Story about WD Mohammed memorial in Detroit

Photo taken by Niraj Warikoo/Detroit Free Press

Photo taken by Niraj Warikoo/Detroit Free Press

Memorial service held for Warith Deen

Mohammed

BY NIRAJ WARIKOO • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER • September 14, 2008

Muslims gathered in a Detroit mosque Saturday to honor the legacy of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, a Hamtramck native who was born into the Nation of Islam but later led thousands of African-Americans to orthodox Islam.

About 100 listened to several speakers talk about the memory of Mohammed inside Masjid Wali Muhammad, an Islamic center on Linwood that was previously the first local temple in the Nation of Islam and later became the first mosque of Mohammed’s followers in Detroit. Imam Mohammed died in suburban Chicago on Tuesday at the age of 74.

Despite his death, his contributions will continue to help many, speakers said at the memorial service.

“He’s given us knowledge we can dwell on,” said Hakim Aleem, of Detroit, to the audience.

Aleem and other speakers noted that Mohammed was a humble man who urged local autonomy of mosques, interfaith outreach, and ethical lives of self-reliance based on reason and Islam.

“This is what he wanted us to do: be more intelligent,” Aleem said. “Explore logic.”

Dawud Walid, assistant imam at Majid Wali Muhammad, said that Mohammed was a teacher to many influential Muslims in the U.S., including Adam Shakoor, a former judge and top aide to former Detroit Mayor Coleman Young.

“There are so many people who are students of Warith Deen Mohammed who benefited from him,” Walid said. “We all have a responsibility and duty to carry on the legacy and teachings.”

Detroit City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson spoke at the service, as did researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Sally Howell and Professor Andrew Shryock.(MORE)

One thought on “Story about WD Mohammed memorial in Detroit

  1. My heart was broken when I head the news about our brother passing. Inshallah our brother will be dealt justice for his good in this world for he inspired many of us to SEEK the face of Allah (SAW).

    As Salaamu Alaykum Akhi

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