Photos from Masjid Noor al Islam in San Francisco depict a poorly maintained women’s prayer space

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"The mosque is in a poorer area of SF but still the closest one to the convention center & expensive hotels. The website listed convert services & tours so I figured it might be a reasonable mosque and took a quick cab ride there.

I opened the mosque front door. Straight ahead was a wide hall that led straight to the men’s prayer area ( got a pic of this too and can send it), and to the left between me and that space appeared to be the edge of a wudu area. Standing just inside the main entrance, to my left was a door with a sign that said “women”. I opened it and through the darkness I could see it was supply storage. I closed the door & conformed the sign said women and opened the women’s door again and squinted & saw that in fact this supply closet had another door at the opposite end. I closed the women’s door and stood for a second so my eyes could adjust to the darkness (that’s the second pic & 8th & 9th pic attached) and tried to step through the dark room and not fall over anything. There were printer cartridge boxes to my left, telecom equipment & wires to my right. I walked to the far end of this room and opened the door and there was sunlight! Woohoo! But it was another hall (see 6th pic). The first room to my left had the door open, but was some sort of storage room as well, albeit nicely lit. The only other door open was the next one to the left. It led to a dark room - I reached my hand in until I found the light switch. It was clearly the prayer room per the lines on the carpet. There was a good sized flatscreen tv on the far wall, which was a good sign as well. It looked like there was a window next to it - nice! I walked to it and it had been closed off, therefore no daylight could get through. The carpet was disgusting - I found a container or snacks which was clearly the culprit (see third pic). Next to the bin with snacks on it was a shelf with Qur’ans. After I prayed, I had to check my forehead & clothing to see if litter was sticking to it. There was a door with a sign on it for dua’s before/after leaving the toilet - so this must be the bathroom/wudu area…. I tried opening the door but it was locked from the other side (the men’s side). No women came in at any point, which gave me the great opportunity to take pics & video. I then shut back off the lights & closed the doors behind me as I left, feeling a bit invisible knowing nobody knew I was ever even there.” Photos and commentary were submitted by Kelly Kaufmann.

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