Interview with Imam Warith Deen Mohammed

May 15, 1999

Source: Los Angeles Times

On May 15, 1999, the Los Angeles Times published an interview with Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, son of Elijah Mohammed and leader of the Muslim American Society, which has about 1.5 million members. Mohammed stated that the biggest challenge facing American Muslims today is "to be rightly identified for what is truly Islam and what is truly Muslim life." With community development now as his top priority, Mohammed is now promoting a self-help economic project called the collective purchasing agreement, which has brought together about 500 investors to "see the material conditions of black neighborhoods improve as a result of our own self-help program."

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