Masjid Bilal Islamic Center will be the first Masjid built in true Los Angeles, for more than two decades and the first of the new millennium. The project also includes a sprawling two-story community center to serve the area.
"Remember this—we are not just talking about a Masjid. We're also talking about a community center," added Imam Hasan.
"This will be a place where people can come and be orientated into the knowledge of the universality of Al-Islam and the faith of revelation — Where we can have classes to teach the people what they need to know. Language, ethics, etiquette, and those things that matter to us as a society. We are a society living within a society, and it's important that we get along."
Masjid Bilal is the oldest identifiable Muslim community in Los Angeles, spanning more than sixty years. The historic rebuilding project has been praised by city officials, many of whom have worked closely with Masjid Bilal over the years.
"We know what an important role this Mosque has played in our community—right here on Central Avenue," stated Councilman Curren Price from the ninth district of Los Angeles.
"This is going to be a facility not just for Muslims, but for others as well. We appreciate the unique role the Mosque is playing, not just in the development of resources for our kids, but for the contribution you're making up and down this corridor and in our city."
Building a Masjid and Community Center is phase two of a three-phase plan that the Bilal community has been working on since 1999. The first was a school, with construction completed in 2007.
Phase three involves a commercial facility, which will be a 5-story business and residential building unit. The city has already approved that permit.
"Please, please, we need your help and support," emphasized Ahmed Radwan, Chairman of the Masjid Bilal Fundraising Committee.
"Brothers and sisters, this is your opportunity for eternal and reoccurring blessings. Do not fool yourself, saying I still have my life ahead of myself. We do not know if we're going to make it tomorrow. Please, we ask each one of you to help us and help yourself and share this opportunity with everyone you know."
For more information or to make a donation, you can visit the Masjid Bilal Islamic Center website at www.masjidbilalonline.com