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Please Donate: Buying a New Mosque in Vermont

$30,438 of $500,000 goal

Raised by 215 people in 1 month
Created June 12, 2019
Our Urgent Appeal for Donations:

The Messenger of Allah (SWT) said: “Whoever makes a Masjid for the sake of Allah, Allah will make for him a house in Paradise” (Sahih Muslim). 

The Islamic Society of Vermont (ISVT) ( https://www.isvt.org/), requests your support in raising the target of $500,000 for purchasing a property, formerly used as a place of worship by our Christian friends which is known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The ISVT has found that this place has all the amenities and various merit to meet the requirements of new generation Muslims  in Vermont. 

Alhamdulillah, we have signed a contract for buying this property which is established over a 3-acre land with a 19,000 sq. ft building. Given the circumstances, the entire property is priced at $1.1M, which is far below the town-assessed value and at 50% less than its market value of $2.4M. Its location in South Burlington, Vermont, is a very desirable and central to most of our Muslim community in the Greater Burlington area. In addition, we are excited that this location is also in the same neighborhood of our friends from the Temple Sinai Synagogue and from the All Saints Episcopal Church.

Please donate urgently for the house of Allah:
We have been given only 3 months to buy this Church for $1.1 million. Without Allah's mercy and your help, it is impossible for us to raise this amount of money within this short time. We are selling our existing building, but we still need at least $500,000 more. Therefore, we are requesting your urgent donation in the name of Allah (SWT) to purchase our new Masjid and Islamic Center, which will bring you endless rewards and mercy from Allah (SWT).   May Allah (SWT) open everyone's hearts so that everyone contributes to this house of Allah and secure a house in Paradise.

“Giving away something in charity does not cause any decrease in a person’s wealth, but increases it instead” [Sahih Muslim].

Why do we need a new Masjid?
In 1999, the Society purchased a building to serve as it's Masjid, currently located at 182 Hegeman Avenue, Colchester, Vermont 05446. This building is no longer able to meet the demands of our growing Muslim community due to its limited space, facilities and parking, etc.

In addition, the architectural design of the building limits our ability to employ pro-active and effective safety and security measures, something that is of upmost importance to our community due to recent events. To address the needs of our next generation of Vermont Muslims, we have been looking for a better space for our future Masjid.

With the mercy of Allah (SWT), we found an ideal place for our future masjid located at 400 Swift Street, South Burlington, Vermont. If Allah (SWT) accepts, this location will accommodate over 700 Muslim worshipers, our Weekend Islamic School, community events, etc. 

We pray that you, our donor, will donate generously to help us build this house of Allah!

About us:

The Islamic Society of Vermont (ISVT) is a non-profit organization (Tax ID 03-0346526), established in 1995, by the efforts of a handful of members within the Greater Burlington area. Our diverse community includes members from all around the world, which has grown substantially over the years because of the influx of Muslim refugees from Bosnia, Iraq, Burma and Syria. Currently, there are about 4,000 Muslims living in the state of Vermont, and we have about 300 active members who regularly attend the Jumma prayers at our current location. As part of our mission, we run a Weekend Islamic School that offers excellent programs on Islamic Studies and Arabic language to our kids. 

Our mission:
·         Establish an Islamic Center to strengthen the bonding among Muslims living in the State of Vermont and offer a full range of  services to our Islamic community.
·         Provide religious, charitable, mentoring, social and educational opportunities for youth and adults according to the Qur’an and Sunnah to promote understanding of the Islamic faith, guidance, ethics and history.
·         Provide interfaith programs that connect Muslims and people of other faiths in order to build mutual respect, understanding, help each other, and informed the values of religion and cultue. 

News Media coverage:
Burlington Free Press:  
https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/2019/06/19/vermont-islamic-society-seeks-former-church-south-burlington-mosque-gofundme/1497378001/

Other Paper:
https://www.otherpapersbvt.com/news/around_town/islamic-society-starts-gofundme-campaign-to-buy-new-mosque/article_cc05b084-98f2-11e9-bc90-ff811f711a84.html

Imam's Interview:
https://www.mynbc5.com/article/faiths-join-together-to-support-new-vermont-mosque/28351906

Project Timeline Summary and Status:
Completed       5/31/2019        ISVT General meeting: approval to buy church & sell existing ISVT building
Completed       6/2/2019           ISVT Bid proposal due and submitted to purchase the church
Completed       6/10/2019        ISVT Bid proposal accepted, Alhamdulillah!
Completed       6/12/2019        Launch GoFundMe page to raise $500,000
Completed       6/16/2019        ISVT existing building published for Sale
Completed       6/20/2019        Church Inspection                          
      Waiting        TBD                       ISVT existing building Sold, as soon as possible, Insha’Allah
      Waiting        TBD                       Fundrasing goal of $500,000 completed, Insha'Allah
      Waiting        TBD                       Purchase the Church on or before 10/09/19, Insha’Allah 39905576_1561170953639360_r.jpeg
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$30,438 of $500,000 goal

Raised by 215 people in 1 month
Created June 12, 2019
Funds raised will benefit:
Islamic Society of Vermont Inc
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Colchester, VT
EIN: 030346526
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