For the past 19 years, San Ramon, California has been the home of the San Ramon Valley Islamic Center. The mosque began with 30 families of South Asian immigrants from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh who held their first local prayer gatherings their homes—the same way St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Danville also began. Over time as more Muslim families came to the San Ramon Valley the mosque has grown to 400 families had outgrown its space in meeting the needs of its diverse multicultural congregation. The mosque rushed to complete the remodeling of its expanded space in the Crow Canyon Commons Office Park in time for the beginning of their busy holy month of Ramadan.
The mosque had worked diligently with the city for months to navigate the planning process for the expansion and Mayor Abram Wilson showed up to help celebrate the opening of the expanded facility now in its shakedown cruise through this hectic holy season for the congregation.
The newspaper covered the opening. Why wouldn’t they? Unlike other places there were no protests or hassles as this was a cause for celebration. The mosque has been part of this community too long for that. These are our neighbors and we wish them well.
- Ramadan Fasting: Muslim Chaplain Teaches Students That It’s About More Than Not Eating (smokesomething.wordpress.com)