ICIE Raises $225,000
to right: Dr. Muzzamil Siddiqi, Dr. Ahmad Sakr, Dr.
Shoaib C. Patail and Dr. Arif Hyder
he Islamic Center of
Inland Empire (ICIE) organized a fund-raising dinner on
Saturday, July 29, 2006 at the Bronco Student Center in
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California.
The event was attended by 600 guests, including men, women,
and children from various parts and walks of life of Southern
California. The event was also attended by members of other
Islamic centers (Islamic Center of Garden Grove, King Fahd
Mosque, Islamic Society of Corona-Norco, Islamic Center
of San Gabriel Valley, and Islamic Center of Claremont).
The keynote speaker of the evening was Dr. Muzzamil Siddiqi,
president of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California.
He shed the light on the importance and the role of the
masjid in the community. Br. Arif Hyder was the master of
the ceremony (MC). Dr. Shoaib Patail, Brs. Shahid Razzak
and Shakil Patel presented the history, financial report
and the main masjid project respectively. Br. Suhail Abdullah
and Sr. Shahana presented the Sunday School, Youth and Camp
Ansaar programs. The students of the center also participated
in the program. Dr. Ahmed Sakr, director of the Islamic
Education Center, conducted the fund-raising part of the
The mission of the Islamic Center of Inland Empire is to
establish a comprehensive center promoting Islamic values
and reflecting excellence in serving the needs of the community.
It also seeks to provide a self-sufficient facility on a
non-profit basis for religious, educational and recreational
activities of Muslims in the area.
to right: Dr. Mohammad Imtiazuddin, Dr. Shahid Razzak
and Dr. Shakil Patel
Center was founded in 1992 in a warehouse on 9th Street
by a few families in the City of Rancho Cucamonga to take
care of the religious, cultural and social needs of the
Muslims in the area. The center was established not only
to serve as a place of worship, but also as a place for
holding community events, including interfaith events, educational
lectures on the peaceful message and teaching of Islam,
and after-school alternatives for children and youth.
The number of the Muslim community in the Inland Empire
exceeds 10,000 and it is in need of a central multipurpose
facility. After conducting a short survey of Muslims in
the area, it was clear that the community preferred a facility
that has a capacity to accommodate future growth and provide
a variety of religious, educational and recreational activities.
Such a facility will also go a long way in establishing
a strong presence of Muslims in the United States.
Recognizing the rapid growth and the need of our Muslim
community, the existing property was purchased in 1998.
The Islamic Center of Inland Empire lies in the heart of
Rancho Cucamonga, covering over 2.98 acre land. The center
is located at 9212 Baseline Road on the northern side of
Baseline Road in Rancho Cucamonga between Archibald Blvd.,
to the east, and Lion Street to the west. The center obtained
non-profit organization status in 2000.
The construction project of the new Masjid has been divided
into two phases.
Phase I (2002 – 2003) consisted of the major cleaning,
and grading of the land. Fifty (50) parking spaces, including
handicapped spaces, were constructed. The boundary walls
on the east, west and north sides were erected to provide
privacy to neighbors. One of the neighbors at the north
side was kind enough to provide Emergency Fire Access from
his front yard. The street and driveway underwent improvement
to comply with city requirements.
The center obtained ‘commercial’ status for
the existing building and changed the ‘residential’
status of the entire property. Once ‘commercial’
status was obtained, the center converted the residential
building to a prayer hall, classrooms, an office and storage.
The existing building has three entrances. The main entrance
for the brothers is located at the eastern side of the building;
it leads to the main prayer hall. The first entrance at
the north end serves as an emergency exit, and the second
entrance at the north end has been reserved for sisters.
The sisters enjoy two, sometimes three, rooms during ‘jumuah’.
Classes are held in the same buildings.
Phase II (2004 – in progress) included the construction
of an additional one hundred and nine (109) parking spaces
including handicapped spots. A trash enclosure was built
at the northeast end of the building, for future needs.
Finally, an Emergency Fire Lane Access Driveway was carpeted.
Shakil Patel & Associates, Architecture Engineering
Company was selected for the design of the new building.
They worked diligently with the city, and by the grace of
Almighty Allah, on Oct 4, 2005; the city approved the architectural
drawings of the main building. In addition, they also obtained
the Cucamonga Valley Water District Firs Release. Underground
gas and sewer lines service, and fire and water line services
were then put into place. Precise grading was done by S.
K. Construction who later was awarded the contract for the
building of the future Mosque.
On Friday June 16, 2006, the ground-breaking ceremony event
was held. Members of the center and various community representatives
including Bill Alexander and Spagnolo Sam Spagnolo, the
Mayor and the City Council of the City of Rancho Cucamonga
respectively participated in the event. In the week following
groundbreaking, work began on the construction of the foundation
of the main building.
The Masjid will be set at an angel with respect to the other
buildings on the street. This is to allow the main prayer
hall to point in the direction of Mekkah.
The surface area of the building is 12,900 sq ft. The building
is a blend of eastern and western architecture. There will
be two minarets, a dome at the main entrance, and a cathedral
ceiling. The building will be surrounded by patios on all
The main entrance will lead to Atrium or foyer. The inside
of the building will be comprised of administrative office,
separate wadu (ablution) areas, state of the art library
with audio-visual system, class rooms equipped with computers,
multipurpose rooms, kitchen, mezzanine for sisters and the
main prayer hall.
The remaining construction of the phase II will be implemented
according to the availability of funds and other resources.
By the Grace of Almighty Allah and with the help of the
participants, the event was very successful and was able
to raise $225,000 (cash, checks and pledges) donation. “In
order to continue the ongoing construction, we seek your
continuous benevolence and generous donations,” says