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    ISLAMIC ACTIVITIES IN WICHITA FALLS, TX

    My name is Abdullah Shamsid-Deen, I am a Master Sergeant in the Unites States Air Force (USAF} where I have worked for the last 18 years. My wife (Gevriye Shamsid-Deen} and I am currently stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB}, Texas, located in the city of Wichita Falls. We have been living in Wichita Falls since October 1993; a little over three years.

    One of the first things we sought out upon our arrival to Wichita Falls was a Masjid or a Muslims community. We wanted to immediately establish connections with other Muslims.  To our disappointment, there wasn’t a Masjid or a functioning Muslim community here; nor were there any Islamic activities or Muslim gatherings. However, there were a few Muslims (international military} student at Sheppard AFB for training. (Sheppard AFB is a USAF technical training base. The majority of the military people here are students, although I am permanently assigned here}. These international Muslims military students were in the military of countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Bangladesh, Jordan, Unite Arab Emirate, Bahrain, and even Malaysia that came to Sheppard AFB for joint military training at the USAF technical training schools. These international military students come to Sheppard from three to six months for training and then return to their native country. Also, there were about 2 or 3 Muslim Americans stationed at Sheppard; however, I found myself to be the only one that was serious in practicing the faith. The others were Muslims in name, but were not motivated to fulfill their religious duties.

    When we arrived here in October 1993, we initially met a brother from Saudi Arabia, named Abdur-Rahman. Unfortunately, I met Abdur-Rahman approximately two weeks before he finished his course and returned back to Saudi Arabia. Abdur-Rahman had been trying to organize the Muslims at Sheppard to perform the Jumah Prayer.  However, he told us that many or most of the Muslim students could or did not attend the Jumah because of their class schedules; therefore, Salatul-Jumah was not being conducted consistently. Also, at that time there was not a permanent facility made available for the Muslims to meet in for the Salaat. At that time, they were hold the prayer in a “day room” in one of the motels on the base. When I attended the Jumah, brother Abdur-Rahman and I were the only two to show up (Allah knows best}.  The day room that we met in was definitely not the right place to conduct prayer in.  While we were conducting our meeting, there were other people in the room, watching TV and talking. Al-hamdu-lillah, immediately, I detected that that was not the proper place for Muslims to meet for such an important gathering as Salatul-Jumah. In spite of that, we did conducted the Salatul-Zuhr (since we didn’t have enough people to hold the Jumah}.

    After Abdur-Rahman moved, by the grace of Allah, my wife and I took the responsibility to continue to reach out to the Muslims, by calling them on the phone, sending letters to their homes, etc. inviting them to join me in establishing (at least) the Jumah on the base. In realizing that the place where we were conducting the Jumah was inadequate, we were provided a more suitable place to hold the Jumah. After securing a place to conduct Jumah, we encounter that same problems in getting the Muslims to attend Friday prayer. Many were in class during the Jumah time and some were just, out-right, not interested, but Al­ hamdu-lillah. Some times, one or two people would come out; however, most of the times I was there by myself. I would consistently go to the Jumah every Friday, week after week, month after month, and no one was coming out but me. But the time was lost. I would spend time reading the Ouran or other Islamic literature and would make the Zuhr prayer.  Some times we would travel to Fort Sill in Lawton, OK and attend the Jumah there or travel to Dallas. This went on for about a year.

    But, Al-hamdu-lillah, due to the many article that I published in the base newspaper, my name had become well known throughout the base. During the month of December 1994, I received a from an international student from Saudi Arabia named Saad AI-Harbi who wanted to attend the Jumah Prayer.  I explained the situation to him, that we have a place to meet but no one was attending. He was aware that there were Muslims on the base form Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and other Arabs countries.  So he told me that as long as we have a place to meet, he would speak to those Muslims and (lnshallah) they will attend.  Sure enough, at the next Jumah about 7, 8 or 9 Muslims attended the Jumah.  Brother Saad became a great influence on the other international students.  He convinced them to leave their classes to attend the Jumah because following the commandments of Allah, Ta’Ala is more important.  He told them that they could always get with the instructor or another student to learn what was discussed in the class during the time they were out. Al-hamdu-lillah, the attendance continued for several months. However, in March 1995, I went to Saudi Arabia for three months for military duties. I left Saad AI-Harbi responsible for the Muslim affairs at Sheppard AFB; however, in April 1995, Saad AI-Harbi finished his training and returned to Saudi Arabia. I met with Saad AI-Harbi while I was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, he told me that when he left Sheppard AFB, the Jumah was still being conducted by one of the brothers from Egypt

