Passing of Metro Detroit Muslim pioneer – Imam Vehbi Ismail

Imam Vehbi Ismail passed from this temporary life yesterday.

In 1962, Imam Ismail founded the Albanian Islamic Center in Harper Woods, Michigan.  The center, which was initially founded to serve the primary religious and cultural needs of the Albanian Muslim community, has also serviced a number of other ethnicities since the 60’s including Arabs, Indians and Iranians.

Imam Ismail was a promoter of interfaith dialogue as well as interfaith cooperation.  He worked closely with the late Shi’i leader Imam Jawad Chirri, the founder of the Islamic Center of America, which is now America’s largest mosque, and spoke at the mosque during Muharram and Ramadan.


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