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Bismillahi Rahman Irrahim

Blessed be He in Whose hands is Dominion; and He over all things hath Power; He Who created Death and Life, that He may try which of you is best in deed: and He is the Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving; He Who created the seven heavens one above another: No want of proportion wilt thou see in the Creation of Allah Most Gracious. So turn thy vision again: seest thou any flaw? Again turn thy vision a second time: thy vision will come back to thee dull and discomfited, in a state worn out [Surah AlMulk, Verse:1-4]

Our Vision
"To spread the noble message of Islam across MEXICO, leading by virtuous example to guide, inspire and educate communities to a better way of life
Our vision is at the heart of our work and shapes all of our activities as a Dawah organisation. Through our work, we hope to reach out and touch a part of the world which knows little about the reality of Islam. In doing so, we hope to be counted amongst those who Allah (SWT) refers to in the following verse:

Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good; enjoining what is
right, forbidding what is wrong, they are the ones to attain felicity. [Surah Al- Imran, Verse 104]

About Us
VIVA SLAM is a Dawah & Community Development Organisation set up in order to convey the peaceful message of Islam across Mexico. Our work is guided by the teachings of the Quran and authentic Sunnah. We aim to demonstrate the true message of our faith through positive action, thereby allowing non Muslims to see and experience the beauty of Islam. We pray, that through our efforts - and of course the guidance of Allah (SWT) - people will learn about Islam and accept it as a way of life.

When they listen to what has been sent down to the Messenger, you see their eyes overflowing with tears because of what they recognise of the truth. They say, Our Lord, we have believed! So write us down among the witnesses. [Surah AlMaidah, Verse 83]

Why Mexico?
Mexico presents challenges on many levels. There are new reverts to Islam everyday but there is very little support available for them. Islamic organisations are few in number and with very limited resources, leading to often poor provision of information and services for both the growing Muslim community and those who wish to find out more about Islam.
In the context of our work, its also important to note that on a social level there are many problems facing the people of this region, including: Poor housing Malnutrition due to poverty Lack of employment Lack of good education Environmental problems such as water shortages and deforestation

Baja California, Mexico Baja California is located in the northwest of Mexico, is a border state sharing boundaries with the state of California in U. S. It is the twelfth largest state, by area, in Mexico, Its geography ranges from beaches to forests and deserts.

Baja California has 5 important cities, the youngest city is Playas de Rosarito.
Rosarito used to be a neighbourhood of the Tijuana Municipality, became an independent city back in 1995, with a population of 150,000 according to last census. It is very well known for its good gastronomy, especially lobster and seafood, its nice beaches and weather. It has a big diversity of Religions derived from Christianity.

The Community

Sisters in Rosarito

In December 2009,VIVA ISLAM was contacted with a request from two sisters in the city of Rosarito, Baja California Mexico. They needed support to host a dawah event in their local community and had heard of the food and clothes distribution project that VIVA ISLAM had already undertaken nearby.
Musallah 2010 Rosarito

VIVA ISLAM agreed to provide financial assistance to host a small dawah event which was organised in the home of one of the two sisters. This was the first such funded event of its kind in the area and proved a great success, Alhamdulillah, with the local Muslim community actively engaging with the rest of the residents, informing and educating them about the teachings of Islam.

The Community VIVA ISLAM visited Rosarito, B. C. in April 2010 and it was clear that the local Muslim community, many of themselves converts to Islam, had a great desire to spread the teachings of Islam in the local area.

With the support of VIVA ISLAM an Islamic Association was setup, in Baja Mexico, Al Wahid, which would act as a satellite organisation to spear head the dawah in the community.
The visit also highlighted the clear need for a place of worship for the Muslim community in the area. No such facilities exist, wherein the people can perform their daily ritual worship and use as a focal point for dawah and Islamic education. It was from here that the Rosarito Islamic Centre project was born, with the aim to build an Islamic Centre and Masjid which would provide worship facilities for 250 people as well as a dawah and education hub.
Meeting April 2010 Rosarito

Jamaat Al Wahid Musallah, 2010

DIRECT DAWAH
This area of work forms an integral part of our operations as an organisation. Our focus will be upon traditional dawah activities to invite and inspire people to learn about Islam inshaAllah. We aim to carry out activities ourselves as well as to work with key organisations to help deliver them. Planned activities include:
Organising open days encouraging non-Muslims to come and learn about

Islam in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Developing and distributing new Muslim resource packs. Establishing a support network for new Muslims to interact with each other. Distributing literature on Islam including leaflets, posters, small booklets, etc. Utilising various media to launch information campaigns about Islam.

