American Muslim spiritual leader lectures on campus

Imam W. Deen Mohammed speaks about Leadership in the African-American Religious Community | February 4, 2004

Imam W. Deen Mohammed, a spiritual leader for American Muslims and former leader of the American Society of Muslims, spoke about "Leadership in the African-American Religious Community" at the Schiff Family Conference Center on the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 15. The event was part of the University's ongoing Ethics/Religion & Society (E/RS) lecture series.

Imam Mohammed is the son of the late Elijah Muhammad, the former leader of the Nation of Islam. Since his election as the group's leader in 1975, he has strongly promoted the teachings of the Qur'an. When Nation of Islam split in 1979, Mohammed oversaw the transformation of his followers to the progressive American Society of Muslims. He resigned from the Society in August, but he remains active in his Chicago-based ministry, The Mosque Cares.

Mohammed is active in inter-religious dialogue among Muslims, Christians and Jews. He is a leading member of the World Conference on Religion and Peace, the Peace Council and the World Supreme Council of Mosques. He also was a member of former President Bill Clinton's Religious Advisory Council.

The leader also has published three related books: Islam's Climate for Business Success, Plans for a Better Future: Peace, Inclusion and International Brotherhood, and Religion on the Line.

The theme for the 2003-2004 E/RS lecture series is "Ethical Leadership." The program is designed to encourage ethical and/or religious analysis of socially significant issues.

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