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PROPOSAL OF A NEW SPRINGFIELD MASJID
& AMERICAN MOMIN PARK, INC. (AMP)
COMMUNITY CENTER

Introduction:

  • Springfield, Missouri, is a conservative city located in the Midwestern region of the United States. Springfield is located 520 miles south of Chicago, IL, and 350 miles north of Dallas, TX.
  • Springfield is the third largest city in the state with a population of 165,000. The local demographics are as follows: 91% Caucasian, 3.4% African American, 3.7% Hispanic, and 1.9% other. The Muslim community makes up 0.11% of the Springfield population and consists of roughly 2000 men, women, and children of 15 Countries.
  • The city has two major hospital systems, Cox Hospitals and Mercy Hospitals, and many universities - Missouri State University, Drury University, Evangel University, and several Community Colleges which serve Muslim and International students.

Objectives:

The objectives of this proposal are

  • To provide a modern, independent masjid, community center, Islamic School and cemetery facility for the future young generation Muslims ummas of Springfield/Branson, MO.
  • To find support, sponsorships, as well as donations, from other organizations and the local, national, and international community.
  • To establish a permanent building as a masjid & community center for the Muslim community in the Ozark area
  • To provide efficient service and da'wah for Muslims and non-muslims in the Ozark area and promote awareness of the religion of Islam.

Reasons:

A survey conducted in July 2015 showed a high demand for a new, larger masjid that would better suit the community’s needs for gatherings, security, Eid celebrations, Islamic education, interfaith meetings, and community outreach. Financial support for the proposed masjid is promising.

  • The Springfield city has grown by 10% since 2000, and the Muslim population here has grown as well.
  • American Momin Park, Inc. intends to provide a new, more modern masjid facility. The current masjid at 2151 E Division, Springfield, MO, was a prison converted into a mosque in 1999 and is outdated and in a constant state of disrepair, in an insecure location that is hard for the community to access, has a poor location for the ladies’ entrance, and does not have adequate parking or facilities for the growing community. However, it was renovated recently for the time being by the community..
  • There Is no Muslim cemetery in Greene County, and the closest nearby cemeteries are in Joplin, MO (120 miles away) and Saint Louis, MO (220 miles away).
  • There is no Islamic school facility for the future generations.
  • Considering the prominence of Islamophobia in the USA, American Momin Park, Inc. will hold community outreach events such as Adopt-a-Street clean up days with Interfaith Alliance, invitations to informational talks at the masjid, open house events, free medical / dental camps, and charity drives. For this reason, the masjid and community center must be in a more accessible location, look more modern, and have enough space and facilities to host visitors.

Proposed AMP Activities:

American Momin Park, Inc (AMP) will be available for the following religious and community activities:

  • Regularly scheduled prayers 5 times a day and prayers every Friday, on Eid Day, and during Ramadhan Tarawih prayer with a dedicated full time Imam
  • Iftar parties, Eid Day Celebrations, community get to gather.
  • Halaqa (religious discussion) meetings, Dawah meetings.
  • Islamic School/ Education and study circles for children, brothers, and sisters
  • Networking opportunities with Muslim Students Associations
  • Information on Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca), conducting Nikkahs
  • On campus Muslim Cemetery and Funeral Services
  • Quarterly Interfaith invitations and dialogues to disseminate true spirit of Islam.

Facility Opportunity:

Founding members generously donated and purchased a 5.5 acre plot of land at 1441 S Farm Road, 133, Springfield, MO 65807 in 2016 and committed substantial funds to the masjid construction. The land is located at the corners of W Sunshine and W. Bye Pass Road classified as Commercial Zone. This area already includes three Christian churches.

Insha Allah, the proposed masjid is designed for 8,000 Square feet area plus a 2,450 square feet mezzanine floor. To accommodate 500 people,  it will consist of separate male and female prayer halls,  spacious lobby, a conference/dining multipurpose hall, a full kitchen, a female dining area, sisters /brothers ablution area, unisex baby diaper changing rest room, storage, a library, Muslim cemetery with 900 burial spots, Janaza Wudu facility next to cemetery, and 200+ car parks in the Phase I Project.

Islamic school classrooms, an Imam living room, a stay area for people during Arafat, and a multipurpose community hall are planned for 4,000-5,000 square feet in Phase II of the project.

Additionally, the facilities and parking areas will include security and safety features such as wireless security alarms, motion detectors, door, window and equipment sensors, fire alarms, security cameras, fencing, and remote monitoring to protect the masjid from vandalism and theft.

