In the 1940s when Quba, Inc. (formerly the International Muslim Brotherhood) was founded, America was quite a different place than it is today. World War II had not long been over and Jim Crow Laws very harshly divided the races. Yet, Imam Nasir Ahmed and a handful of determined followers left the anonymity and security of a secluded agrarian community (Addenu Allahi Universal Arabic Association) of Sunni Muslims that had been formed by Professor Muhammad Ezzaldeen in Southern New Jersey to start the International Muslim Brotherhood in Philadelphia.
The dream of that founding group was to make Islam applicable to the lives of urban dwellers through the establishment of the social institutions that promote and sustain healthy living. To achieve that goal, they knew that the first requirement was to become educated in the Islamic Sciences that underpin religious fidelity. Their problem during that time was a lack of books, even Qur’ans, teachers and the necessary resources to guide such an ambitious mission, but they put their own meager contributions together and opened their first official masjid on Christian St. in South Philadelphia in 1949, relocating to Lancaster Avenue in the 1950s. Thus began the 60 year journey of the Quba, Inc.
In 1949, no one could have imagined that the Quba, Inc. (IMB) would serve as the nursery for many of today’s American qlogo1Muslim Scholars, its humble facilities mask the quality of the educational opportunities that have always marked a Quba experience. The present leaders of the masjid corporation, Hafith Sheikh Anwar Muhaimin and his brother Imam Anas Muhaimin have worked hard to align Quba’s religious, academic and social goals with current pedagogical and business principles, while keeping Qur’an and the Sunnah as the guiding framework from which to produce lasting social change. Sheikh Anwar believes that the prayers of venerable scholars such as the great Qaari Sheikh Mahmoud Al-Housri, who prayed on the head of Sheikh Anwar when he was a baby that he would also become a hafith and that Quba would continue to grow in its service of American Muslims is why Quba remains the standard for education, scholarship and organizational development today.
At Quba, the celebration of this 60 year struggle means recognizing and celebrating the lives and contributions of all the Muslims who have in anyway committed their lives and personal resources to helping maintain that original dream whether living or dead. It is the hope of the current Board of Directors and Administration that everyone will come out to help them commemorate and remember 60 years of service by honoring IMB pioneers, past Quba Institute graduates and all those who learned to read and recite the Holy Quran as a result of studying within its walls.