The African American Islamic Institute (AAII) proposes the purchase and
renovation of a two story building located at 2136 Frederick Douglas Boulevard, in the Harlem community of New York City for
use as a Masjid, Qur`anic school, Islamic community center and to house community service initiatives to benefit the entire
community. The purchase price has been established at $1,200,000, with an additional $500,000 required for renovation. AAII
is seeking Islamic financing to purchase this property to permit development of the following programmatic components:
The Masjid will be open for the five daily prayers, Juma`a salat and other
Islamic activities. In addition to its historic, indigenous African American Muslim presence, the Harlem community has become
home to a large West African immigrant Muslim population. The establishment of this Masjid will significantly contribute to
the development of a unified jama`at within this community and to the strengthening of Islamic values through worship and
II. Qur`anic School
AAII’s Qur`anic School in the Harlem community will replicate it’s
Qur`anic School in Medina-Baye, Senegal West Africa, wherein Muslim children and young adults study to become Hafiz-ul-Qur`an.
The curriculum focuses on memorization, recitation and tafsir taught by qualified teachers from Egypt, Mauritania, Senegal
and America. It is significant to remember that, at the time that our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) left this world, there
were only four people left who had memorized Qur`an. Today, thousands of children complete Qur`an each year in Senegal. The
Qur`anic School in Medina-Baye has recently celebrated the completion of Qur`an by seven American Muslim children, whose parents
sent them to us to become Hafiz. The establishment of the AAII Qur`anic School in New York will afford many more American
Muslim families the opportunity to give their children the chance to become Hafiz and reduce the need for African Muslim families
to send their children back to their countries in order for them to complete Qur`an. This school will make a significant contribution
to the development of an indigenous Muslim Ulama in the United States.
III. Islamic Community Center
The AAII Islamic Community Center will be utilized to bring Muslim individuals
and families together to strengthen the Ummah, to provide Islamic educational and cultural activities, and to reinforce Islamic
values and practices through a full range of programming. This is an extremely important component of this project as we continue
to witness the loss of indigenous and immigrant Muslim youth to the dunya culture.
The AAII Islamic Community Center will provide an environment that supports
Islamic events and activities that provide on-going Islamic education. Activities will include Islamic Conferences, symposia
and workshops, `Id celebrations marriage receptions, naming ceremonies, classes that welcome and educate new Shahadas, Arabic
classes, and chaperoned social events for young Muslims. Special classes will be designed specifically for Muslim women which
will honor their role in the family and expand their knowledge of their deen.
IV.Islamic Pre-School and After School Programs
The AAII Islamic Pre-School and After School Programs will meet a growing
need in the Muslim community in America for Islamic environments for children whose parents work outside the home. AAII will
utilize this opportunity to teach and reinforce Islamic values, how to make ablution and prayer, Zikru-llah, histories of
the Prophets (AS), Seerah of Prophet Muhammad (SAWS), Qur`an and Hadith to nurture children’s love for Islam.
AAII will provide Islamic day care services for children of age’s
6-12 years. Qualified Muslim day care providers and tutors will work with the children to assure their spiritual, emotional,
physical, nutritional and cognitive well being in a clean, safe, Islamic environment.