(BAY AREA, CA, 10/18/05) The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) and five bay area mosques opened their doors this past weekend in the spirit of sharing Ramadan.
CAIR-SFBA co-hosted a Ramadan dinner at the Muslim Community Association (MCA) and sponsored similar events at the South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA), Islamic Society of East Bay (ISEB), Islamic Society of San Francisco (ISSF), and Yaseen Foundation Muslim Community Association (YFMCA).
Amina Ansari, CAIR-SFBA Program Manager, who helped coordinate the planning efforts for the five mosques, said the Muslim community has always reached out to area residents and public officials by hosting open houses to teach the spirit of Ramadan. She added that this was the first time that the bay area Muslim community has opened their doors in unison.
While hundreds gathered in each mosque, the Muslim Community Association of Santa Clara (MCA) attracted the highest attendance of almost 400, including public officials, interfaith leaders, educators, community residents and American-Muslims. Santa Clara Mayor Patricia Mahan, attended the event along with the office of State Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-San Jose, who presented a resolution to CAIR-SFBA, the MCA, and the bay area Muslim community to commemorate Ramadan.
Students from San Jose’s Miller Middle School attended the event as an opportunity to build on their curriculum covering the origins of Islam and other religions.
CONTACT: CAIR-SFBA Outreach Coordinator, Sameena Usman, and 408-986-9874, E-mail: email@example.com