A Certain Knowledge Institute (ACKI) was established in 2002 in honor of Shaykh ‘Allama Al-Hajj K. Ahmad Tawfiq, founding imam of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem, New York. The name comes from a title under which Shaykh Tawfiq’s khutbas (Friday lectures) were published in The Western Sunrise, the longest surviving Sunni Muslim newspaper in the United States during the 1970s.
It is in Shaykh Tawfiq’s honor because of what he taught. He completely understood
the nature of Islam and its de-emphasis on race and color. However, cognizant of the time, place and circumstances in which we live our lives, he also understood that we need to have deep knowledge of self and history—that is, where an individual and the group with which s/he identifies fit in history.
ACKI believes it is important to document the experience of Muslims of African descent in the Western hemisphere, particularly in the United States of America. Included in this documentation is relevant examination of Islam in Africa.