Alhamdulillah, now we have a house of Allah in Blaine on the border. Insha'Allah, this Islamic center will caters to the needs of Muslims as well as new Muslims to help discover Islam and help facilitate their integration into local communities.
“And good and evil deeds are not alike. Repel evil with good. And he who is your enemy will become your dearest friend.” (41:33-34)
The purpose of our Islamic Center is to simply unite Muslims to work for the cause of Islam and to propagate Islam as a religion of peace and love.
Islamic Center of Blaine (ICB), a non-profit religious services organization registered with the State of Washington with UBI: 603-385-940 and EIN: 46-5219128. ICB is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3)of the Internal Revenue Code.
ICB provides services to Muslim community of Blaine and its surroundings including:
- Five (5) times daily regular prayers including Jummah,Taraweeh, Eid, and Special prayers
- Madrasa for kids
Hold tight to the Rope of Allah all together and be not disunited among yourselves. (Surah Al-Imran ayah 103)
Whole creation of Allah is like His family. Most beloved to Allah are those who provide benefits to this family.
Mosque becomes a powerful and practical implementation of "love thy neighbors" commandment. In the time of the Prophet, mosque was the central place of social welfare, activism and care giving to those who were in need.
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: The dearest to Allah is the one who is most beneficial to people. The dearest deed to Allah is bringing happiness to a Muslim, or dispelling a grief from him, or settling his debt, or feeding him while he is hungry. It is dearer to me to support my Muslim brother to satisfy need than to make one month I'tikaf in the mosque. Whoever controls his anger Allah will cover his faults. And whoever goes out with a Muslim till fulfilling his necessity, Allah will make his feet stable on the Day while feats slip. [ al-Tabrani , Sheikh al-Albani graded it as Hasan in Saheeh al-Jania]
For a while now the Muslim community in Blaine has wanted a Mosque. Due to nothing being available, Br. Aslam of Blaine bought an apartment and converted it into a musallah for the Muslim community of Blaine. May Allah reward him for all his effort.
Due to the increase of the Muslim community in Blaine, there was a need for a proper Masjid. Br. Radwaan Mohammed with his father, Br. Mohammed Abdul Hai and Br. Raazin Sattar with the help of Br. Bashir Ahmed Hai Patel were in search of a proper Masjid. Finally with the blessing of Allah Subhan o'tallah a church was listed on the market in Blaine and after months of negotiation the owner finally relented to our offer of purchasing the property without any interest. The purchase price of the property is $300,000 including the closing cost.
Alhamdulillah, on the 20th of June we got the keys for the property. After a major clean-up on the weekend the committee decided to do a small opening. Maulana Yusuf Bhola from Sacramento, California who was in Surrey for a visit heard about the mosque and suggested that right away we should open it to public to perform namaaz. On Monday we invited Maulana Yusuf Bhola as our chief guest and invited all the Ulema of lower mainland due to short notice most could not make it. The first Asr sallah in congregation was led by Qari Mazar, the imam of Al-Noor Masjid. The MC Bashir Ahmed welcomed the Ulema and some of the prominent people such as the trustee of BCMA, Br. Sikander Khan and the chairman of Al-Noor Masjid and Sharia counsel of B.C, Br. Suleiman Bhamji with the community of Blaine to the historical event to be a part of establishing the house of Allah. After the serving of refreshments the program was opened by a Quran Tilawat by a child of 9 years old. Qari Laher explained the responsibilities of establishing a house of Allah in English followed by Maulana Gulam Baji explaining the same in Urdu. Followed by the chief guest Maulana Yusuf Bhola further elaborating the responsibilities now lies on the Muslim community of Blaine to make this Masjid a resourceful center. The MC thanked all for participating and the program concluded with a dua by Maulana Yusuf Bhola followed by dinner and the Maulana leading the Maghrib namaaz after dinner.
The committee of Blaine is requesting all Muslim brothers to please donate generously and free the house of Allah from debt. Also the committee will be doing collections from house to house in Washington and Lower Mainland, B.C. For further information please contact Br. Radwaan Mohammed at 360-319-8342 or mail your cheque to 20 Birch Ct. Blaine, Washington 98230.