Masjid Al-Fatiha embraces its role as an ambassador for Islam in the larger community, while also creating a space for Thai Muslims to preserve their religious and cultural traditions in America.
Although it was founded as the first and only Thai masjid outside of the Kingdom of Thailand, it serves Muslims of many ethnicities and very consciously works to adapt traditional Islamic faith to American culture. It is also embedded into its community, welcoming non-Muslims to visit and engage with them.
Imam Haji Rhamat Phyakul and Hajah Sukatee Phyakul co-founded the mosque, now run by their entire family, including daughters and grandchildren. Their daughter, Napah Phyakul Quach, also serves as CRCC’s Director of Contracts, Grants & Operations.
This video is part of CRCC’s “Reimagining Religion: Stories of Religious Creativity in L.A.” series, part of the Religious Competition and Creative Innovation project. The project was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.