Sunday, July 31, 2011

Reintroduction

In the name of Allah, the most benevolent, the most merciful.

My name is Zuhair and I'm a San Francisco Bay Area native.  Last Ramadan, I embarked on a quest to visit 30 different mosques in the area and walked away from the project with a greater understanding of the diversity of the Muslim population even in this relatively small section of the United States.  It was an eye-opening and, at times, entertaining experience and the most amazing fact was that after 30 days there were still many more mosques to visit.  Amazing, because only a generation ago Bay Area Muslims had to drive all the way out to Sacramento to celebrate Eid with their brethren and sisteren (is that a word?  If not, it is now).

I fully intend to do the same thing this year, except with a little twist.  Instead of visiting a new mosque every night, there will be nights where I'll visit a mosque I visited last year.  I fell in love with a couple mosques and need to give myself the opportunity to revisit them.  That said, the vast majority of the mosques I visit will be fresh because one of my goals is to increase awareness of different Bay Area mosques.  I'm also debating making a couple more tweaks, but you'll have to stay tuned to see those.

Ramadan Mubarak.  Here's to me learning more about Bay Area Muslims and making more friends with this blog than enemies.