The Al-Mahdi Center was purchased by IABA in October of 2002. It is church converted into an Islamic Center that sits on a beautiful 4.1 acre land in NorthWest Austin. Currently, the Al-Mahdi Center consists of a main prayer hall that accommodates both men and women, an office and English and Arabic libraries. Attached to the main prayer hall is an existing residential structure that serves as an overflow area, and has several class rooms for the weekend school.
Currently, the building committee is working on future plans to make the Al-Mahdi Center a full fledged Islamic Center with up-to-date accommodations for various activities.
The Islamic Ahlul Bayt Association (IABA) was founded in 1997 and has since become a flourishing and vibrant community of approximately 300 muslims. Its membership comprises of a richly diverse yet close knit group of people from various parts of the world including India, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan, the Philippines, Tanzania, Kenya, Qatar, and the United States.
Prior to the establishment of the Islamic Ahlul Bayt Association, the shia muslim community in Austin gathered for majalis in each others residences. With an increasingly large community, the need for an organized structure led to the creation of the Islamic Ahlul Bayt Association in the holy month of Ramadhan, 1417 (1997). The Islamic Ahlul Bayt Association was formally registered with the State of Texas as a non-profit organization on February 20, 1997.