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.
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.