With Allah’s Name, The Merciful Benefactor, The Merciful Redeemer
Imam Abdul Rahman Shareef
A Muslim by conversion since 1972. Serves as Resident Imam of Tauheed Islamic Center, Wilmington, NC. A student of Muslim Leader Imam W. Deen Mohammed. Presently serves as Co-convener of the Imams Consultative Body of North Carolina (ICBNC). He has performed Hajj twice, 1984 and 2001.
Attended Miller Motte Business College and received a two year Business Diploma. Furthered
education at Cape Fear Technical Institute and received an Associate Degree in Instrumentation and Control Technology. Worked for Progress Energy for 33 years and retired March 1, 2008.
A frequent guest of many area churches, schools, and participant in many public forums. He is featured in North Carolina Portraits of Faith, a pictorial history of religions in North Carolina.
Served in the United States Marine Corps, including 13 months in Vietnam. Awarded Purple Heart and two Presidential Unit Citations. Lifetime member of Vietnam Veterans of America and Muslim
American Veterans Association and presently serves as (MAVA) National Quartermaster. In his local VVA Chapter he serves as Chaplain and Minority Affairs Representative.
Has traveled with Muslim delegations from Imam W. Deen Mohammed Community to several
countries focusing in the areas of religion; inclusive of education, business, culture and government and working to establish a relationship for agricultural possibilities. Turkey, South Africa, South Korea, Paraguay and Rome.
Completed 9 week class and graduated November 10, 2016 from the FBI Citizens Academy program.
Aneesah R. W. Dawan
Aneesah R. W. Dawan was born to Muslim parents but accepted Al-Islam for herself at the age of 13. She is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas and graduate of the Historic Little Rock Central High School. Aneesah’s post-secondary education has been focused in the areas of Philosophy & Religious Studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Criminal Justice at the University of Houston-Downtown. In addition to her undergraduate work Aneesah studied Arabic and Islamic Studies at Abu Nour University in Damascus, Syria, obtaining a 2-year Arabic language certification.
Aneesah’s earlier Islamic and Arabic education came from various Imams and teachers in the United States under the leadership of Imam W. D. Mohammed. Her most influential studies in Arabic and the science of tajweed came under the tutelage of Imam Qasim Ahmed while residing in Houston, Texas. Aneesah refined her Quranic recitation while studying in Syria and has become known for her precise, yet eloquent reading of Quran using the Hafs style of recitation. As a tool to teach tajweed and encourage the recitation of Quran among women, Aneesah began professionally recording the Quran for public distribution. Aneesah has lectured at various Islamic and Interfaith conferences representing women in Al-Islam and focusing on areas such as tajweed and tafsir.
Her purpose is to provide a clear and sound understanding of Quran and the life of Prophet Muhammad (saw) while stressing the importance of the feminine voice to the benefit of mankind. Aneesah’s next educational goal is to complete a doctor of law (JD) degree with a focus on the intersections of Law and Religion.
Imam Abu Qadir Al-Amin
- Accepted Islam in 1967 serious practitioner since 1969
- Appointed Imam by Imam W. Deen Mohammed 1980
- Served as Imam in Oakland CA 1981/82
- FCI Pleasanton/Dublin 1983
- Elected Imam SFMCC 1984 Current
- Arabic Studies San Francisco State University 1979
- Owned Bakeries in Cupertino, Pacifica, Oakland
- Bismillah Booksellers 1979/80 San Rafael CA
- United Book Distributors 1982/83
- Great News Book Store 1986/90
- Featured in 1988 Documentary on ABC's 20 / 20
- Mc Neil Leher Show, Soledad Obrian Show
- Advisory to Warden at San Quentin Prison 1989/96
- San Francisco Mayor Feinstein's Self Esteem Task Force
- San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown Advisory on Homelessness
- San Francisco Inter FaithCouncil 1996 Current
- Associate Director Center on Juvenile & Criminal Justice 1992 Current
- San Francisco Re-Entry Council member
- CPC Member Represented Imam W. Deen Mohammed as Overseas Buyer/ Negotiator: Trips to Thailand (3) China (5) Mexico (2)
- as well as within the continental USA.
