New Leadership to Follow WD Mohammed

December 19, 2003

Source: The Associated Press,0,784492,print.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

On December 19, 2003 The Associated Press reported, "The nation's largest black Muslim organization, decimated in recent months by the resignation of founder Warith Deen Mohammed and other leaders, has hit bottom but can still be salvaged, according to a Newark cleric who has embraced the task of rebuilding it Mustafa El-Amin, 46, imam of the Masjid Ibrahim mosque, is scheduled to announce his plans to revive the American Society of Muslims during a talk Sunday at the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Rutgers University in Newark... El-Amin said he plans to continue W.D. Mohammed's efforts to establish better interfaith dialogue and understanding. Those efforts, particularly the continuing attempt to adopt mainstream Islamic religious ideas, were resisted by many in the ASM, which led to Mohammed's resignation. El-Amin's other plans include reinstating the ASM's Islamic Affairs Council to communicate and execute goals and programs, and what he called a brainstorming team of professional members. He also said he would stress Islamic education, adding that another of Mohammed's complaints was that many imams had refused to fully learn the Koran."