TURKEY HOSTS U.S. MUSLIM LEADER
Turkey is in search of cooperation with the U.S. Black Muslim leader Deen Mohammad to prevent the so-called clash of civilizations and to reinterpret Islam according to the needs of the 21st century while lobbying against Armenian genocide claims in the U.S. Congress.
Mohammad yesterday arrived to Ankara for a 3 days visit, as a guest of the Justice and Development Party (AKP). He started his visit at the AtatÃ¼rk mausoleum. “I am not an imam. I am a businessman and I am also a community leader,” Mohammad told the Turkish Daily News yesterday.
He added that they are in search for cooperation with Turkey. Mohammed is known to be the leader of 2 million Muslims in United States.
In 1996 he met with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican and participated in the National Prayer Service Celebrating the second inauguration of then U.S. President Bill Clinton. Mohammad will meet with Foreign Minister Abdullah GÃ¼l and Minister of Trade and Industry Ali Co?kun today.
He will also have talks with the head of religious affairs directorate Ali Bardako?lu and the Mufti of ?stanbul, Mustafa ?a?r?c?, about Islam and the situation of 1.5 billion Muslims all over the world.