Memorial service held for Warith Deen
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)