- Invited to Kenya as Guest of UN Aid & Reachout Rehab in Mombasa, visited Nairobi, Mombasa & Malindi representing SFMCC & IWDM Month trip.
- Current project under development: purchasing a a 13,000 sq. ft. facility to house masjid, classrooms, commercial space, halal restaurant
- cumputer lab, recording studio etc. SFMCC 4760 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94112
- Program director of CJCJ's Supportive Living Program a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Facility (20 years in operation)
- Program Director of Cameo House; transitional housing for 11 women and 2 children each.
- Hajj made in 1988, Umrah 1990 during Ramadan, led delegation on Hajj 1995, Umrah During ramadan 1997
- Married to D. Hafsah Al-Amin four children Qadir, Saidah, Bilal, Darisah; five grandchildren Nailah, Shaniah, Ryad, Idris, Razariah.
Imam Darnell Karim
Assistant to Imam W. Deen Mohammed in Islamic Studies and childhood friend, Darnell (Karriem) Karim has been a practicing member of the Muslim community for over seventy four years, his entire education was attained under the directions of The University of Islam/Clara Muhammad School system.
Imam Darnell Karim began his studies in the Arabic Language and Islamic studies at the age of eleven. His instructors of the Arabic Language were several, however, the most effective teacher was Professor Jamil Diab who was his instructor for ten (10) years. Professor Diab was a Palestinian Muslim and an Azhar University graduate located in Cairo Egypt. His childhood friend and classmate was Imam W. Deen Mohammed who became the world wide respected Muslim Leader to over 2.5 million, and among other classmates include his wife, Gloria, sister Zahira and the younger brother of Imam Mohammed Dr. Akbar Muhammad an Associate Professor at Binghamton University.
Imam Darnell Karim continued his studies under the Leadership of Imam W. Deen Mohammed, and became an Instructor of Islamic Studies and Arabic language at the Clara Muhammad School from 1976 to 1987. He frequently travelled to many Masajid (Islamic Centers) throughout the United States to instruct Muslim adults in Islamic studies and the Arabic Language.
He is an advocate supporter of the leadership and association of Imam W. Deen Mohammed, may G-d give him the highest place in paradise.
Imam Karim‘s recitation of the Holy Quran is considered equal to native born Arabic speakers with the highest spiritual quality. His first recitation publicly at the age of 13 was at the Muslim annual convention in Chicago, Illinois February 26th, 1950 which brought tears to the eyes of the late Hon. Elijah Muhammad.
Imam Wahy-ud Deen Shareef
Imam Wahy-ud Deen Shareef is the third child of Laura and John Wilson’s four children; John II, Intisar and Deborah. He and his wife Helima share their lives with four children: Ronald, Anita, Shakir, and Laila; eight grandchildren: Rashonda, Ronald II, Mathew, Eric, Brandon, Brianna Aliyah, Gerelle Amir and Anissa Na’ilah; two great grandchildren: Jaylin and Kori; and many nurturing family and community members.
Imam Shareef completed his Hajj to the Ka’bah in Makkah in 1987. He represented Imam W. Deen Mohammed (raa) at the World Conference on Religion and Peace in Tokyo in 1998. He was a delegate at the historic Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the United Nations in NY in 2000. As a delegate Imam and business person, he attended the Tuskon Business Conference in Istanbul, Turkey in 2010. In 2012, he received the Peace Islands Intitute's “Peace and Understanding” Award; he attended an Iftar (breaking of the Ramadan Fast) at the White House as a guest of President Barack Obama; and he co-lead an NICHP interfaith delegation of 11 Jews, 11 Christians and 11 Muslims to Palestine/Israel. As an invited Muslim delegate, he attend the Focolare Interreligious Convention in Rome, Italy in 2014.
Imam Shareef co-founded Waris Associates Inc. in 1984, which led to the establishment of the Waris Cultural Research and Development Center and Masjid Waarith ud Deen in Irvington NJ. He is a student of Imam W. Deen Mohammed (raa) and the Imam (religious leader) of Masjid Waarith ud Deen. These organizations develop and implement spiritual, educational, recreational, cultural and social programs that address the challenges facing American families today. He also serves as the Executive Director of ComWealth Economic Development Corporation (EDC), a non-profit economic development corporation.
