A Brief History of Masjid An-Nur:
The Nation of Islam (Black Muslims)started in Detroit in 1930, spread throughout the cities of America for many years under the leadership of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. It was not until the mid-to-late 1950’s; however, that a sizable group of members formed in North Minneapolis and a “Temple” was established for the Nation of Islam.
In 1975, The Hon. Elijah Muhammad,after leading the group for over forty years, passed away. For many years he had prepared his son, Wallace, to accept leadership of the Nation. On Feb. 26, 1975, Imam W. Deen Mohammed was nominated and unanimously chosen to be the new leader. Immediately after Imam W. Deen Mohammed entered into the leadership of the NOI, he began to make dramatic changes in the doctrines and structure of the group. He insisted that the group
dismiss many of its teachings and embrace the original orthodox religion of Al-Islam as it was established by Muhammad, the Prophet on the Arabian peninsula in the 7th century CE. In doing so, he threw off the name “Nation of Islam” and connected with the majority Muslims throughout the world.
In Minneapolis, the local “Temple” was enthusiastic about the growth. They changed the name of the meeting place from Temple or Mosque to the proper Arabic name for a place of Muslim worship – Masjid.
Masjid An-Nur, located in North Minneapolis, is in the association of the Muslim American Society under the leadership of Imam W. Deen Mohammed.
Muslims who attend Masjid An-Nur are of many racial and ethnic groups.
MINNEAPOLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS — Chief Financial Officer
Ibrahima Diop is the Chief Financial Officer for the Minneapolis Public Schools District where he leads Finance, Accounting, Budget, Procurement, Payroll, Grants, Risk Management, and Total Compensation.
Prior to joining the Minneapolis Public Schools, Diop was with the Omaha Public Schools District where he worked as Manager of Accounting and Finance, and Director of Finance, Accounting, Budget, and Compensation and Benefits. While at the Omaha Public Schools, Diop wrote a white paper on Priority Based Budgeting which, in 2015 became the budgeting model of the district.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Business Finance, Banking, and Financial Markets from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Master of Arts in International Economics from Creighton University where he received a Fellowship in International Economic Development. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
He is a Board Member at the Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund Plus (MSDLAF+). Ibrahima is the 2022 Bill Wise Award recipient from the Council of Great City Schools.
Kasim Abdur-Razzaq, MSW, LICSW
Mr. Abdur Razzaq is currently completing a doctorate in Counseling Psychology and will graduate on May 22nd, 2022, where he has earned the distinction of commencement keynote speaker for his graduating class. He is from St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood and has served the Twin Cities and surrounding area for more than 15 years though his work in social services and education.
Mr. Abdur-Razzaq focuses his clinical practice on culturally centered intervention. He works with individuals, couples, families and communities. He is passionate about social justice and also engages with organizations to assist with building socially just institutions. He is an author of two books: “Five Essential Principles for Healing Black Men and Raising Black Boys” and “Black Child Run”.