Dear Community Members,
Salaamun Alaykum and Khushali Mubarak!
Alhamdulillah over the last few months we have managed to achieve a few milestones and I shall cover that in this update, along with providing information on what is planned. I wish to thank all those who have provided us with support and feedback throughout.
We have completed the first phase of the project, as many of you have seen, the mezzanine floor offers the Community additional and much-needed space. I will share the final costings of this at the upcoming AGM, but the feedback from various factions of the Community has been positive and I would like to thank people for the kind words.
WF Capital Projects Process
One of the key pledges I made was to follow the World Federation Capital Projects Process and an AGM motion of notice passed ensured that this was something the Community wanted the Building Committee to complete. This was a mammoth task as The World Federation (WF) requires a significant amount of information including a detailed needs analysis, costings and fundraising plans. The document that we submitted was 136 pages in total which gives you an idea of the level of detail that is required. It took the Building Committee months to compile.
Compiling the document was only one of the steps involved. We also had several meetings with the Office Bearers and Capital Projects team at CoEJ who were responsible for analysing the detail of the document that we submitted. With their guidance and feedback, we were able to improve upon the document that we originally submitted. This revised document and our plans were subsequently presented at the Extraordinary CoEJ Executive Council Meeting, which was held at our very own Abbasi Islamic Centre in November.
At the meeting, the project was scrutinised by the Councillors. One of the key points that came up was regarding financial feasibility. In response, we explained the approach that we are pursuing whereby we have divided the project into phases to ensure that we do not overstretch ourselves as a Community. This was praised by the Councillors who stated that a phased approach was unique and ensured financial responsibility. When requesting the CoEJ Councillors to call the meeting, our objective was to obtain Agreement in Principle to pursue phase 2 of our project i.e. the multipurpose hall that is to be built on the site of Mr Clutch. Alhamdulillah, when it came to voting, this was passed unanimously.