He is the Convener of the Council of Imams in New Jersey and co-founder of the New African Partnership between CINJ and City National Bank in Newark. He is a co-founder of the Newark Interfaith Coalition for Hope and Peace. He is a member of the NJ State Attorney General’s Outreach Advisory Council.
W. Deen Shareef is currently the President/CEO of his own consulting company, Shareef Professional Services LLC (SPS). SPS provides project, program, construction, financial and administrative management services. The company’s services include staff and workforce development, team building and project coordination for business and commercial projects from concept design through implementation.
He established and is the former Director of the Newark Port Career and Business Development Center in the Department of Economic & Housing Development in the City of Newark, New Jersey. He was responsible for business and workforce development in the areas of the airport and seaport, focusing on the transportation, logistics and distribution industries. He was a Senior Advisor to former Mayor, now Senator, Cory A. Booker representing the State of New Jersey in the United States Senate.
He gradulated from East Orange High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ. He retired after 25 years of serving as a Engineering Project Manager for Kraft/Nabisco Foods. In his position at Kraft/Nabisco he managed major capital equipment manufacturing project installations for processing and packing consumer food products and represented Kraft at a UN sponsored business development mission to the Gambia in 2002.
He is a frequently invited speaker on numerous college campuses and at corporate and public sector events. He has appeared as a commentator and contributor on several television programs presented by CNN, MSNBC (Morning Joe), ABC, PBS, NJTV and Ebru. As a consultant he serves as a director on several boards. As an inspirational speaker he conducts lectures, workshops, counseling, education and training programs for organizational and project management, ethical and moral guidance, personal and professional management, social responsibility and how to achieve productive ethically, intellectually, spiritually, and materially balanced lives.
Imam Earl S. El-Amin
Imam Earl S. El-Amin was raised and educated in the Baltimore Metropolitan area and is a graduate of Morgan State University and Sojourner Douglass College.
For well over 30 years he has served in various capacities of leadership in the Muslim community as well as the community at large. He has conducted numerous workshops, forums and trainings throughout the United States and abroad to educators, theologians, social workers and human service practitioners.
Imam El-Amin was a member of several distinguished delegations accompanying Imam Wallace D. Mohamed abroad, representing Muslim American interests; he was a participant in the first historic dialogue between Imams and Rabbis in North America, and also was present at President Barack Obama’s presentation to Muslim leadership in Baltimore.
Imam El-Amin is the Resident Imam at the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore and also serves as Vice President of Program Development at the National Centers on Institutions and Alternatives which is a human services organization that is comprised of over 600 employees.
His objectives for the Muslim community in Baltimore includes the establishment of model neighborhoods, improving the overall image of Islam, interfaith initiatives and the development of Muslims in business, education, politics and culture.
Imam El-Amin has made numerous guest television and radio appearances on CSPAN “The Bottom Line,” “To the Point”, “Newsnight”, “Interfaith Roundtable”, “Xchange”, “Marc Steiner Show”, and many more.
Imam Earl El-Amin is a husband and proud father of three children.
• President, Ashburton East Arlington Neighborhood
• Adjunct Faculty, Sojourner Douglass College
• Co-Founder, African American Men’s Leadership Institute
• Governor’s Task Force on Black Males
• Morgan State University Varsity M Club
• Baltimore Interfaith Coalition
• Governor’s Commission on New Americans
• Associated Black Charities
• Congressional Achievement Award
• Stanley Sollins Humanitarian Award
• San Egidio Humanitarian Award, Rome, Italy
• Delta Sigma Theta Community Service Award
• NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award
• Central Maryland Ecumenical Interfaith Leadership Award
• Man of Courage Ford Foundation
“Issues with African American Males Who are Drug Dealers,” (National Minority Health Journal)
“Fifty Questions to Ask Your Father”
Imam Faheem Shuaibe
Faheem Shuaibe Resident Imam of Masjidul Waritheen in Oakland; lifelong student of Imam W. Deen Mohammed (ra). Founder of M.A.R.I.A.M. (Muslim American Research Institute Advocating Marriage) and The Sacred Life Project.
