Crowds, Congestion at Fremont Bohra Mosque Raise Concern

August 6, 2005

Source: The Argus

On August 6, 2005 The Argus reported, "Since last Sunday, Canyon Heights resident Rod Spikula has watched cars line up and down Old Canyon Road. Although he was aware that a $4 million masjid, or mosque, was being built just down the road from his mobile home, Spikula said he was not prepared for the more than 1,000 people who have converged on his neighborhood this week... Organizers say about 1,500 Dawoodi Bohra Muslims have visited Fremont this week to celebrate the grand opening of their small Islamic sect's first masjid on the West Coast. The opening coincided with the arrival of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, the spiritual leader for more than 1 million Dawoodi Bohra Muslims across the globe... Raj Munaim, a spokesman for the local Dawoodi Bohra community, said he is aware of the complaints but that the large crowds should taper off after Burhanuddin leaves. 'We're working to be considerate of our neighbors,' Munaim said. 'A lot of the activity was happening because his holiness was visiting. It should be quiet after Sunday.'"