Brooklyn Hosts First IWDM MadhHab Conference

by q. daawud grey, The Internet Reporter

BROOKLYN, NY — “I don’t have to follow the Maliki school or the Shafi school or the Hanbali school (or the Hanafi school). I don’t have to follow any of the four schools (of Islamic logic) . . . . Maybe, G-d has chosen me to bring about a new school.”

As soon as these words flew out of his mouth, almost 30 years ago in a Harlem speech, Imam W. D. Mohammed could hear the reaction in the Islamic world.

“Ohhh,” said IWDM in a mocked tone, mimicking the Muslim immigrants and scholars overseas, “there can’t be another school!”

“I accept that there can’t be another prophet, but don’t tell me: There can’t be another school,” he shouted during the Feb. 23, 1986 lecture.

IWDM was passionately defending his position at Masjid Malcolm Shabazz, the landmark Harlem structure he renamed in 1976, a year after he had assumed leadership of the pro-black Nation of Islam.

“And in this new part of the world that was discovered about 500 years or so ago,” the Imam’s rebuke continued, “in this new environment . . . in America that baffles and confounds the average foreign man’s mind, I say: Maybe, G-d has selected me to initiate the growth of a new school.”

Fast-forward to the year 2014 – the peak of the Digital Age. (The 1986 lecture can now be seen on YouTube under the subject of “IWDM Speaks In Harlem” with the one-minute rebuke in the “Responsibility 8″ file.)

Drop down to Sept. 13 here in Brooklyn. The metropolitan supporters of the logic of IWDM were treated to the city’s first conference on the “MadhHab of Imam W. Deen Mohammed” at Masjid Abdul Muhsi Khalifa.

The Conference featured two main speakers, Imam Mubaashir Uqdah, Ph. D. (58) of Warren County, NJ and Imam Rashad Abdul Rahmaan (31) of Milwaukee, WI.

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L-R Dr. Mubaashir Uqdah, Imam Rashad Abdul-Rahman, Imam Ahmed Sabree

Imam Rashad is the assistant imam at Masjid Sultan Muhammad and the assistant director of Clara Muhammad School in Milwaukee. He was a student for over four years in the Dawah Class that IWDM himself taught and is currently majoring in comparative religious studies and philosophy at the University of Wisconsin.

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Reflections on the Legacy of Imam W. Deen Mohammed

Ayesha MustafaAyesha K. Mustafaa Lectures at Princeton University

By Imam Wahy-ud Deen Shareef,
Masjid Waarith ud Deen at Waris CRDC

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IRVINGTON, N.J. – In honor of the Fifth Annual Reflections on the Legacy of Imam W. Deen Mohammed Lecture Series, Masjid Waarith ud Deen of Irvington and Princeton University co-hosted a distinguished lecture by our own Editor of the Muslim Journal, Ayesha K. Mustafaa.

Her presentation was titled “Critical Thinking – Educate a Woman, Educate A Community,” delivered Feb. 20, 2014.

Sis. Ayesha’s enlightening lecture examined the signs, symbols and identities which Imam W. Deen Mohammed, and many other African American leaders who preceded him, have read and interpreted within the society and in the scriptures to bring forward a collective conscience of a more just socio-economic, political and ethical environment in the United States of America.

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Conveners of Imams Statement on ISIS Brutality


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August, 2014

Statement on the Un-Islamic Brutality of Extremist Groups such as the So-Called “Islamic State” of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

There is no compulsion in religion. Surely the right course is distinct from the wrong. And whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold that never breaks. And Allah hears and knows (all things). (Al-Quran 2:256)

There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and who remembers Allah often. (Al-Quran 33:21)

The Conveners of Imams associated with the Community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed stand in solidarity with those who are appalled and condemn the brutal, indiscriminate murder, rape, and violence against innocent men, women, and children committed anywhere in the world! We further condemn the religious extremism of groups, including ISIS and Al-Qaeda, perpetrated in the name of Al-Islam and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). This includes the invitation to Muslims to join their inhuman and un-Islamic terror campaigns that destroy private property and the houses of worship of Christians, Jews, Muslims and others.

The religion of Al-Islam and the example of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) promote human excellence, religious freedom, social justice, and tolerance of human and religious diversity. Every Muslim is obligated to protect the dignity and freedom of all human beings. This includes the protection of houses of worship such as monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques (Al-Quran 22:40). The recent horrific examples of crimes against humanity by groups like ISIS are totally contrary to these universal principles which are embraced in the religion of Al-Islam.

As we denounce these actions, we also understand the history and complexity of this conflict and pray that people of faith and good will can find a way to work together towards mutual respect, cooperation, and peace.

Imam Bashir Ali,
National Convener of Imams
On Behalf of the Conveners of Imams

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