The IslamInSpanish Centro Islamico opened its doors on January 30, 2016 in the city of Houston,TX. After 15 years of servicing the community, IslamInSpanish had been organically growing. There was a point in time where the operation was no bigger than a 200 square foot office and then it grew to needing a state of the art production studio, Andalusia Media Arts Center, where more than 500 Spanish audio books and over 300 TV shows were produced that was reaching people on Houston’s public access TV and online worldwide.
After a terrible storm here in Houston on Memorial Day Weekend and much of the city got flooded, so did the Andalucia Media Arts Center. We went to check on the Center and all the equipment was damaged to the point that we were in a crossroads decision, do we try to repair the Center or do we just continue IslamInSpanish as an online resource? Shortly after the storm we had our monthly “Convivencia” Community Potluck where we gathered over 150 Latino Muslims to get together and enjoy family, friends, food and remembrance of Allah. At that gathering the media came to cover us, as over the years they have covered our many events and outreach efforts, this reporter asked about the future of IslamInSpanish. When we explained what happened, he simply said “Why don’t you all just open up your own mosque? There are churches and mosques opening up everyday, I’m sure you could do so yourself.”
So this was the spark that got the whole community excited about the idea and we began the process of planning and searching and alhumdulillah (thank God) we found a place in the neighborhood where we grew up, Alief. Which was important so that we could be close to where we came from so that we could give back to our community. The day of our grand opening there were over 550 Muslims gathered here for this momentous occasion. People traveled from New York, California, Florida and every where in between just to witness this historic event of opening the Only Latino Led Islamic Center in The U.S. So we had the opportunity to build this Center in a way that can benefit not just the Muslims but society in general.
We put together a unique experience for anyone that walks in our doors that includes a Museum that highlights the heritage of Muslim Spain (Andalucia), a Musallah (prayer area) where we stream weekly Spanish and English khutbah (sermon) worldwide and we are the only Islamic Center that has a Spanish khutbah (sermon) weekly in the US. We also have a social lounge area where many people have embraced Islam due to the open and welcoming environment with the ease to get to know one another over coffee or a snack. Lastly but surely not least is that we have a state of the art production studio, Studio Andalucia, where we conduct high level video production that is distributed worldwide to educate new muslims, develop leaders, and film documentaries that can tell our story as muslims in America.
Now we’re in a new phase of the IslamInSpanish Centro Islamico. As you may know we have been in operations under a lease agreement in the building we are in. Unfortunately we have been updated that we will need to leave the current location of the IslamInSpanish Centro Islamico where over 150 people have accepted Islam since our January 2016 opening. The good news is that we have found an amazing property just 3 minutes away from our current location and are currently seeking financial support to purchase our own building and land.
Here at the current IslamInSpanish Centro Islamico we have put together a unique experience for anyone that walks in our doors that includes a Museum that highlights the heritage of Muslim Spain (Andalucia), a Musallah where we stream weekly Spanish and English khutbahs worldwide and we are the only Islamic Center that has a Spanish khutbah weekly in the US. We also have a social lounge area where many people have embraced Islam due to the open and welcoming environment with the ease to get to know one another over coffee or a snack. Lastly but surely not least is that we have a state of the art production studio where we conduct high level video production that is distributed worldwide to educate new muslims, develop leaders, and film documentaries that can tell our story as muslims in America. Because of the uniqueness of this center it is very important that we not only continue this work but expand.
So we need your help in acquiring our new location to purchase a building and land in order to be independent. We are looking at purchasing a 2.2 acre property with a 10,220 square foot building. We are seeking your support as we are needing a total of $2 Million for the entire project. Alhumdulillah we have had a lot of support from this past ramadan, JazakAllahu Khairan, and ongoing online fundraising so we only need $1 Million to complete the necessary funds needed to acquire this property in order to continue our growth and Allah knows best. Please donate and keep us in your duahs.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
“Whoever builds a mosque for Allah, Allah will build for him likewise in Paradise.” [Sahih Bukhari & Sahih Muslim]