Every year we ask our community to join us for one night to celebrate our establishments and plan for our future. This year it will be Saturday, November 12, and our theme is all about our Future, our Youth.

Our annual dinner is the time and place where supporters of our community come together to socialize with good friends, meet new ones, enjoy a rich program, good food, and indeed, show their generosity to support programs that will reflect wellness on their families and children.

This fundraising dinner is a major source of our financial support that brings more than 30% of revenue to our yearly budget. We are grateful to Allah (ﷻ) and to our community for every single donation they pledge in large or small amounts. Generosity is a characteristic of believers, Allah (ﷻ) said: {And out of what We have provided them, they spend.} 2:3.

Maintaining the Masjed in its services is a very honorable achievement in Islam. Allah (ﷻ) said: {The mosques of Allah are only to be maintained by those who believe in Allah and the Last Day and establish prayer and give Zakah and do not fear except Allah for it is expected that those will be of the [rightly] guided.} 9:18. The reason is that nothing is more honorable than keeping the place available for services that call for worshiping the One and only God, Allah (ﷻ).

As you all know, our services are not limited to the five daily prayers, Friday Khutba, and Ramadan services. With more than eighty full-time and part-time employees, we have eight departments that provide a multitude of services as follows:

Religious Department:

It covers but not limited to: Daily prayers Imamah, Friday khutba, Ramadan Taraweeh, Ramadan Qiyam, Eid Khutba, Isha & Fajr Khateras, marriages, divorces, conversions, counseling, and mediation.

Educational Department:

It covers but not limited to: Weekly classes, monthly classes, special events, convert classes, preschool, weekend school, summer camp, Muhsen project, adult advanced education, new Muslim education sessions, and Quran intensive program.

Social Department:

It covers but not limited to: Blood drive, brunches, Quran and nasheed events, Arafat day, hospital visitations, convert’s Ramadan Iftars, convert gatherings, babysitting for events, community dinner.

Youth Department:

It covers but not limited to: Weekly and monthly programs like TNL, Story Night, FNL, Saturday Halaqa, Navigate, Night of Light, Project Salam, Spotlight, Project Pioneer, Camp Ignite, and philanthropy. Our Youth Imam’s role includes maintaining curriculum, counseling, chaperoning, and giving lectures.

Outreach Department:

It covers but not limited to: Interfaith groups, media representation, relationships with Muslim organizations/relief organizations, schools and colleges coordination, libraries, city hall, police department, fire department, government, and all law enforcement agencies.

Facility Department:

It covers but not limited to: Security, Community service hours, Traffic control, Janitorial services, Building maintenance, Grounds maintenance, and General services like: (remodeling, renovations, add-ons, handicap, elevator, AC & heat control, and storage).

Financial and administrative Department:

It covers but not limited to: Payroll, accounting, bills, bank deposits, receipts, financial statements, processing donations, board reports, Reception presence, donations intake, record keeping, archive, appointments, all purchases, Eid Prayers preparations, food vouchers, mail pick up, wake/Aza reservations, and also Azan calling, Iqama, announcements, Friday booths, relief visits, Ramadan schedule.

IT & Communication Department:

It covers but not limited to: Website, Masjed app, Facebook page, YouTube page, Twitter, Instagram, Constant Contact, Newsletter, Network, archive, tech support, server security, network protection.

Please join us Saturday, November 12 at 6:00 PM to hear more about our services to you and your community.

Log onto our website to purchase your tickets now or reserve a family or business table.

www.orlandparkprayercenter.org

By Sh. Kifah Mustapha