Imam Warith Deen Muhammad
Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, the self-taught spiritual leader of the Muslim
American Society, has a membership of over two million Muslims in the United
States. Mohammed was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1933 to the late Elijah and
Clara Mohammed. He succeeded his father as the Leader of the Nation of Islam
and is credited for working to reform the group and bringing millions of African-
Americans to mainstream Islam. Mohammed is a highly respected leader in both
in the Muslim and non-Muslim community. His effort to create dialogue between
Christians, Jews, and Muslims has afforded him national and international
recognition. Imam Mohammed was the Muslim to deliver an vocations at the
U.S. Senate in 1992. He is the author of several books such as "Prayer and
Al-Islam", "Islam's Climate for Business Success", and "Al-Islam, Unity and
Leadership". Each week, listener can tune into his national radio broadcast
and television programs to hear lectures and educational information on Islam.
W. D. Mohammed High School is named in honor of Imam W. Deen Mohammed, Muslim American Spokesman. Imam Warith Deen Mohammed was born October 30, 1933 to the Honorable Elijah Mohammed and Clara Mohammed. He was endowed with a strong religious upbringing within the former Nation of Islam of the 1930's, 40's and 50's. This environment provided a unique conditioning. At a very early age, he developed a keen scholastic interest in science, psychology and religion while being educated on the elementary and secondary levels at the University of Islam in Chicago. Further educational pursuits took him to Wilson Junior College, where he concentrated on microbiology, and to the Loop Jr. College where he studied English, history and the social sciences. However, his primary education has come from and through his pursuit of religious and social truths.
Imam Mohammed's astute leadership, profound social commentary on major issues, his piercing scriptural insight into the Bible, Torah and Qur'an, and his unique ability to apply scriptural interpretation to social issues have brought him numerous awards and high honors. These awards include the Walter Reuther Humanitarian Award, numerous mayoral and gubernatorial proclamations, and the Four Freedoms Award, which placed him among such past recipients as John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Ralph Bunche. He has been the recognized voice and leader of the 3 million muslims in the United States for more than two decades, and is regarded as foremost in the effort to establish the Islamic religion properly in America for the benefit of muslims and non-muslims alike. He was appointed to the International World Supreme Council of Mosques because of the value of his work and leadership in America.
In 1988 the muslim community of Atlanta voted overwhelmingly to name our high school after Imam W. Deen Mohammed to express our appreciation for his commitment to truth and excellence, and to establish a direct association between our youth and his exceptional example of moral and intellectual leadership.