Community News (V13-I17)
Islamic Center of Augusta breaks ground for new facility
AUGUSTA, GA–The Islamic Center of Augusta is building a new facility to accomadate the growing needs of the congregation. Last month, crews broke ground on an eight acre sight for the construction which is scheduled for completion by next March.
The $3.5 million project will feature prayer area, soccer fields and indoor basketball courts.
A spokesman for the center told the WJBF TV: â€œThereâ€™s a growth in the Muslim community in Augusta and in surrounding areas. We felt that we need a youth center and youth activitIes that are more open to the community.â€
Madina Ali wins leadership award
MORGAN TOWN, WV–Womenâ€™s basketball star Madina Ali of West Virginia University has been named by the university for this yearâ€™s Leland Byrd Basketball Leadership Award. The award is given to student athletes who outstanding team leadership on and off the court.
Ali, a Williamsport, Pa., native, earns the leadership honor for the second consecutive season. As co-captain of the womenâ€™s basketball team for two straight seasons, Ali earned second team all-BIG EAST honors and was a four-time BIG EAST honor roll recipient.
As a senior leader, Ali was one of only 10 total BIG EAST players to record 30 points in a game and led the teamâ€™s rebounding efforts, averaging 7.1 rebounds a game to rank 10th in the BIG EAST. At forward, Ali totaled 241 boards, including a team-leading 98 offensive rebounds. As an offensive threat, she recorded a 53.4 field goal percentage on 159-of-298 shooting, which ranked as the seventh highest in the league. Ali also held the teamsâ€™ second-highest scoring average of 12.4 points per game, recorded the second-most points for the season with 421 and led the team with nine double-doubles.
Madina Ali is the daughter of Abdul-Rahim and Atiya Ali.
Studies submitted for New Castle mosque
NEW CASTLE,NY–Plans to build a mosque and Islamic center in the west end of New Castle are moving forward with the submission by the Upper Westchester Muslim Society of an updated series of environmental impact studies, lohud.com news portal reported.
The Muslim Society now holds services and classes in a rented space in Thornwood but has outgrown it. The group wants to build a masjid, or mosque, and community center on Pines Bridge Road in a residential area. It needs a permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals to build the 24,690-square-foot structure on 8 acres.
With the second version of the draft environmental study, the Muslim Society submitted more information on traffic and the timing and scope of the activities at the center. If the zoning board decides the document is complete, it will move on to public hearings. The board is expected to discuss the issue at its April 27 meeting.
Muslim conference held at University of Missouri
COLUMBIA,MO–The Muslim Students Organization at University of Missouri organized an Islamic conference recently on the theme â€œPursuits of this World â€” Beyond Material Gains.â€ I mam Siraj Wahaj and Ustadha Tahera Ahmad (chaplain from Northwestern University) were the keynote speakers at the weekend conference.
MSO spokesman Mahir Khan in an interview to the student newspaper provided a summary of the speeches. â€œHis topic was just to give back, not just to the Muslim community but to the community at large,â€ Khan said. â€œHe kind of expanded on that in Fridayâ€™s sermon about Muslimâ€™s footprint in America and it got me thinking, â€˜What have I done to give back, not only to the Muslim community but to the entire country?â€™â€
Ustadha Ahmad talked about achieving balance in oneâ€™s life. MSO President Arwa Mohammad said Ahmadâ€™s experience as a university chaplain made her interaction with the students lively and entertaining.
â€œShe threw tennis balls and basketballs and made us do complex tasks with them to show that if youâ€™re trying to do too much, or if youâ€™re trying to juggle too many things at once, youâ€™re not necessarily going to be successful at those tasks,â€ Mohammad said.