After the December 2015 San Bernardino mass shooting that killed 14 and injured another 22, Moina Shaiq started to question her role as a Muslim.
Originally from Pakistan, Shaiq has lived in Fremont since 1987. For years, she has been a part of several interfaith groups that connect people from various religions to engage in conversations about their faith. She says that members in her groups had a general understanding of Islam, and she always felt welcome.
But after the 2015 attack committed by a married Muslim couple who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, Shaiq wanted to reach a wider group of people -- particularly those without much awareness of her religion.
In January 2016, about a month after the San Bernardino shootings, she placed an ad in several newspapers and on social media inviting the general public to come have coffee with her in Fremont as a way to chat and learn more about Islam. She figured maybe a few people would show up.
"The first event drew over a hundred people," she said. "I hadn't envisioned that this many people would come out to ask me questions about my faith and about the things that they hear in the news."