The members of a Woodland Hills mosque had a blessed weekend. Sixty-eight-year-old spiritual leader His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin arrived in Los Angeles to bless the city’s first Dawoodi Bohra mosque in a ceremony that was attended by 1,000 worshipers, reports the Los Angeles Daily News. Although the $6.5 million Mohammedi Center has been open for years, Muslim families have been unable to pray inside its 18,000-square-foot masjid—which is designed to stand for 1,000 years—pending Saifuddin’s visit.
During his time in Los Angeles, Saifuddin took an opportunity to accept a U.S. flag from representative Brad Sherman and also to address members of the community about peace and patriotism. Mufaddal Ezzy told LADN that he especially appreciated Saifuddin’s “first gesture in his first address on American soil: patriotism, loyalty and being active in the community in which you live…I had tears in my eyes.”