Majority of members of the Muslim Community Mosque are low income refugees and don't have the financial resources to support the mosque's expansion costs/larger praying facility. Current facility holds approximately 350 worshipers, while on Friday, it reaches its full capacity of over 450 attendees. Hence, over 100 worshipers have to pray outside in hot or cold weather. The ladies pray in a crowded room of 80 square meters with a capacity of 100 only. Current facility is over 50 years old and is turning weak. Tremendous growth of the Muslim community in Phoenix requires a larger praying and parking space. Number of young children requiring Islamic education is also increasing at a fast pace.
To meet the growing needs of the Muslim community in Phoenix by building a new mosque that is accessible, can accommodate approximately 1,000 worshipers, and offers supporting services that include a part-time Islamic school.
It was 1993 when people in Phoenix felt need for second masjid due to growth in Muslim Population. Due to restrained resources a warehouse building was rented. In 1995 Owner ordered building to be vacated and search was started for a land or building for second Masjid. A piece of land was spotted in a very poor neighborhood and everybody who saw it exclaimed who will come here to pray. Hazrat Ibraheem must have had same sentiments when Allah asked him to build KABA. Any way the land was bought acquired but there was no building on it, so a discarded building was purchased from a school and moved on property. But Allah has better plans for the place and soon refugees from Afghanistan, Burma, Somalia and Sudan were inhabited by state and population continues to grow. Now around approximately 15000 Muslims living in five miles radius. The building structure massively inadequate for prayers and for their children to get Islamic education.
Muslim Community Mosque is a home to a dense neighborhood of Muslims and a center of the Dawat Effort for entire Arizona, New Mexico and El Paso, TX. It currently has no dedicated classrooms. Anyone who visits during madrasa hours will notice that the classes are crammed into one corner of the masjid with their voices echoing throughout Masjid. During class timings, woman area is so packed that sister won’t find a quiet place to worship.Bathrooms and Wudu area is falling apart. In Ramdaan, the prayer area must be further restricted to serve the Iftar and Dinner and there is no place to do Eitekaf in the masjid.
By the grace of Allah, we have been blessed with enough land to reconstruct a facility that can address all the above-mentioned challenges. Dedicated classrooms will attract more students and won’t disturb the people praying in the main Masjid. Large women area with sound proof room for infants will let the women enjoy the worship without getting disturbed by the kids. Dedicated dining area will alleviate the load from the praying area. This new masjid will change the perception of the locality and will be a major landmark for the City of Phoenix.