Prompted by the community’s growing needs for Islamic funeral services, Mustafa Center (MC) initiated a project to meet that important need. To that end, MC set aside some neighboring land that it had purchased in 2012 for this purpose. The land is located across from the Center at 6839 Braddock Rd., Annandale, VA. Once the land was purchased, the application for a funeral chapel along with an initial design for the project was submitted to Fairfax County. After a critical review, the design was forwarded to the County’s Land Use Department. This was followed by a number of hearings requested by some neighborhood residents and other interested parties. One of those hearings took place in late 2014 in which hundreds of Mustafa Center members and supporters participated in and passionately expressed their support for the construction of the chapel. Ultimately in January 2015, Fairfax County approved MC’s application for the project.
Soon after the county’s approval, the detailed technical and architectural design of the project was completed. In addition, a developer was selected and bonds were posted, which allowed the construction process to begin in earnest after a groundbreaking ceremony was held on May 4, 2019.