Dunedin Mosque Fundraising Appeal
This is an appeal to create a safer environment for prayer and activities for Dunedin Muslims.Otago
The horrific events in Christchurch on the 15th March of 2019 has shocked and shaken us to the core of our being. We are heartbroken and continue to struggle with unbearable grief, loss and fear. The endless aroha, unity and compassion from our Dunedin whanau is helping to slowly heal our hearts. We Kiwis have become a global beacon of hope and humanity. We are showing the world how a nation can and should stand united against hatred and terrorism.
We have been approached by many in our community as to how they can help the Muslims in Dunedin. For the Dunedin community, it has been frightening to know that we were the original target of the terrorist attack. This has left the community absolutely shaken. With the recent addition of many refugee families over the past three years, the community has grown exponentially. Unfortunately, our mosque, Al Huda mosque, at present is not able to safely accommodate our large community for congregational gatherings such as the Friday prayer due to a significant lack of space. In addition to a shortage of physical space, we currently do not have enough exit points and have no accessible windows in the halls, should it be required in an event of an emergency. If the tragic incident had happened in Dunedin, the number of casualties would have been significant.
With your gestures of aroha and compassion in mind, we ask for your continued support. We have created a ‘give a little’ fundraising campaign for the redevelopment of the Al Huda mosque in Dunedin, New Zealand. It is a sincere request to our brothers and sisters in the wider community to help upgrade our current facility so our mosque is a safe place of worship, as well as to host community events and activities for our youth.
We sincerely thank you for dedicating your time and money for this crucial cause.
We are a group of community elected volunteers that cater for the needs of Dunedin local Muslims. OMA is registered with the Companies office of New Zealand as an Incorporated Society and is recognized as a not-for-profit organization. It has also acquired a "donee status" with the Inland Revenue Department, which means any money donated to the OMA by New Zealand residents and local organizations qualifies for a tax rebate.
The OMA was established with the following aims and objectives in 1995:
• to provide facilities for Muslims in the Otago and Southland districts to practice Islam as enjoined by the Holy Quran and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
• interfaith activities to promote and develop the true understanding of Islam between Muslims and the wider New Zealand community.
• to provide Islamic educational facilities for Muslims living in the region, with special emphasis on educational activities for children and new Muslims.
• to help Muslims who are on a reduced standard of living and in need of charitable assistance, regardless of place of birth, race or color.
• to develop and maintain co-operation and communication amongst Muslims in New Zealand and those overseas
• wider community events: distributing food to homeless, fund-raising for other charities and participating in interfaith events.
Use of funds
• modify and add doorways around the mosque to procure safe exits
• add secured access to the mosque
• add security cameras
• secure the driveway that surrounds the mosque
• repair damages around the mosque and inside
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Assalamualikum/Kia Ora, we would like to give a quick update to everyone on where we are at currently. You will find in the gallery we have updated with building consent forms, site documentation, and mosque alteration plan to reassure everyone about our commitment to this campaign. Thank you all for your continued support through donations and spreading the word, much love.
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