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Masjid Bilal Islamic Center in Los Angeles Announces Official Groundbreaking Date for Historic New Mosque and Community Center

(LOS ANGELES, CA, 11/4/18) — Masjid Bilal Islamic Center has announced the date of the official groundbreaking for its new multi-million dollar rebuilding project. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 17 at 12:00 pm. Masjid Bilal, the oldest identifiable Muslim community in Los Angeles, is beginning reconstruction of a beautiful new Masjid and Community Center.

Project designer Asad Khan, President of Langdon-Wilson International Architectural Firm, has informed the Masjid Bilal Rebuilding Committee that all paperwork and fees 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 constructed on 56,000 square-feet of land owned by the Bilal community. Upon completion, the facility will encompass an entire city block at the intersection of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Central Avenue. (Watch Video)

The rich history and tradition of Masjid Bilal, located in the in the heart of South Los Angeles, spans more than sixty years. 

In 1973, the 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, a 3-phased plan was designed for the property. Phase one was to build a modern, state of the art 16-classroom educational facility. In 2007, the Bilal Learning Center School Building was officially completed. Phase two is construction of the masjid and community center.

The new Masjid complex will become a landmark building in Los Angeles, as well as, serving generations of Muslims for years to come. It will become a permanent testament to the contributions and history of Muslims in Los Angeles.

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at Masjid Bilal Islamic Center and is being be live-streamed via internet around the globe. The project has already received broad international support. Donations to this monumental effort can be made directly through the Masjid Bilal website or send your check by mail to Masjid Bilal Islamic Center—4016 S. Central Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90011.