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Given the name at birth of Wallace D. Mohammed, Imam W. Deen Mohammed was born October 30, 1933, to the builder and leader of the Nation of Islam, the late Honorable Elijah (Poole) Muhammed and the late Clara (Evans) Muhammed. He has been the leader of the largest identifiable constituency of Muslim Americans and is recognized worldwide as a Muslim scholar. Imam Mohammed has been a frequent participant in countless national gatherings, international gatherings and meeting with other important world leaders for the purpose of improving the global human condition.

Imam Mohammed has conducted public forums and individual classroom presentations at the following institutions of higher learning: Yale's Divinity School, Harvard, Duke, Howard, Emory, Georgetown, Fordham, Jackson State, Washington University and many others. His diverse topics include Religion, Government, Education, Business, History, World Issues, Psychology, Science, Social Values and topics to address the sponsors specific concerns.

Imam Mohammed is a champion of intellectual freedom and independent thinking. He desired for the human being to have peace in the soul and peace in the community. Imam Mohammed's life works resonate and reflect the ideals of peace, universal human acceptance, establishing interfaith relationships and a cherished appreciation for America and her guarantee of Freedom, Justice and Equality.

Imam W. Deen Mohammed October 30, 1933 - September 11, 2008
...May Allah have mercy on his soul, forgive him for his faults and allow him a special place in paradise Amen.


The following are some of the highlights from his progressive leadership:

