ACMCU Mourns the Loss of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed

Intisar Rabb

Inna Lillah wa inna ilayhi raji'oun 
(To Allah we belong and to him we will return.)

Imam Warith Deen Mohammed Mohammed has passed on today. May God bless him without measure for his vital contributions, and enable his legacy to live on. He showed millions of people to Islam who had no way before of even knowing who or what God was. He was the leader of the single largest community of Muslims in America, with roots here stretching far back. He never wavered from his mission of conveying measured insights about the goodness of the world and of every human being in it, regardless of race, religion, or social-economic station, encouraging the elevation of the consciousness and the soul -- for this world and the next. This month of Ramadan is quite a month for this reminder. For in this month, Muslims fast only so that their souls, their whole selves "might (learn) God-conciousness," in the words of the Qur'an. Here we have a further reminder. Also as the Qur'an says: To God we belong and to Him is our return.

Intisar Rabb 
Princeton University

*Statement from the family*

Statement on the Passing of Imam W. Deen Mohammed, leader of the 
Largest Muslim Movement in America

(Chicago, IL, 9/09/08) *The leader of the largest constituent of 
Muslims in America, Imam W. Deen Mohammed, son of the Honorable 
Elijah Muhammad leader of the Nation of Islam, passed away today, he 
would turn 75 in October.

In 1975 he succeeded his father, leader of the Nation of Islam opening the movement to all races. He was a public servant who stood up against racial oppression, and worked continuously for peace, unity, and 
reconciliation. He maintained his father's legacy of economic and political empowerment for the Muslim community.

His passing today was confirmed in a statement released by the late leader's family, "Imam W. Deen Mohammed a follower of Prophet Muhammad - on him be peace- and Muslim leader passed away today at his home in Markham, IL. He trusted and he believed in the One G-d the Creator of all systems of Knowledge. We ask that you pray for our father and leader." - The Family of Imam W. Deen Mohammed

A Muslim prayer service for Imam W. Deen Mohammed is planned for this Thursday at 1:45 p.m. at the Islamic Foundation of Villa Park, 300 W Highridge Rd., Villa Park, IL 60181, followed by internment to Mt. 
Glennwood Cemetary, 18301 E Glenwood and Thornton Rd., Glenwood, IL 60425.

This Friday at 1 p.m. the Muslim community will hold a unity Jumah, Friday Muslim congregational prayer service, on the community's property across from 2979 W. 167th St. Markham, IL at 1 p.m.

The community memorial service is planned for this Saturday also on the community's property across from 2979 W. 167th St., Markham, IL at 1 p.m.

* WHAT: * Public Memorial Service for Imam W. Deen Mohammed

* WHEN: * Saturday September 13th beginning at 2 p.m. following 
afternoon prayer service

* WHERE: * Community property across from 2979 W. 167th St. 
Markham, IL

CONTACT: Ayesha K. Mustafaa, Muslim Journal or Sultan Muhammad, family member at (773) 540-6001 or sultan@mpdstudios.com.