Brentwood’s Muslim community

Brentwood’s Muslim community expects to expand its Hikma School this summer, following approval of its plans by the city’s planning commission.

The Brentwood Planning Commission agreed to the construction of three new modular buildings at 7701 Lone Tree Way, next to the Brentwood Muslim Community Center. The center opened in 2010 and now serves about 300 families, with facilities for performing all prayers in congregation, weekend Islamic school, charity distribution, dawa programs, weekly halaqa, daily hafiz programs, Friday family nights, daily children’s and adult Quranic studies, weekend school and a full-time private Islamic school. The mosque’s school has been operating out of Antioch due to lack of space at the current center — a converted family residence.

The mosque’s board chairman, Tanvir Choudhary, said this week the group hopes to have the new school completed in August so that classes can be opened in the fall. Accompanied at the planning meeting by a number of parents and current students, Choudhary said there are 28 students now enrolled in the Islamic school, with about 20 more waiting on the opening of the new facility.

“We hope to have about 80 students eventually,” Choudhary said, “with religious, vocational and language-teaching services ahead.”

Planning commissioners raised some concerns about the lighting around the new buildings and urged the mosque’s officials to work with planning staff to ensure adequate night lighting, for security reasons. Chairperson Dirk Zeigler said he hoped lighting could be improved around walkways between the buildings, ensuring safety during night events.

Another commissioner, Emily Cross, noted the upcoming upgrade for Lone Tree Way should allay any concerns about increased traffic at the site.

The project was approved by the commission in a 5-0 vote.

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