- About the Word Allah?: In the Arabic Language, the word ‘ilah’ means God, Deity, and Supreme
Being. ‘al’means “The”. “Al ilah” simply means ‘The God.’
Allah is the combined form of Al ilah… “What is Islam”, Five Basic Pillars, Seven Cardinal
Beliefs, Prophet Muhammad, Angels of Allah, Prophets of Allah, Unlawful food & drinks, some Major Sins. (put on Yellow
- Qur`anic References: A short index of about 240 references of where to find important subjects in the Holy Qur`an.
(A. Yusf Ali translation) [put on Pink paper].
-Why Be a Muslim: Three of the Great Religions
of this world all believe in the same God, Deity, Supreme Being, and Creator. They are Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. They
have different views or opinions about the Nature or Inner Self of God, and they have adopted different practices,
… So a Muslim is a person who seeks to have peace with his God, his Creator, by living and striving to be in
‘Total Submission to God, to His Laws and Commandments and all the ways that His Prophets and Messengers said people
should live by. [put on Green paper].
(4) Brochure – Short Prayers: Short Phrases of Daily Use Which every Muslim should Know. ‘Bismi-llah’ In the name of Allah. Every affair is begun with
these words. The object is to make one realize that he /she should seek the
help of Allah in all affairs. Here is an abbreviated form of the fuller formula:
‘Bismi-llahir-Rahmanir-Raheem’. In the name of Allah,
the Beneficent, the Merciful. [put on Purple paper]
– Sufism-Tijaniyya: An Introduction to Tariqa Tijaniyya; Tariqa Tijaniyya is a path, a way
(Tariqa), and method of studying and putting into practice Islamic Spiritual Science
(Tasawwuf). Spiritual Science has at times been misleadingly called Mysticism. However, in Islam it is a regular Science
with its set laws and a full scheme in details. It is based on definite experiences that can be reproduced, just like in any
other science. [put on Golden Rod color paper]
- Why Zikr Allah: Why Remembrance of God?
On the authority of `Umar
(may Allah be pleased with him), who said: “One day while we were sitting with the Messenger of Allah (may the blessings
and peace of Allah be upon him) there appeared before us a man whose clothes were exceedingly white and whose hair was exceedingly
black; no signs of journeying were to be seen on him and none of us knew him. He walked up and sat down by the Prophet (SAWS).
Resting his knees against his and placing the palms of his hands on his thighs, he said: “O Muhammad, tell me about
Islam.” The Messenger of Allah (SAWS) said: “Islam is to testify that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad
is the Messenger of Allah, to perform the Prayers, to pay the Zakat, to fast in Ramadan, and to make the Pilgrimage to the
House if you are able to do so”. He said: “You have spoken rightly.” He said: “Tell me about
Iman.” He said: “It is to believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, and the Last Day, and
to believe in Divine Destiny, both the good and the evil thereof.” He said: “You have spoken rightly.” He
said: “Tell me about Ihsan.” He said: “It is to worship Allah as though you are seeing Him, and while
you see Him not yet truly He sees you.” He said: “Then tell me about the Hour.” He said: “The one
questioned about it knows no better than the questioner.” He said: “Then tell me about its signs.” He said:
“That the slave girl will give birth to her mistress and you will see the barefooted, naked, destitute herdsmen competing
in constructing lofty buildings.” Then he took himself off and I stayed for a time. Then he said: “O `Umar, do
you know who the questioner was?” I said: “Allah and His Messenger know best.” He said: “It was Gabriel
(AS), who came to teach you your religion.”” It was related by Muslim.
should be obvious from this Hadith that a human being has greater needs than an animal. In the same way he
needs food for his body, he also needs to feed his spirit; and the best food for the spirit is the Remembrance of Allah
(Zikr). Zikr provides the direct link between the servant and Allah. Surely there is wise counsel in the saying:
“The Remembrance of Allah is the means to acquire Sainthood, to be one of the Awliyya.” [on Golden
Rod colored paper]
– “The African American Islamic Institute inc.” An Institute of Nasrul Ilm. [The name “African American Islamic Institute”
is ‘Geographically Designated’.]
