MACCLM has been leasing the property at 344 Lowell Street, Lexington, MA. The lease ends in April 2024. This property was initially purchased for $1.3 Million by the Lexington Peace Center (LPC). Brother Dr. Mohammad Abdul Jaleel and Sister Shermin Jaleel are the trustees of the trust which owns LPC. The intention has always been for MACCLM to eventually take ownership of the property from LPC.
The Board of MACCLM has been actively working towards purchasing the current property and has sent another invitation letter to Br Mohammad Jaleel and is waiting for his response. We have asked him to respond by May 31st.
MACCLM is funded by the Muslim community in and around Lexington. All rent, utilities and services for the center has been paid by MACCLM. The rent paid to date is intended to count towards the purchase price of the property once MACCLM was financially ready for the purchase.
MACCLM has over $500,000 in savings from past fundraising events and donations. Alhamdulillah, we were able to raise more than $150,000 during the 2023 Ramadan Fundraising event. In addition, we have secured commitments (in the form of qard-hasana) from members of the community for several hundred thousand dollars for the purpose of purchasing a property. All funds raised to buy the property is untouched. Thanks to the generous donations from the sustaining members and the community members, MACCLM has supplemental funds to cover all the operational costs.
April 2021 was the era of post COVID Ramadan when the community come together under the open tent to celebrate the blessed month. MashaAllah we were able to hold Taraweeh prayers in the center keeping the safe distances. We had drive by Iftar packed for the community to pick up. We were able to hold the event to raise the needed funds for the center. It was a success. We were able to raise close to $118,000 even during the trying times.
Here is the YouTube video of the speakers at the event (Click to View):
Alhamdulillah, the lease to purchase agreement was signed to acquire the property for the Muslim American Community Center of Lexington, MA (MACCLM) on September 10, 2019 (Muharram 10, H1441). The agreement was signed between MACCLM and Lexington Peace Center LLC. The property is located at 344 Lowell Street, Lexington, MA.
The newly formed Muslim American Community Center of Lexington (MACCL), a non-profit religious organization, started it journey on Sunday, March 17 with an inaugural ceremony at the Lexington Historical Society Building, Depot Square Lexington. Around one hundred Lexington Muslims and invited dignitaries from Muslim Centers around Greater Boston area attended the ceremony. Dr. Basyouny Nehela, the Dean of Boston Islamic Seminary was the keynote speaker.
Quoting from the Quran and Prophet Muhammad’s (Peace and Blessings be on him) tradition, he empathized the importance and the role of a community in a society to inculcate the values of peace and piety by serving the people in the society irrespective of their beliefs, helping the needy and the underprivileged and to achieving excellence in doing things for the benefit of Lexington and the country at large. Dr. Mawdud-ur-Rahman introduced MACCL to the community. Dr. M.A. Jaleel highlighted the vision and the mission of the organization and outlined a list of long-term and short-term goals. He hoped that the MACCL becomes a center of excellence and provide service to all communities. Dr. Akmal Sarwar received comments and questions on behalf of the MACCL. Before the program started the Afternoon Prayer, one of the five daily prayers for Muslims was offered in congregation. The prayer call was recited by Dr. Abdus Sattar Khan.
The program started with prayers for the New Zealand mosque victims and their families. The closing doa (prayers) was led by Imam Dr. Basyouny Nehela, He prayed for the peace and prosperity of our town, the community and also for the New Zealand victims.
MACCL event volunteers included its 17 Council members. Logistic supports including refreshments were provided by Naseem, Hifza, Iram, Sana, Saima, Eman and Shermin. Young volunteers Mariam, Aafreen, Hoda, Mohammad and Omar assisted in receiving and registering the guests.
Finally, Eman Mogran thanked all guests dignitaries, and volunteers who contributed to the success of the event, and the Lexington Historical Society building administration for letting us use the facilities.
Ms. Shermin Jaleel
Communication Director, MACCL