Abdul Malik Mujahid
Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid is founding Chairman of Sound
Vision Foundation, the leading producer of educational content on Islam and
Muslims. He is also executive producer of the daily Radio Islam talk show on
WCEV 1450 AM in Chicago.
He has excelled in building alliances and coalitions among
Muslims as well as non-Muslims.
Imam Mujahid serves as Chair of the Council for a
Parliament of the World's Religions, the premiere interfaith organization in
the world. He is former Chairperson of the Council of
Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. The Council is a federation of
mosques serving 400,000 Muslims in the greater Chicago. He has also served at the steering committee of the Midwest Coalition
for Human Rights. As a leader of United Power for Action and Justice, a
coalition of 60 churches, synagogues, mosques, and labor organizations in
Chicago, he has lead efforts for the Universal health coverage in the state of
Illinois. As a leader in the March 10th Movement, he worked for the
comprehensive immigration reforms. As a member of the Independent Task Force of
the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Imam Mujahid helped developed proposals on
the civic and political integration of Muslim Americans in America. He also
serves at the Faith Advisory Council of the Democratic National Committee which consists of about 60 Christian leaders, imams and rabbis. Imam
Mujahid’s other civic contributions include initiating a successful joint
campaign of American Muslims with the National Organization of Women (NOW) to
declare rape a war crime while serving as the National coordinator for Bosnia
Task Force, USA in the 1990s.
In late 2007 the Mayor of Chicago Richard M. Daley
recognized Imam Mujahid’s service for the interfaith harmony and bridge-building by
given him an award by the Human Rights Commission of the City of Chicago. In
2006 Imam Mujahid was also a recipient of Milestone award from the Asian American
Institute along with Linda Hue of ABC news.
Imam Mujahid has also led prayers on behalf of the Muslim
community in events such as Mayor Richard Daley's inauguration, Martin Luther
King Jr. Interfaith anniversary Breakfast, and many civic events. He has also lead successful efforts
in the passage of the Illinois Senate resolution (SR 178) and Illinois House resolution (HR438) asserting the rights of Muslims to do charity without fear.
He has been interviewed by national and international media
extensively including interviews with BBC, PBS, New York Times, Spiegel, MSNBC,
NPR, WBEZ, Voice of America, Associated Press, AFP, Telegraph, Chicago Tribune,
Chicago Reporter, The Sun-Times, AT&T Broadband and Dallas Morning News.
Topics of interviews included Islam, peace, justice and civil rights issues.
Imam Mujahid has authored more than 400 articles and
essays on religion, civil rights and public policy. His book, Conversion to
Islam: Untouchables Strategy for Protest in India, was the winner of an
Outstanding Academic Book of the Year Award by American Library Association in
He also serves as a volunteer imam in Chicago area, giving
Friday sermons in the Downtown Islamic Center, Rush Hospital and other mosques. As an Imam he has pioneered Shia Sunni dialogue in the USA,
preached against domestic violence in the Muslim community and championed the
cause of enhanced women’s space in mosques.
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