About Through The Years
Through The Years
A Timeline of Dar-us-Salaam Print

1980-1990

  • Imam Safi Khan begins Islamic work in the Maryland area, emphasizing the need to build an Islamic community based on the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah

1990-1995

  • Imam Safi Khan and area youth establish several education programs around the region, including an evening Qur’an School in Maryland

1995-1996

  • Al-Huda School starts with 26 students in grades K-2

1996-1997

  • Al-Huda School grows to 74 students, adds grades 3-4

1997-1998

  • Al-Huda School moves into current location in College Park, MD
  • Funding Development Office established
  • Dar-us-Salaam raises $3 million in interest free loans to purchase building
  • Al-Huda School grows to 118 students, 5th grade added

1998-1999

  • Al-Huda School grows to 218 students in KG-6th grade
  • Al-Huda Pre-School opens with 40 students
  • Al-Huda girls publish first edition of the Muslim Link newspaper with cover headline “Calling for the Unity of the Community”
  • FAITH Publications established

1999-2000

  • Al-Huda School grows to 300 students in KG-7th grade
  • Sooq Al-Huda Books & Gifts opens in College Park
  • Aqabah Karate starts weekly classes for adult men Islamic
  • Information Center, Arabic and Qur’an Institutes established

2000-2001

  • Aqabah Karate opens classes for 7-12 year olds
  • Al-Huda School adds 8th grade

2001-2002

  • Sooq Al-Huda opens grocery and catering section

2002-2003

  • Dar-us-Salaam assumes ownership of building after raising over $1 million to pay off loans
  • Full-time Hifzh School established with 10 students

2004-2005

  • Dar-us-Salaam wins first Muslim Interscholastic Tournament (MIST) trophy

2005-2006

  • Dar-us-Salaam Family Medical Practice opens in Greenbelt, Maryland
  • Dar-us-Salaam wins second MIST title

2006-2007

  • Al-Huda School Elementary and Middle Schools accredited by Middle States Association
  • Social Services Department established
  • Dar-us-Salaam wins third regional and first national MIST trophy
  • Aqabah Karate opens classes for girls

2007-2008

  • Al-Huda School opens 9th grade, expanding into high school
  • Al-Huda Pre-School grows to 72 students

2008-2009

  • Dar-us-Salaam wins 5th MIST trophy
  • Aqabah Karate competes in first national tournament and brings home 62 medals
  • Qur’an Institute opens 3 branches around the DC region serving over 150 students
  • First annual Muslim Funfest carnival held with over 2,000 attendees
  • Dar-us-Salaam outgrows building, moving all auxiliary offices to an off-site rental

2009-2010

  • Full-time Hifz School graduates 35th hafiz
  • Dar-us-Salaam opens first summer camp in Germantown, MD
  • Al-Huda Elementary School opens branch in Pennsylvania

2010-2011

  • Al-Huda School completes high school with addition of 12th grade
  • Al-Huda High School accredited by Middle States Association
  • First ever high school graduation held for 14 seniors
  • 4th Annual Muslim Funfest Carnival held with over 10,000 attendees
  • Aqabah Karate graduates first three black belts