Welcome!

The Institute of Muslim American Studies (IMAS) provides research and ethnographic studies on the phenomenon of Muslim African Americans and their journey to true human freedom.  It examines the evolution of the Muslim African American individual, family and community inspired by the Qur’an and the Uswah (life example) of the last Prophet, Muhammad ibn Abdullah, (prayers and peace be upon him).  Such evolution could not have been possible without the courageous efforts of early enslaved Muslims; to the continuous freedom struggle of  African Americans collectively; to the pioneering work of Clara and Elijah Muhammad; to the transformative leadership of Imam W. Deen Mohammed.

IMAS intends to bridge the gap between traditional Islamic Studies, American History and African American History which have not adequately addressed the Muslim African American experience.  It began when Muslims were brought to America in chains and spans centuries.

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Bilali (Ben Ali) Diary

IMAS welcomes the engagement and support of institutions and right-minded people to advance the truth of this unique human phenomenon which provides extraordinary lessons for human society.

The Institute of Muslim American Studies (IMAS)  is a non-profit, 501c3 public benefit corporation,  incorporated in 2010 in the state of California.   It  is a successor to UIIE – the Universal Institute of Islamic Education (1993-2009).

Further Reading:

  1. Bilali Muhammad
  2. Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, called Job ben Solomon
  3. Abd al Rahman Ibrahima Ibn Sori
  4. YarrowMamout

Mission, Goals & Projects


Officers, Director and Staff