A Foundation Dedicated to Providing Islamic Education
The Sister Clara Muhammad Memorial Education Foundation was founded to generate financial resources and other types of support for the network of Clara Muhammad Elementary and W. D. Mohammed High Schools. These schools, in operation since 1931 as the University of Islam Schools, were renamed in 1975 by Imam Warith Deen Mohammed after his mother, the founder, Sister Clara Muhammad.
Following the name change, her daughter-in-law, Sister Shirley Muhammad, currently the Honorary Chair, organized the Foundation to the memory of Sister Clara and to continue her philanthropic work, which the reorganized Foundation is currently undertaking.
The Qur'an, the example of Mohammed ibn Abdullah, the Prophet [PBUH], and the explanation of Imam Mohammed are the foundation for the schools' creation-inspired curricula designed to produce critically-thinking, moderate-minded students, who will ultimately contribute to a shared-freedom space that promotes good family life and good community life for all of humankind. All children are welcome, for, as Imam Mohammed stated, "all Muslim children have a right to an Islamic education, and all children have a right to an education in a moral environment."
Sister Clara Muhammad
About Our Foundation
Founded in 1932 in Detroit, Michigan, as the University of Islam Schools, the Sister Clara Muhammad Schools, and the W.D. Mohammed High Schools have been in continuous existence for more than eighty years. Until recently, the schools have been supported primarily by the humble, working class converts to Al Islam in the United States, followers of Imam W. D. Mohammed [RA], who had previously been followers of his father. Out of this association came such illustrious leaders as El Hajj Malik Shabazz/Malcolm X and Mohammad Ali, former heavyweight boxing champion of the world. Because of the contemporary, far-reaching technological advancements utilized in the teaching-learning process in schools, and so forth, it is imperative that we seek financial assistance to support these schools in this daunting task of the education of our children.
The Sister Clara Muhammad Memorial Educational Foundation is a charitable foundation with the primary purpose of entreating financial support from philanthropic organizations and others for the network of Sister Clara Muhammad Schools and W. D. Mohammed High Schools under the National Education Council. Such schools follow the established organizational principles and policies set forth by Imam W.D. Mohammed: that is, adhere to the tenets of Al Islam, as set forth in the Quran; the ahadith of Prophet Mohammed ibn Abdullah [PBUH]; the teachings of Imam W.D. Mohammed [RA].