With your support, GCLEA has been serving the Southern New Jersey/Philadelphia region since 2010.
Through an array of educational programs, worship services, and social outreach initiatives, we have been helping people of all ages and ethnicities connect to their faith and community in a meaningful way.
And based on your support and feedback, we continue to improve how we serve you.
Check out some of the feedback below.
"Well organized. Devoted, hard-working, and very peaceful place to be."
"Most welcoming, wholistic masjid community I've ever had the fortune to be a part of. May Allah bless the Imam, organizers, and volunteers."
"It is an amazing place of worship."
"I love this place!"
"Masha Allah! Great to have GCLEA!"
With your help and support, we are excited to serve you again this year.
Whether online or onsite,
You can look forward to the great programs you have come to love such as,
Informative and Inspirational Friday Sermons
Islam4Kidz Sunday School
Adult Study Circles
Arabic For Adults
With your support, we have also successfully launched a couple of new programs this year such as,
Muslims for Justice
New Muslim Cohort
Local Business Directory
Online Islamic Studies Certificate Courses.
While the center's expenses have lowered due to capacity restrictions of COVID-19, we have also been able to further streamline and optimize our operations, lowering our annual budget from approximately $490,000 in 2019 to just under $275,000 for 2020.
That's a 43% decrease!
To help meet our annual budget, this December we have set our fundraising goal at $40K ($10K less than last year).
This month, you can be apart of this great community by making a meaningful financial contribution.
Reap the rewards of supporting your masjid and give today!
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
"He who builds a mosque for Allah, Allah would build a house for him like it in Paradise" (Muslim).
Help us reach our goal so that we can continue serving you.
Click the button below to donate online now.
Checks can be mailed to
PO Box 1020
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Your financial contributions support positive transformative change!
Check out some of GCLEA's amazing personal testimonies below.
Brother Troy and his daughter.
Assalamu alaikum my name is Troy Johnson and I’m a married father of 4.
I’ve been a part of the GCLEA community for 6 months.
I became interested in Islam after my older brother became Muslim years ago and upon moving to Cherry Hill I began to look into the local community.
I started to watch Imam John's Friday khutbahs on YouTube and told myself I would go to the masjid or contact the Imam and set up a day to take the shahada and accept what I knew was the truth.
Then the pandemic hit and as a hospital worker, I was face to face with the reality of the pandemic and realized that if this pandemic was to take my life I wouldn’t want to die other than in the state of being a Muslim.
So on the masjid's second day back open, a friend of mine, who is a brother in the community, contacted Imam John and I took the shahada and became a Muslim on that day, June 11, 2020, alhamdulillah.
Since then, the Imam has been more than supportive and patient in teaching me even with my schedule and his demands of being a community leader. Imam John is always there to teach and mentor, may Allah reward him for that.
The community as a whole has been amazing! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some amazing brothers who share a wide range of interests and have made themselves available for support if needed, alhamdulillah.
I was particularly impressed with the programs GCLEA has, all supported by the community and guided by Imam John such as from "Muslims for Justice" and "Green Muslims".
The Imam and I started a group to help support and get new Muslims the resources they need called the New Muslim Cohort. We have monthly meetings and discuss issues concerning converts to the faith and support one another, alhamdulillah.
Please donate to help GCLEA so that we can continue to do great work in our community.
Aspiring Muslims scholars from Bangladesh.
As-salamu alaikum Wa rahmatullah.
My name is Mohammed Shahanewz Nayeem. I am a pharmacy student from Bangladesh. The online certificate programs, offered by GCLEA, mean a great deal to me.
While being secluded at home due to COVID, the busy online class schedule has kept me engaged. The classes have aided me to further fathom the true intention of sulūk and its outcomes. Moreover, they increased my understanding of fiqh at a much more advanced level.
May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, the possessor of the lofty names and epithets, accept the endeavors of our beloved Ustadh Abu Ibrahim John Starling and those who support these great offerings and grant us success to convert the knowledge into action by the chosen one— Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. [Amin]
Mohammed Shahanewz Nayeem
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As-salamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullah,
I am Farshid Khan, studying Engineering in Bangladesh. This online free certificate program offered by GCLEA is really a blessing for me. A full-time employee or student can easily benefit from the courses and continue their path on sacred knowledge. May Allah reward Shaykhuna John Starling for his service to the community, may Allah allow us to carry and spread this knowledge and grant us success in Dunya & Akhirah. [Ameen]
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As-salamu alaikum wa rahmatullah.
Alhamdulillah. I have been enlightened by the teachings of Shaikh John for the last few months. As a beginner level student, I have been privileged by his demonstrative study materials. For people who are not good at Arabic, this is a nice opportunity to learn Islamic knowledge. The courses are fully free, and therefore very helpful to me because it is tough to make international payments from my country. May Allah bless our Shaikh John and our supporters at GCLEA. [Amin]
Mahiur Rahman Mahir
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My name is Muhammad Saifuddin Raiyan from Bangladesh. As a student of knowledge, I have taken an interest in Athari Aqeeda and Hanbali Fiqh. In my country, we have very little opportunity to study those subjects. I am weak in Arabic, so English is the only source for me now. I first came to know about these courses and about Shaikh John through some brothers here in Bangladesh. They dedicate their time and efforts to translate and make notes from courses and share with us in our language.
I began studying with Shaikh John from the Ramadan course and after that, I did courses on Seerah and Bidayatul Abid.
Alhamdulillah, my studies have just begun and Inshahllah will continue. I try my best to act upon what I learned from my Sheikhs. I have also suggested these courses to some of my friends as well. I make Dua to Allah to give our Shaikh a good life and keep us steadfast on Siratul Mustaqeem. [Amin]
-Muhammad Saifuddin Raiyan.
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I am Niaz Mursad. These online certificate programs mean a lot to me. When I intended to learn Hanbali Fiqh, I became frustrated due to the lack of proper resources and scholars [in non-arabic languages]. Then I came to know about this program. It’s like a blessing from Allah (SWT). May Allah grant Ustadh John Starling a great reward in Duniya and Akhirah and those who helped in making this program beneficial. May Allah accept their efforts and make it a Wasila to enter Jannah. [Amin]
Yours in faith,
Sisters YM, GCLEA
"Youth group is one of the best things to happen to me; it's amazing to have so many supportive sisters in our community and be able to relate to them and lean on them when we need each other. I don't intend on leaving anytime soon since I consider them some of the most welcoming and open friends".
"One of my favorite things about YM is that it is really one of the only places I can make friends I identify with. It's a comfortable space for Muslim youth. We can get together and talk about our religion in a comfortable atmosphere".
"YM is a safe space for me. I can talk about anything. It's a great place for girls to meet friends and learn about Islam. I didn't grow up in a very religious household and so YM has really helped me with my faith".
"YM is where I met my friends. They are wonderful people. YM has given me confidence as a young Muslim woman".
"YM has changed my life. To have a place where I can have fun and share my religion with this group of girls has strengthened my bond with the masjid and religion".