It all started with a vision for an Islamic school. A place where children can connect, learn and develop according to Islamic principles. We want to create a hub for the community with a masjid forming the basis for a new Muslim community in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. All enabled and built based on a sustainable financial model that is not dependent on overseas investors or commercial organisations, but on the support of everyday people. People that bought into the vision of using their super and savings to benefit their community are helping towards building a greater future for our kids.
North and East Wing of new Student Hub (Years 3 to 9)
The next building to be constructed as part of the rollout of the Master Plan is the new Student Hub for Years 3 to 9. The North and East Wing of the Y-shaped building is currently under construction, with an estimated completion time by the end of 2019.
We have covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time so people naturally ask, what are your plans for the future?
Given the additional land purchase of 65 Harvest Home Road, the Master Plan for the site has been revised and is expected to be endorsed by Council (City Of Whittlesea) in due course. The Master Plan includes a large double story masjid (including a ladies section), gymnasium, swimming pool, Islamic Centre, library and classrooms. With the support of Barakah shareholders, we are confident of delivering on all construction projects contained within this Master Plan within 12 years inshaAllah.
With the settlement of 65 Harvest Home Road scheduled for 31st July 2015, the planning for the masjid is expected to start in early 2016. A generous area of 60 metres by 30 metres has been allocated for the masjid building. The masjid is planned to be a double story building, providing facilities for both men and ladies. The construction of the masjid will be a major milestone for Barakah and a further realisation of our mission to build for the benefit of the ummah.
The Barakah journey is transpiring into a great story – and in quietly working away I would be the first to admit that we do not share this story as much as we should. As a Barakah shareholder, you make a difference to the lives of many people on a daily basis. Whether it is the students that come to school, the staff or the many people that come to the Musalaah for their salaah, they are deeply indebted to you investors for enabling a vibrant community that has become a part of their daily life.
I would like to thank all our shareholders for being part of the Barakah family and investing in the ummah. If you have not been to the Al Siraat College site recently, I invite you to visit and be surprised by the significant progress that has been made on site.
Alhamdulilah, we thank Allah for bringing us this far, and look forward to working with you in the delivery of our planned projects. Please share the success to date with the community as the success of the ummah lies within all of our hands.