Mosques in Suburban Los Angeles, CA

June 16, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

On June 16, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "at least three times a week, the Shia Ithna-Asheri Islamic Jamaat of Los Angeles is a busy place... Scores of cars and SUVs pull into the mosque's parking lot as families dressed in traditional Muslim clothing prepare to worship... For the most part, the 200 members of the mosque... which is nestled within a residential block in Pico Rivera... have been good neighbors... About the only problem residents have encountered since the mosque opened on Serapis Avenue in 1984 has been a lack of parking on the street when its members gather for prayers on Friday, during Sunday school on Sunday and during Muslim holiday events... The sight of people dressed in Middle Eastern garb has become familiar to Serapis residents. And such scenes are being played out across the nation as more mosques open in suburban settings, including at least 60 in Los Angeles County, according to the Islamic Center of Southern California."