SAN GABRIEL -- Masjid Gabriel is undergoing a transformation that will add
a minaret and domed roof traditional elements of Islamic architecture to
But the changes are more than cosmetic.
The renovation also illustrates the changing nature of the American-Muslim
identity, mosque leaders say. It reflects the pride Muslims share in their
religion, a commitment to rediscover their historic roots and teachings and
a desire to ensure Islam is passed to the next generation.
"We are doing this for the children who come here so they can identify
themselves with their faith and their symbols," said Imam Nissar Hai. "We
may be immigrants, but they were born here and they have to feel that they
belong here and to their faith and this is a symbol of our faith...