The mission of MCECC is to organize and reinvigorate the Muslim Community by imparting a strong Islamic education to all, particularly the youth and bringing civic awareness and leadership training to our San Antonio community so that they may lead as Muslim Americans.
MCECC at a Glance
Brief History of MCECC
By: M. Amin Choudary
All praises and thanks to Allah (swa) for the excellent progress of our Center in the last couple of years. It is Allah’s blessing that caused this Center to grow so fast from just a few attendees to the several hundred that come today. After Allah’s blessing, it is the community who helped us financially and physically to move this Center toward achieving the goal we set forth two years ago. Every time the Center has needed financial help, the community came forward with monetary and physical help to complete the needed project. When we purchased the property for the Center a few years ago, we knew immediately that we would need to build a new facility to serve our local community. The management of the MCECC recognized the need and established a future plan for our Center. In this vein, I would like to share our plans and vision for the future of our MCECC. I will explain the various projects that the MCECC is going to commence in the near future.
Al Madinah Masjid
As all of you know, the Masjid is the main project of any Islamic center. As such, we are giving it top priority. Two years ago, Brothers Arif Khan and Fardous took the responsibility to draw up the basic construction plans for the Masjid. We encountered many difficulties with the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) because our property is over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone and we must have them approved any changes we make to the land. Later, Brothers Haroon Rasheed, Saful Islam, and Raza-ur-Rahman became involved in the design plans. Though hard work, they nearly have TCEQ approval now. Brother Haroon Rasheed also completed the plating of our facility and he is in the last stages of obtaining approval from the city. I pray that Allah (SW) give these brothers great credit (‘ajar), for they saved our Masjid and community more than $55,000 in designing costs. We called a community meeting to discuss the preliminary Masjid design in which many brothers and sisters attended and gave us their input. We thank them for their participation and comments. The proposed men’s prayer area is designed to accommodate between 350 to 400 men and 100 to 125 women. In addition, there will be office space for the Sheikh and school principal, a welcoming room for non-Muslim visitors, a men’s and a women’s conference room, a baby-sitting area for children, and separate men’s and women’s outdoor areas.
Youth and Community center
Presently, there is undeveloped land adjacent to our property that we are trying hard to purchase. If we are able to acquire this property, we will gain two more acres of land on which to build our youth and community center. This new facility will house an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, and other amenities for our community. The community center will be utilized for dinner functions, marriages, and other social gatherings. If we are not able to acquire the adjoining property, then the youth and community center will be established elsewhere in the near vicinity.
Full-time Islamic school
Our new Masjid is going to have a second floor that will be temporarily used for the Islamic school until such time that we demolish the existing building and construct a school in its place.
FAQs About MCECC
Is MCECC a non-profit organization?
Yes, the MCECC is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Non-profit Tax ID # 20-2593163
Does the MCECC have by-laws?
Yes. The MCECC has by-laws that have non-voting members. The Board of Directors and Board of Officers are appointed members. These by-laws meet all legal requirements of a non-profit organization and are approved by the IRS.
Who owns MCECC property?
The MCECC, as a non-profit corporation, owns the property. MCECC property is not owned by any single individual or individuals. Upon dissolution of the MCECC, all its assets, shall be distributed to NAIT (the North American Islamic Trust) after payment of all debts and liabilities.
Thanks to our community
We are blessed to have such an active and supportive community that I know will contribute generously not only during this blessed month, but also afterwards, to help complete the task Allah has set before us. I wholeheartedly appreciate every brother and sister’s donation and ask Allah (swa) to reward them not only in this life, but in the next as well. If you have any questions, please contact Brother Amin Choudary at (210) 382-7118.