Mosque: “A symbol of the rise of Islam”


Masjid Omar ibn Al-Khattab, Los Angeles, California, USA

From Islamicity.com

In Ramadaan of 1414 (1994 CE) Hijri, Masjid (Mosque) Omar formally opened its doors. It was the culmination of over fifteen years of work by hundreds of volunteers to establish the masjid. The land for Masjid Omar was bequeathed by an old woman in 1398 Hijri (1977 CE) who desired to help the cause of Islam. Her donation was followed in turn by donations from untold numbers of benefactors to build the masjid on the land. The masjid is a symbol of the rise of Islam in Los Angeles.

Masjid Omar is located very close to USC, near the corner of Vermont and Exposition.

Masjid Omar ibn Al-Khattab
1025 W. Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007

The practical value of signs and sacraments


It was a bit “stuffy” in church, last Sunday. Actually, it was down right hot!

People were fanning themselves with church bulletins, loosening collars, and squirming around in their seats.

The air vents had those short, little, colored ribbons tied to them … the ones that let you “see” when air is actually flowing … and they were all clearly just laying there. Quite limp. At last, one of the ushers got around to turning on the air conditioning.

Almost immediately, those limp little colored ribbons began to stand out and wiggle … and instantly … everybody in the congregation began to feel cooler … even though it would be many long minutes before the temperature would actually begin to drop.

Such is the practical value of  “signs”.


Catholics understand that a sacrament is an outward sign of a divine reality, originally instituted by Jesus Christ, for the primary purpose of  dispensing grace to all the many and varied, People of God.

The sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is particularly important to Catholics, since it’s through the power of that sacrament that Jesus becomes present for us on the altar at Mass, where he serves (among many other things) as High Priest, Perfect Mediator, Savior, God and King.

When we Catholics see Jesus Christ raised up … truly present … in the most holy sacrament of the altar … we instinctively know that God still loves us, that he’s still willing to hold up his “end” of the New Covenant, and that he’ still willing to forgive our sins … saving us from eternal death and hell.

And while it may be a while before all of that truly comes to pass … all the signs are there to indicate that it will indeed, really happen.

With all this in mind, it’s not surprising that the very next thing we do at Mass is claim God the Father as our own, rejoicing and and luxuriating in the Peace obtained through the perfect, atoning sacrifice of our divine brother … Jesus Christ.

The fact that God is then willing to share with us the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus … his only begotten son … further confirms what we already know and believe.

God loves us … and he uses practical signs (sacraments) to help confirm for us (and in us) his work of grace, and his timeless message of salvation.

All the more reason to stay cool!