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Introduction

Masjid Al Istiqamah is the second mosque to be built under Phase 3 of the Mosque Building Fund Project headed by Muis. The building is located at the corner of Yio Chu Kang Road and Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, with the front entrance at Serangoon North Ave 2, directly facing Blk 139 on the opposite side of the street. The mosque lies within the Marine Parade GRC.

The new mosques built within this phase are named after virtuous qualities as a continuation from the first one - Masjid Al-Khair (The Good). Initially, Muis had suggested the name "As-Sobr" (The Patient) for this mosque but after consultation with a few asatizah, the name "Al-Istiqamah" (the Constant) was selected.

Waqaf Day

When the JPM (Mosque Building Committee) was formed in October 1994 together with JPM Pasir Ris (which went on to build Masjid Al-Istighfar) and JPM Bishan, a different challenge existed - that of the 'competition' to raise funds against the neighbouring, more established mosques: Masjid Haji Yusoff which sought to rebuild, and Masjid En-Naeem and Masjid Al-Muttaqin to extend their existing structure. This, on top of the almost saturated 'fund-raising scene' generated by other mosques and madrasahs throughout Singapore.

Alhamdulillah, with the help of Allah, and through the asbab of the show of solidarity by the members of the JPM and support from the Muslim community not only within the Hougang/Serangoon/Ang Mo Kio area but the whole of Singapore, all obstacles were overcome and on 11 June 1999, Masjid Al-Istiqamah was declared waqaf and began its operation as a full-fledged mosque.

On 17 June 2000, Masjid Al-Istiqamah was officially opened by the then Permanent Secretary for Education Mr Mohamed Maidin Packer Mohd.

 
The Building

The three-storeyed mosque with a combination of designs from the Nusantara, Middle East and Mauritius can cater to a maximum of 3,300 worshippers at any one time. Its convertible concept enables the optimisation of space and multiple functionalities of the rooms.

The building is divided into two general areas, viz. the waqaf section (for i'tikaf) occupying the 'front' portion, and the multi-purpose section making up the 'rear'. The i'tikaf area which is roofed by solid timber can accommodate about 480, 330 and 270 worshippers on levels one, two and three respectively.

 
The Challenge

When the plot for the mosque building was purchased on 12 August 1992, the fund raising arm of the JPM (Mosque Building Committee) was not even formed! The estimated amount needed was $700,000 for the basic requirements in the initial stage of building. So few people came forward to volunteer their services that an advertisement had to be put out in the Berita Harian newspaper.

 
Fund Raising

Due to the high volume of activities, the cost of operating this mosque is indeed high by most standards. But we at Masjid Al-Istiqamah feel that this is a necessary trade-off that, in the end will benefit all, for the deeni state of the Islamic community is a direct function of the state of its heart, the mosque.

For this, we hope that the Muslims will always support Masjid Al-Istiqamah in whatever way, be it financially or in kind. Among our seasonal fund-raising efforts are annual projects like Charity Briyani (Nasi Briyani Amal), 'Night of Knowledge' (Malam Menimba Ilmu) and Rawal Donation Drive (Projek Kad Rawal - Ramadan/Syawal).

Th 'Rakan Masjid' programme, launched in early 2004, on the other hand, uses the long term approach where donors pledge a certain amount each month through direct debiting of their bank account (Giro).

Our Ji-Mart 'one-stop stall' and Savers'Corner are also fund-raising mechanisms that do much to provide the jemaah with making purchases of general supplies with convenience.

 
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