The Batavia Islamic Center(Fox Valley Muslim Community Center) started in the home of Hamid and
Mazher Ahmed, in 1977, on South Jefferson St. Batavia, Il. Here local
Muslims could perform their Friday congregational prayers, moving the
furniture out of the way each week. As the number of members quickly
increased it became obvious another location needed to be found.
In 1981, with the help of Frank Olson with whom the Hamid Ahmed worked, the
group was able to relocate to the Boy Scout cabin at the corner of Houston
and VanNortwick streets. This proved to be inadequate as more and more
Muslims came to Batavia to hold their Friday prayer sessions. In the spring
of 1983, Hamid approached Jim Hanson, whom he knew from working together on
updating school district maps, to inquire if Jim knew of any schools, which
might have space available. No school space was available, but Jim knew his
church had unused space in the basement of its education building. He asked
Fr. Drury Green if Calvary Episcopal Church would consider sharing space
with the Muslims for a compensation. On May 31st, 1983 the Vestry approved
an agreement sharing the basement of their school building to the Muslims.....