The Journey to Masjid Al-Nur
During that time, we had the opportunity to purchase the 248 property. It has always been one of our goals to have our own center built from the ground up and Alhamdulillah ICN was able to acquire a piece of land almost 13 ½ acres in South Naperville. The land was acquired through community financing and alhamdulillah with that we’ve now been able to get to the actual phases of building the property which we call Masjid Al-Nur.
Phase 1 – Building A Mosque
The 248 property, Masjid Al-Nur, will be built in five different phases and currently we are embarking on the first phase of that project. The first phase of the project will be building a mosque, and the mosque will have three levels, a basement, a first floor and a second floor. The first floor will have a board room, the imams’ offices, as well as a large prayer area with two-level prayer space. The second level will have a women’s prayer space, women’s own multi-purpose room, mothers’ room as well as a special needs room so this way the mosque can cater for the entire community. We have consulted different resources and people’s perspectives in the ICN community to get their input on what is needed or useful to have in the new property and in sha ALLAH we will have their needs met. Our second phase will be building a school, the third phase will be building gymnasium, the fourth phase will be building a multi-purpose Hall, and then lastly our fifth phase will be an expansion of the first phase mosque facilities. This plan is for the many years to come in sha ALLAH As a matter or fact, there maybe up to 10 years between each phase.
Building A Mosque, Builds A Community
Every time we build a center, new families in the community have gravitated towards that Center. There are a lot of people that moved near 248 because they knew that this Masjid was in the works for a long time. Each of these families and community members that move add value to our community as they come up with new ideas, new programs, and take on the roles of leadership.