The story of the Islamic Sunday school at ICGM begins in the early seventies. Muslim families from across the globe began to migrate and settle in the South Florida area. With their migration came a growing vision and desire for an educational institution for the future generation.
Like many immigrant communities, there was concern over how to retain a connection to their culture and religion outside of the homes they had left behind. At the time, there were no other Islamic institutions, mosques, or resources available aside from Masjid Al-Ansar (Sister Clara Mohammed School).
Two concerned families – the family of Muhammed Mukhtar and Nasim Hasan and the late Hamid and Meena Siddiqui (May Allah give them Jannah) – shared the same vision of how to raise the next generation in a non-Islamic environment. Their foresight led to educational programs with the assistance of the then Muslim Student Association (MSA) and the overwhelming support of the community. The Islamic School’s inception was at the Flagler Mosque in the seventies with Brother Mukhtar Hasan initiating camps and seminar programs and Sister Meena Siddiqui creating a Sunday School for Muslim youth. These programs were then moved to ICGM in the eighties.
We hope and pray that the Muslim Communities Association (MCA) and the Sunday School continues to serve our generations to come. May Allah (SWT) give Jannah to those who were part of this endeavor and are no longer with us. May Allah forgive our shortcomings and bless those who volunteer their time, money and efforts for this great cause. Ameen.