Most Influential Black Spiritual Leaders 7

Most Influential Black Spiritual Leaders 7

Imam Siraj Wahhaj

Imam Siraj Wahhaj is a rousing and eminent Muslim spiritual leader who holds a unique position of popularity with African-American Muslims, as well as Indian, Pakistani, and Arab Muslims. He joined the Nation of Islam in the 1960s but soon left for mainstream Islam and opened Masjid Al-Taqwa in Brooklyn. There he led a 40-day stakeout of drug houses in the surrounding neighborhood in 1988, forcing the closure of 15 such houses. He is a prolific writer and speaker who has sometimes been criticized for controversial views on the U.S. In 1991, Imam Wahhaj became the first Muslim to offer an invocation in the U.S. House of Representatives.



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