An Islamic Community in Contemporary Times

On February 6, 2005, the South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA) held a banquet to celebrate its sustained strivings spanning a quarter of a century to serve the community. The event entitled “An Islamic Community in Contemporary Times: 25 Years Of SBIA” at the Santa Clara Convention Center was a source of bliss and a soul-lifting experience for one and all.
The event featured a video presentation chronicling reminisces of longtime supporters about SBIA’s initial years, a commendation to SBIA by San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales, an address by San Jose Police Chief Rob Davis, a talk by Imam Zaid Shakir, performances by Muslim artists, and much more.
In addition to the Honorable Mayor and Chief of Police, the distinguished guests included San Jose Vice Mayor Cindy Chavez, Councilman David Cortese, city officials, and representatives of local community and religious organizations. Numerous individuals were recognized, including past SBIA presidents, longtime teachers of the Sunday Islamic School, and volunteers who have contributed over the years - and continue to contribute - to SBIA activities.
“It is a blessed day for our community to stand here today and remember where we started and how much we have accomplished through God’s Grace and the efforts of numerous volunteers”, said Muhammad Janjua, President of SBIA.
The event was attended by well over 700 guests. Besides talks, anecdotes, and a video presentation, the attendees were treated to a rap Nasheed performance and a sumptuous dinner. All guests were given a copy of “Reflections”, a commemorative journal produced specially for the historic occasion.
Feedback from the momentous occasion has been positive and those who attended appeared optimistic about what SBIA has achieved and what lies ahead. The organizers, too, were most pleased with how well the event was received and believe the evening will serve to impart momentum to SBIA strivings and accomplish greater goals over the next 25 years.
“The fact that the program took place at the same time as the Super Bowl yet attracted over 700 guests, was held at such a grand venue as the Convention Center, featured the Mayor of the 11th-largest city in the United States, and flowed seamlessly and punctually, made this perhaps the most impressive and successful event in SBIA’s history”, said Imam Tahir Anwar, the religious leader of SBIA, who initiated the proceedings with a recitation from the Holy Qur’an.

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