The Passing of Imam W.D. Mohammed, The End of an Era

Posted: September 10, 2008 in Uncategorized

The passing of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed today is the passing of an era. We extend our condolences to his family and to all of his loyal followers This is no ordinary day, but a watershed moment which should cause us all to reflect on the legacy of this man’s work, and the unfinished business he left behind.

Whether one agreed with him all the time or not (and this is not really the place to discuss those matters), one cannot deny that his impact on the growth and development of Islam in America has been enormous. Over the past 35 years, it has been impossible to discuss the reality of Islam in America without mentioning the leadership of Imam Mohammed. His place in American history is secure, and the impact of his ministry can be seen in the thousands of young adult Muslims who were raised making salat, fasting the month of Ramadan, performing the hajj, going to college and raising stable Muslim families. I must admit here that I did not always see the wisdom of certain policies he implemented, but then again God did not give me the responsibity he gave Imam Mohammed. As an older man, I began to realize that he had it more right than I did.

I believe the more important aspects of his legacy will be that,

1) He was the architect of the largest mass conversion of westernized people to the religion of Islam in history. This achievement alone is monumental and ensconced his name in the canon of the world’s great men.

2) At a time when he could have easily exploited the tremendous love and admiration (bordering on worship) of his father’s followers to amass great wealth and luxury, he instead chose to live a very simple and humble life, one not given to extravagance.

3) And finally, he taught African American Muslims how they could be both good Muslims and good Americans, and to do so without becoming arabized in the process. This to me, after teaching the people tawheed (the oneness of God) and correct worship, is his singular achievement. Given the incessant propaganda of the immigrant Muslim establishment – what I call the “syndicate” – this was no mean feat. Imam Mohammed was very wisely able to fuse together the three different indentities into a composite whole, thwarting all efforts of the”syndicate” (and their Black American surrogates) to co-opt his movement for their purposes. It is our prayer that his followers always keep this fact in front of them as even now power hungry wolves plot and scheme to pick off his community.

To Allah we belong and to Him is our return.

  1. Fatimah Abdul-Tawwab says:

    Thank-you for this post honoring the life and legacy of our dearly beloved departed Imam. My life coincides with the leadership of my Teacher and Imam who named me at birth 3 months after the passing of his own father. I pray that Allah t’ala grants Imam Mohammed the highest rank in the Paradise.

    Inna lilAllahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon

  2. dawudwalid says:

    Very nice synopsis, especially your highlighting #3.

    May ALLAH (SWT) grant him high status in Al-Jannah.

  3. Abu Usamah al-Aswad says:

    I too pray that Allah grants Imam W D Mohammed (ra) the highest rank in Paradise. In this very short time we have lost two truly great men in Imam Mohammed (ra) and Shaykh Hassan Cisse (ra) who’ve done much for the spead of Islam.

    And while their will be much testimony in the coming days about Imam Mohammed’s strength, I will simply allow his own words speak as they express it far better than I ever could.

    “…and all of us are men and women of knowledge, and the strong gush of wind coming from the forces of emotion, come against this house and blow, the windows stay intact, the shades doesn’t even wavier, the curtians at the window though the window be up, won’t even be moved by the winds of emotion, simply because this house is built on strength, divine strength, this is a house formed by knowledge and men of knowledge just don’t fall down in the floor and wept and moan and cry like babies when the winds of emotion come”

    … Imam W D Mohammed February 26 1975

  4. Hamza21 says:

    I’m in shock. I can’t believe the Imam died. But as the Prophet once said ” Death is closer to us than the strap of the sandal.”

    May Allah grant him Jannah.

    He was such a leader and teacher to so many. I hope his legecy, his memory, and all the good works he has done for black folk and especially Islam is not forgotten or obscured like that Shaykh Da’oud Ahmad Faisal.

  5. Thank you for this post. I think at the very least, everyone can acknowledge the accomplishments that you listed.

    Inna lillahi wa inna illahi raji’un. May Allah forgive him his sins and grant him the highest level of paradise. I pray that our community takes the wealth of knowledge he left us and use that along with the Qur’an and Sunnah to continue to help us grow and prosper in this next ERA!

  6. IBN ABDUL HAQQ says:

    ASA Thank you for the Wisdom shown in this post. Whatever differences we may have had with any Muslims or prayers should be with them.
    May Allah forgive him and us our sins sins and grant us all the highest level of paradise.

    Echoing Hamza 21 I hope the works of many of our Afro American Muslim pioneers are not forgotten. I have disagreed with some of your post, but thank you for making us think

  7. bashir says:

    Who are you to talk about Tawheed, Abdur-Rahman?! Al-Wala wal Bara is part of Tawheed and we see you siding with the enemies of Islam like Steven Emerson and Little Green Footballs! You claim to follow the Qur’an and Sunnah, but in reality you follow the Sunnah of Abdullah ibn Ubay, chief of the munafiqeen at the time of the Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him), by allying yourself with the kuffaar. You are constantly condemning Muslims and I have not seen you once condemn the American government’s foreign policy. You are Islamically and intellectually bankrupt.

  8. Bashir,

    Will you please grow up. “Al wala wa bara”? You guys are a “one note Charlie”. People like you never deal with the issues at hand. You think that throwing names out there like Steve Emerson takes the place of an argument.

    This post celebrates the good done by Imam Mohammed and how he was able to protect his community from immigrant, lunatic, fringe idiots like yourself.

  9. Wali says:

    Immigrants like Bashir will never turn Imam Mohammed’s community into their slaves as they so eagerly desire. Thanks Abdur-Rahman for your words

  10. Bashir says:

    You are the one who is “one note Charlie” and the one who is intellectually and Islamically bankrupt. I don’t know why you even pretend to be a Muslim anymore. Why don’t you condemn the violence in the African-American community which is glorified by the ghetto culture of your own kind before you attack Muslims. Do you even believe in the pillars and rules of Islaam anymore? Go join Farrakhan’s cult if you want to call to racialism. You are modern-day Abdullah ibn ‘Ubay, chief of the Hypocrites, with your hatred of Muslims. Do you still claim to follow the Qur’an and Sunnah!

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