Date visited: August 29, 2010
Location: Richmond, CA
1330 Cutting Blvd.
Tag-team Taraweeh: Nope
Size of congregation: Small. < 30
Capacity of center: ~ 400
Shoe shelves: None. Shoes ALL over the floor. I can't imagine how it looks during guma.
Building: A building in the middle of the warehouse district. A building in the middle of the warehouse district surround by a tall wrought iron fence with spikes on top. Welcome to Richmond, son.
Friendliness towards women: Women? What would women be doing here, there's no kitchen.
Friendliness of congregation: Extreme. Small congregation, w00t! One of the dudes went to Berkeley...he and I stared at each other for a little bit since we couldn't place where we'd seen each other.
I've relocated to Richmond and was without the interwebs for a bit. Apologies for the delay. However, now you can expect loads of posts about masajid in the heart in Oakland.
If you can't read Arabic, you're not finding this place. Well, I suppose you could look at the address painted on the wall, but my point is, the only sign for this place was in Arabic. That said, however, even if the newest convert got the urge to come to this place, I suppose all he'd have to do is look for the only place for miles with a sign in Arabic.
This place is massive. I wasn't expecting it to be quite so large, but as I entered I saw the sizeable prayer space in addition to a long hallway leading to other rooms. The bathroom was done up nicely too, which means this masjid has been operational for a long time. All in all, it's another one of those oases in a pretty rough neighborhood.
And man, it is rough because this place is imposing from the outside. If that iron gate's closed, you're shiz out of luck. Come during prayer time or don't come at all.