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    The San Francisco Bay Area Shia
    Islamic Community

    A Comprehensive Review of the Bay Area Shia Islamic Centers and Mosques

     

    May God's Peace, mercy and blessings be upon you,

    Are you wondering where to go to safely worship and attend peaceful congregational Shia Islamic religious services in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley? Fortunately, you have many choices as there are several Jaʿfari (جعفري) Islamic mosques and centers in the Bay Area. We have visited and thoroughly evaluated the merits of many of these Shiite organizations. Thus, we provide you with the following reviews:

     
     

     

    For Urdu-speaking Shiites in the South Bay (San Jose Area) and the East Bay there used to be the following Jaʿfari Shia center (now closed, but a large number of this center's former congregation are now meeting at Dar-e-Butool, PBUH, located at 44920 Osgood Rd, Fremont CA, 94539 -- email ghulamaan@dar-e-butool.org for more details):

    مؤسسة البحث الإسلامي
    Azakhana-e-Zahra, PBUH
    473 Los Coches Street
    Milpitas, CA 95035
     
    السيد إحتشام زيدي
    Syed Ehtisham Zaidi at Azakhana-e-Zahra, PBUH, during Muharram 1427 H. Syed Zaidi is a regular visitor of Azakhana-e-Zahra.  
    Syed Ehtisham Zaidi at Azakhana-e-Zahra, PBUH, during Muharram 1427 H. Syed Zaidi is a regular visitor of Azakhana-e-Zahra.  
     

    Azakhana-e-Zahra (مركز الزهراء، عليها السلام، الإسلامي) includes a multiethnic and very diverse congregation with Shiites from various countries of origin such as Afghanistan, Canada, Egypt, Eritrea (East Africa), Ethiopia (East Africa), India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Sierra Leone (West Africa), Syria, and other places.

     
    السيد علي رضا رضوي
    Syed Ali Raza Rizvi is a regular visitor of Azakhana-e-Zahra, PBUH, where he offers superb English and Urdu speeches. He had joined the local congregation during Ramadan 2004 and 2005.  
    Syed Ali Raza Rizvi is a regular visitor of Azakhana-e-Zahra, PBUH, where he offers superb English and Urdu speeches. He had joined the local congregation during Ramadan 2004 and 2005.  
     

    Syed Mudassir Ali Shah Moosvi ( السيد مدثر علي شاه الموسوي), provides Islamic speeches and sermons in English, Farsi, and Urdu at Azakhana-e-Zahra, PBUH.

     
    السيد فاضل الموسوي
    Syed Fazil Mosavi, center, with Age of Appearance conference guests gathered around him after dinner at Azakhana-e-Zahra, PBUH, in Milpitas (South Bay Area), California. He had joined the local congregation during Ramadan 2004 and 2005.  
    Syed Fazil Mosavi, center, with Age of Appearance conference guests gathered around him after dinner at Azakhana-e-Zahra, PBUH, in Milpitas (South Bay Area), California. He had joined the local congregation during Ramadan 2004 and 2005.  
     

    Syed Mudassir has authored Islamic booklets that shed light on the Hereafter, Irfan (Islamic mysticism), and Islamic philosophy. Syed Mudassir has served on the boards of several Islamic institutions. He has also co-founded Shia Association of Bay Area (SABA Islamic Center) and then moved on to establish Azakhana-e-Zahra, PBUH.

     
     
    السيد مدثر علي شاه الموسوي
    Syed Mudassir Ali Shah Moosvi, first from right, leading the prayers at Azakhana-e-Zahra, PBUH, in Milpitas, California. Also in the picture, from left, Syed Ehtisham Zaidi and Seyyed Mojtaba Beheshti. Standing is prominent Shia community member Syed Abu Mohammad Naqvi. Seyyed Mojtaba Beheshti was introduced to the Bay Area Shia community by none other than Nabi Raza Mir (a.k.a. Nabi Raza Abidi), the resident mullah at Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Islamic Center). 
    Syed Mudassir Ali Shah Moosvi, first from right, leading the prayers at Azakhana-e-Zahra, PBUH, in Milpitas, California. Also in the picture, from left, Syed Ehtisham Zaidi and Seyyed Mojtaba Beheshti. Standing is prominent Shia community member Syed Abu Mohammad Naqvi. Seyyed Mojtaba Beheshti was introduced to the Bay Area Shia community by none other than Nabi Raza Mir (a.k.a. Nabi Raza Abidi), the resident mullah at Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Islamic Center). 
     

