TIA was set up with the following set of guiding principles:
1. To promote interaction and unity among the local Muslims
2. To promote better understanding and practice of Islam as a way of life
3. To promote the interests and welfare of the local Muslim community
4. To promote friendship and interaction with the local non-Muslims, and facilitate their better understanding of Islam.
In the following months and years, by the effort of several brothers who had the strength of faith in their hearts and taking the (asbbab) possible means, the place had been changed dramatically. Several tons of rubber and steal were cleaned. Several machines weighing tens of tons were removed. New water and sewerage system was installed. New toilets, showers and ablution places were built for men and women separately. Carpets, books, air-conditioners, women and children rooms, halal food shop, meeting room and many many other things were prepared and improved day after day.
On the other hand, from the first day, a full range of social and religious activities started to be arranged on daily, weekly, monthly and yearly bases. Nevertheless, we can not close this short summary of a long story of success without mentioning the great achievement of buying the neighboring land (1193 square meters) to be used as a parking in February 2003. In a country like Japan and a city like Tsukuba, it was not only a deer necessity to have our own parking area but it was also a great blessing of Allah to own that cheap and adjacent land very quickly. Only after the passage of 3 years from obtaining our first plot of land, we possessed our second piece of land. The second plot of land was bought for a total price of 13 million Japanese Yens.
The success story of Tsumra is still continuing with now the biggest target ahead, is to register Tsumra as a legal religious organization and to overcome the language and bureaucratic obstacles.
May be, the most important lesson we can learn from this history is that nothing is impossible to achieve when faith, commitment and sincerity get combined under the banner of La Ilah Illa Allah.
Tsukuba City is about 50 km (31 miles) northeast of Tokyo and 40 km (25 miles) northwest of the New Tokyo International Airport in Narita. It covers an area of 28,000 ha (112 square miles) with a population of about 200,000.
To the north lies Mount Tsukuba, 877 meters above sea level. Mount Tsukuba has been revered since ancient times for its striking beauty, earning the name shiho or “purple peaks” for the rich purple hue it casts from certain angles during the seasons. It is considered to be on par with Mount Fuji, another mountain that is loved by the Japanese people.
Seen from one angle, Tsukuba city, with its streets of traditional stores and houses, has the look of a rural refuge of abundant greenery.
Seen from another angle, it is Tsukuba Science City, a superb modern urban landscape seldom seen in all Japanese cities.
Tsukuba Science City was planned in order to relieve Tokyo’s overpopulation problem and to establish itself as the nation’s largest research and education center.
In 1963, the new city’s construction plan was approved and by 1980 more than 40 research and higher education facilities had been built. Roads, water and sewerage systems, parks and other facilities had also been constructed by then.
In Tsukuba there are 88 parks and green areas with a total area of 100 ha. Each of them has been designed individually according to its location and function. These areas serve as places for the residents to rest, do recreational activities, and participate in sports.
Many of these parks, as well as other public, commercial, and educational facilities and residential buildings are connected by a path of 48 km (31 miles) for pedestrians and cyclists. As one of the typical features of the city planning in Tsukuba Science City, this path has brought visitors as well as the local residents convenience, comfort and enjoyment.
Twenty-two years after the new urban construction project was approved, the International Exposition of Science and Technology (Expo ’85) was held in 1985 in order to commemorate the completion of the Tsukuba Science City. Based on the theme of “Humanity, Residence, Environment, and Science and Technology”, the exposition established Tsukuba a reputation, both at home and abroad, as Japan’s pre-eminent center for science and technology.
Nowadays,the city is home to the country’s national testing and research facilities encompassing such research fields as science, industry, agriculture and forestry, environment and space development. It also houses institutions of higher learning including the University of Tsukuba campuses. About 19,000 researchers (40% of the total for the whole country), 5,000 of whom hold doctorate degrees, are conducting cutting-edge research here. Adding to this impressive list another 120-plus private businesses focusing on research and development, Tsukuba City has become one of the few advanced world-class science cities both in name and in substance.
Tsukuba city was established in the early seventies by joining of 6 towns and villages. It has become Tsukuba Science City by relocation of 36 institutions from different parts around Japan into it and the establishment of Tsukuba University.
Since then, the flow of foreign researchers and students has brought several Muslims to it. However, it has taken the students several years to start their first steps towards establishing a Masjid in Tsukuba. Although there had been always various Mussalas within the university and its vicinity, it is only from the middle of the eighties when the word TIA (Tsukuba Islamic Association) started to be mentioned strongly within the Muslim community in Tsukuba.
A well committed group of Indonesian students started to arrange their activities into what is nothing more than a prayer room and halal food support. From early nineties, several people started to dream of establishing a permanent Masjid that can be used not only for prayer but also as a center of various social, Islamic and Dawaa activities.
The high cost remained the biggest obstacle. By the late nineties, Allah blessed their efforts with finding the land on which the Masjid stands now. It was a rubber factory whose owner went bankrupt and the court was selling it for the best offer to pay back for his debts. Thanks to Allah, there was only one offer! The land (501 square meters) and all what were on it; was bought in a very reasonable price in February 2001. The land and the three buildings existing on it were bought for a total price of 8 million Japanese Yens.