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CAIR Offers Condolences on Death of Imam W. Deen Mohammed

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/9/2008) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is offering its condolences to the family of Imam W. Deen Mohammed, a national leader of the American Muslim community who died today in Illinois.

SEE: Muslim Leader Warith Deen Mohammed Dies (Detroit Free Press)

Imam Mohammed, 74, was the son of Elijah Muhammad, the founder of the Nation of Islam. After his father’s death in 1975, Imam Mohammed led his community to mainstream Islam. He recently presided over a national Islamic convention in Michigan attended by thousands of American Muslims.

Known for his calm and dignified demeanor, Imam Mohammed was a champion of Islamic education, individual and community self-reliance, civil rights, and improved interfaith relations.

“We belong to God and to Him we return,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Imam Mohammed’s spiritual leadership will be greatly missed by the American Muslim community, but his legacy will live on in all those who benefited from his knowledge and guidance.”

“CAIR’s board and staff nationwide are particularly grateful for Imam Mohammed’s wisdom and support over the years and we offer our heartfelt condolences to his family,” said Awad.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail:


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