Inducted into the African American Intellectual Royal Family. Addresses audiences across the country on religion, world politics, human relationships and societal evolution. Hosts the website "aclearunderstanding.net" and 6 weekly Blogtalk Radio broadcasts, A frequent lecturer on Cal Berkeley's "Holy Hill" for the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) which trains doctoral and post doctoral students of Philosophy, Theology and Interfaith and American Baptist Seminary of the West.
Lectured at The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco CA, AT&T; Chiron Corporation, University of California, Yale University’s School of Law, Howard University, Fordham University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Princeton University, New York University, University of Washington in St. Louis, Xavier University, Buffalo State College and others as well as manymajor national conferences and conventions
Past board member of ING an international interfaith education organization. Comments on contemporary issues in the Muslim Journal, The Wall Street Journal, the Tribune, The Chronicle, The Mercury news, The NY Times, The LATimes, National Geographic, USA Today, The CS Monitor and others. Consulted on the award winning PBS film projects on Islam in America.
A delegate for several educational, religious, interfaith, and peace missions to Saudi Arabia, Italy, Sudan, Malaysia, Egypt, The British Isles and the Caribbean. He has received municipal proclamations and the Key to the City as well as the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity’s Notable Citizen Award. Currently working with an "A list" of intellectuals, professionals, religious leaders and career diplomats on the "Abraham Family Reunion Project" a national interfaith project.
Imam Faheem and Yolanda Mahasin have been married for 42 years and from this union they have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.
Kalimah Azeez Rashada
Kalimah Azeez Rashada is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She was born and raised Muslim into a strong and beautiful family in the community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed. At the age of thirteen, Kalimah was chosen by Imam W. Deen Mohammed to be one of twelve students to participate in his weekend Youth Dawah Class. During this class, Kalimah diligently studied Qur’anic Arabic, Islamic studies, and comparative religion for the last 8 years of Imam Mohammed’s life.
In addition to Kalimah’s love and passion for the religion of Al-Islam, she has a great interest in human psychology. She studied social psychology and strategic communications at Northern Illinois University. Kalimah takes her love and understanding of the religion of Al-Islam and shares it through many mediums such as: teaching, art, poetry, lectures, and writing.
In 2009, Kalimah taught 2nd grade at the Clara Mohammed School located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The following year she moved to Senegal, West Africa and was instrumental in the opening of a school with members of the United Nations.
Kalimah’s community involvement consists of serving as Chair of the Midwest Leadership Team, and she was recently appointed to the position of Program Manager for American Muslim Advisory Council [AMAC] in Memphis, TN. On April 29, 2016, Kalimah graduated from Shelby County’s Citizens University under Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. Kalimah wants nothing more than to see her people uphold the covenant that G-D has given them and liberate the world from the schemes of Satan. She tirelessly works and spends of her wealth and human capital to be a catalyst to bring about G-d’s will here in the United States of America.
Her special talents are writing, painting and calligraphy. She is currently working on starting her own business servicing the community. Kalimah was recently married in January 2016 to Na’eem Rashada of Memphis, TN.
Imam Muhammad Abdul-Aleem
Imam Muhammad Abdul-Aleem has been involved with on-going Islamic projects since his early conversion to Al-Islam in 1968. In 1968, he also began the development of the five-volume concordance to the Holy Qur’an. This project has molded his Islamic character and provided a framework for his later work as an Imam. He attended the Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University of Saudi Arabia in 1977, and spent two years studying Arabic Language, Islamic law and Quranic studies. Afterwards, Imam Abdul-Aleem returned to Philadelphia, where he earned a graduate degree in secondary education, with concentrations in physics and environmental science.
Imam Abdul-Aleem presented a clear understanding of the Holy Qur’an and Qur’anic Arabic language as a teacher of imams and teachers of the Muslim American community. He served as principal of Clara Muhammad Schools in New York City and Philadelphia.
Imam Abdul-Aleem was a member of the Muslim American delegation invited to Saudi Arabia at the inception of the Gulf Crisis in the Middle East. This delegation traveled to Saudi Arabia several times and developed declarations reflecting the findings of Muslim scholars and religious leaders from around the world.