DIRECT DAWAH

Dawah Events
An important aspect of our work is to hold free dawah events for local people and representatives of organisations to come and find out more about Islam. We have already held an event which was well attended by local people and media organisations. Free Islamic literature, as well as light refreshments was provided for attendees. We aim to carry out further events in the community and eventually hope to hold a large scale Islamic conference with invited speakers to help spread the noble message of Islam.

Free Iftaar during Ramadan


Alhamdulillah, the blessed month of Ramadan presents a wonderful opportunity to invite local people (Muslim and non Muslim) to experience the blessings of iftaar. We aim to provide free iftaar meals throughout Ramadan, giving local people an opportunity to eat food as well as find out more about Islam.

EDUCATION
Education is arguably one of the most important areas of work, as it is only with the correct knowledge and understanding of Islam that our vision can be realised. Our emphasis will be on teaching Islamic knowledge, but there are also communities who do not have access to adequate non-Islamic education and therefore we will aim to address this issue where possible. Examples of projects we hope to undertake in this area include:
Providing access to authentic Islamic educational resources and materials in Spanish. Organising structured classes in various subjects including basic Arabic, Quran recitation, how to perform Salah (prayer), learning duas (supplications) etc. Inviting qualified students of knowledge to conduct seminars and short courses about Islam. Helping provide access to basic education for underprivileged children.

The Community

The Muslims in Rosarito, although small in number, are committed and are very active in their dawah to the local community. To date there have been many reverts to Islam and the numbers continue to grow. Muslim brothers from the U.S. come to Rosarito on a regular basis to teach Islam and Arabic and some have even moved permanently to Baja. Many brothers and sisters come down from San Diego, Los Angeles and other parts of the US for short breaks and are regular visitors.

The Baja Muslim community is quite small with around 75 Muslims including individuals and families. Alhamdulillah the numbers continue to increase and with the presence of a Islamic Centre the dawah has huge potential.

NEW REVERTS TO ISLAM IN BAJA MEXICO

DIRECT DAWAH

New Muslim Support


Alhamdulillah, many people have accepted Islam in Mexico so far and this is even before we have built the centre and support networks. We understand that it is important for them to have the right support at the outset of their new journey in Islam. We have provided new reverts with:
Arabic class, Al Wahid, Rosarito, 2010

Copies of the Quran in Spanish Basic classes in Islam Arabic and Quran classes Books about Islam in Spanish and authentic Dua books Islamic clothing (men and women) Food parcels (where required)

The Community

COMMUNITY
The concept of community welfare is fundamental in Islam and forms an important part of our work. Our aim is to launch projects which help the growth of Muslim communities and enable them to make a positive and valued contribution to society. We also hope to develop projects which establish strong links between Muslim and non-Muslim communities. Projects we hope to undertake in this area include:
Organising regular events for new Muslims to meet each other. Food distribution to the poor and in need. Distributing resource packs for Muslims to give to their friends, family, neighbours and colleagues. Campaigns to help keep the neighbourhood clean and tidy. Practical help and support to vulnerable people, such as the elderly.

The Project

Islamic Centre in Baja, Mexico

The Building Project

The Project The first challenge was where to locate the new centre. Up until now, a local sister had allowed her home to be used as the focal point for prayer gatherings, local classes and dawah events. It was also home to the new Al-Wahid organisation setup earlier in the year. The place was well known by the locals and after initial negotiations with the sister, VIVA ISLAM commissioned a surveyors report on the property and land with a view to purchase both for the site of the new Islamic Centre. Wanting to share in the reward in this great project, the sister magnanimously discounted the purchase price by a generous 50% and VIVA ISLAM also agreed to re-house the sister and her daughter. The remaining money was generously donated by three brothers from the UK who had been actively involved with VIVA ISLAM from the beginning.

Al Wahid Centre

The sister and her daughter were re-housed to nearby premises and the existing house demolished in its entirety, in preparation for the new centre. Al Wahid centre was also relocated to the temporary premises and provided :

Prayer and wudhu facilities for approx. 40 people. A teaching room & library with internet facilities. Kitchen facilities with capacity to cook for the local community throughout the month of Ramadan, again being sponsored by VIVA ISLAM.

Re-location

Demolition

New Generation of Muslims, Baja 2012

COMMUNITY

Support for Single Mothers


Unfortunately in Rosarito, there is a growing community of single mothers who have little support to help raise their children in a better way. We hope to help them by:

Giving advice on nutrition and healthy eating Providing information on cooking options with little money Arranging classes on self confidence and life skills Giving advice on raising children

The team will be getting involved with the local office of Family Affairs and the Women Institute in Tijuana to help provide these services.

