Library and Research Center of Western Pennsylvania, Supervised by Moosaa Richardson
LATEST STATUS: (1438/2/14 – 11/14/2016)
A new shipping agent has taken over the project and is now shipping the library. May Allaah grant us ease and blessings. As fees for two years of storage have depleted some of our available funds to ship this library, friends and supporters of the library are encouraged to contact us about assisting in the costs of shipping and maintenance. We estimate that we will need around SR 12,ooo in the coming days. More updates soon, in shaa’ Allaah…
Thul-Qi’dah 1, 1435
After much consultation with scholars and their students, the decision is made to move the library from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA).
Thul-Qi’dah 17, 1435
Shaykh Fu’aad al-‘Amree and Abu Ziyaad Khalid Bagais visit the library in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Thul-Qi’dah 18, 1435
Packing the library in preparation for international shipment begins.
Thul-Qi’dah 29, 1435
The library is indexed and packed for shipping. 106 large boxes of turned over to a shipping agent in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The shipping costs were to be under $2,500 through a shipping agency inexperienced in handling libraries of this size.
Thul-Hijjah 1, 1435
The inexperienced shipping company declines their services to ship the books. The books are then collected and placed into storage until another solution can be found.
Thul-Hijjah 2, 1435
A decision is made to ship the library in a shared container with another student’s library. The search for a new shipping agent begins, while the books remain in storage in Saudi Arabia.
Thul-Hijjah 4, 1435
Moosaa Richardson leaves Saudi Arabia on a ‘final exit’ visa and arrives in America, at his home city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The library remains behind with only part of the shipping costs collected.
Thul-Hijjah 20, 1435
A decision is made to ship the library in a shared container with another student’s library, using a (much more expensive) shipping agent with experience in shipping large libraries. The shipping cost is SAR 20,753 ($5,528 USD) for the Saudi side of the shipping, excluding the services of a clearing agent in America (another estimated $500).
Efforts are made to secure the funds needed to ship the library. Generous brothers in Dubai have already committed to providing $2,500 USD. Another $1,465 USA is collected by friends and supporters of the library in Saudi Arabia.
Safar 23, 1436
The final $1,600 needed for the KSA shipping bill is collected and wired to the shipping agent. Awaiting confirmation of receipt of the funds, as well as specific information about when the shipping will be sent and when it is expected to arrive in America.
Jumaadaa Al-Oolaa 15, 1436 [March 6, 2015]
Two main reasons are behind the delay of the library shipping. The first one is that the wire transfer of the final payment was a fail. We have been waiting for over two months for the banks involved to refund the money or credit it to the account of the shipping company. The second reason is new procedures in shipping libraries from Saudi Arabia that require more layers of permission and approval than before.
Jumaadaa Al-Oolaa 28, 1436 [March 19, 2015]
After a failed wire transfer which took three months to trace and recover, the final $1600 was recovered and resent through a Saudi bank to the shipper. We are presently awaiting confirmation of its receipt from the shipping company.
Jumaadaa Ath-Thaaniyah 1, 1436 [March 21, 2015]
We have received confirmation from the shipping agent that all funds have been received, wal-hamdulillaah. They are working on clearing the shipment for movement soon, in shaa’ Allaah.
Sha’baan 10, 1436 [May 28, 2015]
The previous agent, Sharif Cargo in Jeddah, has failed to ship the library. The library has been returned to a safe storage facility in Jeddah. Our brothers in Dubai, Qatar, and Riyadh are busy coordinating the shipment through another company, in shaa’ Allaah.
The Library was moved to a storage unit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, while numbers attempts to hire shipping agents failed, due to the size of the library and some new requirements placed on international shipments. Through friends and business contacts, the storage costs were kept to a minimum (only about SR 9,000).
Safar 14, 1438 [November 14, 2016]
A new shipping agent has taken over the project and is now shipping the library. As fees for two years of storage have eaten away at our available funds to ship this library, friends and supporters of the library are encouraged to contact us about assisting in the costs of shipping and maintenance. We estimate that we will need around SR 12,ooo in the coming days.