Weekly Update from President

Dear Community Members, Asalaamu’alaykum I hope and pray that all of you are safe and taking great precautions amid this recent the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in Austin. Since my last update to you, the COVID-19 cases in Austin have increased to 120 cases per day. It is an uptick from a couple of weeks ago when the cases reported were at 75 cases/day.  Hospitalization is still at what it was 2 weeks ago. This uptick could be related to the opening of schools and colleges. We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions accordingly. The center has remained closed for the past 6 or so months. We know that you all miss coming to the center and at some point, in time we would have to adjust to the new normal and learn how to deal with it. Keeping that in mind, we are looking at the feasibility of holding the Arbaeen Majalis on the IABA campus. These majalis would be over 5 days. Rest assured that all precautions would be taken including wearing of face masks at all times, 6 feet distancing and open air seating. Also only a limited number of people would be permitted with age limits. Please stay tuned as we work through the SoPs and logistics. Please note that Austin and Travis County

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IABA condemns all forms of racism, bigotry, and violence; and stands in support of the marginalized and those who are unfairly treated.

Dear Community Members, Assalaamu ’alaykum Justice is the base that supports the whole world – is what the marquee on the IABA campus reads. It is one of Imam Ali’s (a.s.) many sayings on social justice. The saying was put on the marquee in regards to the recent injustices occurring around the country and the senseless death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. IABA strongly condemns all forms of racism, bigotry, and violence and stands in support of the marginalized and those who are unfairly treated. Human life is sacred and as the Quran instructs us, whoever kills an innocent person is as if he has killed all of mankind, and whoever saves a person is as if he has saved all of mankind [5:32]. Social justice is a key tenet of the teachings of our beloved Prophet (s.a.w.) and his Ahl-ul-Bayt (a.s.). It was the Prophet’s (s.a..w) teachings on social justice that transformed a society which valued wealth, race, lineage, and tribe into one where people were valued for their piety and taqwa, regardless of the color of their skin, wealth, or lineage. We need to uphold those teachings. Thank you to all those who generously donated during the Ramadan Fundraising. May Allah reward them for their generosity. Our final tally stands at $25,159! This is a first —

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