Masjid Bilal Islamic Center has announced it will hold the official groundbreaking for its new multi-million dollar rebuilding project. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 21 at 12:00 pm. Masjid Bilal, the oldest identifiable Muslim community in Los Angeles, is beginning re-construction of a beautiful new Masjid and Community Center.
Project designer Asad Khan, President of Langdon-Wilson International Architectural Firm, has informed Masjid Bilal that all paperwork and fee payments for necessary permits are complete, and city officials have approved the project. The new Masjid and Community Center will open in late 2019. Langdon-Wilson submitted final design plans to the Los Angeles Department of Building & Safety in August 2016.
The beautiful new masjid complex will be re-constructed on 56,000 sq. ft. of debt-free land owned by the Masjid Bilal Islamic Center community. Upon completion, the facility will encompass an entire city block at the intersection of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Central Avenue.
The rich history and tradition of Masjid Bilal, located in the in the heart of South Los Angeles, spans more than a half-century.
Masjid Bilal has been an intricate part of L.A. history for over sixty years. The community began in a house, and soon the growth was so overwhelming they purchased a two-story building at 5606 Broadway. After a decade of growth, which included the opening of a parochial school, the congregation needed more space.
In May of 1973, the Muslim community purchased and took possession of a historic 40,000 square-foot, three-story brick building located just a few miles from downtown Los Angeles, on an acre of land for $180,000.00. The building was completely remodeled to accommodate the religious and educational needs of the community.
During the 1980's several strong earthquakes rumbled through Los Angeles. Masjid Bilal was especially ravaged and forcibly demolished. That would begin the community's quest to construct a new religious, educational and business complex.
In 1999, Asad Khan was contracted to design a 3-phased plan for the property. With the help of Councilwoman Rita Walters, the City Zoning Commissioner issued the community official approval for the plans.
Phase one was to build a modern state of the art 16 classroom educational facility. The school building, named Bilal Learning Center, was completed in 2007 with financial support from Saudi Arabian Businessmen and women, grants from the Islamic Development Bank of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Mohammed Dakhil, Dalal Muhtadi, Talal Zarif and the well charitable believers of Masjid Bilal Islamic Center.
The new Masjid Bilal Islamic Center complex will serve as a permanent testament to the contributions and history of Muslims in Los Angeles. Donations for the re-building can be made directly through Masjid Bilal's website.
Send checks payable to Masjid Bilal Islamic Center—4016 S. Central Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90011. Also, make donations by electronic transfer utilizing Bank of America—Acct# 325110240655 / Routing# 121000358.
With Allah's help, the community will continue forging ahead towards the future with the same energy and determination that has defined it for more than a half-century. Masjid Bilal has invited everybody to join and support this monumental task.