بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
As-salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu
Masjid in Dunlap, California
Squaw Valley Islamic Settlement, located in Dunlap, CA, is an attempt to re-examine how Muslims can live and raise their children in this non-Muslim land. Muslims have not fared well living mostly in the major cities. The history of da'wah (propagation) has been poor and the raising of children has not shown good results. We believe and have found that life in the countryside gives us a much greater degree of freedom and control over our environment and allows for a much better situation for the raising of Muslim children. It is also a much better context for making da'wah to the people of this country. For those who cannot make hijra to a Muslim land, we believe this is a much more viable and appropriate way of living as Muslims in this country.
Insha Allah, our goal is not just for Squaw Valley Islamic Settlement to be a better place to live for those who manage to migrate here, but also to be a center for education and da'wah to Islam according to the Qur'an, the Sunnah and the way of the salaf in this area and beyond. This will be pursued both "on the ground" and in "cyberspace".
We are located in a peaceful valley 30 miles east of Fresno, California. Over 100 acres of land is privately owned by individuals except 5 acres which is in trust (waqf) for masjid, school, etc. Squaw Valley Islamic Settlement, a California non-Profit Corporation is the custodian of the waqf. Along with various residents on 5 acre or larger parcels, our biggest neighbor is a Greek Orthodox church, camp and retreat center. They own 135 acres of land, about the same amount owned by Muslims in the area . They have a large ornate church and monastery and many other modern and functional buildings.
Their new church looks like this:
Often when we call the adhan, they will begin banging on their bell, singing or playing loud music. We're not sure if this is coincidence. Al-hamdu lillahi, they are too far away for any of that to bother us at all, we just hear it in the distance. It also paves the way for our future prayer call over loudspeaker, insha Allah. They have built up their new church and monastery in preparation for one of their senior priests or popes who is going to take up residence here. They have also constructed a 30 room monastery and so they plan to increase their population. To do this, they had to get significant zoning variances, establishing a precedent which should help us in the future.
Our masjid, on the other hand, looks like this:
We love it, but it is time to improve and grow.
Of the Muslim families who purchased land, about half of them have actually moved in. There are other Muslims looking for the means to migrate to our location. This summer's picnics and educational events had as many as 60 people.
The humbleness of our facilities has not really bothered those of us who live around it. We have Jumu'a, weekly classes, tarawih, Eid, Islamic conferences and other events in the masjid. Since we all live near the masjid, it is no major hardship. Insha Allah our numbers are about to increase and we need to have appropriate facilities for those who participate in our activities and those who migrate to live with us. We need to complete the following on an urgent basis:
1. Restroom facility $8,000
2. Masjid Building $60,000
3. Multi-Purpose Building (w/ kitchen) $40,000
(needed to get electrical service!)
These are very rough (and low) estimates assuming mostly volunteer labor. These items are critical to handle the current and projected level of activity in the masjid.
In this phase two, we plan to build a brick or stone masjid (48' X 24') and a separate restroom/wudhu/bath facility for men and women. This may be followed by a kitchen and multi-purpose room to support retreats, small conferences, da'wah presentations or other activities. We don't anticipate spending more than $100,000 - $200,000 on the entire project which in terms of space and facilities will equal or exceed the average $1 - $2 million masjid in the cities.
Our Christian neighbors have built their church and monastery of stone with tile roofs and brass rain gutters! They intend for these buildings to stand for centuries. It would be appropriate if we Muslims could build our masjid in this valley with as much devotion. We should build a masjid which could stand in this valley for centuries. If we can get the help we need, that is what we will do.
We Muslims in and around Dunlap have excellent relationships with those around us. Even though the density is much lower than in the cities, "open houses" and other da'wah efforts or presentations would likely attract attendees and have some successes, insha Allah. Before we can do that, we need to have a presentable and comfortable facility to which to invite people.
Please help this effort in any way you can. Every dollar you donate will be used to construct and support Allah's House. Not only that, since we seek the most economic ways to accomplish our goals and put the labor in with our own hands, dollars given to this masjid will yield a much bigger return than most Islamic projects around. If you are interested in contributing your LABOR, let us know and we will contact you when the time comes. Also, if you wish to receive announcements of our activities, write to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to the mailing list.
CALL FOR DIRECTIONS ANYTIME and come join us for Jumu'a, weekly classes or Taraweeh. (Number below.)
We apologize that we have not finished the tax-exempt status for the corporate entity. PLEASE SEND YOUR DONATIONS TO:
P.O. Box 517
Dunlap, CA 93621
Feel free to call me at (559) 338-0140 if you have any questions. Bank account information available upon request. Checks can be payable to "SVIS".
Jazaakum Allahu khairan wa taqabbal siyaamakum wa qiyaamakum,
Salim A. Morgan, Imam
Squaw Valley Islamic Settlement
المستوطنة الاسلامية في وادي الهندية الحمراء