The African American Islamic Institute, Inc. was established in Senegal
by its Founder and former Chairman of the Board, Shaykh Hassan Ali Cisse in 1988, and is recognized as an International Non-Governmental
Organization (NGO) by the United Nations. It is a Senegal based organization, and is an Institute of the "Nasrul Ilm" foundation,
i.e., "Helping Knowledge". The AAII presently has affiliates in The Gambia, Mauritania, Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Burkina
Faso, The Ivory Coast and the United States. Its New York entity is the parent organization to chapters in Atlanta, Detroit,
Memphis, and Washington, D.C. (please check for additional chapter locations). In the U.S. the Institute has been granted
tax exempt status under Section 501 (c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. [on White paper]
(8) Brochure - About The African American Islamic Institute:
AAII’s Mission is to
develop sustainable human and natural resources that promote Education, Health Care, Empowerment of Women, Protection of Children, Alleviation of Hunger and Poverty and Peace.
AAII is committed to continuing the humanitarian work of Shaykh Hassan Ali Cisse. Shaykh Tidiane Ali Cisse, trusted adviser and brother of AAII’s Founder has been named President of AAII. Shaykh Tidiane Ali Cisse is an accomplished Islamic scholar
with a distinguished background in international business and diplomacy. Under his able leadership…[on White
(9) Brochure - AAII
Shaykhs & Spiritual Guides
[Murshids]: Shaykh Hassan Ali Cisse was the Founder and Chairman of the African American Islamic Institute (AAII) from 1988 until his death in 2008.
He was an internationally respected Islamic scholar and leader, as reflected in the responsibilities entrusted to him:
Chief Imam, The Central Mosque, Medina-Kaolack,
President, Elhadji Ibrahim Niass University, Dakar, Senegal.
President, Network of African Islamic Organizations for Population and Development.
Special Adviser for Islamic Affairs, Republic of Ghana.
Honorary Member, Ulama League of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
President: Shaykh Tidiane Ali Cisse is the President of the African American Islamic Institute (AAII). He assumed
the presidency following the passing of AAII’s Founder and Chairman in August, 2008. Shaykh Tidiane Ali Cisse was born
on September 22, 1955 in Kaolack, Senegal, the grandson of Shaykh Al-Islam Ibrahima Niass and the son of Seydi Ali Cisse and
Seyda Fatimata Zahra Niass. He received his religious and academic education in Senegal and Egypt, and in 1985 studied English in the United States. He is fluent in Arabic, French, English, Hausa and Wolof.
Shaykh Mouhamadou Mahy Cisse, Director of AAII and Director of AAII’s International Islamic Studies Program; Shaykh Mouhamadou
Mahy Cissť is a Muslim, a teacher, and a consummate spiritual guide whose teaching and lifestyle transparently reflects the
Quran and life of Prophet Muhammad (saw). At age 12, he completed memorization
of the Quran under the supervision of Mauritanian scholar, Abdullah Ould Rabbani. After extensive studying all the disciplines
taught in the Majaalis-al-Ilm under his father, he traveled to Egypt to continue his education. He holds a bachelor of arts in Islamic Studies and Arabic Literature from Al-Azhar University. He is the son of Shaykh Sidi Ali Cissť, the first caliph of Shaykh al-Islam, Al-Hajj Ibrahim Abdullah
10. Brochure-Who Invented the Trinity?:
[on light green paper]
A flyer by Aisha Brown & the IIIC of Chicago, IL, taken from
Judeao-Christian history & verses of the Bible & Qur`an and the
Doctrine of the Trinity, and the Athanasian Creed.
The three monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity,
- all purport to share one fundamental concept: belief in God as the Supreme
Being, the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. Known as “Tawheed” in Islam,
this concept of the Oneness of God was stressed by Moses in a Biblical
passage known as the “Shema”, or the Jewish creed of faith: “Hear,
0 Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.” (Deuteronomy 6:4)
word-for-word approximately 1500 years later by Jesus when he
said “ ... The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; the Lord our
God is one Lord." (Mark 12:29)
Most of the information contained inside these brochures can be found at Noor Ala Noor Home
Page in these pages:
About the Word Allah ~~ What is Islam ~~ Quranic References
Prayers (Phrases of Daily Use)~~ An Introduction to Tariqa Tijaniyya