    While I returned back home from Saudi Arabia in July 1995, I founded, to me disappointment, we were right back at where we started. The Jumah was discontinued. Of course, all of the students that were at Sheppard when I was there had left and new ones had arrived. So, once again, my wife and I founded ourselves alone again. However, we did have one advantage, we had a room to hold the Jumah in. So, once again, we put forth an effort to meet and reach out to other Muslims on the base, initially to no avail. But, Al-hamdu-lillah, one day in August 1995, a brother called me to learn about the Islamic activities on the military base.  This time the caller was a Muslim American named Ibrahim who

    was at Sheppard for training. We agreed to come together on the next Friday for Jumah or the Salatul-Zuhr if no one else showed up. The first week no one came to the Jumah except him and me.

    But, Al-hamdu-lillah, Allah Ta’Ala is most merciful. During the following week, I received a phone call from another Muslim American named Dawuud, also here for training. So, for the next few weeks, the three of us attended the Jumah together, although we continued to invite the international students, they didn’t attend. Then, one day, I received a phone call from a Muslim from Bangladesh who was interested in attending the Jumah. Al-hamdu-lillah, that brought our gathering to four. Then, one Friday, after Jumah my wife and I was shopping in the Commissary on base, a Muslim American brother, walked up to me and gave me the greeting. He told me that he was a new student and would be here for the next four month. Al-hamdu-lillah, he also joined us for the Jumah making a gathering of five. The brother from Bangladesh became very instrumental in reaching out to the other international students. As the weeks went by, the attendance at the Jumah increased to ten to fifteen people and has continued up to this date. We know those numbers doesn’t sound like much, but we are talking about the development of an initiative that we hope, by the grace of Allah, will grow more and more. Al-hamdu-lillah, the Jumah is continuing, we have now established the five daily prayers in Jamaat, and we are seeking a larger and more permanent building from the base official. The room that we now meet in is very small, it holds about ten to twelve people. At the beginning it met our needs, but we have the potential to grow and attract more and more people.

    In addition to Sheppard AFB, we have begun a new and (in my opinion) more important effort–the establishment of an Islamic Community in the City of Wichita Falls, TX. We started this initiative in Ramadan 1996. It wasn’t started by me or anyone living in Wichita Falls.  (In fact, I didn’t even know that there were “civilian” Muslims living in Wichita Falls).  This effort was started by a Tablighi Group from Dallas. One of those individual’s mother-in-law lives in Wichita Falls. During one of his visits, he came with a group of brothers and they looked in the telephone book and listed the name of anyone that looked liked a Muslim name. They called all of those people (including my wife and me) and invited us to a meeting. I was the only Muslim military member that attended, the rest were civilians. Those brothers discussed with us the need and importance of us coming together to establish Islam in this area.  At that meeting, we made an agreement to come together, once a week, Sunday afternoon for Salatul-Zuhr and a Ta’ leem discussion.  Al-hamdu-lillah, Allah Ta’Ala has blessed us from that day forth to have been meeting.  Right now we are meeting in homes, but our intention and our prayers are to become strong enough financially to get a building for our meetings. The attendance has dropped since we initially got started, but we have significant core family support that keeps things going.

