The Masjid Al-Ansar, Miami, FL. is an Islamic Community in association with the global Islamic community, and who supports the initiatives of the late W. Deen Mohammed which proclaims in word, in deed and in action, the universal message of Al-Islam, that there is but one G’d (Allah) and one human family. We are committed to establish a balanced community life in its broadest sense, witnessing the eternal wisdom of the words of Allah and the life exemplified by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). We will cultivate the patterned growth of human excellence and good character through building valuable relationships with all G’d conscious people. Therefore, we have organized to serve as an instrument for Muslims throughout America.
He began his first tenure as Resident Imam of Masjid Al-Ansar and Director of Clara Mohammed School in Miami, Florida in 1977. He was a personal assistant to Imam W. D. Mohammed and sent to lead the Miami community. Prior to his arrival, he opened several Masjids in and around the Chicago land area. Imam Nasir has traveled throughout the West Indies and Caribbean Islands making television and radio appearances to propagate the religion of Al-Islam in those areas. He has given numerous community and college lectures throughout Jamaica, Bermuda, Trinidad, the Middle East and the United States. Imam Nasir’s professional career is one of great service and is parallel with his religious activities throughout the United States and foreign countries. In 1986, Imam Nasir ended his first tenure as Resident Imam of Masjid Al-Ansar to complete advanced degrees. In May of 1991, he graduated from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry with a D.D.S. degree and returned to be the Resident Imam of Masjid Al-Ansar. He is currently an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with practices in the Tri-City Dallas, Texas area and Florida. Imam Nasir currently lectures Nationally and Internationally on Religious and Health related topics and is an instructor of Basic Arabic. His passion for dawah has afforded him the opportunity to participate on numerous Inter-Faith panels in the Tri-County area and to be a regular guest on area radio talk shows. (add title of book)
Masjid Al-Ansar is nestled in an erstwhile church building bought by Muslims in 1968. Being one of the oldest mosques in South Florida, it serves as a religious center for the Islamic community. It is a member of Mosques Cares which is an African-American organization. Quran reading sessions, Islamic studies class, Taleem class and other educational and cultural events take place regularly at the Mosque.
MIAMI — One of South Florida’s most prestigious landmarks sits on the corner of Northwest 53rd Street and Seventh Avenue: Masjid-Al Ansar. Known by many passersby as the Muslim mosque, this place of worship is filled with untold stories that contribute to African-American history locally and nationally. For example, worldwide admirers of “The Greatest” — Muhammad Ali — know that he trained in Miami for his early boxing championship fights. But even his greatest fans may not know that he was a worshipper at, and helper of the historic mosque.
Masjid Al-Ansar (“Mosque of the Helpers” being a rough translation from the Arabic), was purchased in 1967 as one of the Muhammad Temples of Islam in the original Nation of Islam led by the man still known as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. It not only is where the legendary Ali came to worship while residing in Miami. It was a part of the private school system he supported. In 2001, Will Smith, Mario Van Peebles, Nona Gaye and other actors admired the beautiful upstairs prayer space used for a scene in the movie ALI. For nearly 45 years the building has served a multitude of purposes in addition to worship services. Downstairs was one of 400 private schools founded by the First Lady of the Nation of Islam, Sister Clara Muhammad. Clara and Elijah Muhammad dedicated themselves to educating their own children and not leaving their destiny in the hands of the American educational system; risking their lives in an era when bold, independent thinking by African Americans was considered a threat to the United States of America, and thus changing the face of freedom and education in America forever.
In the early 1970s, Ali gifted the school with two buses to transport students. One of Broward County’s youngest and brightest commissioners is a proud product of the former “University of Islam” school system. When Commissioner Barbara Sharief recently was honored at an awards dinner for her accomplishments and contributions to the South Florida landscape, she gave credit for her success in part during her acceptance speech to the Clara Mohammed School system. Today there are more than 90 Clara Muhammad Schools nationwide including the Miami location. When Elijah Muhammad died in 1975, leadership of his Nation of Islam passed to his son, the late Imam W. Deen Mohammed.
A progressive leader, theologian, philosopher, Islamic revivalist and thinker, Imam Mohammed (who changed his last name to reflect the spelling on his birth certificate), led the vast majority of the members of the original Nation Of Islam into the mainstream, emphasizing Islam in its purest form so that Muslims would adhere to the tenets as given in the Muslim’s sacred book, the Quran. Race and other constructs no longer determined who could worship under Imam W.D. Mohammed’s leadership, as he accepted all of humanity, and all of the more than 400 temples were converted into traditional mosques.
By the time he passed in 2008, he had been instrumental in establishing interfaith cooperation with myriad other religious communities, especially Christians and Jews in America and around the world. Today Masjid Al-Ansar’s religious leader is Imam Dr. Nasir Ahmad, who continues as a dedicated student of Imam Mohammed. “The Helper’s Mosque,” which has many progressive outreach programs and is well known within the community for helping those in need, was designated a historical landmark in 2004. Article by
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