TRENTON, N.J. – A prolonged search for a new Imam to lead the congregation of Masjidut- Taqwa, located at 1001 E. State St., in Trenton, was rewarded in a big way after Instructor Benjamin Bilal accepted the offer to become their new religious representative.The formal installation was conducted after Jumu’ah Prayer on May 1 of this year, in front of a large and international group of Believers, with his wife, Kareema Medina Bilal, at his side.
Instructor Bilal, a longtime resident of New York City, is no stranger to Trenton, having previously delivered the Jumu’ah khutbah there on numerous occasions.He is widely known for his Sunday evening radio broadcast, True Human Radio! on blogtalkradio.com where he expounds on “The Sacred & Secret Language of Religion and Culture,” a subject which has become his signature in lectures around the country.
Perhaps equally well known is his Qur’an Linguistic Study Course, which meets weekly by conference call, with students numbering almost a hundred.Long-time followers of Imam W.D. Mohammed will recognize Bilal’s name and face from his three plays: “Remake The World,” a play about the reconstruction of family life; “The Evolution Of A Community”; and “It’s Wake Up Time!” The two latter plays were development of the journey from the Nation of Islam to al-Islam proper. Bilal wrote, produced and performed all three to glowing accolades in the late 1980s to early 1990s. Instructor Bilal is very grateful for and feels blessed by the fact that Imam W. Deen Mohammed himself actually attended the performances and approved of Bilal’s portrayal of him in the latter two plays.