Brother Lt. Ali Hassan
Muhammad Speaks Newspaper
P.O Box 44261
Detroit, MI 48244
The Legacy of Brother Lt. Ali Hassan
Brother Lt. Ali Hassan (to the left) with Brother Levi Karim [Photo taken
Memorial Services will be held in honor of Lt. Ali Hassan
Tuesday, June 7, 2005
Family Hour 11:30 Am Funeral Service 12:00 Noon
Service Held At
Swanson Funeral Home
806 East Grand Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan 48227
Minister Levi Karim, Officiating
Reflections of His Life
Brother Lt. Ali Hassan was born Tommy Will Caslin on June 9, 1914 in
Barnesville, Georgia. He was the third oldest of four children from the
union of the late Johnny and Gertrude Caslin.
He was forced to leave school , completing only the third grade, to
help his father work the farm to help support the family.
In the late 1930s Brother Lt. traveled to Detroit, Michigan where he soon
found work at Peske’s Meat Company where he was employed as a meat
grinder until he retired in 1970.
After finding steady work he sent for his childhood friend and
sweetheart, Cornelia Rogers, which he soon married and, to this union,
seven children were born. He later sent for her mother and her sibling
and purchased a house large enough for all of them to live in.
Brother Lt. Ali Hassan was known for his sharp dress, his hard work
habits, his loyalty to Messenger Elijah Muhammad’s Teachings and his
great sense of humor. He always had a funny story to tell.
He would never leave the house without a shave, a shower and a
coordinated outfit. He would proudly cop a lean in his Buick 225 which he
He was a member of the Elks in the early 1940′s and was part of an elite
drill team, performing in parades and functions across the country.
In the early 1950′s he reclaimed his own in the Nation of Islam and
remained a top member of the F.O.I. (Fruit of Islam) until his sunset on
May 31, 2005.
Brother Lt. Ali Hassan would chauffer Messenger Elijah Muhammad whenever
he was in Detroit. Messenger Elijah Muhammad gave him the name Ali Hassan.
His loved ones that passed before him include; his wife, Cornelia, his
brothers; John, Frank and Sylvester and his son; Frank.
He leaves to cherise his memories; four sons, Melvin, Thomas, Sylvester
and Johnny; two daughters, Mable and Hazel, six grandchildren; Anthony,
Rahman, Taylor, Randy Jr., Pierre, Sona and James; and five great grand
children, Dwayne, Asia, Jeremiah, Kierra and Niyah.