Frequently Asked Questions
What does the name Masjid Bilal mean?
The name Masjid is the Arabic name for house of worship. Bilal was an Ethiopian slave chosen by Prophet Muhammad to recite the call to prayer. We feel Bilal's life mirrors the life of the African American from slavery to his rise to prominence in the Islamic world.
When was Masjid Bilal built?
The Masjid was built in 1983. 60% of the construction of the building was done by the membership. Through donations and hard work Masjid Bilal is the first Mosque to be built from the ground up in the United States by an African American community.
Why was the building built sideways?
A Some believe Muslims pray to the east, but in reality we pray in the direction of the Ka'bah. The Ka'bah is located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Depending on your location in the world that direction could be east, west, north or south. The Masjid was built in the direction of the Ka'bah so when you enter the front doors of the Masjid you are facing the direction of prayer.
Is Masjid Bilal a part of the Nation of Islam?
A Masjid Bilal was originally a part of the Nation of Islam under the leadership of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and known as Muhammad’s Temple #18. After the passing of Elijah Muhammad we continued to follow the leadership of his son W. Deen Mohammed. After relocating and constructing our new Masjid it was Imam W.Deen Mohammed who chose the name Bilal for our Masjid.
Who is Imam W. Deen Mohammed?
A Imam W. Deen Mohammed is the son of Elijah Muhammad and succeeded his leadership of the Nation of Islam in 1975. Imam Mohammed was a renowned leader and teacher of the Islamic faith and transformed the Nation of Islam from a Black Nationalist group into a respected Muslim community recognized through out the world.
If I visit the Masjid will I have to dress like a Muslim?
A No, but like most religious institutions modesty in dress is always best.
Who is Clyde Rahman?
A Clyde Rahman was the Imam of Masjid Bilal from 1978 till his passing in 2008. It was the vision of Imam W.Deen Mohammed that a Masjid be built that reflects the African American life style. It was Imam Clyde Rahman who carried out that vision as project director for the building of Masjid Bilal.
Who is currently the Imam of Masjid Bilal?
A Imam Shafeeq Sabir became the Imam after the passing of Imam Clyde Rahman in 2008.