Dozens of Muslim women dressed in red and white Sunday, the colors chosen to represent the interwoven nature of their community, as they gathered to listen to Imam W. Deen Mohammed, a national leader praised for embracing all threads of Islam.

“Relationships should continue until you’re connected with good people throughout the world,” Mohammed told about 200 people at Maxwell Auditorium at Syracuse University.

He is the spiritual leader of an estimated 2.5 million American Muslims and the son of Elijah Muhammad, former leader of the Nation of Islam. After his father’s death in 1975, Mohammed shifted the movement toward orthodox Sunni Islam. He rejected some of the teachings of his father, such as the superiority of black people over Jews and other whites.


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