  • Total Funds Needed, Funds Collected, and Current Financial Status:  Estimated cost for masjid building (budget) and landscape with details, funds collected, and current financial status are available in details.
  • Project schedule: The time required to complete the entire building, site grading, landscape, and Muslim cemetery works in Phase I will be approximately 18 months after the summer of 2022 due to limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic insha’Allah.

Project current status

Pre-Construction works

Design tasks such as topography and boundary surveys were already completed. To obtain approval for the Muslim cemetery, the land’s commercial zone was re-zoned as a Plot Assignment District (PAD) zone for the new Masjid, Islamic school, community center, and Muslim cemetery via a Green County public hearing.

Civil, architectural, structural, electrical, mechanical, HVAC, and site wastewater treatment system (No sewer line is available near our land) design works were completed in 18 months. Alhumdhulillah finally we have obtained a building permit and grading permit.

During Oct 2021, we broke the ground to get community momentum to kick start the project. Springfield City Mayor, city officers, and members of other faith attended and participated in the groundbreaking ceremony. Alhumdhulillah

Progress of Construction Works:

Most of the bushes/trees were cut and removed from the project site with the help of community members. In the cemetery area, several huge trees, tree stumps, and root bulbs (4-6 feet deep/32” diameter) were pulled out and the cemetery site is graded, levelled, smoothened. Insha Allah. Obtaining a privacy fent for the project site is in progress.

Key to community Success

American Momin Park, Inc will be your masjid for several generations. Insha Allah. It purely depends on the Springfield Muslim community for its operational support. The Muslim community will be responsible for upkeep of the masjid facilities and cemetery. This will require everyone’s participation, teamwork, and generous contributions of funds to the masjid on a regular basis. Community members are responsible for using the facilities for their intended legal activities in a respectful manner.

Our success last 7 years and our appeal for your support

As of Feb 2022, due to escalation of cost in construction materials and shortage of skilled labor the revised total estimate of |LS|Main masjid building, 200+ car park, 900 spot cemetery, external grading & levelling works and privacy fences etc. including 5.5 acres land cost|RS| for Phase I is $1,975,000. Fund raising is just starting, and over $ 826,000 has been raised |LS|which includes insha Allah $200,000 firm commitments|RS| so far at the time of preparing this brochure. We are therefore reaching out to our Muslim brothers and sisters, supporters, and friends both nationally and internationally to help us achieve our target.

Allah SWT in His infinite wisdom places each and every one of us in different circumstances in order to see which of us have the best actions and he will reward us for our intentions. The lesson from this is not how much we donate in monetary terms or effort, but how much personal sacrifice we make from what has been given to us. You are therefore encouraged to make donations according to what you have been given, and the Almighty alone fully knows your condition. We pray that Allah SWT will reward you for your sincere donations

Contact Information:

Contact Persons:

Sultan Zahirsha , Executive President, e-mail : americanmominpark@gmail.com  Cell: 417 631 2922                                   

Board Members: Br Fateh Khan Cell: 417 496 6897, Br. Waseem Rao 417773 5533

Ways to Donate for this noble project:

Zelle payment use the e-mail: americanmominpark@gmail.com

On-Line: www.american-momin-park.org/donate

By mail: Make check payable to: American Momin Park. Mail to: 2125 W Kingsly St, Springfield, MO 65807

For Project progress pictures please visit  www.facebook.com/americanmominpark

Organization and Legal Entity:

American Momin Park, Inc is a non - profit religious organization under IRC Code 501 |LS|C|RS| |LS|3|RS|. It was incorporated in the year of 2014 as an independent entity (not associated with any other organization) to serve the Muslim community in Springfield/Branson/ Ozark, Missouri area. MO Corporation No: # N000696634. Tax Id: 47-1902268 Your contribution to building fund is IRS Tax Exempted under IRC Section 501 ( c ) (3).

Summary:

ALHAMDULILLAH, all praise to Allah s.w.t. for His blessings. When we made niyyah in 2013 without anything in our hand except Twakkal Ala Allah. Now Allah swt made it a reality. Insha Allah, may Allah make it easy for our current and future community with your support. We hope, insha Allah, more support and help may come from our neighborhood big brothers & sisters, donators, and other Islamic institutions in USA and internationally.

It is our responsibility as an Ummah to uphold the tenets of Islam and building a masjid is one of shi’ar in Islam. Lastly, we make du’a to Allah s.w.t. to strengthen our Istiqamah in performing good deeds and also in making the effort to build a masjid.

“…And when you have decided, then rely upon Allah. Indeed, Allah loves those who rely |LS|upon Him|RS|.” Surah Al Imran |LS|3:159|RS|

 

 

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