by hsaahir

Ben Bilal Head

TRENTON, N.J. – A prolonged search for a new Imam to lead the congregation of Masjidut- Taqwa, located at 1001 E. State St., in Trenton, was rewarded in a big way after Instructor Benjamin Bilal accepted the offer to become their new religious representative.The formal installation was conducted after Jumu’ah Prayer on May 1 of this year, in front of a large and international group of Believers, with his wife, Kareema Medina Bilal, at his side.

Instructor Bilal, a longtime resident of New York City, is no stranger to Trenton, having previously delivered the Jumu’ah khutbah there on numerous occasions.He is widely known for his Sunday evening radio broadcast, True Human Radio! on where he expounds on “The Sacred & Secret Language of Religion and Culture,” a subject which has become his signature in lectures around the country.

Perhaps equally well known is his Qur’an Linguistic Study Course, which meets weekly by conference call, with students numbering almost a hundred.Long-time followers of Imam W.D. Mohammed will recognize Bilal’s name and face from his three plays: “Remake The World,” a play about the reconstruction of family life; “The Evolution Of A Community”; and “It’s Wake Up Time!” The two latter plays were development of the journey from the Nation of Islam to al-Islam proper. Bilal wrote, produced and performed all three to glowing accolades in the late 1980s to early 1990s. Instructor Bilal is very grateful for and feels blessed by the fact that Imam W. Deen Mohammed himself actually attended the performances and approved of Bilal’s portrayal of him in the latter two plays.

Read more ...

CWSC makes smooth transition to institutional leadership

Mukhtar Muhammad

Mukhtar Muhammad

On March 18, 2015, Mukhtar Muhammad became the second executive director for the Community Wide Shuraa Conference (CWSC). A dedicated volunteer and one of its principal architects, Mukhtar previously served as CWSC’s corporate secretary and director for strategic planning and development, and was a close advisor to former director, the late Imam Thomas Abdul-Salaam (ra), founder of the American Muslim 360 Radio Network.  Imam Thomas passed away after a prolonged illness on March 2.

The transition to new leadership has been smooth and steady for the organization founded in 2013. In just under two years, the organization has institutionalized beyond its original founding members and expanded its board of directors and implemented operating guidelines to complement its bylaws and other governing documents to help leaders continue steering the organization towards its goal of building a national working intelligentsia incorporating a think tank, volunteer human resources network, and broadcasting platform. With only two years of operations, CWSC has begun providing support to other institutions as part of its charter and expect to expand its support with re-granting opportunities for outstanding community service projects.


The board of directors unanimously confirmed Mukhtar as executive director after receiving overwhelming support by nomination from CWSC volunteers across the nation.

“I am honored to have been confirmed to take the helm and to work with the board of directors, staff, and our committees and teams and other organizations in carrying forth the vision of our leader Imam W. Deen Mohammed (ra),” states Mukhtar.

“Imam Mohammed asked us repeatedly to build a national working intelligentsia to improve the life for all American Muslims and the broader American society for succeeding generations, and that’s what we’re doing with Allah’s (SWT) Help and the talented group intellect we have in this country.  We are finding ways to better connect our intellects to leverage our capacity for progress across the country.”

Mukhtar was born in the community identified with the leadership of Imam W. Deen Mohammed (ra) and is an alumnus of Philadelphia’s former Muhammad University. A third generation Muslim, his parents are Muslim pioneers as well as his late grandmother and great uncle. Mukhtar brings a wealth of experience to his new leadership role as a former member of the Islamic Affairs Council appointed by Imam W. Deen Mohammed, a convener majlis ashura, Muslim Student Association president, former enlisted and commissioned naval officer and current vice president for FAMACO Publishers, LLC. Read his biography here.

Learn more about the Community Wide Shura Conference by going to their website,

Community Governance Concept Papers – Give Your Input!

As Salaamu Alaykum!

Dear Followers of Imam W. Deen Mohammed,


As you may know, the Section Conveners have been conducting Community Leadership Summit weekends (CLS) in various parts of the country and in each of these sessions the conversation about leadership, structure, representation and working together as a community has been a strong concern amongst the participants. In addition, in each Section we are aware of community conflicts around governance and Section Conveners are approached often by individuals regarding matters of community governance.

Government is one of the four birds and it has its impact on our lives. We discuss these issues and concerns all the time and we are seeking a wider and organized shuraa on the concept of governance in the Community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed.

The Conveners have produced two DRAFT Community Governance Concept Papers for your review and input (see separate attachments). These papers are:

Establishing Islamic Democracy
Government: Agreements, Standards, and Accountability by Way of Mutual Consultation


Click the links above, scroll down and click the document images on the right, and/or mouse-over the “Add Your Comments” menu link  and choose the document for which you want to add your comments. You can also email your comments to your Section Convener.

All comments are welcome.

Latest Comments