    We have been maintaining two separate efforts at the same time; the Muslims on the military base have been coming together on Fridays for the Jumah and the

    civilian Muslims in the local community been coming together on Sunday for Ta’leem.  Al-hamdu-lillah, my wife and I have been actively supporting both activities.  Allah blessed us to see the need to unify both efforts, if not completely, as much as possible.  On Saturday, 19 October 1996, we held our first unity meeting in Wichita Falls, about 50 Muslims attended. This was our first meeting with between the Muslims from Sheppard AFB and the Muslims living in the local community. Imam Fareed B. Rasheed from Fort Sill, in Lawton, OK to be our guest speaker.  This meeting was held in an effort to take our mission here to a greater height. lnshallah, we hope to get all of the Muslims in this city to work together for the advancement of Al-Islam, and the establishment of a Masjid. The theme of this unity meeting was “community life” which is very very important for Muslims. During this unity meeting we discussed the need to organize ourselves into a responsible Muslim Community.  We focused on raising funds to establishing a place for worship and meetings, a place for our children to come to meet and socialize with other Muslim children. We also discussed reaching out to the large number of Muslims living in the City of Wichita Falls who have not yet joined our effort or attends our meetings.

    Imam Rasheed, who was once a resident of Wichita Falls, in addressing the audience, mentioned that those Muslims who lived in this area before us were obligated (and tried} to blaze a path for us, but due to their circumstances were not successful. Imam Rasheed reminded us that Allah Ta’Ala has now placed the responsibility on us. He said that it is now our duty to set the way for those who are here now and for those coming after us. Imam Rasheed told us about the Da’wah effort put forth while he was living in Wichita Falls and commended to believers for the work that they are doing today for the future of A-Islam in Wichita Falls, Texas.  And he encouraged us to trust in Allah Ta’Ala and to never give up.

    Although this was our first unity meeting, we hope and pray that it will serve as the ground work for the establishment of a strong and viable Islamic Community in Wichita Falls. We hope and pray that Allah Ta’Ala will help us provide a place of worship for those living permanently in Wichita Falls and for those who may come here for just a short period of time.  lnshallah, we will be able to raise the money we need to get a building for our Muslim Center. If anyone is interested in supporting our effort, please write to the Islamic Association of Wichita Falls, P.O. Box 2585, Wichita Falls, TX 76307.

    In 1998, we began planning to officially establish an independent Masjid in the city. In pursuing this goal, we considered such options as leasing a suite in a shopping center, renting a house, purchasing an inexpensive building, and building a Masjid. It was decided by the members of the community at that time to purchase land and raise funds to construct a Masjid.

    ISLAMIC ACTIVITIES IN WICHITA FALLS, TX

    Introduction- We are one of the oldest Muslim education center

    First Muslim education center in Wichita Falls TX
    A one of its kind American Islamic Center

    My name is Abdullah Shamsid-Deen, and I have worked as a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force (USAF) for the past 18 years. In October 1993, my wife (GevriyeShamsid-Deen} and I were stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB}, Texas, in Wichita Falls. One of the first few things we learned upon our arrival at Wichita Falls was the absence of a Masjid or a Muslim Community center. As we had wanted to connect and thrive with other Muslims in the State, the absence of Islamic activities and Muslim gathering centers wasn’t less than a shock for us. There was no Muslim education centerinthe area which made us upset.

    The Hajj Annual Islamic Pilgrimage Mecca Saudi Arabia
    Dubai People
    Our First Meeting as a Community- An Islamic center close to me and my heart!

    Al-hamdu-lillah, my wife, and I had been actively supporting both activities. Allah had blessed us to see the need to unify both efforts, if not wholly, as much as possible. On Saturday, October 19, 1996, we held our first unity meeting in Wichita Falls,which was attended by 50 Muslims.

    That was our first meeting between the Muslims from Sheppard AFB and those living in the local community. Imam Fareed B. Rasheed, from Fort Sill in Lawton, has agreed to be our guest speaker. This meeting was held to take our mission here to a greater height. Then, by the grace of Allah, we joined hands to get all of the Muslims in this State to work together to advance Al-Islam and establish a Masjid. My dream of having an Islamic center close to me was coming closer!

    My Journey at Sheppard AFB

    When we arrived here in October 1993, we met a Saudi Arabian brother named Abdur-Rahman. Unfortunately, I met Abdur-Rahman approximately two weeks before he finished his course and returned to his native country. Abdur-Rahman had been trying to organize the Muslims at Sheppard to perform the Jumah Prayer. However, he told us that most Muslim students could not, and some did not attend the Jumah because of their class schedules; therefore, Salatul-Jumah can’t be offered every week. Also, at that time, there was no permanent facility available for Muslims to meet for the Salaat.

