What We do
an inner-city community center founded by Muslim-Americans to serve South Los Angeles.
Islah LA emerged from the
historic Masjid Ibaadillah community in
South Los Angeles In 1986. Led by
Imam Saadiq Saafir, a group of families
purchased storefront property on West
Jefferson Boulevard in Los Angeles to
establish Masjid Ibaadillah and to serve
its predominantly African-American
community. The Islah LA community
center currently led by Imam Jihad
Saafir, is a secular nonprofit charity
founded in June 2013.
In February 2014, it officially started center safe-place programming for children and families. By September 2014, Islah Academy opened with 20 students offering a Muslim-school curriculum specializing in social justice, high academic standards, Quranic studies,and 21st Century leadership.
Islah LA is one of the first of its kind in the United States - an inner-city community center founded by Muslim-Americans to serve South Los Angeles. Islah LA is poised to start a new wave of civic engagement within the Muslim-American community,
As its primary focus is service, it allows Muslims from diverse backgrounds to have a space where they can engage in their community. The goal of Islah LA is service to the greater community and to provide an inclusive community space for key social services to the surrounding areas. That is why we chose the Arabic word, “Islah”, because of its meaning to renew, revive, and restore.