Born Oct. 30, 1933, to the Honorable Elijah and Sister Clara Muhammad in Hamtramck (Detroit), Mich. Imam Warith Deen Mohammed (may G-d forgive him his sins and grant him the paradise) led the largest community of Muslims in the United States of America. Imam Mohammed’s astute leadership, profound social commentary on major issues, piercing scriptural insight into the Bible, Torah and Quran and his unique ability to apply scriptural interpretation to social issues have brought him numerous awards and high honors. He was a man of vision who performed many historical “firsts‟ and who has a legacy that continues until today.
Imam Mohammed conducted public forums and individual class 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 included Religion, Government, Education, Business, History, World Issues, Psychology, Science, Social Values and topics to address the sponsors specific concerns. Imam Mohammed was a frequent participant in countless national gatherings, international gatherings and meetings with world leaders for the purpose of improving the global human condition.
As the founder of The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed), below is a brief listing of Imam W. Deen Mohammed’s accomplishments:
- 1988: represented Muslims at the World Parliament of Religious Leaders for the Survival of the Earth.
- 1992: delivered an invocation on the floor of the U.S. Senate (the first given by a Muslim).
- 1992: delivered the first address by a Muslim on the floor of the Georgia State Legislature (the state of his father’s birth).
- 1993: participated in the inaugural Interfaith Prayer Service of President Bill Clinton.
- 1995: selected as president of the World Conference on Religion and Peace.
- 1995: attended “Acts of Kindness Week” along with Martin Luther King III and Rosa Parks in Dallas.
- 1995: addressed the Governing Board of the World Conference on Religion and Peace in Copenhagen, Denmark.
- 1995: delivered the keynote address at the Muslim Jewish Convocation in Glencoe, Ill.; the first serious public dialogue between top leaders of Islam and Reform Judaism.
- 1996: established the Collective Purchase Conference (CPC)
- 1996: met Pope John Paul, II, at the Vatican, at the invitation of Archbishop William Cardinal Keeler and the Focolare Movement. He met with the Pope again, on October 28, 1999, on the “eve of the New Millennium” in St. Peter‟s Basilica with many other worldreligious leaders.
- 1997: attended the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Teheran, Iran.
- 1997: was presented by the the Focolare Movement with the “Luminosa Award”, for promoting Interfaith dialogue, peace, and understanding in the U.S.
- 1997/8: sent a delegation of students for two years for exchange through dialogue and travel to Malaysia to fostering understanding and leadership
- 1998: addressed the Indiana House of Representatives and delivered the invocation for the Indiana Senate.
- 1999: sent a delegation of students with scholarships to study at the Abu Nour University in Damascus under the direction of the Grand Mufti of Syria, Sheikh Ahmad Kuftaro
- 1999: served on the Advisory Panel for Religious Freedom Abroad, formed by Secretary of State Madeline Albright. He assisted in promoting religious freedom in the United States and Abroad.
- 1999: participated in the Conference on Religion and Peace hosted by the Center for Christian and Jewish understanding.
- 1999: participated in the World Conference on Religion and PeaceAssembly VII in Amman, Jordan. He was elected international president.
- 2000: was appointed to the Executive Committee of Religious Alliance Against Pornography (RAAP).
- 2000: held an interfaith program in Washington, D.C. with the Focolare Movement and the AmericanSociety of Muslims 2001 — Sept. 11: Imam Mohammed, in the strongest terms denounced the terrorist attacks on the United States as unIslamic and evil.
- 2002: was inducted as a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Imam Mohammed was honored with his portrait in the International Chapel of Morehouse University.
- 2005: sent a delegation of Imams to a MuslimChristian in Dialogue First Symposium given by the Catholic based Focolare Movement. The focus was, “Who is Gd for us? “ This program occurred after the recent inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI.
- 2005: participated in a program that featured, “A Conversation with Imam W. Deen Mohammed and Cardinal George of the Catholic Archdiocese.”
There are many more accolades, achievements, and accomplishments made by Imam W. Deen Mohammed that dignify African American Muslims as well as all Muslims in North America. His honorary doctorates, mayoral, and gubernatorial proclamations give testament to his recognized voice and the benefit of his leadership to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. He was appointed to the World Supreme Council of Mosques because of the value of his work and leadership in America.
Imam Warith Deen Mohammed was one of the foremost leader of Muslims throughout America and in many other parts of the world. He was known for his depth in thinking, insight, and faith. His perspectives were clearly Qur’anic based with applications that crossed scriptural, religious, political, cultural and ethnic lines. He was at the forefront of interfaith dialogue and cooperation. He lead the call towards human excellence.