Living in a country of such diverse ethnic, religious and sociopolitical culture places a great burden on the community to develop a renewed sense of discipline and knowledge -- knowledge that has become vital for our existence. The religion and its foundation rest solely upon the nature and integrity of its followers. The immigration of the followers of Shia Ithna-Ashari (twelver) jurisprudence to United States, especially to Chicago-land area dates back to early 1960s, if not earlier.
The community was disbursed and most of the Islamic programs were held in individual houses or at rental facilities. As the number of migrants to United States increased, the number of programs and community-based activities increased proportionally. Realizing that our existence, our identity and our presence in the global community are directly influenced by our success as an Islamic community, it became evident that a permanent place of worship would be required. This location would serve as the platform by which the ideal principles of peace, brotherhood and propagation could be attained.
Within a few months the center in Chicago was sold and in November 1993 the new Islamic center was purchased in the suburb of Glendale Heights after having raised all the necessary funds to pay in full. This was achieved by the inspiration and relentless effort by Moulana Syed Zaki Al-Swij and the commitment of the Trustees, the Board of Directors and all the community members who wholeheartedly and generously contributed toward this noble cause.
It is easy to forget important facts, but as Shias, we must always remember the message of integrity and truth which are the foremost principles taught by our Prophet and his Holy Progeny. We extend our gratitude and appreciation to all those Momineen who always came forward to assist us in the past and present, who have selflessly and tirelessly devoted their time and energy only for the purpose of pleasing Allah (SWT) and the Masoomeen (a.s.) and not for any ulterior motive. These Momineen have always cooperated with us and have faith and confidence in our commitment and dedication. They are sincere in their efforts and come to attend the programs regularly and provide us valuable suggestions to improve our activities and programs to make them successful. We greatly appreciate their support and encouragement and look forward to their continued input and helpful suggestions in the future.