Since our very beginning, AMI’s members have shared a belief in the need to create an educational institute and worship center to promote education, research and intercultural exchange in and beyond our community. The new facility will also serve Omaha’s growing Muslim population, which is expected to exceed 1,000 families by 2020. All funding for the new facility comes from local sources, and local leadership will drive the educational, cultural and religious programs that will make the Institute thrive.
This is also a unique moment to change an age-old paradigm, welcome other faiths and begin a lifelong, mutually respectful dialogue. A coordinated effort between ordinary people, academic, professional and religious leaders is essential to developing an effective Tri-Faith organization, which we believe to be a crucial step toward building awareness and respect of Islam in the Western world.
The American Muslim Institute facility will be approximately 16,000 square feet, with primary prayer space that will accommodate 250 people. Additional space will be developed into classrooms, a library, a social/media room, and a daycare center. Construction is expected to begin this fall, and the building is expected to be completed by early 2017.
AMI has reached $6.2 million of our $6.5 million fundraising goal, but we need your help to further our mission. We hope that our work inspires you to join us in this project by supporting our cause with a financial gift.