In the 1970’s, organized Shia Religious activities were almost non-existent in the Bay Area. Even though quite a few Shia families resided here at that time, yet no one had taken the initiative to do a search and somehow bring them together to form a Shia Community.
In 1977 a couple of families ( Br. Ahmed Mirza and Br. Ali Hussain ) took the initiative of locating the whereabouts of the Shia families and organizing a Moharram Majalis at their residences in San Jose. As the number of families attending these Majalis grew, the Majalis began to be held at other participants’ residences too and some organizational difficulties and problems started to surface. This was the first time when the need for an Organization was recognized by the community.
In 1979 after the conclusion of a Majlis the Shia Association of Bay Area was formed and the people present at that time nominated five lifetime Trustees of the Association. The Association evolved from its’ infancy in 1979 to a reasonably well organized community.
Attendance increased a lot during Ramadhan for Iftar, Dua and Moharram programs. Instead of five lifetime Trustees, the Association decided to elect nine Trustees for two years. These Trustees perform various operating tasks voluntarily. A house was purchased in the city of San Jose in June of 1986 for $ 125,000.00 and converted into Hussaini Center. However, a permit to operate as a religious center could not be obtained due to strict requirements by the city.
In 1992 and as as the community grew and more and more families started to participate in religious gatherings, a 2500 square feet building at South White Road was purchased at a cost of $450,000.00. With the help of contributions from the community members, the building was paid off in a few years.