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