1975
*Imam W. Deen Mohammed succeeded his father as the leader of the Nation of Islam with unanimous support of its followers and ministers and began its transformation to "Islam proper" as practiced by over 1.25 billion Muslims worldwide or 1 out of every 5 persons.
1976
*Imam Mohammed encouraged Muslim Americans to register to vote in the American political process; putting emphasis on Legacy of African American Freedom Fighters and U.S. Citizenship as a major resource.
*Imam Mohammed Opened the Nation of Islam membership to all races of Muslims.
*In honor of Malcolm X (shabazz) Imam Mohammed renamed the largest mosque in New York City "Mosque Malcolm Shabazz"
1977
*Toured China with the group "American and Chinese Friends".
*Imam Mohammed led the then largest delegation of Muslim Americans, most former members of the Nation of Islam, on Hajj, Pilgrimage to Sacred House in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
1988
*Represented Muslims at the World Parliament of Religious Leaders for the Survival of the Earth, held in Oxford, England.
*Signed the Williamsburg Charter, Williamsburg VA. This important document restates the part of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution concerning Freedom of Religion.
1990
*Following the invasion of Kuwait, at the invitation of King Fahd Bin Abdulaziz (of Saudi Arabia), Imam Mohammed and a delegation traveled to Saudi Arabia in a consultative role discussing serious concerns over the Gulf War situation.
1992
*February 5: Imam Mohammed toured the Pentagon and addressed Muslims in the U.S. Military and its Chaplains.
*February 6: Imam Mohammed delivered an Invocation on the floor of the U.S. Senate (the first given by a Muslim).
*March 3: Imam Mohammed delivered the first address by a Muslim on the floor of the Georgia State Legislative (the state of his father's birth).
1993
*Imam Mohammed participated in the Inaugural Interfaith Prayer Service of President William Jefferson Clinton.
*In Los Angeles,CA, Imam Mohammed delivered an address to the World Affairs Council which serves as host of outstanding figures of the world
1994
*October 15-16: Mufti Abdullah Mukhtar, the leader on an estimated 60 million Muslims visited Imam Mohammed and Midwestern Imams of the American Society of Muslims at Masjid Bilal, Cleveland, OH.
*December: Imam Mohammed received the "Cup of Compassion" award from the Hartford Seminar, Hartford, CT.
1995
*Imam Mohammed was selected as President of the World Conference on Religion and Peace.
*February: Imam Mohammed attended "Acts of Kindness Week" along with Martin Luther King III. and Ms Rosa Parks in Dallas TX.
*March: Imam Mohammed addressed the Governing Board of the World Conference on Religion and Peace in Copenhagen , Denmark.
*March 6: Imam Mohammed delivered the keynote address at the Muslim-Jewish Convocation in Glencoe, IL. The first serious public dialogue between top leaders of Islam and Reform Judaism.
*May: Forbes Magazine Officials hosted and address given by Imam Mohammed in Naples, FL. His topic: "How Do We Save Our Youth?"
*December: King Fahd Bin Abdulaziz (of Saudi Arabia) invited Imam Mohammed to visit Saudi Arabia. Out of this meeting an agreement was reached for improving the curriculum of Clara Muhammad Schools.
1996
. *Dr. Mohammed Nuir Manuty, the President of the Muslim Youth Movement invited Imam Mohammed to visit Malaysia. The Deputy Prime Minister and Imam Mohammed met and he was interviewed on Malaysian National Television program "Good Morning Malaysia".
*Imam Mohammed established the Collective Purchase Conference (CPC) - A member organization of distributors and investors, in order to strengthen the economic status and enhance the buying power of small businessmen and women throughout the economically strained African American communities in the United States.
*October 1-6: Imam Mohammed met with Pope John Paul II, at the Vatican, in Rome, Italy. Imam Mohammed along with his delegation met with Cardinal Francis Arinze, the Chief of Staff for Interreligious Affairs at the Vatican and also with Cardinal William Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore, MD.
*November 20: In support of the peacemaking and Human Rights efforts of Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia, Imam Mohammed traveled to San Cristobal de las Casas (Chiapas), Mexico, as a member of the Peace Council
*December 17 - 24: Imam Mohammed and a delegation of Muslim Americans were invited to visit Jerusalem and areas under rule of the Palestinian Authority led by Palestinian leader, President Yasser Arafat, visiting Palestinian cities, government agencies, hospitals and homes throughout the West Bank. The visit culminated on Christmas Eve with a meeting in Gaza City with President Arafat at his headquarters, where they discussed the difficulties of Palestinian life.
1997
*January 6: President William Jefferson Clinton, in his reelection Inauguration, invited Imam Mohammed to the White House for the 1st Annual Ecumenical Breakfast.
*January 20: Imam Mohammed returned to the White House to read the Holy Qur'an at the Presidential Inauguration Day National Prayer Service.
*December 9-11: Imam Mohammed attended the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Teheran, Iran. In attendance that year were the heads of Islamic states, like King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, King Hassan II of Morocco, King Hussein of Jordan and President Yasser Arafat of the West Bank.
1998
*May 18-20: Imam Mohammed was invited to Auschwitz, Poland , where he participated in The Conference on Religion and Peace hosted by the The Center for Christian and Jewish Understanding, of Sacred Heart University, via its Executive Director,
Rabbi Joseph H. Ehrenkranz.
*June 8-14: Imam W. Deen Mohammed was invited by one of the founding members and the leader of the Focolare Movement, the Honorable Chiara Lubich, a Catholic Sister and World War II Survivor, to Rome to address the Muslim Friends of the Focolare Conference, which brought together representatives from 24 nations.
1999
*October 28: With Pope John Paul II and The Dalai Lama present on stage, Imam Mohammed addressed a gathering of 100,000 at The Vatican
*November 21: Imam Mohammed participated in the Jubillenium Interfaith Conference for World Peace held in Israel.
*November 25: Imam Mohammed participated in the World Conference on Religion and Peace-Assembley VII in Amman, Jordan. He was elected International President.
2000
* Imam Mohammed was appointed to the Executive Committee of Religious Alliance Against Pornography (RAAP).
*November 12: The Focolare Movement and The American Society of Muslims hold a interfaith program in Washington, DC.
2001
*September 11: Imam Mohammed, in the strongest terms denounced the Terrorist Attacks on the United States as UN-Islamic and evil.
* October 29: Imam Mohammed participated in an "Evening of Religious Solidarity"joined by Dr. Robert Schuiler, Minister Louis Farrakhan and members of the Parliament of World Religions at The Mosque Foundation in Villa Park, IL.
*November 17: Imam Mohammed was invited to Assisi, Italy by Pope Paul II for the Contribution of Religion to the "Conference of Peace Forum".
2002
*April 6: Imam Mohammed was inducted as a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Board of Preachers at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA. Imam Mohammed was honored with his portrait in the International Chapel of Morehouse University.
*June 12-15: As International President of the World Conference on Religion and Peace, Imam Mohammed was invited to attend an HIV/AIDS Conference in Kenya.
2003
*April 13: An Honorary Doctorate Degree was bestowed upon Imam W. Deen Mohammed by the Internet Islamic University in New York City's Madison Square Garden.
*June 29: The prestigious Sojourner-Douglass College, in Baltimore, Md., bestowed upon Imam Mohammed an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters.

 

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