Located a few miles south of Downtown Los Angeles, Masjid Bilal Islamic Center has a rich history and tradition that spans more than half a century.
Formerly called Muhammad's Temple of Islam #27 and located at 5606 Broadway, the community has played an essential role in the growth of Muslims throughout the Southern California area.
In 1971, Abdul-Karim Hasan was selected to lead the Muslim community. Under his leadership, the community would purchase its current property in May of 1973, which would help shape the dynamics for Islamic growth in the city.
During the 70's, Allah blessed Masjid Bilal's propagation efforts, which reached tens of thousands of Americans, including prominent city officials and some of the world's best-known celebrities, who attended our events. In 1974, Abdul Karim Hasan helped establish the State of California's first Muslim Prison Ministry program, becoming an official advisor to the Director of the California Department of Corrections, and was the first Muslim member of the State Advisory Committee for institutional religion (S.A.C.I.R.).
In 1975, we began our transition to mainstream Islam under the leadership of Imam W. Deen Mohammed. It was through the Imam's knowledge of the Quran, and the life example of Prophet Muhammad (SWT) that our spiritual lives began to change. Masjid Bilal Muslims would become the first identifiable large mainstream Islamic community in the city of Los Angeles, which spawned other Islamic centers in South L.A..
During the 1980's, our building was demolished due to earthquake damage. That would begin our quest to rebuild a new religious, educational and business complex.
The City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety approved a three-phase plan designed by Asad Khan of Langdon-Wilson International Architecture in 1999. Phase one was to build a state of the art educational facility. Construction would begin in 2000 and the Bilal Learning Center would take nearly 7 years to complete. The sixteen-classroom school building was completed in 2007, with the help of Saudi Arabia businessmen and women, Grants from the Islamic Development Bank of Saudi Arabia, Sheik Hajj Muhammad Dakhil and Family, Sister Dalal Muhtadi and Bilal Islamic Center members.