COMMUNITY

Food Distribution
Members of the VIVA ISLAM team have visited a small village in Papalutla, located in the Mexican state of Guerrero in order to distribute staple food items such as rice, beans, oil and flour to the locals. Approximately 200 people have benefited from the project so far and many of them have expressed an interest in learning more about Islam Alhamdulillah.

During our second visit, leaflets with some basic information about Islam in Spanish were distributed along with the food parcels.

ENVIRONMENT
As guardians of the Earth, Islam commands us to take care of our environment and use natural resources in a responsible manner. In fact, doing so is considered an act of charity as stated by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH): "If any Muslim plants any plant and a human being or an animal eats of it, he will be rewarded as if he had given that much in charity." (Bukhari). We hope to undertake environmental and agricultural projects which benefit both mankind and the environment by not only protecting the landscape and replenishing natural resources, but also to provide much needed jobs and income for poor farmers and manual labourers. Environmental and agricultural projects we intend to launch include:
Tree planting Constructing plant nurseries Growing agricultural produce Land irrigation Provision of clean water to rural communities

ENVIRONMENT

Tree Plantation

Environmental and Agricultural projects form an integral part of our work as an organisation. Through our tree plantation scheme,VIVA ISLAM already has 1000 trees donated, which will be planted to flourish and mature over the years. The trees will improve the soil and landscape of the area in which they are planted, as well as provide fruit. Local farmers are used to plant the trees, which provide them with much needed income and support for their families.

Your Support

Who is it that will lend Allah a goodly loan that He may multiply it for him manifold? And Allah receives and enlarges, and to Him shall you be made to return."
[Surah Al- Baqarah, Verse: 246]

DIRECT DAWAH

New Masjid and Islamic Centre in Baja, Mexico


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This is one of our most important projects, based in Rosarito, Baja, Mexico. The centre will have a main prayer room, classrooms, library, office space, separate ablution areas, kitchen facilities and a roof terrace. We hope to recruit a qualified imam who can lead the prayers as well as teach regular classes at the Centre. The imam will receive a full time salary so that he can concentrate on supporting the congregation and wider community inshaAllah.

STAGE 1 The Centre will have: Ground floor Shop Segregated toilets Segregated showers Segregated wudhu facilities First Floor Segregated prayer areas Classrooms Kitchen facilities Second floor Consisting of a two bedroom & one bedroom apartment Terrace for events & activities The shop & the two apartments will help make the centre financially self sustainable Construction Stages:

STAGE 1 COMPLETED

STAGE 2
Engineer cost log & reports
Structural plans drawn to scale Permits & taxes required for construction Digging and laying structural foundation Laying drainage and other amenities.

STAGE 3
Structure: Ground level with shop Waterproofing walls on all floors. Internal partitions & installation of windows, doors and fittings to main structure on all floors & guttering Structure: Structure: Structure: First floor Second floor (2 apartments) Terrace

STAGE 4

Internal Work Internal partitioning Connection of essential supplies (water, electricity, drainage and other cables) Installation of wudhu / bathroom kitchen areas in both centre & apartments

Plastering, plumbing, electrical wiring, water connections & drainage


Carpeting, tiling and painting Total Cost of Construction: $ 235,000.00 US 150,000.00 UK (approx)

Make a Difference
We know there is a lifetime of work ahead of us, and the undertaking of it is huge. However, this also means the opportunity to gain a lifetime of reward. Indeed, Allah says in the Quran: By time! Surely mankind is in loss. Except for those who believe and do righteous deeds and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to patience. [Srah Al-Asr] Through our work, we aim to take the message of truth to a part of the world which knows little about Islam. Imagine being part of the rewards of thousands and thousands of people accepting Islam as a new way of life... We would therefore like to extend this unique opportunity to you by inviting you to join us on this journey to attain Paradise inshaAllah. You can help us by:
Making sincere Dua for our work Raising the profile of our charity
Donating money to help us carry out our projects

The example of those who spend their money in the cause of Allah is like a seed that sprouts forth seven pods, in each pod there is one hundred seeds; and Allah multiplies for whoever He chooses, and Allah is Encompassing, Knowledgeable [ Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse: 261]
BANK TRANSFER

Your Support

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VIVA ISLAM
Barclays Bank 2-4 Aldermans Hill Palmers Green, LONDON N13 4PH, United Kingdom Account No: Swift Code: From U.S: IBAN: 634 79 897 BARCGB22 BARC GB22 XXX IBAN GB42 BARC 2098 2163 4798 97 Sort code: 20-98-21

www.vivaislam.com
Send Donations to: VIVA ISLAM 19-21 Crawford Street Suite 720 London W1H 1PJ

Tel:

+ 44 (0) 203 368 6628

Mob: + 44 (0) 750 507 5057