You are welcome to RENAISSANCE ISLAM. This blog provides a pictorial and written record of the renaissance of Islam in America, which was and still is in its pure essence, without any cultural or religious innovations that may disfigure its original teachings.
I grow up in Michigan where I learned how to fish, shoot and hunt. I was surrounded by loving family members who did the same. Served two years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era. I traveled extensively during my eighteen month military duty in Europe. After military service I accepted Islam as my religion and way of life via the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at 23 years of age. Performing the rites of Al-Hajj to Mecca and Medina in 1973-74 was the beginning of my travels in countries where Islam and Muslims were a significant part of the population. I also lived in Kumasi, Ghana for a period of time.
My service in the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam has been continuous since 1969, serving in areas of Administration, Education and Finance by the Grace and Mercy of Allah.
My importance is to be unimportant.
Historic photographs of early members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in America.
This is a photo of Aliyya Ali. She was the first African American to accept Ahmadiyya, the true Islam, which was in 1921. Aliya was originally from Kenner, LA and on a visit to Chicago she heard about Ahmadiyya. As a result she paid a visit to the mosque at 4448 South Wabash. Her visit marked the beginning of African Americans into its fold. Aliyya Ali subsequently established her permanent residents in Chicago and the rest is history.