September 19, 2023

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the recognition of American Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month by the city of Fremont, Calif.  

For the eighth consecutive year, California designated August as American Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month. The city of Fremont will commemorate this designation with a proclamation presentation at its city council meeting tomorrow evening. The ceremony will take place during the first few minutes of the meeting. 

  • Date: September 19, 2023 
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. 
  • Location: City Hall, 3300 Capitol Ave., Bldg. A, Fremont 
  • AgendaFremont City Council Meeting 

SEECalifornia Legislature House Resolution 52 

In its proclamation, the city recognized its “thriving Muslim community,” specifically praising: 

  • Muslim Support Network for its work to improve the health and well-being of Muslim elders. 
  • Salaam Food Pantry for its support of veterans, single parents, and impoverished families.  

Salma Ummae, president of Muslim Support Network, and Naseer Irfan, president of Salaam Food Pantry, will both accept the proclamation on behalf of their organizations and the Fremont Muslim community. 

In a statement, CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo said: 

“CAIR-SFBA deeply appreciates the continued recognition of the diverse and invaluable achievements of American Muslims, whose dedication and contributions continue to shape the city of Fremont, California, and the nation. This proclamation helps to highlight our shared values and humanity and is a welcome acknowledgment.” 

Muslim Support Network President Salma Ummae said:

I am grateful to the city of Fremont for recognizing Muslim Support Network during American Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month. Muslim Support Network is focused on serving the needs of the Muslim elderly population, and this recognition emphasizes the care the city has for our elderly Muslim population. Thank you for standing with us and fostering an environment where we can all live in peace.” 

Salam Food Pantry President Naseer Irfan added, “Salaam Food Pantry and its energetic volunteers are humbled to receive recognition during American Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month. This proclamation signifies the important, daily role American Muslims play in the communities where they live and raise their children as caring citizens. We truly appreciate the recognition.”

The city of Fremont joins a long list of Bay Area cities, including Albany, Dublin, Livermore, Milpitas, Pleasanton, San Ramon, and Santa Clara, who have recognized Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month in 2023.