Local Mosque Looks for Community Support to Expand during the Holy Month of Ramadan
Article by Rida Naeem
Well-known mosque in the Northern Virginia area, All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS Center) has launched a campaign to get their patrons to donate money to expand and create a new mosque in the Northern Virginia area. This new mosque will be the eighth location ADAMS Center expands to.
On Thursday, July, 26, during taraweeh prayers, the ADAMS Center Imams took turns in sharing sermons regarding the importance of donation during Ramadan and sharing historical Islamic stories which were heard in the three level Mosque in Sterling, Virginia. Many may remember ADAMS Center’s humble beginning from their Herndon location way back when. It is due to community support and donations that they were able to build this state of the art mosque and expand to Tysons Corner, Fairfax, Reston, Leesburg, Ashburn, and South Riding. During Thursday’s taraweeh prayers, an ADAMS Center Imam announced their “Ihsan with Ihsan” construction project which entails building and establishing a mosque in the Northern Virginia area.
Amidst the diverse crowd of attendees from all races and sects of Islam, little boys and girls with plastic boxes labeled “Donations” walked along the prayer lines during the breaks in taraweeh prayers. The boys and girls were treated to ice cream sandwiches at the end of the night for being helpful volunteers and collecting funds. Additionally, many young adults were volunteering to help with parking and overall operations of the mosque during the busy month of Ramadan. Halal certified vitamins company, Noor Vitamins were even giving out free samples and brochures to people exiting the mosque after prayers.
These are just a couple of ways ADAMS Center keeps Northern Virginia Muslims involved to benefit the mosque, the people, and the community. Overall, ADAMS Center has made it easier for people of the Islamic faith in the Northern Virginia area to attend prayers, take Islamic classes, hold nikkah ceremonies, funerals, among other things and it has created a sense of community and belongingness between area Muslims.
Support ADAMS Center’s “Ihsan with Ihsan” cause and donate generously on their website (www.adamscenter.org) or in person at any of their seven locations throughout the Northern Virginia area.