Urgent Appeal for AECC Renovation

Dear Momineen and Mominaat, Assalam o Alaikum wr wb,

This is further to our earlier notification on AEECC update, wherein you were given the good news of acquiring the ownership of AECC by paying the remaining amount to the seller.

As you may be aware, when we acquired the Centre it had been vacant for a long time and required some repairs. The urgent repair works were carried out last year to make the AECC available for Muharram. In order to make AECC operational and usable for long term and to meet the necessary SCDF and URA requirements, we will need to carry out further repairs and renovation works. It will take around 3 months to bring the Centre to operational stage and to secure all necessary approvals of government agencies (e.g SCDF) required for a place to be used as an “Association “.

Since the Association does not have enough funds after making payments to the seller, hence this renovation work would only be carried out through your generous support and sponsorship of the renovation items. Please see details below of the list of the items that have not been sponsored as yet and urgently need your financial support. You may support by partially or fully sponsoring these items.

If you are interested in paying for the listed items, please inform Brother Tayib , Bro Jamil or myself through email or phone call and transfer the amount of money that you want to contribute to JMAS UOB account given below. With your generous financial support, InshaAllah, the centre will be opened for regular use before the month of Ramadan.

CONTACT: Bro Tayib Alias (Mobile: 9654 5644 email: tayib.alias@yahoo.com )

Bro Jamil Raza Syed ( Mobile: 9137 8382 email: jamilraza@yahoo.com)

Dr Raza Zaidi (Mobile: 9725 0388 email: zaidi.raza1@gmail.com )

JMAS Account details:

Name of A/C: Jaafari Muslim Association Singapore

Bank Name: United Overseas bank Singapore

Account No: 380 320 8911

Swift Code: UOVBSGSG

We eagerly await your immediate positive response.

May Allah SWT shower His blessings upon you and your families.

Kind regards,

Dr Raza Zaidi, Honorary Secretary

Alhamdulillah, Acquisition Done !

It gives the JMAS Management Committee  great pleasure to share with you the good news that on February 14th 2017, we have Alhamdulillah made the remaining payments of  S$3.39 million to the seller  and have acquired the ownership of AECC (17/17C Lorong 15, Geylang). As you know we had already initially paid around S$ 1 million and hence the total payment made comes to S$4.4 million.

Now we have our own bigger centre which is owned by the Shia community of Singapore. Thanks to Almighty Allah swt and the Imam of our time for this great gift.

This was a difficult uphill task that has been completed Alhamdolillah. The Management Committee of JMAS would like to congratulate each and every member of the Shia community of Singapore and to those who have currently left and live outside Singapore on this BIG achievement. We would also like to thank all those who have contributed physically, financially or intellectually to make this community dream come true. Special thanks to all those individuals living in Singapore and abroad and the organizations who have financially contributed to this cause. Our special gratitude to Sajjad foundation for their unconditional financial and moral support.

We would also like to thank the Government of Singapore (URA, IRAS, MUIS, Ministry of Muslim Affairs, LTA etc) for their support ,cooperation and granting necessary approvals in the process of acquiring the premises.

Our thanks to different JMAS Sub Committees and volunteers who have played a significant role in the process. Our special thanks to all Trustees for their dedicated efforts and full support. We would also like to recognize and register our gratitude for Bro Asif Husain on his untiring efforts in negotiating different banks and finally procuring the loan from HLF without which it would have been very difficult to reach at this stage.

May Allah swt shower His blessings on all those who have in anyway contributed to this cause.

After acquiring the property our next step is to bring it into operational state before the month of Ramadan by doing some mandatory renovation. Your contribution and financial support is required to complete the task. You will soon receive a message/ email on the renovation plan of AECC. Please come forward and help us by partially or fully sponsoring any item of the renovation project.

You are also requested to please continue to provide your monthly contributions to repay the loan and meet the monthly operational expenses.

For any query please contact JMAS Secretariat on 9725 0388.