Imam Abdul-Aleem supports the religious and social initiatives taken by the late Imam W. Deen Mohammad to uplift humanity and promote human excellence. He served as the resident Imam of Masjidullah in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1982 to 2001. He currently serves as a visiting guest lecturer at mosques throughout the country. He also serves as the imam emeritus at Masjidullah. Imam Abdul-Aleem has been recognized by various civic and charitable organizations for his leadership and scholarship. In 2013, Imam Abdul-Aleem received a Lifetime Achievement Award from CAIR-Philadelphia. Imam Abdul-Aleem continues to present the message of Al-Islam and its impact on African-Americans and the global community at various campuses.
Imam Abdul-Aleem is the author of several books including Vocabulary of the Holy Qur’an, Concordance to the Holy Qur’an (Volumes 1-5), The Excellence of Worship and Islamic Lectures, Volume 1). He is married to Bayyinah Abdul-Aleem, and the father of four children.
Imam Qasim Ahmed
Imam Qasim Ahmed is the Founder and director of the Islamic Learning institute, Inc., where numerous students of the Qur'anic Arabic language and Islamic Studies have been taught to read, translate and understand the meaning of Qur'anic Arabic. The Institute was founded in 1978 as a mobile school offering Arabic classes in various cities within the United States. Imam Ahmed's teaching and training experiences have resulted in the production of teacher training literature, Qur'anic study workbooks, Arabic books and a huge collection of CD and DVD lectures series to aid and assist others in studying and learning more about the religion of Al-Islam. His most recent development is a program called, "How to Make the Qur'an to Read: The Internalization of through the Subconscious Mind." Students are encouraged to read the Qur'an with their subconscious mind, even though they are not able to read the Arabic Script. In his continuing efforts to educate others and to propagate the religion of Al-Islam, Imam Ahmed has traveled extensively in the United States and abroad. He has traveled to the Holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj ritual. Some of the others countries he has traveled to include China, Japan, Indonesia, Africa, Canada, Hondurus, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Bermuda. On April 27, 2009, he was invited to perform the opening prayer for the House of Representatives in Tallahassie, Florida, making it an historic event. Imam Ahmed's forty plus years as an Islamic worker provide him with the experience, initiative and direction that make him most welcomed wherever he travels to teach. He is currently resides in Houston, Texas and continues to travel across the country to share the jewels of the Qur'an and the language and teachings of Imam W. D. Mohammed.
Qur’an Shakir has been certified as a Jegna, master educator, guide and distinguished leader. Having served as an educator for more than 25 years, she has served as principal of the Mohammed Schools of Atlanta, as a teacher at the Mohammed Schools of Atlanta, and as an educational consultant to local public and private school educators. She has several times been named Teacher of the Year, as a STAR teacher for the State of Georgia, and listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Teachers, and Who’s Who Among U.S. Executives. As a called-upon motivational speaker, Sis. Qur’an, affectionately called Madame Q, has presented at colleges, universities, conferences, workshops, masajid, churches, centers, radio and television programs, juvenile delinquent facilities, and served as a chaplain in a local women’s prison where she conducted weekly “Confronting Self” workshops. Her works have been published in several journals and publications, including having her own weekly column “Road to Nikkah” in Muslim Journal. She is founder of several organizations and initiatives, including Powerful Youth in Charge (PYIC), an organization for tweens and teens that teaches them the power of leadership and being their own best advocates; The Taalib-Din Company, which promotes learning Islam through games and competitions; Taqwa Productions Inc., an Islamic media production company; UISA (United Islamic Schools of Atlanta), an organization of Islamic school leaders; UMMA, now called Muslims for Marriage. Sis. Qur’an is an active board member for the National Education Council (NEC) of Sister Clara Mohammed Schools; for the Interfaith Children’s Movement where she is committed to advocating for children and empowering them to advocate, lead and serve; and for the Drug Rebound of DeKalb Juvenile Justice where she advises and supports the juvenile court in efforts to help adolescent participants learn to live drug free and crime-free. A native of Atlanta and second generation Muslim in a family with at least four generations of Muslims, Madame Q is a graduate of Georgia State University and National University and a doctoral candidate with Fielding Graduate University.
