His Royal Highness Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz today announced that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud has donated U.S. $4 million for the construction of the Ibn Taymia Mosque in Los Angeles, California. Prince Bandar said that such a donation is not something new for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, who has devoted his life to the well-being of Islam and Muslims everywhere, and whose most recent achievement in his service to Islam outside the Kingdom is the mosque in Rome, Italy, which will be a focal point for Muslims in Europe.
Prince Bandar explained that the King's donation covers the cost of construction of the Ibn Taymia complex which will include an Islamic center for learning, publications, and conferences as well as a place of worship serving some 250,000 Muslims in the western part of Los Angeles. The $875,000 cost of the land on which the complex will be built has been donated by the King's son, His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd.
The Chairman and the Board of Directors of the Ibn Taymia Institute, following their meeting with Prince Bandar in Washington DC, sent a cable to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud praising his sincere efforts to serve Islam and Muslims everywhere and expressing their appreciation for his donation. They also praised the role of the Kingdom's Islamic scholars and institutions in uniting Muslims in the call toward truth.
The Ibn Taymia Institute is not a political or a commercial concern, but a charitable Islamic organization registered in the United States with the right to own property and operate religious and educational activities in all states. Its objectives are to promote the call of Islam and the teachings of the Prophet, and to foster Muslims' pride in their religion and their heritage, by building mosques, holding conferences, publishing books, and linking American Muslims with their brothers in the Arab and Islamic worlds, providing them with educational and material assistance and cementing human and friendly ties with other religious and educational institutions whether governmental or not, American or not, and entering into dialogue with them based on knowledge and justice.
Aziz Bin Fahd, paid the $875,000 cost of the land on which the mosque will be built.