The Imam of Bedford-Stuyvesant
When I started doing internet searches on the imam, well, let's just say that there's a lot of player haters out there. But I found some nice links. Here's a small excerpt all about the good imam. The whole article is from Saudi Aramco World.
"There’s no trace, these days, of the more than a dozen crack houses whose denizens threatened residents, business owners and worshippers alike on these streets in the 1980’s. In those days pedestrians rushed rather than strolled, and shopkeepers either left or took cover behind bulletproof glass.
One man, Siraj Wahhaj, has led this transformation. He is Masjid at-Taqwa’s founder and imam, or spiritual leader. Praised as one of the most dynamic and charismatic Muslim leaders in the United States, Wahhaj travels widely, lecturing and preaching at Islamic centers, conventions, fundraisers and universities. In 1991, he became the first Muslim to lead a prayer before the us Congress."
And here's a small bio of one of our great American Muslim figures.
Imam Siraj Wahhaj, currently the Imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa in Brookyn, New York, accepted Islam in 1969. He received Imam training at Ummul Qura University of Makkah in 1978 and has gone on to become a national and international speaker on Islam. Imam Wahhaj has been Vice President of ISNA U.S. since 1997 and has served on Majlis Ash-Shura since 1987. He is a past member of ISNA's Planning Committee and has served as a member of the Board of Advisors for NAIT from 1989-1993. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the American Muslim Council.
Imam Wahhaj has appeared on several national television talk shows and interviews especially about his anti-drug campaigns. He received high praises from the media and NYPD for initiating anti-drug patrol in Brooklyn, New York in 1988.
Sakeena interviews the "Shaykh of Dawah in the West."
Some online lectures from Siraj Wahhaj
I chose him for the obvious reasons. He's a devout Muslim, a social justice advocate and esteemed member of the American Muslim community. He's a reflection of the 3rd Resurrection as more African-American Muslims move toward Islamic orthodoxy. May Allah ta'ala reward his efforts.