Hudson Valley Islamic Community Center
The Hudson Valley Islamic Community Center (HVICC) was acquired on May 15, 2006. The 50,000 square foot Center, built on 7 Acres of prime property in the Mohegan Lake area recently opened its doors to the community. The passing of Emad Al Jamal, beloved brother and son of members of the Hudson Valley Muslim Community, on the first day of Ramadan in 1999 triggered the founding of the Center.
Members of this community have been involved in Islamic and social responsibility projects for many years. The Hudson Valley Islamic Community Center plans to continue in this path. The center’s goal is to provide religious, educational, recreational, sporting and social services to the Muslim community.
Dr. Saad Gewida is a respected Islamic scholar and leader with expertise in Islamic teachings, Arabic literature, and the design of Islamic educational systems. He earned a Masters in social service in Islam and a Doctorate in Islamic schools/theology, and completed his undergraduate studies at Al-Azhar University in Arabic language and literature from 1984-1988. From 1990-1995, he taught Tajweed and Arabic at Al-Azhar. In 1996, he served as an Imam at the North Hudson Islamic Educational Center in New Jersey. From 2000-2007, he worked in the executive administrative division at Al-Azhar. Currently, he serves as an Imam at Hudson Valley Islamic Community Center and is a consultant for Andalusia Islamic school. He co-founded Africa Relief and Community Development. Dr. Gewida is known for his compassionate and thoughtful approach to leadership and his commitment to improving the lives of those around him.