The Imams' Office at IAR plays a vital role in providing spiritual support to the Muslim community through various initiatives. The following key metrics showcase the tangible contributions of the Imams' Office:
Conducted 51 Islamic marriages
Online Services Enhancement:
Established the "Imams' Corner" on the IAR website, featuring services such as the IAR's Flipbook Bookcase (with 8 added books), a scheduling button for community members to arrange meetings with the Imams, and an updated Fiqh Database with all submitted questions and answers.
Taraweeh Prayer Support:
Provided qualified Quran reciters during Taraweeh Prayer.
Workshops and Programs:
Delivered numerous workshops and programs aimed at improving spiritual and personal well-being.
Prayer Time Unification:
Successfully unified prayer times with all Masjids in the Triangle area.
To further enhance their impact, the Imams' Office has set ambitious goals:
Online Training Programs:
Provide comprehensive public speaking training to Khateebs.
Offer an online module class for new reverts, pre-marriage training, Friday Khutbah Principle training, and Dawah training.
Certification will be awarded upon completion.
Identify the understanding of Islam for new male reverts before marriage.
Encourage community members to become new Khateebs and Dawah presenters.
Provide education and support to new reverts.
Teamed up with Triangle Area Imams & CAIR to advocate for a ceasefire in Gaza
Our overarching objective is to provide an abundance of programs and information to our community members, fostering an environment where they can cultivate and embrace strong Islamic principles in their lives. Recognizing the crucial role of Imams, we acknowledge that the success and survival of the IAR community hinge on having steadfast spiritual leaders. Emphasizing accessibility, we strive to ensure that our Imams are readily available to community members, playing a pivotal role in strengthening the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood. Looking towards the future, our long-term vision underscores the necessity of achieving these goals, not only for our current community but as a commitment to passing on the rich Islamic legacy to the generations that will shape the future in the unique context of Western society.
Sharing Islam and supporting new muslims
Outreach & Dawah
The Da’wah & Outreach Team at IAR is a dynamic force actively engaged in educating diverse groups about Islam through various initiatives. These include tours, presentations, and appointments for those seeking to learn or embrace the faith. The committee provides valuable support to multiple MSA's by offering Dawah materials, conducting training sessions, and providing weekly visits to educate prisoners. Additionally, they assist chaplaincy groups in local hospitals. Virtual Islam 101 classes, annual open house events, quarterly sessions with the Imam for new reverts, and various social gatherings are also part of their comprehensive outreach efforts.
Key highlights include:
Facilitated 51 group visits with over 1000 guests
Accommodated tours and educational sessions on Islam
Celebrated a total of 76 shahadas
Distributed over 700 copies of the Quran
Welcomed 200 guests during the annual open house event
A chief goal is to develop and implement a robust convert care program, providing comprehensive educational, emotional, and social support to individuals who have recently embraced Islam.
The committee, consisting of dedicated individuals committing 30-40 hours per week, takes great pride in promptly addressing every visit, tour, presentation, and literature request within 24 hours. Testimonials, such as the one from a chaplaincy group, express gratitude for the warm welcome, thorough educational sessions, and generous hospitality during their visit to IAR.
Dawah is integral to IAR, serving as a bridge that connects the community with diverse groups, fostering understanding, and promoting mutual respect. It plays a pivotal role in building positive relationships, dispelling misconceptions, and creating an inclusive environment for all. The committee looks forward to collaborating with the resident scholar and the soon-to-be-hired outreach director in planning and developing impactful programs for reverts and non-Muslims, Insha'Allah.
Learning from scholars
Our education team organizes Islamic lectures, halaqas, and other educational experiences. Our guest speakers in 2022 and 2023 include: