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SHARE Indy Update

by Rutrell Yasin

March 28, 2009 - SHARE Indy is working with a team of other community organizations to raise funds to renovate portions of Masjid Al-Mumineen, located on the east side of Indianapolis, into a SHARE Center. The building would include transitional housing for eight people to support SHARE Indy’s Re-entry program, offices, and a community kitchen, said Ismail Abdul Aleem, director of SHARE Indy.

To meet the Muslim community’s social service needs, SHARE Indy currently operates out of Masjid Al Fajr, a masjid built from the ground up located in west Indianapolis, Bro. Abdul Aleem said.

SHARE Indy has teamed up with the Community Development Center, an architectural firm and construction company to submit a funding proposal to the city’s Neighborhood Stabilization program, which is allocating a substantial amount of money to rehabilitate vacant houses, Bro. Abdul Aleem said.  The Community Development Center works throughout Indianapolis on projects and the organizations decided to apply for funds together, he said.

Renovating the back end of Masjid Al Mumineen could cost about $250,000 and is expected to be completed June 2010, Abdul Aleem said.  

He said that SHARE Indy has 12 people on the team, but members at the forefront of the efforts who have substantial community organizing and social services expertise include Imam Omar al-Khattab, Imam of both Masjids Al Fajr and Al Mumineen; Muminah Mshaka; Carolyn Ewing and Sakinah Hackett.
Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for thy Lord knoweth best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.

Quran: 16:125
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