In 1999 a small group of Muslim families began pursuing Islamic knowledge under the leadership of Sheikh Abdul-Rahman Yaki, who had just graduated from the School of Islamic and Social Sciences in Virginia. The meetings were held in private homes, but soon the numbers grew from the original group of nine. The group decided to search for a larger site and after a few months, negotiations were in place to secure the current facility in Capitol Heights, Maryland. A Shura Board was established and within one year a proposal to purchase the property was drafted.
The name selected for the organization was the Islamic Research and Humanitarian Service Center of America (IRHSCA). This name reflected the founders’ belief that the main objectives should be to both pursue knowledge of the Islamic sciences and serve humanity. The organization was rooted in principles such as inclusion and the shunning of character assassination. It has also become a leader in the improvement of Muslim marriages and family relations. IRHSCA now regularly conducts Jummah Salat that accommodates nearly 500 weekly worshipers as well as a full range of Islamic curriculum and a program designed to assist new converts, and increase the knowledge of the general community.