Update from President

Salaam Alaikum Dear IABA Community, The recent senseless and cruel act of violence that took the lives of 19 children and 2 teachers in Uvalde, Texas is shocking and saddening. Our heart felt condolences go out to the grieving parents, families and the whole Uvalde community. Our community and all the other Muslim congregations stand with you in this hour of immense grief. We also call upon the authorities to enact laws and policies that make it impossible for such acts to happen in the future. I wanted to also take this opportunity to provide you all with an update on a few things that we are working on and their progress as well as our plans for the coming months COVID-19: As we know, Alhamdulillah, COVID-19 restrictions have been eased down due to a reduction in serious cases. We have also removed most of the restrictions for on-campus programs. As you must have read in program emails that are sent out. Let me reiterate the SoPs for on-campus programs: Indoors: Please wear a mask at all times. Please observe social distancing. Inside space is limited to 35 men and 25 women available on a first-come basis. Outdoors Masks are not required outside. If you are not vaccinated or are high risk for infection, you are highly encouraged to wear

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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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COVID-19 Announcments

Asalaamu’ Alaykum Dear Community Members,

I pray you’re in good health.

In the current environment, it’s important for all of us to take precaution and be more conscious about each other’s health and safety. The COVID-19 virus condition is worsening by the day and will continue to worsen before it starts to get better. At IABA, we’re committed to protecting our community. We’re adhering to CDC’s recommendation of social distancing and the center will remain closed until further notice.

We advise all to take this very seriously and take all the necessary precautions as suggested by the CDC and other public health organizations. I have included information compiled by our COVID-19 team at the bottom of this email. Please review the information provided as it is imperative that we follow them to keep ourselves and others safe.

Please note if you’re sick or have symptoms, Call your primary health provider or Austin Public Health at 311 immediately.