Al Rashidun Community Center

Rashidun DC is a community development organization dedicated to serving the most underserved communities in the District of Columbia.
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Our Mission

Our mission is to help connect people to faith

To provide pathways out of hunger, violence, and poverty for underserved inner-city residents through service, mentorship, and empowerment, spiritually grounded in and guided by Islamic principles. To be a force for positive change in people’s lives and a means of broad-based community upliftment.

Purpose

Rashidun DC is a community development organization dedicated to serving the most underserved communities in the District of Columbia. Found by DC native Imam Abdul-Ali, Rashidun DC was established in 2011 with a mission to actualize Islam as a living, breathing force for positive change in people’s lives and a means of broad-based community upliftment. With programs focused around mentorship, education, and service, we strive to provide pathways out of poverty, hunger, and violence in the communities that we serve. Help us to continue our efforts. We are currently taking steps to establish Rashidun Community Center, where we intend to expand our programming to include job skills development, adult education, and GED training. The community center is in the Kenilworth neighborhood of DC, directly across from a public housing complex, in an area that has faced severe economic depression.

What Is Islam?

Islam teaches that the creation of everything in the universe was brought into being by God’s command as expressed by the wording, “Be, and it is” and that the purpose of existence is to worship or to know God. He is viewed as a personal god who responds whenever a person in need or distress calls him.

Belief

The Certainty that Allah is the One and Only God and that Muhammed (SAW) is his last and final Prophet.

Pillars of Faith

(1) Uttering with certainty that there is no god except God, and that Muhammad is His messenger; this is called the shahada which shall be recited in Arabic as follows: ash hadu alla ilaaha illallah wa anna muhammadan rasulullah and it must be said with true intention

(2) Praying the daily five obligatory ritual prayers

(3) Paying the Zakat (giving to the poor and needy)

(4) Fasting the month of Ramadan; every day from sunrise to sunset  

(5) Performing pilgrimage to Mecca once in a lifetime, only if able financially and physically

“Be kind, for whenever kindness becomes part of something, it beautifies it. Whenever it is taken from something, it leaves it tarnished.” Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

Prophet Muhammed (SAW)

Who We Are

Our Team & Leadership

The strength of a thriving Muslim community lies in its unity. God says in the Noble Quran:

And hold fast all together by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you) and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah’s favor on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love so that by His grace ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of fire and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make his signs clear to you: that ye may be guided.                               (Al-Imran 3:103)

Imam Abdul-Ali

President and Executive Director

Hena Zuberi

Treasurer / Director of Communications

Aiesha N’jeri

Director of Education

Muhaafiz Khan

Director of Programming

Romana Muhammad

Director of Community Outreach

Yusuf Jami Jones

Our Supporters

From Eid Picnics to financial donations to in kind services ICCP has been a strong supporter of RashidunDC.

From the very first fundraiser to monthly campaigns for our food pantry DUS has led the way in support of the work for RashidunDC.

A critical partner, ICM Social Services, has been the gateway for support for many circles of care. The community closet and #clothethehood programs are run in close coordination with ICM. The community supplements the #feedthehood program during Ramadan and through out the year.