When Masjid Bilal formally opened on June 3, 1983, it became the first Mosque built from the ground up in Greater Cleveland and the first mosque built by a predominantly African American congregation in the United States. The vision belonged to Imam W. Deen Mohammed and was put into action and completed by Imam Clyde Rahman. Much of the construction of Masjid Bilal was undertaken by members of the congregation, who donated their skills, time and energies, day and night to make the project a success. The land was purchased and then donated by Jabir Muhammad, the brother of Imam Mohammed and manager of boxing champion Muhammad Ali. Largely due to the contribution from Imam Mohammed and our many supporters Masjid Bilal was debt-free when it opened its doors.