    Muslim Prayers In Qiyaam Posture
    Woman Muslim Praying

    Acquiring an Adequate Place for Prayers

    At that time, they offered the prayer in a “day room” in one of the motels on the base. When I attended the Jumah, brother Abdur-Rahman and I were the only two to show up (Allah knows best). The day room we met was definitely not the right place to pray. While we were discussing this subject, other people were in the room, watching TV and talking, which greatly affected our discussion.

    Al-hamdu-lillah, immediately, I detected that it was not the proper place for Muslims to meet for such an important gathering as Salatul-Jumah. Despite that, we conducted the Salatul-Zuhr (since we didn’t have enough people to hold the proper Jumah prayer).

    My Struggle Starts Here…

    After Abdur-Rahman moved to Saudi Arabia, by the grace of Allah, my wife and I took the responsibility to reach Muslims out there. We made efforts by calling them on the phone, sending letters to their homes, etc., and inviting them to join me in establishing (at least) the Jumah on the base. After realizing the place where we were conducting the Jumah prayer was inadequate, we were provided with a more suitable place to hold the Jumah prayer.

    After securing a good place to conduct Jumah, we encountered the same problems in getting the Muslims to attend Friday prayer. Many were in class during the Jumah time, and some were just, outright, not interested, but Al¬ hamdu-lillah. Sometimes, one or two people would come out; however, I was there only myself most of the time.

    I consistently go for the Jumah every Friday, but weeks and months passed by, and no one was coming out for the prayer except me. I started spending time reading the Quran or other Islamic literature and praying the Zuhr prayer alone. Sometimes we had to travel to Fort Sill in Lawton, OK, and attend the Jumah there or travel to Dallas. This went on for about a year.

    Blue Mosque At Summer Evening
    Islamic Center Texas

    Small Initiatives Results in Greater Accomplishments!

    But, Al-hamdu-lillah, due to several published articles in the base newspaper, I had become well known throughout the base. In December 1994, I received a call from an international student from Saudi Arabia named Saad AI-Harbi, who wanted to attend the Jumah Prayer. I explained to him the situation that we had a place to meet and pray, but no one had been showing up regularly or taking a keen interest in the religious studies. As he knew several Muslims on the base from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and other Arabs countries, he told me that as long as we had a place to meet, he would speak to those Muslims, and (ln shaa Allah) they would become a part of our sessions. Sure enough, about 7, 8, or 9 Muslims attended the prayer on the next Jumah. Brother Saad became a great influence on the other international students.

    But, Al-hamdu-lillah, due to several published articles in the base newspaper, I had become well known throughout the base. In December 1994, I received a call from an international student from Saudi Arabia named Saad AI-Harbi, who wanted to attend the Jumah Prayer.  I explained to him the situation that we had a place to meet and pray, but no one had been showing up regularly or taking a keen interest in the religious studies.

    As he knew several Muslims on the base from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and other Arabs countries, he told me that as long as we had a place to meet, he would speak to those Muslims, and (ln shaa Allah) they would become a part of our sessions.  Sure enough, about 7, 8, or 9 Muslims attended the prayer on the next Jumah. Brother Saad became a great influence on the other international students. 

    He convinced them to leave their classes to attend the Jumah because following the commandments of Allah, Ta’Ala is more important. He told them they could always get with the instructor or another student to learn what was discussed in the class when they were out.

    Al-hamdu-lillah, the attendance continued for several months. However, in March 1995, I went to Saudi Arabia for three months for military duties. I left Saad AI-Harbi responsible for the Muslim affairs at Sheppard AFB; however, in April 1995, Saad AI-Harbi finished his training and returned to Saudi Arabia. I met with Saad AI-Harbi while I was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; he told me that when he left Sheppard AFB, the Jumah was still being held by one of the brothers from Egypt.

