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Dawud Walid

Dawud Walid is currently the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), which is a chapter of America’s largest advocacy and civil liberties organization for American Muslims and is a member of the Michigan Muslim Community Council (MMCC) Imams Committee.

Walid has also been a political blogger for the Detroit News from January 2014 until the present.  He has been interviewed and quoted in approximately 100 media outlets ranging from the New York Times, Wall St Journal, Jet Magazine, National Public Radio, CNN, BET, FOX News and Al-Jazeera. Furthermore, he has essays published in the 2012 book All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim, the 2014 book Qur’an in Conversation and is quoted as an expert in 11 additional books and academic dissertations.  He is also co-authoring an upcoming book entitled “Centering Black Narrative: Black Muslim Nobles Among the Early Pious Muslims.”

Walid has lectured at over 40 institutions of higher learning about Islam, interfaith dialogue and social justice including at Harvard University, DePaul University and the University of the Virgin Islands - St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses as well as spoken at the 2008 and 2011 Congressional Black Caucus Conventions alongside with prominent speakers such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Congressman Keith Ellison.  He was also a featured speaker at the 2009 and 2010 Malian Peace and Tolerance Conferences in Bamako, Mali.

Walid has studied under qualified scholars the subjects of Arabic grammar and morphology, foundations of Islamic jurisprudence, sciences of the exegesis of the Qur’an, and Islamic history during the era of Prophet Muhammad through the governments of the first 5 caliphs.  He previously served as an imam at Masjid Wali Muhammad in Detroit and at the Bosnian American Islamic Center in Hamtramck, Michigan and was a 2011 - 2012 fellow of the University of Southern California (USC) American Muslim Civil Leadership Institute (AMCLI) and 2014 - 2015 fellow of the Wayne State Law School Detroit Action Equity Lab (DEAL).


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Mercy is a guiding principle that Muslims should celebrate and seek to embody inside the month of Rabi’ al-Awwal, the month of the birth of our Prophet (prayers and peace be upon him and his family), as well as in the other months of the Islamic calendar.

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The love of the Prophet ﷺ and his tradition should be enough for our community to at least break the taboo of interracial marriages among certain pockets of American Muslims.

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Civilizations traditionally honor persons and institutions that contributed to their moral, intellectual and technological progress. Likewise, when societies lose the tradition of venerating their stellar persons who came before them, it is a clear sign of their decline, for societies cannot have…

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The first ten days of Muharram should be used to draw closer to what is pleasing to Allah, renew our consciousness towards obeying Him and to avoid being agents of oppression.

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For every pilgrim, going to Hajj and making visitation to al-Madinah al-Munawwarah are both communal experiences as well as deeply personal.  Though this year was not my first pilgrimage, it contained a set of different experiences and lessons for myself yet had the familiar. I’d like to share a…

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There is a saying in post-modern America that “chivalry isn’t dead” which is an acknowledgment that though there is an understanding that traditional moral codes and rites of passage have waned, they are not yet extinct. With that said, Islamic civilization has always held chivalry to be…

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The purpose of fasting is to grow in at-Taqwa (regardfulness), and is a reality well beyond abstaining from carnal appetites. Much of the what brings more benefit from fasting is connected to restraining our tongues, ears and eyes.

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Turning back the tide of leftist influences does not mean not working with leftists at all. Working with them without violating normative creed, Islamic manners and modesty (al-hayaa) should be done per the Prophetic example, however, and not upon their terms. The Prophet (prayers and peace be…

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As a consequence of the perception that the Left provides more of a socio-political safe space, some within the community have absorbed much of the sensibilities and moral relativism of the Left. This is the time for those who firmly adhere to Islamic tradition to have moral courage in the face of…

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Many American Muslims have been recently engaged in conversations about the relationship between activists and traditionally trained Islamic scholars. Though there have been stellar individuals who fall into the camp of qualified activist scholars or shuyookh, these have historically been…

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One of the hidden treasures within the Muslim world is West Africa. In it contains a rich history of Muslim empires, arts and culture as well as resistance to colonialism. As these are aspects of Islamic civilization in West Africa that are unknown to many non-sub Saharan Africans, equally unknown…

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The old tradition of visiting scholars in other lands and interacting with Muslims in faraway places is a practice that needs more attention among Muslims in the West. For the children of enslaved Africans in particular, traveling back to Africa, hearing our people such as Senegalese say “Welcome…

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Donald Trump is President-elect of the United States of America. Many are celebrating the symbolism of America having a White male conservative as the next Commander in Chief as well as breathing a sigh of relief that Hillary Clinton will not be in the Oval Office in 2017. Others, however, are…

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The concerns about CVE is not about disengagement from keeping our country safe but rather an issue of protecting our sacred tradition, community integrity while also helping to keep our country and our community safe on our own terms.

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Given the disturbing incidents of the recent homicides of two Bangladeshis in Queens and one Arab American in Tulsa, conjoined with the currently hyperbolic political rhetoric targeting Muslims and Islam, our community must remember to trust in Allah, take necessary precautions and increase our…

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American Muslims activists must be extremely careful not to get swept away in the current sea of populism which has produced unsavory actions. Constant re-anchoring in what is and what is not Prophetic character is a means of safety from being washed away.

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One can be concerned about Black lives and be a non-Black person who centers the importance of Black lives and Black leadership within the police accountability movement without agreeing with all of the platform and tactics of the non-profit organization which is seen as a movement. There is no one…

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What made Muhammad Ali (may Allah forgive and have mercy upon him) such a beloved figured to hundreds of millions of people worldwide was not simply his boxing skills and eloquence before he had Parkinson’s disease. Ali reflected values which are intrinsic in all humans—to incline towards justice…

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There has been a surge in social justice activism, but also a rise of infighting within Muslim activist circles. Giving one another the benefit of the doubt and keeping space in the hearts to pardon each other’s shortcomings are Prophetic characteristics and should be part of this…

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The Islamic paradigm is to actively recognize differences, not act like they are non-existent and thus not worthy of dignity.

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