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Legacy Masjid School Community Cemetery

The future of your masjid depends on our community: your donations to revitalize spaces and support people, your time and dedication to build programs, and your ideas to develop places.

A groundbreaking 25.16-acre generational project in the heart of the Research Triangle creating a master-planned hub for the Muslim community: mosque, schools, and a community center. 

The first phase comprising a Musallah and Education Facility will be complete by the middle of 2023. The 11,000 square foot building has been framed, the roof has been installed and work is in progress to complete the remaining details by the midyear. 

Building I, 11K+ sqft

Opening Fall '23

The Islamic Association of Raleigh owns and manages the Muslim Cemetery located in Wendell, North Carolina approximately 25 miles to the north east of the Islamic Association of Raleigh. 

The cemetery, first used in 1994 is at 88% of its current capacity, this allows for roughly 1.5 years of janazahs to take place.

Our sustainable expansion project will add about 2,000 additional graves, leverage existing burial areas to reduce capital costs, include a new operations and maintenance plan for the cemetery and offer burials for the Raleigh community for the next 15-20 years.

A Waqf is a financial charitable institution established by withholding one’s property to eternally spend its revenue on fulfilling certain needs depending on the choice and conditions made by the ‘waqef’ or the person who owns the property.

IAR aims to grow our endowment fund from 1 Million Dollars to 5 Million Dollars, ensuring the continuous operations of your Masjid as the gathering place, school, and house of worship for Muslims across the Triangle for many years to come.

Growing the endowment allows IAR to focus fundraising efforts on improving programs and capital projects. 

Vision for the future

In 2018, the IAR shura initiated a request to formulate a 5-10-year strategic plan for the center. Shortly after, a team of Shura members along with advisors and community experts was formed to tackle this arduous task.

The team met regularly between 2018 and 2019 seeking input from key stakeholders including the IAR CEO, the Shura, the board, committee chairs, the office of the Imams and volunteers. Additionally, the committee devised and administered a survey to community members seeking their valuable input. The survey was available through a multitude for formats.

Externally, the committee sought advice from key strategic planning experts including ISNA, ICNA and educational institutions.

The report summarizes our findings and recommendations necessary for the IAR to move closer to attaining its stated mission and vision.

Create a more welcoming environment for our community members
Empower the office of the Imams to reshape programs for future generations
Improve the overall quality of IAR Education services
Expand outreach services to connect with larger portions of the population
Improve the financial health of the IAR
Increase the efficiency of our staff, volunteers and physical spaces

Tap on the icons above to discover the different strategic plan focus areas

Donate to the Backbone Fund

The backbone of IAR - supporting IAR programs, services, and operations as prioritized and allocated by Shura.

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We are delighted to highlight the amazing work of our community in this impact report.