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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.

*Note of Clarification*

Imam Mujahid denies the accusations by multiple Islamophobic websites, which twist his words, by deleting and inserting a part of Quranic verse as his words to imply that Imam Mujahid is a violent person who supports terrorism. As the chair of the Parliament of the World's Religions, he is a leader of the interfaith peace movement. Imam Mujahid challenges Islamophobes to reproduce the whole speech they have referred to if they have an iota of honesty and fairness.

The context of the alleged quote is as follows. Imam Mujahid was national coordinator of the Bosnia Task Force USA during the 1992-95 civil war in the former Yugoslavia. While campaigning for the United States government's interference to stop the genocide in Bosnia, he criticized Muslim countries for neglecting the genocide of Bosnians despite the fact that in the Quran, God has stated, "War has been imposed upon you although you hate it. But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. God Knows, while you know not" (Quran 2:216).

Imam Mujahid's support to the US efforts to stop genocide in Bosnia is being twisted by www.westernjournalism.com, whose co-founder Joseph Farah, is a well-known Islamophobic leader of the the birther movement which believes that President Obama was not born in the USA. According to the Center for American Progress report "Fear Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America", Farah is the founder of the right-wing, conspiracy-minded online magazine WorldNetDaily and he has "in the past admitted his website publishes 'some misinformation by columnists.'" WorldNetDaily, in fact, is a division of the Western Journalism Center.

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 1990.

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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