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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).


Many Muslims who are Black have been made to feel as if black people don't have real interpretative authority within Islam or can speak on behalf of our faith. This in part may be due to an unconscious omission to even deliberate white-washing of the early period of Islamic civilization.

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What truth, if any, is contained in Islamophobic depictions of today's American Muslim? What message about ourselves is being transmitted? Dawud Walid turns his gaze to this barrage of media images and sees a message that sells our community short. 

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Racism still is neglected among Muslims, and even when it is addressed, it often fails to discuss the roots of anti-blackness or provide solutions grounded in a spiritual approach. Dawud Walid joins the podcast as we talk about racism from a spiritual perspective, outlining the need to incorporate…

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