    Indeed, numerous Shia mullahs have visited Azakhana-e-Zahra, PBUH, especially during important Islamic occasions.

     
     

     

    In the East Bay, there is the following SABA-allied center (basically, this is a SABA Center branch in Hayward):

     
     

    David Salman (a.k.a. Dawood Salman: Arabic: داوود سلمان; a.k.a. Abu Baqir: Arabic: أبو باقر) led prayers and provided English speeches at Fatimiyya until he relocated to Bloomington, Indiana.

    Rafic Labboun (Arabic: رفيق لبون), translator of the book The Murder of al-Husayn (مقتل الحسين، عليه السلام), also led prayers and sermons and gave speeches in English at Fatimiyya on regular basis. In January 2009, Labboun was arrested by the FBI. In 2010, he was tried, convicted, sentenced and utlimately imprisoned at the Federal Correctional Institution in Lompoc, California (near Santa Barbara).

    The infamous Khomeinist mullahs Nabi Raza Mir (a.k.a. Nabi Raza Abidi) of Shia Association of Bay Area and Zaheer ul Hassan of Velayat TV USA also indoctrinate at Fatimiyya too.

     
     

     

    For Farsi- and English-speaking Shiites in the Bay Area, especially the East Bay and San Francisco, we highly recommend the following distinguished Persian-American Shia Islamic center:

     
     

    Located in a beautiful area in downtown Oakland, the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC) offers numerous services to the residents of the Bay Area, especially the Shia Muslim Persian expatriate community. The ICCNC is famous for hosting a variety of cultural, educational, political, and religious events as well as an annual Norooz Bazaar.

     
     
    The ICCNC Norouz event is quite popular. The Andeesheh School's Golden Thread Theatre group presents the ever so popular Rumi x 7 play.
     

    The ICCNC also includes the Andeesheh School, with classes ranging from Kindergarten all the way to the Sixth Grade.

    Both the ICCNC and the Andeesheh school were established in 1995.

     

    ICCNC: Where East Meets West With Love!

     

    Numerous mullahs have visited the ICCNC to promote Islam and educate the audiences about the true purpose of the Religion of Inner Peace.

     
    Sheikh Ahmad Iravani
    Sheikh Ahmad Iravani of the Catholic University of America is a frequent guest speaker at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC). Professor Iravani is the Director for Islamic Studies and Dialogue at the Center for the Study of Culture and Values at the Catholic University of America.
    Sheikh Ahmad Iravani of the Catholic University of America is a frequent guest speaker at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC). Professor Iravani is the Director for Islamic Studies and Dialogue at the Center for the Study of Culture and Values at the Catholic University of America.
     

    Prominent politicians and Islamic leaders such as Seyyed Ata'ollah Mohajerani (الوزير السابق السيد الدكتور عطاء الله مهاجراني), who had served as the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance in the Cabinet of former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, have also visited the ICCNC to reach out to the local Iranian-American community.

     
    عطاء الله مهاجراني
    Former Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyyed Ata'ollah Mohajerani, left, giving a lecture at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northen California (ICCNC). To the right is the president of ICCNC.  
    Former Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyyed Ata'ollah Mohajerani, left, giving a lecture at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northen California (ICCNC). To the right is the president of ICCNC.  
     

    The ICCNC is the main hub of the San Francisco Bay Area Persian-American Shia community.

     
    Sheikh Saeed Bahmanpour
    Sheikh Saeed Bahmanpour has preached at the ICCNC. Sheikh Bahmanpour is the author of several Islamic books. He is also a screenplay writer and the editor in chief of the monthly magazine Echo of Islam.
    Sheikh Saeed Bahmanpour has preached at the ICCNC. Sheikh Bahmanpour is the author of several Islamic books. He is also a screenplay writer and the editor in chief of the monthly magazine Echo of Islam.
     

    The members of the ICCNC Board of Directors include:

     
    Inside the ICCNC
    The Islamic counterterrorism activist Sam Bazzi, right, together with former Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyyed Ata'ollah Mohajerani inside the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC).
    The Islamic counterterrorism activist Sam Bazzi, right, together with former Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyyed Ata'ollah Mohajerani inside the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC).
     

