Project History

History of Center Islamic Ahlul Bayt association was formed in 1997 – the only Ithna Ash’ari organization in Austin. Austin is a vibrant and growing city in central Texas; it almost always makes the list of most livable cities in the USA. It is the state Capital. The community is multi-ethnic representing many cultures and languages. English is the official medium of communication. We have been at the current location since 2002; it is an old church building on a 4.1 acre lot. About 450 members attend the center. Sheikh Jafar Muhibullah is the Resident Scholar at the center. He is a native of North Carolina with 16 years of study at Medina-New York Howza and Qum; MA Islamic Studies from Duke University and PhD in Arabic Literature at University of Tehran. Our programs include active youth participation; Friday congregational prayers; Saturday youth and adult education; Saturday evening program of lectures and dinner; Thursday evening Salaat, Qur’an recitation, Dua’a Kumayl and Ziyarat Waritha. We observe Wilaadat and Shahadat of Masumeen. We have busy months of Ramadan, Muharram and Safar. We invite guest speakers of national and international repute. We also have regular inter-faith and da’wah activities. Saturday School There are more than 90 students between the ages of 5 and 15. There is an all-volunteer faculty of 31 teachers with a

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