“Goodness is defined by the Creator of good”
Imam Dawud Walid
In recent months, Muslim-Americans have been thrust into the forefront of social and political activism in the United States. With a range of issues centering around ‘Islamaphobia, the “Black Lives Matter” movement, Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign, the Orlando shooting and the LGBTQ community, Muslims are becoming more engaged in the protests and conversations that are taking place.
But what are some of the ‘rules of engagement’ that should govern our activism? How should our activism reflect our Islamic principles and values?
Imam Dawud Walid, Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of CAIR, brings a wealth of experience in the area of activism. He is probably best known for his tireless efforts in speaking out against the FBI killing of Imam Luqman Abdullah of Detroit, and for defending the civil rights of Muslims in the United States.
In this exclusive Lamppost session, Imam Dawud provides some very important insights and advice for Muslims-Americans engaging in social activism and the rising political climate in America!
Please listen to this session here:
Advice For Muslim Activists
Imam Dawud Walid is currently the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), a chapter of America’s largest advocacy and civil liberties organization for Muslims. He frequently delivers khutbahs at Islamic centers across America and is a political blogger for the Detroit News. Imam Walid has spoken at some thirty institutions of higher learning about Islam and interfaith dialogue including DePaul University, Harvard University and the University of the Virgin Islands. He has also presented on prominent panel discussions with international leaders and academics including the 2008 and 2011 Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Conventions and the 2009 and 2010 Malian Peace & Tolerance Conferences held in Bamako, Mali, which were attended by religious scholars from twelve different countries. Imam Walid has been a regular contributor to the Muslim Observer newspaper and Illume Magazine and has also been interviewed, quoted, and published in numerous media outlets throughout the globe including Al-Jazeera, BBC, CNN, FOX, NBC World News, National Public Radio, the New York Times, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. Imam Walid served as assistant Imam of Masjid Wali Muhammad in Detroit from 2001 until September 2011 while also serving as interim resident Imam of the Bosnian Islamic Center in Hamtramck during the summer of 2007.