The Hamden Masjid - Madrasah - Graveyard Project
The Islamic Center of Hamden was officially registered as a non-profit (Federal 501(c)(3)) organization in 2000. In the same year, an piece of land, 2.7 acres, was purchased at 698 Newhall Street, Hamden, Connecticut for the purpose of establishing a masjid/madrasah/graveyard complex. The design for a basic masjid/madrasah structure has been approved by the town zoning and planning commission. Insha-Allah, by mid-2004, the complete architectural plans will be completed and the Islamic Center will apply for the actual building permit.
The main outside view of the proposed masjid/madrasah building.
Alhamdulillah, since 1998, families in the Hamden area have come together to support a madrasah for children and adults. Currently, a set of rooms are being rented at 60 Connolly Parkway, Hamden, CT to serve as the temporary location for Madrasa-tun-Noor and the Islamic Center of Hamden. At least 3 of the daily prayers are held regularly in jama'ah (congregation), along with Jumu'ah, Taraweeh, 'Eid, etc.
Other current activities of the Islamic Center of Hamden
- Daily jama’ah and jumu’ah prayers.
- Daily (5-7PM) and weekend (10AM-1:30PM) madrasah classes for children and adults.
- Weekly halaqah (Thursday night) and family dars (Friday night).
- Monthly community dinners with occasional guest lectures from local brothers and visiting ‘ulama (scholars).
- Annual picnics for the Muslim community of the Hamden/New Haven area.
- Field trips and outings for Muslim families.
- Wedding/marriage services.
- Funeral (janâzah) and burial arrangements. Workshops on how to perform janâzah.
- Local moon sighting efforts.
- Tarâweeh prayers and iftâr during Ramadân. Hâfiz arrangements for other masâjid through the Connecticut Council of Masâjid.
- ‘Eid and qurbâni (udhiyya) arrangements.
- IQRA monthly newsletter and Islâmic resources website (http://ccminc.faithweb.com).
- Da’wah publications and programs.
- Development and publication of resources for Islâmic school usage (Qur’ân reading Qâ’idah, book of children’s du’â, book of children’s hadîth, etc.).