Shahidah Sharif has always envisioned herself as a helper of people, a speaker of truth, and a global citizen. She has an extensive background in Islamic education and community service from a young age. She began working with organizations and schools such as Muslim Youth of North America and Clara Mohammed School of South Florida, Oakland, CA, and Atlanta. She has also worked with the Islamic Society of the University of Miami and United Youth Leadership Forum of the Bay Area. She studied for three years at the Abu Nour University in Damascus through the Mosque Cares with a focus on the Arabic language and the Islamic Sciences. She currently serves on the Board of Sisters United in Human Service, Inc, as the Communications Director of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, and is co-founder and COO of Professional Hajj and Umrah Guides, LLC, organizing delegations annually with her husband for the Hajj (pilgrimage) to Makkah, Saudi Arabia and study abroad opportunities. She currently resides in the East Atlanta neighborhood with her husband Imam Sulaimaan Hamed, son Sultaan, and her daughter Saaliha.
Imam Talib M. Shareef
Talib M. Shareef, is President and Imam of the historic, Nation’s Mosque, Masjid Muhammad, located at 1519 Islamic Way, (4th Street), NW, Washington, DC. Imam Shareef, is a retired Chief Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force after 30 years, and holds a Masters of Business Administration from American Intercontinental University, a Diploma from the Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University, and is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Arabic and Middle East studies. He is a student of the late Imam W.D. Mohammed, Muslim-American Spokesman for Humanity.
Imam Shareef served as Imam in five U.S. cities and seven military locations around the world, and as convener, Georgia State Association of Imams. He led a historic interfaith delegation to Italy and received for a meeting at the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. He was one of the signers in Nigeria to the Abuja Peace Declaration organized by the International Global Peace Foundation and the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution. He was the first Imam with military service to offer prayer at an opening session of the U.S. Congress. Co-organized, spoke and led the historic Islamic congregational prayer at the Washington National Cathedral. He offered the opening prayer on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s March on Washington; the first Imam to serve as a speaker for former President George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service Faith Summit; Serves on council for the National Summit on Non-Violence; Speaker for the South African Embassy celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday; led historic delegation to and addressed over 500,000 in South Africa; Speaker at Sojourner Douglass College for the memorial honoring human rights activist, Coretta Scott King; Speaker at the memorial service for former Mayor Marion Barry. He addressed the ills of Human Trafficking on Capitol Hill. He co-established first Islamic Dietary Nutrition site for elderly members of all faiths in D.C. He was appointed to Mayor Interfaith Council; Senior Islamic Leader and Board member of the Interfaith Conference.
Imam Shareef was honored to sit with and be recognized for his service by President Barack Obama at the White House Iftar in 2011 and he served as keynote speaker for the Pentagon and Homeland Security Iftars, and for the first and subsequent Iftars hosted by an Israeli Ambassador to U.S. He co-founded the organization which facilitated the U.S. Military commissioning its first Islamic Chaplain; co-organized the first US Military Hajj Program in 1992; Islamic Representative on National Coalition for Veteran Caregivers, National Imam of the Muslim American Veterans Association (MAVA). Officiated and documented the first Islamic burial internment, rites and gravesite preparation for a Muslim veteran buried in a Veterans Administration (VA) National Cemetery. Senior Advisor, to the first American Islamic Heritage Museum in D.C. National Advisor to Global Peace Foundation, USA; Only U.S. Imam to speak at the World Alliance of Religions for Peace in Seoul Korea, and at the Global Peace Convention in Paraguay, South America.
His military service yield’s major honors and medals. Other awards include Denver’s Spectrum Newspaper’s “Who’s Who” among African American Leaders; Muslim Journal’s 2011 Imam of the Year; Command Roy Wilkins NAACP Leadership Award. Imam Shareef and wife, Tahirah, have three children, seven grandchildren, are custodial parents of three others and have served as foster parents for several children.
Imam Tyerre El Amim
Imam Tyerre El Amin was born & raised on Galveston Island, 30 miles south of Houston. He accepted AL Islam in 2002 and 4 years later was introduced to the language & scholarship of Imam WD Mohammed(RA). Imam Tyerre has trained in Houston under the leadership of Imam Wazir Ali for the past 10 years where he serves as associate Imam at both Masjid WD Mohammed & Masjid AL Qur'an Mercy Community Center. He has served in the capacity of program coordinator for multiple Islamic programs.