    The ICCNC offers its visitors a very unique experience of the Persian Islamic culture. We highly recommend visiting this Islamic center to both Muslim worshipers and non-Muslims interested in learning about Islam and Iran as well as.

     
     

     

    For Farsi-speaking Shiites in the South Bay (San Jose area), we highly recommend Masjid Al-Rasool, PBUH&HF. Masjid Al-Rasool is an American Jaʿfari Shia Islamic center established by Persian-American Shiites to serve the San Francisco Bay Area Shia community. Masjid Al-Rasool community center and prayer hall is conveniently located in a beautiful and scenic area in Campbell, at the intersection of San Tomas Expressway and Budd Avenue:

     
    مسجد الرسول، صلى الله عليه وآله
     
    Masjid Al-Rasool, PBUH&HF
    Community Center and Prayer Hall
    400 Budd Avenue
    Campbell, CA 95008
     

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    The business and administrative offices of Masjid Al-Rasool are located nearby in San Jose.

     
    Masjid Al-Rasool, PBUH&HF
    Administrative Office
    552A S Bascom Ave
    San Jose, CA 95128
     

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    Hassan Dastgah (حسن دستغة) runs Masjid al-Rasool. Hassan has been providing superb services to the Shiites of the Bay Area, including shuttle service to elderly members of the congregation!

     
     
     
    The counterterrorism activist Sam Bazzi, right, with Mr. Hassan Dastgah, the founder and president of Masjid al-Rasool. Mr. Dastgah, a Persian, is a prominent member of the Bay Area Shia community. He currently administers Masjid al-Rasool from his San Jose offices, located at 552A South Bascom Avenue.
    The counterterrorism activist Sam Bazzi, right, with Mr. Hassan Dastgah, the founder and president of Masjid al-Rasool. Mr. Dastgah, a Persian, is a prominent member of the Bay Area Shia community. He currently administers Masjid al-Rasool from his San Jose offices, located at 552A South Bascom Avenue.
     
     

    Numerous Shia Shia mullahs have preached at Masjid al-Rasool. Seyyed Mojtaba Beheshti periodically visited Masjid al-Rasool. He also lead the Umra (minor favored non-mandatory pilgrimage trips to Mecca and Medina) groups of Masjid al-RasoolSeyyed Mahmoud Sedehi, Sheikh Ahmad Iravani, Syed Mudassir Ali Shah Moosvi and Sheikh Adel Sarikhani have also preached at Masjid al-Rasool.

    In 2007, Zaheer ul Hassan briefly served as an imam at this mosque after he was allegedly suddenly fired from Azakhana-e-Zahra by Syed Mudassir Ali Shah Moosvi for allegedly inciting the Azakhana congregation against Moosvi. At that time, Mr. Dastgah took Zaheer under his wings out of kindness.

     
     
    الشيخ عادل ساريخاني
    Sheikh Adel Sarikhani addressing the congregation at Masjid Al-Rasool in Campbell (South Bay, San Jose), California, during Ramadan 2005.
    Sheikh Adel Sarikhani addressing the congregation at Masjid Al-Rasool in Campbell (South Bay, San Jose), California, during Ramadan 2005.  
     
     
     
    السيد مدثر علي شاه الموسوي، الثاني من اليمين، في مسجد الرسول، صلى الله عليه وآله، في كامبل، كاليفورنيا.
    Syed Mudassir Ali Shah Moosvi, second from right, with Hassan Dasgah, right, at Masjid al-Rasool, PBUH&HF, in Campbell, California.  
    Syed Mudassir Ali Shah Moosvi, second from right, with Hassan Dasgah, right, at Masjid al-Rasool, PBUH&HF, in Campbell, California.  
     
     

    Mansour Bazargan (منصور بزرغان) has given great spiritual speeches in Farsi at Masjid Al-Rasool!

     
     
    منصور بزرغان
    Mansour Bazargan providing a lecture in Farsi at Masjid al-Rasool.  
    Mansour Bazargan providing a lecture in Farsi at Masjid al-Rasool.  
     
     
     
    حافلة مسجد الرسول، صلى الله عليه وآله وسلّم
    The shuttle bus of the Masjid al-Rasool.  
    The shuttle bus of the Masjid al-Rasool.  
     
