SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 688
         WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas is pleased to
  recognize the Islamic Center of Lake Travis on the occasion of
  the one-year anniversary of its opening following its rebuilding
  and the center's second Ramadan celebration; and
         WHEREAS, The Islamic Center of Lake Travis underwent a
  devastating fire in January of 2017 during its construction;
  after more than a year of rebuilding efforts, and with the strong
  support of the interfaith community, the mosque opened its doors
  in May of 2018 in time for its first Ramadan celebration, which
  included nightly prayers and community iftars, the traditional
  meal that breaks the daily fast; and
         WHEREAS, The mosque offers a range of convenient features
  to its congregation, including upstairs and downstairs prayer
  rooms, a nursery, washrooms, and a small basketball court; in
  addition to regular worship services, the center offers Sunday
  school classes for children and hosts a monthly lecture series,
  and its members participate in the Mobile Loaves and Fishes
  program; and
         WHEREAS, The Islamic Center of Lake Travis recently
  engaged its first Imam, Sheikh Mohamed-Umer Esmail; he is a
  traditionally trained scholar who has studied the Sciences of
  Shari'ah and received Ijazahs and studied under the tutelage of
  some of the world's leading Islamic scholars; and
         WHEREAS, The Islamic Center of Lake Travis has been an
  invaluable addition to the faith community in Central Texas, and
  it is truly fitting that it receive special recognition on this
  significant anniversary; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 86th
  Legislature, hereby commend the members of the Islamic Center of
  Lake Travis on their commitment and their determination in the
  face of adversity and extend to them best wishes for a memorable
  one-year anniversary celebration; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for
  the mosque as an expression of esteem from the Texas Senate.
 
  Watson
   
   
   
    ________________________________ 
        President of the Senate
     
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on May 3, 2019.
   
   
   
    ________________________________ 
        Secretary of the Senate
   
   
   
    ________________________________ 
         Member, Texas Senate