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Wednesday, 21 November 2018  
12. Rabi-ul-Awwal 1440
 
 

Message from the Chairman of the Building Committee

Assalamun Alaikum,
 

Welcome to another edition of the AIC newsletter. The aim of this newsletter is to share all the latest news about the project with you, the community and our supporters. A lot has happened since the last edition and two of the notable milestones are the purchase of Prospect Place land and the fundraising trip to Dubai. We've also had the geotechnical survey done at the Prospect Place site, which will provide important information about soil consistency and structure, groundwater level and recommendations for the project. We are now preparing to go out to tender soon and further updates will be provided accordingly.

We hope you find the information useful and if you have any questions, comments or feedback, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  PROJECT UPDATES

Prospect Place

On Thursday 14th June 2018, Alhamdulillah by the grace of Almighty Allah (SWT), we completed the purchase of Prospect Place industrial estate at a cost of £795,000. Our President Br. Gulamraza Datoo delivered the good news to the community members in his annual Eid Address. Br. Gulamraza added, "Brothers and Sisters, this project is becoming a reality and I continue to appeal to you all to please contribute as much as you can. Let us all come together and do our part in developing our community. The tendering process for the construction will be starting soon and we shall share further information in due course".

Members of our community and dignitaries including President of KSIMC Birmingham Alhaj Gulamraza Datoo, Secretary General of WF Alhaj Shane Abbas Hassam, Vice President of KSIMC Birmingham Alhaj MohamedRiyaz Sachedina, Our Project Ambassador Alhaj Gulam Virjee and Sheikh Nuru Mohamed on a visit to Prospect Place

  FUNDRAISING UPDATES

During the Holy Month of Ramadhan, our President Alhaj Gulamraza Datoo along with Alhaj Murtaza Master and Alhaj Rizwan Alidina travelled to Dubai for fundraising. They met with various benefactors and were able to raise approximately £350k with more in pledges. We are grateful to President of Dubai Jamaat Alhaj Shabbirbhai Damji, Alhaj Sibtainbhai Asaria and our Project Ambassador Alhaj Gulam bhai Virjee for all their support during our stay in Dubai. 

AIC Fundraising Team with Alhaj Abid Hemani in Dubai. Abid Bhai has donated towards the total construction of our Ghusl Khana facility. We thank Abid Bhai for his generous donation.

We had the pleasure of hosting Alhaj Dr. Naushad MeraliAlhaj Sameer Merali and Alhaj Mahmud P.K. Merali where We provided them with an overview of our project. We thank Naushadbhai for his generous contirbution towards the costs of the Ladies Imambargha.

  FUNDRAISING IN THE COMMUNITY

Annual BBQ and Funfair

The Jamaat's annual bbq and funfair took place on the 24th June 2018. This is an yearly event which is looked forward to by all community members young and old. This year we had bouncy castles and rides for the young ones, food stalls and a delicious bbq for the adults. We also had a live streaming of the England v Panama game which the whole community watched together. The day was a great success and approximately £2000 was raised for the AIC project. We thank all the volunteers for their hard work and look forward to the event next year.

Alhaj Naushad Merali, Alhaj Gulamraza Datoo, Alhaj Gulambhai Virjee, Alhaj Hussein Virjee and Alhaj Dr. Akber Mohamedali at the AIC stand during the Annual bbq and funfair

Cycle Ride
The Balsall Heath Community Cycling Club is an active group comprising of members of KSIMC Birmingham and the surrounding Balsall Heath area. The group have been very actively promoting cycling within the community and have organised numerous events such as Weekly cycle rides, Ladies only rides, Learn to ride sessions for those who wish to take up cycling and also Charity Rides. After the success of the Arbaeen ride  to Coventry last November, the group organised yet another Fundraising ride to Kingsbury Park on the 15th July 2018. The group raised a total of £135

For more information about the group, please visit their facebook page by clicking here

 The Balsall Heath Community Cycling Club group at Kingsbury Park.

We encourage everyone to get involved in such fund raising activities and if anyone has any ideas which they would like to implement or need support for, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will get you in contact with the fundraising team. Alternatively please contact Br.Rizvan Ramjee who is the head of local fundraising.

 

Fundometer 

Phase 2 of the project is estimated to cost £8.4m. This includes the rebuilding of the Mosque and Imambargha, Ghusl Kafan and Caretakers Flat, Purchase of Prospect Place and surface parking. So far we have managed to collect £1.5mand have a further pledges of £2.07m. We need to double our efforts with the fundraising.

You can help by signing up to a monthly contribution by Standing Order or Direct Debit, paying your Khums to the project in accordance with the ijaza we have from Ayatollah Sayid Ali Sistani or by making a one of donation.
Click here to donate - Monthly
Click here to pay - KHUMS

You can also Buy a Brick and dedicate it to your Marhumeen, a wonderful way of giving them the gift of Thawab e Jaariya. Click here to -  Buy a Brick


To donate directly via BACS (Bank Transfer), Please use the details below:

Lloyds Bank
KSIMC of Birmingham
Sort Code: 30-96-12
Account Number: 02481601
BIC:LOYDGB21372
IBAN:GB98 LOYD 3096 1202 4816 01
Ref: AIC Project


For more information please visit the website on www.abbasi.org.uk  

Easy Fundraising - Do you shop Online?