    My disappointment after returning from Saudi Arabia

    When I returned home from Saudi Arabia in July 1995, I found, to my disappointment, that we were right back where we had started. The Jumah prayer was discontinued as all the students who were part of the prayers had left, and new ones had arrived. So, once again, my wife and I found ourselves alone again. However, we had one advantage: a room to hold the Jumah in. So, once again, we put forth our efforts to meet and reach out to other Muslims on the base, but we were unsuccessful at the core of what we had been trying to achieve.

    Blue Mosque Interior
    Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center Abu Dhabi In United Arab Emirates Or Uae Muslim Building

    We Got Back on the Track!

    But, Al-hamdu-lillah, one day in August 1995, a brother called me to learn about the Islamic activities on the military base. This time the caller was a Muslim American named Ibrahim who was at Sheppard for training. We agreed to come together the next Friday for Jumah or the Salatul-Zuhr if no one else showed up. The first week no one came to the Jumah except him and me.

    But, Al-hamdu-lillah, Allah Ta’Ala is most merciful. The following week, I received a phone call from another Muslim American named Dawuud, who was also seeking Islamic training. So, for the next few weeks, the three of us attended the Jumah together; although we continued to invite the international students, they didn’t attend any prayer or discussion.

    Then, one day, I received a phone call from a Muslim from Bangladesh who was interested in attending the Jumah. Al-hamdu-lillah that brought our gathering to four. Then, one Friday, after Jumah, my wife and I was shopping in the Commissary on base, a Muslim American brother walked up to me and greeted me. He told me he was a new student and would be here for the next four months. Al-hamdu-lillah also joined us for the Jumah, making a gathering of five.

    The brother from Bangladesh was instrumental in reaching out to the other international students. As the weeks went by, the Jumah attendees increased to ten to fifteen people and continued to increase from time to time. We know those numbers didn’t sound like much, but we were discussing the development of an initiative that we had hoped would grow more and more by the grace of Allah.

    Al-hamdu-lillah, the Jumah continued, we have now established the five daily prayers in Jamaat, and we had started to seek a larger and more permanent building from the base official. The room where we were meeting was very small, as it could hold only about ten to twelve people. In the beginning, it was meeting our needs, but now we had the potential to grow and attract more and more people.

    The idea of the Islamic Society of Wichita Falls Establishment.

    In addition to Sheppard AFB, we had begun a new and (in my opinion) more crucial effort–the establishment of an Islamic Community in the City of Wichita Falls, TX. We started this initiative in Ramadan 1996. It wasn’t started by me or anyone living in Wichita Falls. (In fact, I didn’t even know that there were “civilian” Muslims living in Wichita Falls). This effort was initiated by a Tablighi Group from Dallas. One of those individuals’ mother-in-law had lived in Wichita Falls.

    During one of his visits, he came with a group of brothers, and they looked in the telephone book and shortlisted the people whose names indicated that they were Muslims. They called everyone (including my wife and me) and invited us to a meeting. I was the only Muslim military member that attended; the rest were civilians.

    Those brothers discussed the need and importance of us coming together to establish Islam in this area. At that meeting, we agreed to meet once a week, Sunday afternoon, for Salatul-Zuhr and a Ta’leem discussion.

    Al-hamdu-lillah, Allah Ta’Ala has blessed us from that day we had been meeting. Then we started meeting in homes, but our intention and prayers were to become strong enough financially to get a building for our meetings. The attendance had dropped significantly from where we had started, but we had a core family support that kept things going.

    We had maintained two separate efforts simultaneously. On the one hand, our efforts are making Muslims on the military base come together on Fridays for the Jumah. At the same time, the civilian Muslims in the local community met every Sunday for Ta’leem.

    Marrakesh Koutoubia Mosque In Warm Sun Light
    Muslim Prayer Times

    Our First Meeting as a Community!

    Al-hamdu-lillah, my wife and I had been actively supporting both activities. Allah had blessed us to see the need to unify both efforts, if not wholly, as much as possible. On Saturday, 19 October 1996, we held our first unity meeting in Wichita Falls that was attended by 50 Muslims.