Imam Tyerre El Amin has always been one to participate and initiate programs that benefit the outer community as well, to educate and teach the true religion of Islam. He is an up and coming motivatonal/inspirational speaker that connects intimately with the community at large and frequent lecturer throughout the city & country. His most recent accomplishment is cofounding and the program director of the Iron Man Club, Inc a non profit 501c3, a leadership development program for inner city male youth, inspired by the conceptual language and scholarship of Imam WD Mohammed. He is also the founder and director of Light of Perception, a Human Development and Thinking ModificationProgram. Tyerre El Amin holds a bachelor's degree from The University of Houston -Clear Lake in kinesiology and is the proud father of 2 sons, Qasim & Khalil.
Imam Dr. Wazir
Imam Dr. Wazir Ali is the Imam of the historic Masjid Warithud-Deen Mohammed and Masjid Al-Qur'an in Houston, Texas. Both communities have experienced unprecedented growth under Imam Dr. Ali's leadership. Masjid Warithud-Deen Mohammed built a new state of the art facility in 2010 and is in the planning stages of the construction of a community center and a senior housing complex. Imam Dr. Ali is a founding member of Masjid Al-Qur'an. Under Imam Dr. Ali's leadership the average weekly Jum'ah attendance grew from 10 to over 500.
Imam Dr. Ali completed an eight year mentorship program in Islamic Studies, comparative religion and Masjid administration under the guidance of Imam Qasim Ahmed. Imam Ali is also a student of the preeminent American Muslim scholar, the late Imam Warithud-Deen Mohammed (may Allah have mercy on him).
Imam Dr. Ali, an entrepreneur, kinesiologist, registered dietitian and board certified specialist in geriatric nutrition, owns a private nutrition consulting firm in Houston. Imam Dr. Ali is also the interim director of the dietetics program and a clinical instructor at Texas Southern University. His current academic research interests are energy needs for maintenance hemodialysis, sleep apnea related obesity and obesity treatment/prevention.
Imam Ali holds a Doctorate degree in clinical nutrition from Rutgers University, a Master of Science degree in kinesiology from the University of Texas Pan American, and Bachelor of Science degrees in nutrition and psychology from the University of Houston.
Imam Yahya Abdullah
Imam Yahya Abdullah is the Imam of The Islamic Association of Desoto, Texas, founded in 2002. He was Imam of The Dallas Masjid for 18 years and established a full time Sister Clara Mohammed School in 1983.
He performed Hajj to Mecca, Saudi Arabia in October 1981. Imam Abdullah attended the Arabic Language Program at the Saudi Academy in Washington, D.C. in 1987, where he was class valedictorian.
Imam Abdullah was a presenter at the 11th Annual Dawah Conference held in Cairo, Egypt at Al-Azhar University in 1988.
In 1988, he co-produced a nationally aired documentary, The Hajj, Pilgrimage to Mecca. In that same year, he founded African-American Men Against Narcotics (AAMAN), a group dedicated to drug prevention and rehabilitation, and was also featured in a nationally acclaimed documentary on PBS entitled War on Drugs. Imam Abdullah is the author of four books; Elements of Progressive Leadership, Dynamics of African-American Male Development – Manhood Training Curriculum Outline, Religion is the Solution to the Crime Problem in America and Developing the Human Potential.
Imam Abdullah visited Saudi Arabia with Imam W. Deen Mohammed on four occasions, March 1990, September 1990, January 1991 and February 1991.
In 1995, he was a co-sponsor and organizer of the ‘Dallas Acts Kind’ week, whose participants included Imam W. Deen Mohammed, Mrs. Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King III.
In 1998, he organized and co-sponsored a major conference on diversity, ‘Future Global Trends of the 21st Century’.
In 2006, Imam Abdullah and the Muslims of Masjid Muhammed, Bermuda, organized and founded BAN (Bermudians Against Narcotics), a community protest and intervention group dedicated to eradicating illegal drugs from the island paradise of Bermuda.