With Easyfundraising.org.uk you can shop online and raise free donations for the Abbasi Islamic Centre Project. Raising free donations when you shop online couldn’t be easier! You’ll find big name retailers here like John Lewis, Amazon, eBay and Apple, all ready to help you raise more for the Abbasi Islamic Centre Project,  when you shop with them. To register, go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/aic/ and create your own account.

 

 For more information please watch this YouTube video https://youtu.be/Sn2dsQGAe_w or alternatively
 contact Br.Sadiq Muraj

 Visitors to the Centre

 

Br. Gulamraza Datoo showing our project plans to Birmingham City Councillor Tristan Chatfield, Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Community Safety and Equalities, who visited the centre recently.

Executive Councillor of Africa Federation Alhaj Amir Merali visiting our newly acquired land next to our Centre, witnessing the Geotechnical Survey.

 

Alhaj Tallal, Alhaj Haidar Aly and Alhaj Abbas Aly of Australia, with Alhaj Mohammed Gulamhusein, Alhaj Gulamraza Datoo and Sheikh Nuru Mohamed.

Alhaj Murtaza Master, Haji Saheb, Alhaj Gulamraza Datoo and Alhaj Mehboob Datoo

Alhaj Anver Dhanji, Alhaj Rizvan Ramjee and Alhaj Haidar Dhanji

 Did you know?

You’ve heard about the project for a while now but do you really know the details about it? If your answer is no then worry not. In every edition of the newsletter, we will provide you with all the facts you will need to get to know your centre. In this edition we will look at the Ghusl Kafan facility.

 

The Ghusl Kafan facility is more than double the size of our current facility. It will include a separate wet room, dry room, cold body storage, a private family room, office, kitchenette and shower facilities.

The facility will also include a separate Alim’s office and a 3 bedroom flat for the caretaker.

 

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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.

WF Council Meeting in Reunion

Salaam Alaykum,

Please click on the file below for MAP Call for Expression of Interest

  MAP Call for Expression of Interest

Response to:
KSIMC Building Committee,
c/o Jamaat Office,
No later than 17.00 hours on 18th March 2016.

Contact details:
Jamaat Office, KSIMC, 17 Clifton Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, B12 8SX

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Following on from the update that we gave last month, we have been in discussions with the Council regarding the planning application for the new centre. Overall, the planning officer who is dealing with our case has stated that the plans are “acceptable in principle”. However, the Council have asked us to resubmit the planning application for the following reasons:

  1. The drawings have changed significantly since we submitted them and so by law they have to go out to consultation in the local area once again.
  2. The application had been submitted more than 13 weeks ago.

Based on the advice of the planning consultant and the architect, the Committee has decided to agree to the Council’s request to withdraw the application and resubmit.

I would like to reassure the Community that we confident that planning permission will be obtained InshAllah. We felt that it was better to continue with the approach of working with the Council rather than digging our heels in and resisting their request.

Once the application is resubmitted, the Council have verbally informed us that they will aim to make a decision within 8-9 weeks rather than the standard 13 weeks. In addition, the Council have confirmed that the resubmission will not cost the Community any extra money. A brief summary of the changes is as follows:

  • The original plans that were submitted showed Mr Clutch as an overflow hall for majlis. As mentioned at the AGM, the updated plans show Mr Clutch as multipurpose hall that can be used for sports as well as majlis. We are also planning on having a space for a sports café where people will be able to watch football, cricket etc. on big screens InshAllah.
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Figure 1: Proposed front elevation of multipurpose sports facility and sports cafe
 
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Figure 2: Internal layout of sports hall will allow for 1 volleyball court or 2 badminton court or 5-aside football.
  • The Prospect Place site (the industrial units to the left of the centre as you drive in) has now been included in planning application in order to help us to buy it from the Council.
  • The Council wanted to see plans for the Cave site included as part of the current planning application as they were part of the original pre-application submission. Normally, adding such plans into the application would have cost the Community but they have allowed us to include the plans for free.
 
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Figure 3: Proposed building on Cave site (later phase).
 

Thanks for taking the time to read the update. Please remember the project in your prayers during this blessed Month.

In the name of Allah SWT, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful

Mehfil-e-Abbas Project

The Building Committee has been meeting regularly over the last few months working closely with the Architects and Surveyors to discuss the progress of the Mehfil-E-Abbas Project. K4 Architects and the planning consultants that we have engaged have had numerous meetings with the planners. The project has been dissected meeting by meeting. The Architects have been taking the advice of the planners and making amendments. By taking this approach, though more time consuming, it has put our project in a much more likely position to get planning permission. Progress has been steady in this regard. The expansion will add so much to the local area and the Birmingham City Council have been carefully considering the plan. Like all of you the Building Committee waits in anticipation for the result. Please keep the project in your prayers and InshAllah we will get approval.

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