ISLAMIC FOUNDATION
300 W. High Ridge Road
Villa Park, IL 60181, USA
Tel: +1.630.941.8800
www.islamicfoundation.org

ABOUT ISLAMIC FOUNDATION, VILLA PARK, IL

Islamic Foundation is a non-profit organization located in Villa Park, IL, was founded in 1974 and since then has been serving the western suburbs community of Chicago.  Under the umbrella of Islamic Foundation, is a Mosque, Islamic Foundation School Full Time School (Pre-K to 12), Saturday and Sunday Schools. Islamic Foundation is under the governance of a Board of Trustrees.

Islamic Foundation School(IFS) is fully accredited by the North Central Association and is recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education. Since its inception in 1986, IFS has embarked on a mission to provide excellent education in an atmosphere of faith, and to prepare students to be life-long learners and contributing members of society. Eighteen years later, Islamic Foundation is a full-time PreK-12 school offering academic programs in addition to religious education. IFS has established a name for itself in the Chicagoland community as a school that offers quality education in an Islamic environment. As a result, Muslim families from a forty square mile radius of Villa Park, who desired the Islamic Foundation experience for their children have contributed to making IFS a school serving about 650 students, one of the largest Islamic schools in North America. The school is located approximately 25 miles west of downtown Chicago in the residential suburban community in Villa Park

Brief History of Islamic Foundation:

Islamic Foundation Humbly Celebrates 38 Years of Community Service and Success!

1974: Founded and registered Foundation with the State of Illinois as a not-for-profit organization

1975: Recognized by the United States as a tax-exempt organization.      

1975: Established weekend Islamic school for children in a rented classroom with enrollment of 36 students.

1981: Against local opposition, applied for a permit for the Foundation to establish a permanent building facility in Villa Park, Illinois.  After spending two years and $50,000, the Foundation won a strong verdict from the court.

1983: Purchased a former public school building (24,000 square feet) on a 7.1-acre lot for $585,000, and simultaneously purchased a house adjacent to this land for use as the Imam’s residence.

1984: Invested $131,000 in remodeling the building to equip it for the community’s religious, social, and cultural needs.

1984: Established a Muslim cemetery with a space for 1,125 grave-sites, as part of Arlington Cemetery, at Lake Street and Frontage Road in Elmhurst, Illinois

1988: Established a full-time school for kindergarten to eighth grade, and later added a pre-school for children ages three to five.

1993: Expanded parking facilities with installation of floodlights.

1995: Began construction of a new mosque to accommodate the growing community.

1997: Established a high school with ninth grade, adding tenth grade in 1998, eleventh grade in 1999, and twelfth grade in 2000.  Also added a playground and completed an upgrade of all heating units in the school building.

1998: Completed construction of Masjid, possibly the largest mosque in North America. In addition to Masjid, the new building includes a book store, library and reading room, banquet/lecture hall, kitchen, and offices for the Foundation staff. The community raised $3.6 million for this project.

1999: Further extended the parking facility at a cost of $120,000.

2003: Added the parking lot on the west side of the Masjid at a cost  exceeding  $200,000.

2007: Established second cemetery, Al-Fatiha Gardens, for 336 grave-sites in Chapel Hill Gardens at 17 West 201 Roosevelt Road in Oak Brook Terrace, Illinois.

2007: Started construction of a new three-story building including a state-of-the-art regulation-size gymnasium at a cost of approximately $8 million.

2009: Accomplished completion of the new building, excepting interior finish work such as walls, floors, ceilings, lighting, and air-conditioning.  Discontinued further progress due to financial consideration.

2011: Completed a new playground for grammar-school children. (A former playground space became the site of the new building.)

2012: Completed and furnished first floor of the new building; transferred  high school classes from classroom trailers to the new building.  Removed trailers along Highridge Road.