· Imam Warithudeen Mohammed
With G-D’s Name, The Merciful Benefactor, The Merciful Redeemer
Imam Warithudeen Mohammed
The Mosque Cares is the name of the not-for-profit Ministry of Imam Warithudeen Mohammed (may Allah forgive his sins and grant him paradise). He was unanimously elected as leader of his community after the passing of his father in 1975; The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, founder, leader, and builder of the Nation of Islam.
At a very early age, Imam Mohammed developed a keen scholastic interest in science, psychology and religion. He began his education, from elementary through secondary school, at the University of Islam in Chicago. Further educational pursuits took him to Wilson Junior College, where he concentrated on microbiology, and to the Loop Jr. College, where he studied English, history, and the social sciences. However, his primary education has come from, and through, his continued pursuit of religion and social truths.
Imam Mohammed’s astute leadership, profound social commentary on major issues, piercing scriptural insight into the Bible, Torah and Qur’an, 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 has performed many historical ‘first’.
In 1992, he delivered the first invocation in the U.S. Senate to be given by a Muslim. In 1993 he gave an Islamic Prayer at President William Jefferson Clinton’s first Inaugural Interfaith Prayer Service, and again in 1997 at President Clinton’s second Inaugural Interfaith Prayer Service. His strong interest in interfaith dialogue led him to address the Muslim-Jewish Conference on March 6, 1995, with leaders of Islam and Reform Judaism in Glencoe, IL. In October of 1996, Imam Mohammed met Pope John Paul, II, at 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 World-Religious Leaders. In 1997, the Focolare Movement presented him with the “Luminosa Award”, in1997, for promoting Interfaith Dialogue, peace, and understanding in the U.S.
In April, 2005, Imam Mohammed sent a delegation of Imams to a Muslim-Christian in Dialogue First Symposium given by the Catholic based Focolare Movement. The focus was, “Who is G-D For Us?” This program occurred after the recent inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI.
In 1999, Imam Mohammed 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.
There are many more accolades, achievements and accomplishments made by Imam Mohammed that dignifies the 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.
The dignity and world recognition Imam Mohammed has generated was seen as he visited with kings and presidents of various countries, and with world religious leaders such as the late Pope John Paul, II, the Dalai Lama and many more.
Imam Warithudeen Mohammed was born October 30, 1933, to the builder and leader of the Nation of Islam, the late Honorable Elijah (Poole) Muhammad and the late Clara (Evans) Muhammad and passed on September 9, 2008.