Islamic Society Of East Bay
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San Rafael, California
Islamic Society of East Bay - Lowry Mosque / Masjid
I agree. In fact, this Lowry Mosque is more than corrupt and Siraj Ahmad Desai is the one to blame because he is the imam. I used to go to that masjid and there is a person who I used to see leading prayers in taraweeh or giving khutba. His name is Nawaz Ahmad Khan. He has a speech disorder and you can barely understand what he says. Yet, he gets paid by the mosque. Someone who gives khutba should at least meet one minimum requirement, to be able to speak clearly and be understood by people. If he can't talk, then he shouldn't be given the job or else it's theft for someone to employ him. It doesn't matter how much he knows (being a hafiz doesn't mean being a Aalim / scholar) . Even if he's a great scholar, someone who can't talk may then write some books instead of talk without being understood. But this person, whose dad teaches in the mosque and knows Siraj Ahmad Desai got the job because of family ties or friendship. Let's end all that theft. I know he also has a brother name Abdul Majeed Khan who I saw in the mosque. Again, it's family business. I call upon the Muslim community to request all mosques to post the salaries of imams and all mosque workers in a visible place in the mosque where Muslims who donate money can see these salaries to know where the money is going and see if these salaries unreasonably high. Also everyone who works in a mosque should have his verified resume and references posted in the mosque so the Muslims who donate money know when someone is getting paid without qualifications or getting the job because he has a relative or friend who works in the mosque.
San Jose, California
Lowry Mosuqe is Corrupt
This mosque is absolutely corrupt. I met the imam, Siraj Ahmad Desai in 2006 when I moved to Union City / Fremont area , California. Siraj Ahmed Desai is a crook who stole thousands of dollars from me. Every time I went to him for advice, he told me that I need to donate money to the poor or make a sacrifice, and my problems will be solved. He always insisted that I give him the money in cash. He told me not to put the money in the donation box or write a check, but to give him cash directly so I gave him around $7,000 within 3-4 years. I also believe he either practice black magic or hires someone in India to do it for him because I kept seeing dreams where someone asks me to give him money. I asked some scholars about this and they said that he must be using jinn to make me see such dreams to give him money. Also, I noticed a lot of strange things happening to me, and asked around and found out he hired people to do magic on me and my wife. If anyone doesn't believe me, call a sheikh or aamil who knows how to break magic, and ask about Siraj Ahmad Desai and his wife Aisha and you will hear confirmations about what I mentioned. He also did a lot of things against Islamic teaching. Him and his wife Aisha caused a lot of problems for me and my wife and did all they could to try to separate us behind each other's back, until we found out what they were doing. I asked Khalid Siddiqi about certain things Siraj Ahmad Desai did to me and my wife, and Khalid Siddiqi said that Siraj was doing Haram things. I also think that the board of directors is corrupt. I mailed complaint letters about Siraj Ahmad Desai to the board and the board never replied to me. I also emailed the board and they didn't reply. When I emailed them, I got a ridiculous reply from Mushtaq Ali telling me that I need to come in to the mosque and bring an ID with me to verify my identity although he knows me personally as I used to volunteer in the mosque. I replied to him but he never answered. How can someone trust people like this, they are NOT saints and we don't know their motive of being on the board of the mosque. What makes this a problem for the community also is that Siraj Ahmed Desai has many relatives from the Desai family who are either imams in the bay area mosques or "hafiz" and so on. I stopped giving money to that mosque or other mosques where Siraj's relatives work. Instead I give the money to the poor people directly. I think this mosque should be investigated by the community and authorities to recover the money people donate so that these donations don't go to thieves who are trying look as pious people.
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