Masjid Mohammed wa Cisse: Proposed & Promoted!

Posted on September 8, 2013 by


Al-Islam is quickly becoming a mainstream religion; many are accepting it as a common way to express their ideas that transcend religious customs and ways and reach into their moral makeup and social concepts.  There’s no better place to witness this growth than Memphis, TN; there are several Muslim Masajid (Masjid’s) in Memphis and they seem to be divided by ethnicity.

Masjid Mohammed & Cisse Background

At least two are of African interest; at least five are middle eastern and eastern origin; and two are about African-

Americans.  These numbers directly show the thousands of Muslims (those who practice the religion Al-Islam) that have made Memphis their home.   As the Muslim population grows; a need for more Masajid would be necessary and it’s the duty of Muslims to make that possible.  In addition; African-American Muslims believe;  African-Americans would find a better quality of life if Al-Islam is a part their lives; meaning; a  masjid in every African-American community.  Primarily; because of the suffering that’s happening in their communities: crime and violence; homelessness; joblessness; hopelessness; poor health; and near zero business opportunities.

The Historic Clayborn Temple

The Historic Clayborn Temple: Proposed Site of Masjid Mohammed wa Cisse

Imam W. D. Mohammed and Shaykh Hassan Cisse worked a lifetime addressing these issues; in fact; gave their lives to bring better lives to others.  That’s why this proposal; to build a new Masjid in commemoration for their services is so important.   Masjid Mohammed wa Cisse has been on the drawing board for near ten years; but during those years; a comprehensive promotion wasn’t in place along with other (diversions) interests that delayed and has hurt the effort;   nevertheless; it’s better late than never.  Imam Mohammed position on Masajid is they must be multi-purpose: religious; social; and business.  Understanding this; the new push for this masjid would include the principles that are established in the Joint Resolution (in the video presentation).

Imam W. D. Mohammed and Shaykh Hassan Cisse (r)

(r) Imam W. D. Mohammed (ra) and Shaykh Hassan Cisse (ra)

Imam W.D. Mohammed and Shaykh Hassan Cisse met in Chicago, IL, May, 24, 2004; they agreed to undertake certain issues that would join African and American Muslims in a spirit of brotherhood that would include trade and commerce; education, and health. This presentation is an effort (insha’Allah) to commemorate their meeting by establishing Masjid Mohammed wa Cisse in Memphis, TN. Your interest and SADAQAH (donation) are very important to this effort and to the Ummah.

Al-Islam in America is a fascinating and beautiful thought; but what would it be if Muslims didn’t uphold the fundamental belief that’s it our duty to build Masajid throughout the land?  We must take an active role to insure that the Ummah have room to grow.  Whenever Muslims undertake a task he or she seeks to prefect it; that’s why when a Masjid is rising within any community or the general Ummah it’s the Muslims duty to make others aware.  Each contribution even if it’s a dollar or other services is for the sake of Allah (swt).

The goal of “Project Masjid Mohammed wa Cisse” is to build a Masjid to offer spiritual, religious, educational, social, cultural and similar activities to the Muslim community and others of Memphis, TN and its vicinity. 

Virtues of Building a Masjid

  • “The example of those who spend their property in the way of Allah is as that of a grain growing seven ears (with) a hundred grains in every ear; and Allah multiplies for whom He pleases; and Allah is Ample-giving, Knowing.” (Quran 2:261)
  • “The Masajid’s of Allah shall be visited and maintained by such as believe in Allah and the Last Day, establish regular prayers, and practice regular charity, and fear none (at all) except Allah. It is they who are expected to be on true guidance.” (Quran 9:18)
  • Rasulullah (Sallellahu Alihe Wassalam) said, ‘Whosoever builds a house (Masjid) for the pleasure of Allah, whether it be small or large, Allah builds for him a house in paradise.’(at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Khuzaymah, Ibn Hibban, Abu Dawud, and Ahmad)
  • Uthman (RA) said, I heard the Rasulullah (Sallellahu Alihe Wassalam) said: “Whoever builds a Masjid, desiring thereby Allah’s pleasure, Allah builds for him the like of it in Paradise.”(Bukhari: Vol 8, Chapter 65)

This is a new Masjid building project. Donate for Masjid (Mosque) building project to earn Sadqa-e-Jariyah (perceptual charity) that continues to earn your reward even after death. But, donations for Masjid building project should be from Halal sources. Please consult with reliable Scholars (Ulima) in this regard. 



Insha’Allah, starting in 2014, donations of materials, supplies, and labor would be accepted; please fill out the form below with details about your contributions.

Click this link to download and view a PowerPoint presentation: 

Masjid Mohammed wa Cisse Memphis Final Presentation

Masjid Mohammed wa Cisse Trailer