Masjid Bilal Islamic Center

Clarion Project
Article Source: Clarion Project

Article Source: Clarion Project

Masjid Bilal is a mosque located in south Los Angeles.  Masjid Bilal was initially a Nation of Islam (NOI) mosque, known as Muhammad’s Temple of Islam #27. In 1975, the mosque transitioned from NOI to mainstream Sunni Islam,[1] but its imam still participates in NOI events.

The mosque built a new facility in 2007. The mosque was able to complete the project in part through the assistant of grants from the Islamic Development Bank of Saudi Arabia.[2]  The Islamic Development Bank of Saudi Arabia has been directly involved in paying the families of Palestinian suicide bombers.[3]

The Bilal Centers Resident Imam is Abdul Karim Hasan, who has been the leader there since 1971.  While Imam Hasan is no longer a member of NOI, he still associates with NOI and its leader, Louis Farrakhan.[4] In 2010, Imam Hasan participated as the keynote speaker at NOI’s annual Savior’s Day commemoration.[5]

The Bilal Center is a board member of the Muslim American Homeland Security Congress (MAHSC), alongside multiple Muslim Brotherhood affiliated organizations.[6]


[1] Masjid Bilal Islamic Center Website, “About Masjid Bilal Islamic Center,” Accessed November 5, 2018, https://www.masjidbilalonline.com/about-masjid-bilal-islamic-center.html

[2]  Ibid.

[3] EyeontheUN, “Terror Bank Gets Observer Status at U.N.,” The Hill, April 4, 2007, https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/28643-terror-bank-gets-observer-status-at-un

[4] Don Terry, “Farrakhan: Fiery Separatist in a Sober Suit,” New York Times, March 3, 1994, https://www.nytimes.com/1994/03/03/us/farrakhan-fiery-separatist-in-a-sober-suit.html

[5] Imam W. Deen Mohammed Youtube Channel, “Saviors Day 2010 – Imam Abdul Karim Hasan – Part 1,” Published: February 28, 2010, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2CjsT1QfSw [Accessed: November 6, 2018]

[6] Muslim American Homeland Secruity Congress Facebook Page, “About,” Accessed: November 6, 2018, https://www.facebook.com/pg/MuslimAmericanHSC/about/?ref=page_internal