Since 2017, Tri-Valley Muslims have adopted a stretch of Interstate 680 between Crow Canyon Road and Bollinger Canyon Road exits.
“… and removing a harmful thing from the path is a charitable act” – The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
This sponsored effort puts that Hadith in action and creates goodwill in our community by allowing motorists to see their caring American-Muslims neighbors maintaining our roadways. This effort is Tri-Valley Muslims doing good together.
Caltrans has put up an Adopt-a-Highway sign with the San Ramon Valley Islamic Center (SRVIC)‘s name just before the Crow Canyon Road exit.
After being a volunteer run program for several years, in November 2021, SRVIC contracted with a private highway cleanup company to clean our adopted stretch of highway.
“On the authority of Abu Huraira who said that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him said), “Every small bone of everyone has upon it a charitable act for everyday upon which the sun rises. Bringing about justice between two is an act of charity. Helping a man get on his mount, lifting him onto it or helping him put his belongings onto it, is a charitable act. A good word is a charitable act. Every step you take toward the prayer is a charitable act. And removing a harmful thing from the path is a charitable act.” (Recorded in al-Bukhari and Muslim)
“When you remove stones, thorns, and bones from the road … it counts for you as Sadaqah (charity).” – Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
Br. Abid Farooq, a long-time Bay Area community leader who passed away in 2021, began this program. This program is in partnership with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)’s Adopt-A-Highway program.