    That was our first meeting between the Muslims from Sheppard AFB and those living in the local community. Imam Fareed B. Rasheed from Fort Sill, in Lawton, had agreed to be our guest speaker. This meeting was held to take our mission here to a greater height. Then, by the grace of Allah, we joined hands to get all of the Muslims in this State to work together to advance Al-Islam and establish a Masjid.

    Our First Unity Meeting as an American Muslim Center

    The theme of this unity meeting was “community life,” which was really important for Muslims. During this unity meeting, we discussed organizing ourselves into a responsible Muslim Community. We were focused on raising funds for establishing a place for worship and meetings, a place for our children to come to meet and socialize with other Muslim children. We also discussed reaching out to many Muslims living in the City of Wichita Falls who had not yet joined our effort or attended our meetings. We were building an American Muslim centerthat would contribute to the Muslim community’s betterment.

    While addressing the audience, Imam Rasheed, who was once a resident of Wichita Falls, mentioned that those Muslims who lived in this area before we were obligated (and tried} to blaze a path for us but, due to their circumstances, were not successful.

    Imam Rasheed reminded us that Allah Ta’Ala has now placed the responsibility on us. He said that it is our duty to set the way for those who are here now and those coming after us. Imam Rasheed also told us about the Da’wah effort put forth while living in Wichita Falls. He commended the believers for the work they are doing today for the future of A-Islam in Wichita Falls, Texas, and encouraged us to trust in Allah Ta’Ala and never give up on our efforts.

    Although this was our first unity meeting, we hope it will serve as the groundwork for establishing a solid and viable Islamic Community andAmerican Islamic centerin Wichita Falls. We had hoped Allah Ta’Ala would help us provide a place of worship for those living permanently in Wichita Falls and those who may come here for just a short period. Moreover, we raised the money we needed to get a building for our Muslim Center.

    Woman Volunteer Working In Community Charity Donation Center Looking At Camera
    Marrakesh Koutoubia Mosque In Warm Sun Light

    The idea of the Masjid Establishment

    In 1998, we officially planned to establish an independent Masjid in the State. In pursuing this goal, we considered such options as leasing a suite in a shopping center, renting a house, purchasing an inexpensive building, and building a Masjid. However, it was decided by the community members at that time to buy land and raise funds to construct a Masjid.

    After passing through several hurdles and obstacles to construct the building, the Masjid construction was successfully completed in 2005. However, the Masjid had later undergone several renovations and additions through charity and donations.

    Support us in our efforts for the establishment of the islamic society of wichita falls!

    Still, if anyone is interested in supporting our effort, please write to the Islamic Association of Wichita Falls, P.O. Box 2585, Wichita Falls, TX 76307.

    Muslim Education Center Wichita Falls TX

    Nathani's Family Contributions

    The Nathani family offered to donate a water fountain for the Masjid yard; we accepted and agreed to have the fountain installed in the front of the building. Mr Nathani hired Mr. Abel Torres to do the concrete work to prepare the area for the fountain to be installed. The completion of the installation of the fountain is still pending.

    The Nathani family offered to donate a water fountain for the Masjid yard; we accepted and agreed to have the fountain installed in the front of the building. Mr Nathani hired Mr. Abel Torres to do the concrete work to prepare the area for the fountain to be installed. The completion of the installation of the fountain is still pending.

    Per the recommendation of Mr Nathani, we made a contact with Mr. Abel Torres to install the bricks around the Masjid building; and we gave Abel an advance payment of $5,000. However, Mr Torres defaulted on the contract (and did not give us our money back; but Mr. Nathani gave the Masjid $5,000 since he recommended the person to us).

    According my our understanding, the city had issued a work permit to Mr. Torres, but later issues a “stop work” order because Mr. Torres no longer had insurance. Then, without coordinating with us, Abel Torres obtained another permit in the name of Pete Torres of Pete Construction Company to do the job. Abel told us that Pete was his brother. Pete sent some people over to start the job; however, we were not pleased with that arrangement, so they stopped working, and we started looking for another contractor to do the brick work for the Masjid.

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