Over the past 25 years, Imam Abdullah has participated in numerous interfaith dialogues with Christians, Muslim, Jews and other faiths, within Texas, across the United States and Bermuda.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and proclamations, from cities across the United States of America, for his dedication to community service. President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush were among those who presented him with community service awards.
He is a student of Imam W. Deen Mohammed and was his personal friend.
He assisted Imam W. D. Mohammed with Group Volume Buy imports from China. Group Volume Buy successfully imported two thousand high quality men’s business suits in May 2008. Group Volume Buy will also import women’s clothing and accessories. He is presently continuing the business initiatives of Imam W. Deen Mohammed.
Imam Abdullah is a frequent lecturer throughout the United States and the Caribbean at colleges, universities, radio/television stations and banquets. He has traveled extensively and has lived in the African countries of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Zaire and Egypt.
He is currently involved in the development of an Islamic Community on eight acres of land in Desoto, Texas. The community will consist of a Masjid (mosque), school, cultural center, housing, businesses and an assisted living facility for the elderly.
Imam Yusuf Saleem
Mr. Yusuf Saleem is recognized as a dynamic leader in the American Society of Muslims who identify with the late Imam W. D. Mohammed. Yusuf Saleem is a graduate of Howard University, where he received the Bchelor of Arts and Master ofEducation Degrees. He served as resident Imamof Masjid Muhammad as well as Director of Education at the Clara Muhammad School in Washington,D.C. from 1990 –2010 . Teacher Saleem has taught ln Catholic, Public, and Muslim school settings and has taught and has held positionsof principal. teacher, andprofessor.
Professor Saleem was appointed by Imam W. D. Mohammed as the National Director of Education for the American Society of Muslims’ School System for the period of 2000 to May 2003. During the first four months of his term as Director , Professor Saleem visited over 15 full-time Clara Muhammad Schools located across the nation to assess their overall status and to determine the steps needed for integration into a schoolsystem, the first of its kind to existin this country.
Imam Saleem has been a presenter on Islamic Education and the universal aspects of education at schools, churches, and forums, and also at the yearly national Islamic Conventions.
In March of 1990, Professor Saleem accompanied a national delegation of educators to Saudi Arabia at the invitationof King Fard, Custodian of the two Holy Places (Mecca and Medina). The delegation had the rare opportunity to enter and view the interior ofThe Ka’abah, which very few Muslims have experienced.
In July and August of 1997, Imam Saleem and his wife accompanied a delegation of young Muslim men and women to the country of Malaysia at the request of Imam W. D. Mohammed. For two weeks, their itinerary took them on many formal and informal visits. The Muslim Youth Group, ABIM, hosted them.
After the brutalattacks on America in September of 2001, Imam Saleem met with President Bush and other Muslim leaders to condemn the attacks and to present a unified front againstterrorism. Acting as spokesman for the meeting, his remarks, along with the President’s , helped to deter the attacks, and clarified for the American people the peaceful nature of the religion of Islam. Consquently,On October 24, 2001, the leadership of the U. S. Senate was prompted to invite Imam Saleem to speak on Islam at their weekly Prayer Breakfast(the first guest speaker in 50 years). He also formally opened the U. S. Senate with prayer, following in the footsteps of the invocation given by Imam W. D. Mohammed in 1992. By invitation of the first Muslim Congressman, Keith Ellison(Democrat-Minneapolis, Minnesota) , Imam Saleem has the singular, distinct honor of being the only Imam to open both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives(September 25, 2007).
In recognition of Imam Saleem’s hard work and dedication, the National Capital Area branch of the National Conference for Community and Justice(NCCJ) recognized him as a Community Leader in May of 2002. In August2002, Imam Saleem joined other Faith Clergy in receiving the First Mayoral Clergy Award, presented by Anthony A. Williams, Mayor of Washington, D. C. In September of 2002, The American Society of Muslims selected him as the Muslim Man of the Year for 2002.
Metropolitan Police Department Chief Charles H. Ramsey appointed Imam Yusuf Saleem as the first Chaplain of the Islamic Faith to the Washington D. C. Police Department.
Imam Saleem is married to Maryam Saleem, also an educator, and they have four adultoffspring. Yusuf Saleem always gives credit to ALLAH(G-D) for any successes and strives to serve ALLAH(G-D) by serving humanity.