Sister Clara Mohammed
Sister Clara Mohammed (the wife of the leader of the Honorable Elijah Mohammed) began teaching her children at home and her spirit for educating her own children exemplified the spirit of the other mothers in the Nation of Islam. Eventually, an elementary school for the Nation of Islam was established, called, the “University of Islam”, in Detroit in 1932. Several elementary schools, following this prototype, sprang up around the country. Consequently, the University of Islam in Milwaukee (established in 1972), came to be called Sister Clara Muhammad Preparatory School (in honor of Sister Clara). Sister Clara Muhammad Preparatory School was established to educate the children of the Muslim community.
Clara Mohammed School, Inc. is committed to educating the students entrusted to us. We seek to cultivate within each child the pattern of human excellence and good character that was designed by G_d, outlined in the Qur’an, and exemplified in the life of Prophet Muhammed (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him). In turn, these students will become models for the world. It is with daily, conscious effort that we lead our children into a life style where they will become productive and valued citizens of the world. Our struggles are great but the rewards are far greater.
Clara Mohammed School, Inc. in Milwaukee is a member of a small nationwide school system of the same name (Clara Mohammed Schools) that was formed as the University of Islam, the elementary school system of the Nation of Islam, led by the Honorable Elijah Mohammed. In the early 1930’s, a man, W. D. Fard, came to the United States from a region in Asia that is now Pakistan. He taught that the descendants of slaves in America were actually descendants of a great people from the continent of Africa, a lost tribe; that the religion they had lost was Islam and they were, Muslims. Mr. Fard recruited Elijah Poole to lead the new, ‘Lost Found Nation of Islam in the Wilderness of North America”. Elijah Poole, who was renamed by Mr. Fard, Elijah Mohammed, led the Nation of Islam from 1933-1975.
The Nation of Islam under the Honorable Elijah Mohammed became the most prominent socio-religious movement among African Americans for more than 42 years. Sister Clara Mohammed (the wife of the leader of the Honorable Elijah Mohammed) began teaching her children at home and her spirit for educating her own children exemplified the spirit of the other mothers in the Nation of Islam. Eventually, an elementary school for the Nation of Islam was established, called, the “University of Islam”, in Detroit in 1932. Several elementary schools, following this prototype, sprang up around the country. As Muslim families in Milwaukee sought to educate their children, a school developed.
The school soon grew into an educational institution serving Milwaukee families of all faiths. Consequently, the University of Islam in Milwaukee (established in 1972), came to be called Sister Clara Muhammad Preparatory School (in honor of Sister Clara). Sister Clara Muhammad Preparatory School was established to educate the children of the Muslim community.
But, the school, since its inception, has always educated children of all faiths from the Harambee Community of Milwaukee and the surrounding areas.
With the passing of the Honorable Elijah Mohammed, in 1975, his son, the new leader, Imam W. Deen Mohammed, led the movement from 1975-2008. In 1998, Sister Clara Muhammad Preparatory School was renamed, Clara Mohammed School, Inc. and joined the groundbreaking Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. Clara Mohammed School, Inc. is housed on the site of Sultan Muhammad Islamic Center, the first one established in the City of Milwaukee. Today, Clara Mohammed School, Inc. regularly enrolls more than 200 students from kindergarten through high school.
What Muslims Believe:
We have five basic pillars:
We believe there is only One Creator who is responsible for everything created; seen and unseen, known and unknown/
Prayer - concrete action that is practiced to develop the human being inside and out. It is through conscious reciting of the Words of G_d from His Holy Book, that human beings begin to shape their character and to plug into His Word throughout the day. This process assists the human being with his ability to live in this world but not be fully of this world.
Charity - in many forms reminds us that we are have a share in this material world. The poor man must continue to strive to increase his efforts for his share, and the wealthy man must come to terms when he has more than his share. It is a mindset which reminds us to see are poverty and our wealth through the eyes of a believer.
Fasting - especially in the month of Ramadan, the month when Mohammed the prophet, (Peace and Blessing of G_d upon him) first received revelation from G_d's Angel Jibril. Fasting is a prescription from overindulgence even in that which is permissible. It provides discipline and creates a bond with fellow fast participants. We pray together more, eat together more, and work together to provide more charitable activities to those who have less than we do. We are taught it is done for G_d. But as with all practices, the one who does the practice always benefits.
Pilgrimage - Called Hajj. This is a return to the first house dedicated to the worship of the One True G_d. This house was build by Prophet Ibrahim and his son, Ismael (On them be Peace). Muslims are required to visit this house once in their life time if they are able. This picture we see in the Hajj is a picture of a family reunion of sorts where people are viewed as one family. This model of behavior is created to inspire the desire for the whole world to interact in a similar fashion no matter their faith, social economic status, education, or ethnicity