Imam W. Deen Mohammed
October 30, 1933 - Spetember 9, 2008
Imam W. Deen Mohammed was born to Hon. Elijah
(Poole) and Clara (Evans) Mohammed on October 30, 1933. His father,
the founder and builder of the Nation of Islam, passed on February
26, 1975. Since that time Imam Mohammed has represented Muslims in
America in Oxford, England, at the World Parliament of Religious Leaders
for the Survival of the Earth and at the signing of the Williamsburg
Charter in Williamsburg, VA, along with former U.S. Presidents. He
has helped to promote religious freedom in the U.S. and abroad serving
on the Advisory Panel for Religious Freedom Abroad, formed by then
Secretary of State Madeline Albright.
In the July 7, 1999 issue of the "Wall
Street Journal" an article cited the growing number of Muslims in
the Muslim American Society under Imam Mohammed's leadership. They
are estimated to be at least 2.5 million today. On February 5, 1992,
Imam Mohammed along with Muhammad Ali had a tour of the Pentagon
where he addressed officials, Muslim and Military Chaplains. The
very next day, February 6th, he delivered an historical invocation
in the U.S. Senate, the first ever given by a Muslim. On March 3,
1992, he delivered an address on the floor of the Georgia State
Legislature, the state where his father was born. On September 10,
1992, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt presented him with his country's
highest religious honor, "The Gold Medal of Recognition," for his
religious work in America. He received the same award again in 1993.
Imam Mohammed has accomplished many historical "firsts." In 1993
he gave an Islamic prayer at the first Inaugural Interfaith Prayer
Service of President William Jefferson Clinton and again in 1997
at President Clinton's second Inaugural Interfaith Prayer Service.
He addressed the World Affairs Council,
the organization that hosts Outstanding Figures of the Nation and
the World, in Los Angeles, CA in 1993. He is a man of compassion,
and in December 1994, Imam Mohammed received the "Cup of Compassion
Award" from the Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. He participated
in the "Acts of Kindness Week" in February 1995, in Dallas, Texas
attended by Ms. Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, III.
His strong interest in interfaith dialogue
led to an address on March 6, 1995, at the Muslim-Jewish Conference
with leaders of Islam and Reform Judaism in Glencoe, Illinois. In
October 1996 he was invited to meet Pope John Paul, II at the Vatican,
facilitated by Archbishop William Cardinal Keeler of Baltimore,
Maryland, and the Focolore Movement. On October 28, 1999, Imam Mohammed
was invited by Pope John Paul II along with other world religious
leaders to address an assembly of over 100,000 at an interfaith
conference on the "Eve of the New Millennium" in St. Peter's Square.
November 25th through 29th 1999 he attended the "7th World Assembly
of the World Conference on Religion and Peace" in Amman, Jordan,
and he is a President of the World Conference on Religion and Peace.
Recently he was appointed to the Executive Committee of RAAP (Religious
Alliance Agains Pornography).
President Bill Clinton hosted an Eid Al
Fitr celebration on January 11, 2000, at the White House. Daughters
Ngina and Laila Muhammad represented Imam Mohammed at this historical
event. On February 24, 2000, he received the "Key to the City" of
Harvey Illinois presented by Mayor Nikolas E. Graves. February 25th
through 27th Imam Mohammed was presented with awards as he reunited
with Hon. Min. Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam at Saviour's
Day in Chicago.
On April 7th through 9th of 2000 he was
honored with a 25th Year Anniversity Tribute in Louisville, KY,
celebrating the excellence of his leadership. He received the "Key
to the City" of Louisville, and many accolades from family, associates
and admirers. He has lectured at Howard University, Duke, Harvard,
Yale's Divinity School, Jackson State, Emory, Washington University,
Georgetown, Coker, Fordham and more. He has visited Bangladesh,
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Malaysia, Indonesia, Poland, Russia,
Palestine, China and other countries. In May 2000, he was voted
as one of the 100 Influential People in America by Ebony Magazine.
Imam Mohammed is a humble Servant of Allah.