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W.D. Mohammed Resigns

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    BOSS OF AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MUSLIMS QUITS Rachel Zoll, Associated Press, 9/1/03 http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/National/AP.V856
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      BOSS OF AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MUSLIMS QUITS
      Rachel Zoll, Associated Press, 9/1/03
      http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/National/AP.V856
      8.AP-Black-Muslims-R.html

      CHICAGO - Imam W. Deen Mohammed, the black Muslim spiritual leader
      who over three decades transformed how American blacks practice the
      religion, has resigned as head of the American Society of Muslims.

      Mohammed said he will continue to represent and guide black Muslims
      and direct his ministry, The Mosque Cares, but would no longer lead
      the society, the main organization representing his movement.

      "I'm getting ready ... to do more, to be more productive and to
      contribute to the good life of the believers," Mohammed said Sunday
      at the start of his keynote speech at the society's annual
      convention.

      Mohammed, who will turn 70 in October, on Saturday privately informed
      his movement's imams, or prayer leaders, that he would step down.

      His national representative, Imam Earl Abdulmalik Mohammed, announced
      the decision before Sunday's keynote speech. Some audience members
      gasped, then applauded and cheered for him. Former heavyweight
      champion Muhammad Ali, who is Muslim, attended but did not speak…

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      TURNING POINT FOR ISLAMIC BLACKS; COURSE UNCLEAR AS MOHAMMED EXITS
      Geneive Abdo and Aamer Madhani, Chicago Tribune, 9/2/03
      http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-
      0309020208sep02,1,3268263.story

      The unexpected resignation of W. Deen Mohammed over the weekend
      leaves his estimated 2 million African-American followers at a
      crossroads, torn between continuing on his path of integration with
      mainstream Sunni Islam or returning to the black separatist ideas
      Mohammed left behind nearly three decades ago.

      Mohammed, 69, said in a telephone interview Monday that he is
      stepping down as the leader of the group he established, the American
      Society of Muslims, in part out of frustration with the imams, or
      preachers, in the organization, who he said are not trained
      theologians.

      "American Society of Muslim leaders (imams) don't support me, but the
      followers do. I have tried over the last 10 to 12 years to encourage
      them to get more religious education, but I have made no progress,"
      said Mohammed. "They want their followers just to obey them, but not
      question them or right their wrong deeds."

      Mohammed said Sunday in Chicago at the annual convention of the
      American Society of Muslims that he was resigning to work on projects
      to change the negative image of Islam in the United States. One
      project is an Islamic community in Chicago's south suburbs…



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