Blessings are for the man who humbles himself before Allah,whose sources of income are honest, whose intentions are always honorable, whose character is noble, whose habits are sober, who gives away in the cause and in the Name of Allah, the wealth which is lying surplus with him, who controls his tongue from vicious and useless talk, who abstains from oppression, who faithfully follows the traditions of the Holy Prophet and who keeps himself away from innovation in religion”…( Imam Ali (as), Nahjul Balagha)

Alhamdulillah, Dreams Realised

A community centre has been an urgent need for the growing shia community in Singapore to enable activities vital to the spiritual and moral development of our members and for conveying the message of true Islam to our fellow human beings. We have not had adequate facilities for weekly islamiat classses for our children. We are hampered in terms of bonding among the diverse ethnic and language groups represented in our community due to the absence of a centre that can accomodate all. The need for unity and co-operation is paramount given the presence of a significant number of members who are the first and second generation shia families.

Management and other resources needed to pursue important objectives of the Association have had to be diverted for the past several years to the task of locating places to hire for every major event and exploring ways to fund the acquisition of a premises in a country with very high property prices.

Our success as a community will Insha’Allah enable us to spread the message of Ahlulbayt and how Islam propagates  tolerance and compassion not only among other Singaporeans  but also among the large numbers who reside here from countries such as China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines. Singapore is at the centre of this crucial part of the world and deserves a shia centre that is presentable and accessible to all.

Hectic efforts and appeals have shown results. Alhamdulillah our dreams have come true. The dream of madressah children and their dedicated teachers, the dream of our vibrant youth and volunteers, the dream of the elderly who cannot tackle stairs, the dream of those who joined the ranks of AhlulBayt lovers despite challenges and chiding that continue unabated to this day, the dream of those who have given away their jewelry and carpets, the dream of retirees and low income earners who have given well beyond their means and many others who have been donating to the hilt from scarce resources.

Guidelines For Use of AECC

Salam Respected Brothers & Sisters,

Alhamdulillah, we have received the approval from relevant Authority to conduct operations at our Ahlulbayt Educational & Cultural Center (AECC) as announced on 5 November 2016 by JMAS Honorary Secretary, Dr. Raza Zaidi.

The AECC Operation Committee has done some initial work and is very pleased to announce the permitted activities as below and to share guidelines for smooth running of our Center (please refer to the attachment). It is our utmost responsibility to respect the sanctity of the Centre and avoid any action, which may hurt the Centre, community unity and harmony with our neighbors. A kind cooperation and strict adherence will be highly appreciated.

Permissible Activities:
Annual/Extra-Ordinary General Meeting and any other official meeting.
Muharram, Arbaeen & Ramadhan Majalis.
Majalis on special occasions, such as birth (wiladah) and death (wafat/shahadah) of the Ahlulbayt (AS) according to our events calendar including ladies majalis which are done separately from these special occasion majalis.
Duas session on Thursdays.
Children Madressa classes.
Youth programs & forums including those which organize various recreational events for the youth as well as special sessions on vocational trainings, career counseling, etc.
Eid gatherings.
Sport club activities that can be done indoor safely.
Volunteer works, such as visiting to the home for the aged, contribution to the victims of natural disasters, and so on which aim to nurture the community on moral and intellectual grounds to help other fellow human beings.
Inter-Faith and Intra-Faith activities which are intended to help foster a more united and cohesive society as well as to forge deeper understanding of one another.
Community welfare projects for less fortunate Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
Health talks for the community members including development & training of volunteers to serve the need of larger community of Singapore.
Social activities such as blood donation drives and other programs in cooperation with The Health Ministry and any other government bodies.
Workshops & seminars for youth education and uplifting of our community including free tuition of our children to help improve their academic achievements.
Educational talks and discussions for the ladies.
Funeral services for janazah.
Any other activities that may be approved from time to time by AECC Operation Committee.

Private programs below are chargeable at SGD 150/session (for max 3 hours):
Majlis for Esale Sawab, Quran Khawani, Community group’s lunch/dinner, etc.
For these private programs, premises cleanliness and safety will be the responsibility of the host and any damage will be claimed.
Please inform our Admin Support, Sister Saleha Buang (Office: 6846 1440, Email: lasalong@yahoo.com.sg) well in advance for proper arrangements.

Please note that all programs done at AECC would be managed centrally by AECC Operation Committee, which has the discretion to approve/disapprove the requested activities/events to be done at our Center.

For any issue, query, feedback or proposal, please contact us in writing by sending an email to: aeccannouncement@gmail.com.

Thank you. JazakAllah khair.

AECC Operation Committee       15 November 2016