The First Shia Center in the Carribean

Bilal Muslim Mission of Americas is thankful to Allah Subhanahuwata'ala for getting the opportunity to purchase the First Shia Center in the Carribean.

The property is located in Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies. It is a Reinforced concrete and steel structure having three floors with a total area of over 12000 sq.ft.

The top floor at present is occupied as Prayer Hall and Teaching Area by our Shia brothers and sisters under the organization called Imam-e-Zamana Mission.

The first and ground floors are vacant awaiting renovation. it is planned to run a day care center and a vocational traning center on the first floor with shops on the ground floor. A walk in library will also be established on the ground floor. This will be the first Shia Center of its kind which will be self sufficient once the shops bring in revenues to offset the expenses to run the property. It will also create employment for our brother and sisters, the majority of whom are unemployed at present in Trinidad. The vocational training center will prepare our brothers and sisters to enter the blue collar jobs.

This project when completed will cost only US$ 300,000.00. BMMA has been fortunate enough to receive donations to cover the initial payment to acquire the property as is.

The balanace amount of US$ 150,000.00 is needed to complete the project within three months. Local contractors are being solicitated by BMMA to carry out the necessary works to fulfil the planned optimum utilization of the property.

BMMA will establish a local training center to train local interested brothers and sister and the promising students among them will be sent overseas to complete their religious studies. This program will ready local muballighs to return and teach within a few years. Presently BMMA sends zakirs during the Muharram to preach, teach and reach the local converts. The response has been tremendous. Alhamdulillah every week we give Shahada to at least one convert. if the convert is a male and not circumcised, BMMA arranges with a local doctor for the same.

BMMA has been holding Imam Husayn day Seminar to commemmorate the Martyrdom of Imam Husayn (a.s.) for the last two years. In 1996 the chief guest speaker was the President of World Federation Alhaj Mulla Asghar M.M. Jaffer. This year Sheikh Abdullahi Nassir from Kenya did the honors.

BMMA needs your help and support to realize this project. Mullasaheb has agreed to allow BMMA to collect Sehme Imam Khums for this project. BMMA will receive the Khums, deposit it in the account of World Federation so that the receipt from Agha can be obtained. Subsequently the full amount will be given to BMMA to utilize for this project.

Please Help and Assist BMMA with donations and Sehme Imam Khums as soon as possible, so that work can be completed on schedule and the project is put to optimum use.Give a tree if you can, or branches, or flowers. Even petals will be appreciated.

Inshallah the message of "Man Kuntu Mawla Fahaza Alliyun Mawla" will reach all the corners of the Carribean and Central and South America with your help and the saying of our 6th Imam(a.s.) "Every Day is Ashura, Every Land is Kerbala" will reverberate in the region.

SO GIVE IN THE NAME OF SAYYIDE SHUHADA ABA ABDILLAHIL HUSAYN(A.S.)

Please mail all donations to: (Please make all checks for khums money payable to World Federation)

Bilal Muslim Mission of Americas
230 Duffy Ave.
Hicksville,
NY 11801. USA
Email: kabana@juno.com
Tel: 1-516-681-8500
Fax: 1-516-681-8500
Or to
Bilal Muslim Mission of Americas
101 Cairns Drive,
Markham,
ON L3P5T6. Canada
Email: kermalli@yesic.com
Tel: 1-905-471-6938
Fax: 1-905-4719597
PLEASE HELP CIRCULATE THIS APPEAL TO ALL MUMINEEN AND MUMINAAT SO THAT ALL CAN GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS OPPORTUNITY AND EARN "THAWABE JARIA"

THANK YOU.