Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Muslim Community Association of the San Francisco Bay Area

Date visited: Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Location: Santa Clara, CA
3003 Scott Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 9505

Number of imams: 1. Sheikh Jibreel is a stud because he's one of the few imams in the area who leads 20 rakats by himself.

Qirat (recitation): Excellent.  My standard for recitations.

Size of congregation: Large. Easily a thousand people were in attendance

Capacity of center: Large. I believe this center can hold up to 2,500 people with ease

Parking: Ample. Thanks to its suburban commercial location, there's plenty of street parking in addition to a good-sized parking lot.

Mihrab: Yes

Minbar: Yes

Shoe shelves: Plentiful

Building: Converted HP R&D center

Friendliness towards women: Good. The women are made to pray a separate room, but through the magic of one-way mirrors, they are able to see the front of the mosque and theoretically the imam while he's leading the prayers.

Friendliness of congregation: It's very large, so it can be hard to take initiative and approach people. The mosque board is very welcoming, however, so it's easy to make friends through the many events the mosque hosts.

Please tell me if there's any categories on which you'd like me to report.

This is my home mosque, so I really can't write about any first impressions. I can only comment on my displeasure with the direction the remodeling project is taking. For some reason, the powers that be decided it was more essential to build a relatively expensive minaret instead of adding something more functional, like a second men's bathroom.

4 comments:

  1. The money for the minaret was donated specifically for that cause and nothing else by one of the older members of the community so its not like theyre misusing money they raised from the community.

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  2. I never said there was a misuse of money. MCA definitely made it part of their reconstruction plan, so they didn't deceive anyone. It's great that they got the money for it, but the organization should have been more responsible and made other things a great priority. Even if someone had said they had the money for it, they should have kindly asked if they would donate the money towards something more useful.
    Plus, the BoT spent lots of hours down at City Hall fighting for this thing while I think their time would have been better spent elsewhere.

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  3. Also, unsigned comments will generally not be published but thank you for not being rude.

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  4. The expansion already has a new and expanded men's bathroom.

    Ahmed

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