in the centre. My question for him was: “do you think the Islamic center is wellknown and Do you think it should be?” He replied by saying “Yes, I believe the center is well known.” The reason is that Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center provides many programs and classes for the families of the Islamic communities. These include personal and family counseling. I asked him about where people can gain the most identity? He said “I feel that I am serving God and it is a great opportunity for me to be part of the Islamic center community. It is where I found my peace of mind and the opportunity to pursue my passion.” He also mentioned that the center needs special funding to encourage the community to invest in the capital improvements in the current structure which will increase accessibility. It will also allow the facility to have more flexible prayer area. 15 Visitor and Worker at the Islamic Centre: I noticed that after each prayer session, there were a lot of things that were immediately going on outside the Mosque. There were many Moroccan women who were available at the Mosque. They sold foodstuffs, such as bread and baked potatoes to the faithful just at the front of the Mosque. I also noticed that there was Moroccan woman who sold perfume in front of the Mosque alongside other Moroccan women. I engaged with her in a conversation, and she said that she gets the perfumes from India. She told me that she has been doing this business for a while and she comes to the Mosque twice a week. She liked the area because she could target Muslims who like to have a specific type of perfume for their clothes. She also said that she likes what the Islamic centre was doing for the people in the community. Additionally, she noted that she has also been benefiting from the facility by getting income from selling perfume to the mosque visitors and members as she also prays there regularly. She added that “we cannot sometimes sell our products in front of the centre because of the cars that always too crowed outside and that is because there is no parking space for each car.” She noticed that on every Friday a big numbers of worshippers always have big issue on finding parking areas around the Islamic center which lead to have some people use illegal parking space and that make a problem with the local citizens and people who have their home close to the mosque and she mentioned that there was a big fight with one of the people who live close to the mosque after the praying done …
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