EXPERIENCE MEDINA BAYE
The city of our (spiritual) father
Shaykh Hassan Ali Cisse was the Founder and Chairman of the African American Islamic Institute (AAII) and Chief Imam of the Grande Mosque Medina Baye from 1988 until his death in 2008. He was an internationally respected Islamic scholar and leader, as reflected in the responsibilities entrusted to him.
Shaykh Hassan Ali Cisse was born in Kaolack, Senegal in December, 1945, the first grandson of Shaykh-al-Islam, Al Hajj Ibrahim Niass and the son of Seydi Aliou Cisse and Fatimata Zahra Niass.
Over the past thirty years, Shaykh Hassan Cisse received numerous honors in the United States as a distinguished Islamic scholar and for his vision and leadership in the humanitarian work of AAII.