Snapshot of the MCC East Bay
The Muslim Community Center (MCC) – East Bay is a vibrant community where each day we attempt to love and worship God (great and glorified is He) and follow the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and the guidance of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Our conviction is driven by a community- minded approach to Islam that appreciates the many opportunities and challenges of being an American-Muslim in 2019. That ethos is expressed daily through our many services and programs.
We offer spiritual development and youth empowerment programs that aim to be fun and inspiring. We strive for a family-friendly environment that encourages modesty, creativity, and community involvement. We are responsive, forward-thinking, and an environmentally friendly mosque.
As the largest Islamic complex in the Tri-Valley, our Friday prayer service draws about 400 worshippers from across the East Bay. The Center also sponsors public lectures and participates in interfaith activities through regional and national religious organizations.
We welcome you to our center where each day we are strengthening faith through community.
Programming & Activities
In addition to being a space for the five daily prayers, the 41,500 square foot MCC facility bustles each day with a wide range of programs, classes, and activities that serve the wide- ranging, diverse needs of our community.
Our congregation hails from more than 30 nations around the world.
We host a weekday Qur’an, Arabic, and Hifz program for 135 students; Friday evening halaqas for 180 young attendees; Sunday School for 410 students; a family and couples’ counseling room; a youth office; and a multipurpose space for community functions and events as well as private events.
Our programming mirrors the experiences of our congregation members as they retain a unique Muslim identity while being a part of the larger American community.
Our programs includes civil rights and civics training for East Bay Muslims; programming for our special-needs families (MCC is the West Coast’s first special-needs friendly mosque); Friday evening family programs; joint activities with other mosques and Islamic organizations; social activities; several large events preceded or followed by a communal dinner; basic Islamic creed classes in Farsi; martial arts and coding classes; weekly bookclub; a bi-weekly single moms’ support group; and monthly new Muslim book club meetings.
The Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay) is a religious organization whose primary goal is the emergence of an American Muslim identity. Its purpose is to practice and share the values of Islam by providing religious, educational and recreational facilities for members of the public.
The MCC strives to meet the various needs of its community, both spiritual and not, by providing services that are educational, charitable, and community-oriented. The MCC invests in the next generation by providing growth and leadership opportunities for youth and young professional, establishing spaces for various demographics to come together, and expanding those spaces to accommodate the needs of men and women throughout the community.
The MCC East Bay is a non-profit tax-exempt organization (with Tax-ID: 20-8085421) that has been formed exclusively for educational, religious, and social purposes. It is registered with the Internal Revenue Service under revenue code 501(c)(3).
All of its activities are in accordance with the teachings of the Quran and following the teachings and traditions of Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be upon Him).
MCC East Bay is a multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-lingual, non-sectarian, diverse, and open community committed to full and equal participation and involvement of men and women who are community members of MCC and subscribe to accept its rules, regulations, and procedures. MCC is committed to civic and civil engagement with communities of other faiths and society at large.
Our doors are open to all community members, however if you wish to become an official member of MCC, please note that MCC membership is open to all Muslims 18 years of age or above who:
- Subscribe to the objectives of the MCC Constitution
- Agree to work under the general guidance of MCC Board of Directors and the constitutional framework of MCC.
Expanding our youth programming during the past two years has been a significant growth marker and a point of personal pride for MCC’s founders.
Youth Director Shaykh Rami Nsour has thoughtfully overseen this expansion with a vision to help develop our youth into better citizens and better Muslims by integrating mainstream educational techniques with Islamic principles.
Every Friday evening, Shaykh Rami Nsour and his team of youths — in partnership with The Rahmah Foundation (which leads girls’ halaqas) — educate young minds by emphasizing Islamic values through lessons and extracurricular activities.
The next generation has responded well. That vital pipeline to the youth has already returned dividends. In long-running programs like the Sunday School and Friday Night Halaqas, we see young graduates returning to teach and mentor even younger students.
