• In The Name of Allah, The Most Beneficial, The Most Merciful

ISD President Message to the Community

Announcement Date:  31 Dec, 1969
 

Dear Community members,


Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi WaBarakatuhu.

As you all know, by the grace of Allah (SWT) and your continued support and generous contributions, last year ISD purchased two properties in Elkton and Middletown to establish additional ISD branches for our Muslim brothers and sisters in these areas and we are in the process of getting necessary approvals to start using these places now.
 
Also, it’s been almost three (3) months since we conducted the general assembly meeting where we shared with the community the progress of various ISD projects along with seeking community approval to purchase new properties for expansion of Islamic Academy of Delaware (IAD). 
 

ISD Muslim Community Cemetery Update 


Alhamdulillah, by the grace of Allah (SWT) we are pleased to inform you that the construction work at the cemetery started last week of November 2019. We anticipate that it will take 8 to 10 weeks to complete phase I of construction. The construction includes site improvements which are required by the Upper Oxford Township and Chester County Conservation District/PA Department of Environmental Protection. After approval of construction, the site owwill be ready to receive burials in February 2020, In’Sha’Allah.

This is great news for the entire community as many of ISD community members have dreamed of owning a cemetery for a long time, this cemetery belongs to every Muslim of Delaware and its vicinity.
 
In order to reduce the cost of burial significantly, ISD is actively pursuing to build its own Muslim Funeral home. InSha’Allah we will keep the community posted on the progress of the Funeral home in the coming days. 
 

ISD Middletown Masjid Update


Design phase of the project for an initial change of use from Residence to Masjid is in progress, Alhamdulillah. While waiting for County Permit to start congregations at Middletown Masjid, we have completed several maintenance projects, such as Indoor cleaning, flooring updates, landscape maintenance, and roof cleaning.
 
Also, Basement flood remediation, basement waterproofing and installation of a new sump pump and water heater along with the repair of HVAC system and water treatment systems. Additionally, the wetland, building, and land surveys have been completed at the Middletown property. The engineering consulting company is preparing plans to submit to the County based on the survey reports. 
 

ISD Elkton Masjid Update


By the grace of Allah (SWT) Elkton Masjid renovation work started two months ago. The General Contractor is working on renovating the exterior and interior of the building including walls, flooring, etc. He has completed about 30% of the work. Upon completion of the work up to a certain required stage, plumbing (for bathroom, etc.) and electrical work will start. In’Sha’Allah the renovation work is anticipated to be completed by February 2020.
 

ISD/IAD Expansion Update – Salem Church Road Properties 


As part of our ISD/ IAD expansion, Alhamdulillah we are in the process of buying two properties (131 and 135 Salem Church Road) on Salem Church Road opposite to Salem village shopping center. These are two adjacent properties ideal for IAD expansion. Alhamdulillah due-diligence work for purchasing both properties is nearing completion. As part of due-diligence, we have completed Environmental due-diligence, Zoning certification by the County, title insurance commitment for 131 and appraisal of the 135 have been completed.
 
All of these research/investigations have indicated that these properties will be suitable for our intended School/Masjid uses. We are waiting for a response from DelDOT. We anticipate closing on both of these properties in January 2020.
 
All these achievements wouldn’t be possible without the blessings of Allah (SWT) and your help. As a community, we are very proud to have two satellite branches, a Cemetery and soon additional properties for IAD expansion.
 
On behalf of ISD, we would like to thank every community member and volunteer for their prayers, support, and donations that contributed to bringing ISD to this level. In’Sha’Allah we are having our Annual Fundraiser on December 14, 2019 at Christiana High School. We would like to invite everyone to attend this event and participate in our ongoing projects and activities, after all, THIS IS YOUR ORGANIZATION!
 
We are looking forward to seeing you all at the fundraiser.
 
Thank you
 
May Allah (SWT) bless this community and keep us united.
 
Respectfully Yours,
 

Mahamed Allimulla
Your Brother in Islam. 

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