Monday, May 16, 2016

#Interfaith Dialogue at The Mosque Cares Imam Warithudeen Mohammed II, President of The Mosque Cares & Akiva Tor, Head of Bureau for World Jewish Affairs and World Religions at the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

In 1978, Imam W. Deen Mohammed gave an address before more than 1000 Jews and Muslims at the Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington D.C. then under the Leadership of Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman. On July 16, 1978, Rabbi Haberman spoke at Masjid Elijah Mohammed. He was the first Rabbi in history to speak there. In 1993, Imam Mohammed spoke at the Interfaith Roundtable National Conference of Christian, Jews, and Muslims in Detroit Michigan. In 1995, Imam Mohammed, who was President of The Mosque Cares/Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed, was selected as a President for World Council of Religions for Peace, which is now known as Religions for Peace. In 1995, he delivered the Keynote Address at the Muslim-Jewish Convocation, the first serious Public dialogue between top Leaders of Al-Islam and reformed Judaism, in Glencoe, Illinois. In 1996, he led a Muslim-American Delegation to Jerusalem and met with Yasser Arafat at his headquarters where he discussed the difficulties in Palestinian life. Imam Mohammed, during the month of November 1999, attended consecutive World Peace conferences. The first conference was held in Tiberius, Israel and the second was in Amman, Jordan.

Imam W. Deen Mohammed, the President of the Mosque Cares/ Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed, before his passing in 2008, appointed his son, W. Deen Mohammed II to be the President of The Mosque Cares/Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed. Imam W. Deen Mohammed was one of the Founding Presidents for the World Conference of Religions for Peace, now known as Religions for Peace. In 2009, Imam W. Deen Mohammed II was made a Shareholder for The International Religions for Peace. Subsequently, he was made co-President of Religions for Peace, USA. The Mosque Cares is a founding member of USCMO (The US Council of Muslim Organizations). Imam Mohammed II has met with President Barack Hussein Obama, Former Vice President Al Gore, Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop Blase Cupich, US Congressman Andre Carson, Ahmet Davutaglu, Prime Minister of Turkey, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and former Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, Sheila Simon.
On April 5, 2016, Imam W. Deen Mohammed II received an invitation from the Senior Policy Advisor at The Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest to meet with Mr. Akiva Tor, who is the Head of Bureau for World Jewish Affairs and World Religions at the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Mr. Tor was visiting Chicago and specifically asked to meet with him based on the recommendation of Rabbi David Rosen. The Meeting was held at the Mosque Cares/ Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed building at 929 W. 171 St. E. Hazel Crest Illinois on Tuesday, April 12. Imam Mohammed II requested members of our community to be in attendance.

About 30 members of our community attended the meeting with Consul General Roey Gilad,  Mr. Akiva Tor and Imam Warithudeen Mohammed II.  They toured The Mosque Cares Building, then held the meeting. Imam W. Deen Mohammed II and several community members sat at the conference table with Roey Gilead and Akiva Tor. Mr. Akiva Tor proceeded to ask Imam W. Deen Mohammed II a series of questions about the history of our community of Al-Islam in America. Imam Mohammed II gave him a historical synopsis of the evolution of our community, from former slaves, Master Fard, The Honorable Elijah Mohammed, The Nation of Islam, and the transformational history of our community under the Leadership of Imam W. Deen Mohammed with the Light of The Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah of Prophet Mohammed, (pbuh) to where we are now. Mr. Tor asked about our community attendance of Hajj. It was stated that members our community was continuously making Hajj. The 2 major Hajj delegations, 1977 which Imam W. Deen Mohammed led and members of our community made the other large Hajj in 2003, were discussed. Members of our community who made those Hajjs and others Hajjs were in attendance of the meeting. Mr. Tor asked about the national meetings. It was stated that Imam W. Deen Mohammed II, through the Mosque Cares has maintaining the national initiatives established by his father. The largest annual convention, after the passing of Imam W. Deen Mohammed, was in Somerset, New Jersey in 2010 which eventually led to Imam W. Deen Mohammed II attending the Ramadan Iftar at the White House with him sitting at the head table with President Obama and other guests. Mr. Tor gave Imam W. Deen Mohammed II a book about the history of Israel. Mr. Tor invited him to visit Israel, perhaps, on the way to Hajj. Imam W. Deen Mohammed II gave Mr. Tor a gift package which included books, Life The Final Battlefield, and Diversity In Al-Islam among other items.
The meeting was a classic case of international interfaith diplomacy that Imam W. Deen Mohammed II is quite an expert at. Every one of us who are followers of Imam W, Deen Mohammed should visit The Mosque Cares website to see the many diplomatic and interfaith meetings that Imam W. Deen Mohammed II has been involved with. The community members who attended the meeting were extremely appreciative of witnessing the high level international diplomatic and interfaith meeting with Roey Gilead, Mr. Akiva Tor, and Imam W. Deen Mohammed II.

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