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Inna Lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon Imam Warith Deen Muhammed

Posted in Inna Lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon Imam Warith Deen Muhammed by Dom Brady on September 9, 2008

Just got the news from my Brother Yusef. Imam Warith Deen Muhammad has been an positive influence for muslims and the ecumenical community at large. I’m not a good muslim, I’m not even fasting (for various reasons), but this hit home. I attended the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam for a few years and I know the brothers and sisters over there are going through a great deal of loss.

Warith’s father, Elijah Muhammad, was the leader of the Nation of Islam from 1934 to 1975, an organization that preaches a form of Black nationalism. Elijah Muhammad died on February 26, 1975

After his father’s death, Warith Deen Muhammad was accepted by followers of the Nation of Islam as their leader. He brought about many reforms, which brought the followers of the Nation of Islam closer to traditional Islam. He renamed his organization a number of times. He is now the leader of a new project called The Mosque Cares, and most of his followers make up a portion of the worldwide Muslim community and have accepted traditional Islam. He also changed the spelling of his last name from the Nation of Islam’s preferred “Muhammad” to the more accepted “Mohammed.”

He rejected the literal meaning of his father’s theology and Black-separatist views. For example, the Nation of Islam taught that Black people were God’s original people. With his new understanding, based on his life long study of the Qu’ran and the life of Muhammad, he accepted whites as fellow worshippers and attempted to forge closer ties with mainstream Muslim communities, including Latino Muslims.

A number of dissident groups resisted the changes in the Nation of Islam. Among these was to first in 1977 to re-establish the Lost-Found Nation of Islam Inc, were Savior Silis Muhammad and a coupled of months later Louis Farrakhan broke ranks with Wallace and announced a revival of the Nation of Islam name for his group in 1981.

W.D. Mohammed gave the first invocation in the U.S. Senate ever by a Muslim. In 1993, he gave an Islamic prayer during the first Inaugural Interfaith Prayer Service of President Bill Clinton, and again in 1997 at the second Interfaith Prayer Service.

Marking 70 years since the Nation of Islam was founded, in 2000 Imam Warith Deen Mohammed and Minister Louis Farrakhan publicly embraced and declared unity and reconciliation at the annual Savior’s Day convention.

Imam Mohammed passed away on the 9th of September, 2008 also the 9th day of Ramadan.

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