Youth Programming at MCC
- Youth Jumu’ah with a young speaker (March to November)
- Spring break & summer youth camps
- Extracurricular classes like coding, skating, and martial arts
- Basketball and swimming at HUB 925
- Youth Council
- Girl Scouts
- Ramadan youth qiyams & Iftars
- Friday night youth halaqas
- Volunteer-run Sunday School
- Regularly hosting of authors of Islamic children’s books
The youth have called MCC a “spiritual refuge,” a space to “build our identity as Muslims,” and a “place for community reaffirmation.”
Alisha Shaik, an MCC youth interfaith speaker, said the impetus for her and other teens to embark on their spiritual journeys at MCC has been in order to come to terms with personal questions like:
- “How can we build a strong Muslim community in America?”
- “Are we, as Muslims, too isolated from our society?”
- “What decisions have our elders made for us?”
- “How can we, as the next generation of Muslims leaders in America, work towards a better public image of our faith in the face of hostility, fear, and ignorance?”
To help guide them on their journeys, Shaykh Rami keeps bi-monthly office hours for spiritual care. He meets regularly with young Muslims whose challenges range from undergoing a crisis of faith to having parents undergoing a divorce to just needing to be heard while undergoing a confusing time in their own lives.
In pursuit of its Vision, the MCC East Bay strives to:
- Organize religious, educational, social, and cultural faith-based events
- Promote, strengthen, and implement family values
- Assist disadvantaged individuals and families
- Promote cooperation and bridges building among all facets of the society
- Seek constructive dialogue and mutual understanding
- Further better understanding and appreciation of Islam among people of other faiths and nonfaiths
- Promote sisterhood, brotherhood, mercy, compassion and peace.
- Provide spiritual and community values
- Religious and language education in the context of living in USA
- Socialization and sense of belonging in joy and sorrow
- Youth who identify themselves with the MCC
- Community and multi-faith outreach work
- Ability to vote for the Board and leadership of the MCC
Our History: Major Community Milestones
- In 2003, about a dozen Tri-Valley Muslims organize a Friday Jum’uah service in the basement of one person’s home. From there, the community grows and leases a progressively larger space for its worship services and Sunday School.
- In 2006, community leaders draft a charter for a new regional community center focused on the youth. The MCC East Bay is born.
- In 2010, a former self-defense training institute in a Pleasanton business park goes up for sale. The building’s owner accepts a $5 million offer for the 41,000- square foot building – about half its appraised value from just a few years prior.
- In the fall of 2010, a dream is realized when the community moves into its permanent digs: a five-acre site which – after major phases of improvements – houses a large prayer hall, conference hall, banquet hall, and 21 classrooms.
- In 2017, all interest-free community loans (Karz-e-Hasana) are returned to community member lenders. The building is also paid for by sale of a three-acre parcel of land in Dublin that the community had owned in hopes of one day building a purpose-built mosque.
- Since 2013, a tenant has been leasing 10,000 square feet from MCC and hundreds of members have been paying monthly dues that together provide a steady stream of operating income to fulfill the founding mandate of a bustling faith- based community space, professionally managed, and dedicated to family and youth.
The Future of MCC in the Tri-Valley
With each passing year, the Muslim community in the Tri-Valley has grown more diverse and more visible. The fusion of immigrant and indigenous influences has shaped the region’s cultural landscape over the last several decades.
We are now positioning ourselves for a growth and engagement trajectory as second and third generation families expand and mature.
Major building projects in the past five years have included renovation of the worship space, conference room, and bathrooms; landscape, parking lot, and security upgrades; and improvement of our classroom spaces along with our Montessori tenant’s rental space.
A full-scale expansion and renovation is being planned and will be scheduled.
The future remodeling plans include addition of a library, senior and youth lounges, a cafe, and a new banquet hall space with a service kitchen.
Future programming for MCC include youth camping trips; a seniors’ social club; food delivery and scheduled social visits for homebound elders and the ill; and better services for our young professionals who tend to be transient and require more specialized programming in order to engage.