     

    Also, the Persian food at Masjid Al-Rasool is superb! Indeed, Masjid Al-Rasool is a hub for many in the South Bay Iranian Shia community.

     
     

     
    مثل عربي قديم:
    "من حفر حفرة لأخيه وقع فيها!"

    Ancient Arabic Proverb:
    "He who digs a hole for his brother falls in it!"
     
     

    There is also the following Khomeinist, pro-Velayat-e Faqih, anti-America, Islamist center in San Jose:

     
    Shia Association of Bay Area
    (Saba Islamic Center)
    4415 Fortran Court
    San Jose, CA 95134
     

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    Unless you are a staunch Basij scarf-sporting Khomeinist, we do NOT recommend this place for you. To moderate, traditional Shiites and others we encourage you to visit and attend services at ICCNC of Oakland.

     
     
    Ali Mir (a.k.a. Ishraq Abidi) says: "HEZBOLLAH [an international terrorist organization]. Take The Gun And Fight the Zionists [i.e., Jews] and the Nawasib [i.e., Sunni Muslims]."
    Ali Mir (a.k.a. Ishraq Abidi), pictured above, is the second son of the notorious Nabi Raza Mir. Ali Mir is a highly active member of Shia Association of Bay Area (SABA Center), where his father, Nabi Raza, is the resident-imam. Ali is also highly active in the Saba Youth Group (SYG). This unfortunate young man is being groomed by his father to be a mullah too. He therefore leads the SABA congregation in the recitation of Du'a Kumayl and Surat Ya-Seen, etc. Yet, there is are very sinister sides to both father and son: They promote Khomeinism and Hezbollah in America. As featured above, Ali Mir favores the usage of violence against Zionists [i.e., Jews] and so-called Nawasib [i.e., Sunni-Muslims]!
    Ali Mir (a.k.a. Ishraq Abidi), pictured above, is the second son of the notorious Nabi Raza Mir. Ali Mir is a highly active member of Shia Association of Bay Area (SABA Center), where his father, Nabi Raza, is the resident-imam. Ali is also highly active in the Saba Youth Group (SYG). This unfortunate young man is being groomed by his father to be a mullah too. He therefore leads the SABA congregation in the recitation of Du'a Kumayl and Surat Ya-Seen, etc. Yet, there is are very sinister sides to both father and son: They promote Khomeinism and Hezbollah in America. As featured above, Ali Mir favores the usage of violence against Zionists [i.e., Jews] and so-called Nawasib [i.e., Sunni-Muslims]!
     
     

    Khomeinism agent Nabi Raza Mir (a.k.a. Nabi Raza Abidi) of Alipur, Karnataka, India, is the pro-Velayat-e Faqih resident mullah at that notorious place. They also run a madrasah there named Saba Academy! Fancy name, huh? But Ruhollah Khomeini, Ali Khamenei and Hassan Nasrallah are still the role models for these pro-Hezbollah folks!

     
     
    The investigative journalist Lee Kaplan and Zia Atabay of NITV discussed the unfortunate pro-Hezbollah Internet activities of SABA's Ali R. Mir (a.k.a. Ishraq Abidi).
     
     
     
    Nabi Raza Mir (a.k.a. Nabi Raza Abidi) is the resident-mullah at Saba Islamic Center/Saba Mosque of San Jose, CA. Nabi Raza is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Shia Association of Bay Area (SABA), the governing entity of Saba Islamic Center. Nabi Raza is also the father of the unfortunate youth Ali R. Mir (a.k.a. Ishraq Abidi). Indeed, like father like son!
    Nabi Raza Mir (a.k.a. Nabi Raza Abidi) is the resident-mullah at Saba Islamic Center/Saba Mosque of San Jose, CA. Nabi Raza is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Shia Association of Bay Area (SABA), the governing entity of Saba Islamic Center. Nabi Raza is also the father of the unfortunate youth Ali R. Mir (a.k.a. Ishraq Abidi). Indeed, like father like son!
     
     
     
    Malcolm Shabazz was the keynote speaker at Saba Islamic Center's Husayn Day Peace Walk in Oakland, California.
     

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    لله در الحسد ما أعدله، بدأ بصاحبه فقتله!
    ―الإمام علي بن أبي طالب، عليه السلام
     
     
     

     
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