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Black History Month Community Profile: Imam Siraj Wahhaj

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Imam Siraj Wahhaj is an African American Muslim leader and speaker who not only invigorates the community around him, but actively organizes to make positive changes to society. He is resident Imam at Masjid A- Taqwa in Brooklyn, New York and the Amir (Leader) of the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA). His words have had life changing affects upon Muslims around the world while his energy and passion for Islam inspires others to reach for truth and the greater good.

In 1981 Imam Siraj Wahhaj started his own mosque (Islamic place of worship), Masijd Al-Taqwa, in a friend’s apartment in Brooklyn and later they bought an abandoned clothing store which is where Masjid At-Taqwa still resides today. The Masjid has expanded since then and is usually overcrowded on days of Jummah (Friday prayer). The Muslim community of Masjid Al-Taqwa, under the leadership of Imam Siraj Wahhaj, can be credited for the reform of the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood surrounding the location of the mosque. The efforts of their clean-up-the-neighborhood campaign began in 1988 during the height of the crack cocaine epidemic that has had such a  negative effect upon many inner city communities within the United States. Although Bedford-Stuyvesant was among one of the hardest cities hit by the crack cocaine epidemic, the neighborhood has become a safer place to live in.

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