For the first time, a historic event took place for Muslims of Southern California at sunset on May 14, 2020 (21 Ramadan 1441 AH) in Los Angeles County, California - the most populous metropolitan county in United States.
In Culver City, California permission was given for evening Call to Prayers (Adhan) over an outdoor loud speaker from the rooftop of the King Fahad Mosque. Insh'Allah, the Adhan will be called everyday for sunset prayers (Maghrib) for the last ten days in the month of Ramadan.
Ramadan is the holiest month for followers of the Muslim faith. It’s a time of prayer and fasting – and those prayers typically happen inside a mosque. However, this year during Ramadan all mosques in Southern California are closed for congregational prayers due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Community and city leaders in Culver City are going the extra mile to make sure those who observe Ramadan are safe. The Culver City mosque is using their YouTube channel to live stream the Call to Prayers (Adhan). Anyone witnessing the evening Call to Prayers from the streets outside the mosque are asked to follow city guidelines for the health and safety of the public by wearing masks and maintaining proper social distancing.
Worshippers are offering prayers at home with special supplications for relief from this pandemic that has resulted in over 88,000 deaths in the United States. California coronavirus cases now top 75,000, nearly half of them in Los Angeles County.
This historic public Call to Prayers in Ramadan was covered by NBC Los Angeles (Channel 4) Nightly News on May 14, 2020.
Maghrib Adhan in Culver City, California on May 15, 2020 from the mosque rooftop.
About King Fahad Mosque
The Ibn Taymiyah Foundation has supervised the project of King Fahad mosque in Culver City, Los Angeles County since its commencement. It is responsible for management and future activities. The establishment of this foundation dates back to 1980 (1400 AH). Its activities began in the “Muslim Student House” in the city’s western part.
About Culver City, California
Culver City is a city in Los Angeles County, California. Originally founded as a whites-only city or sundown town, since the 1980s it has become fairly diverse with one of the most diverse school systems in the United States. It is mostly surrounded by the city of Los Angeles, but also shares a border with unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.
Since the 1920s, Culver City has been a center for motion picture and later television production, best known as the home of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayerstudios (MGM). From 1932 to 1986, it was the headquarters for the Hughes Aircraft Company. National Public Radio West and Sony Pictures Entertainment have headquarters in the city. The NFL Network studio is also located in Culver City.