Abdul Malik Mujahid
Abdul Malik Mujahid is an American Muslim imam and also a producer, author, and non-profit entrepreneur. He was born in Pakistan in 1951. Mujahid has been selected six times as one of the "World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims".
- 1 Accomplishments
- 2 Campaign Against Terror, War and Hate
- 3 Writings
- 4 Media Appearances
- 5 References
- 6 External links
He is the founding president of Sound Vision which was established in 1988 in Chicago. It is a non-profit organization which develops Islam-related content for the international news media to develop inter-faith peace and understanding. He is also the executive producer of Chicago's radio talk-show program Radio Islam. Abdul Malik Mujahid, a local Chicago Muslim leader and founder of Soundvision and Radio Islam, was recognized here at an annual event in 2016 for his achievements by the Chicago Muslim community organization, The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago.
International interfaith movement
Mujahid has been active with the interfaith movement since the 1993 Parliament of the World's Religions was revived. He has addressed the Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Barcelona, Spain and Melbourne, Australia. In November 2009, the Board of Trustees of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions elected him as chairman. Abdul Malik Mujahid chaired the international 2015 Parliament in Salt Lake City which was attended by 11,000 people from 50 religions and 80 countries.
He has served on the Independent Task Force on Civil Liberties and National Security by the Council on Foreign Relations in New York from 2006-2009. He also served on the independent task force of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs on the civic and political integration of Muslim Americans. This task force's report, Strengthening America: The Civic and Political Integration of Muslim Americans, was issued on June 26, 2007 calling for Muslims and non-Muslims to work together to create full and equal opportunities for Muslim Americans to participate in American civic and political life.
Mujahid is a founding member of a PAC (Political Action Committee) called - Muslim Democrats.
Mujahid is among the faith leaders asking for better policies on climate change. On September 21, 2014, along with Al Gore, he addressed a major interfaith gathering at Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City, saying that climate change will be one of the major themes of the forthcoming Parliament of the World's Religions.
He has been a major supporter of the undocumented workers' movement, speaking and leading one of the largest marches in Chicago history for immigration rights. Mujahid has served at the steering committee of the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights. As the national coordinator of the Bosnia Task Force USA, in the 1990s. He successfully led efforts in collaboration with the National Organization for Women (NOW) to declare rape as a war crime in the international law for the first time in human history.
Mujahid also chairs a coalition, Burma Task Force, USA, that reaches out to media and community stakeholders, US policymakers and international NGOs and human rights groups to raise awareness of ongoing genocide and persecution. Burma Task Force includes involvement of 17 other organizations from the Muslim American community. Based on Burma Task Force lawsuit a federal court summons Burmese President Thein Sein and several Burmese ministers for human rights violations allegedly committed against the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority. The US embassy in Yangon, however, issued a clarification that the lawsuit has nothing to do with Washington’s policy toward Burma. He co-chaired an international conference, in early 2015, at the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway, where 7 Nobel Peace Laureates declared that what Rohingya are facing in Burma is a "text book case of genocide". The Nobel Laureates included Desmond Tutu from South Africa, Mairead Maguire from Ireland, Jody Williams from the USA, Tawakkol Karman from Yemen, Shirin Ibadi from Iran, Leymah Gbowee from Liberia and Adolfo Pérez Esquivel from Argentina. Burma Task Force is housed at Justice for All, a not for profit organization and the member of the Task Force.
Mujahid's leadership Sound Vision also initiated and coordinated an informal network of 26 Muslim organizations against domestic violence.
Mujahid developed a friendship with Muhammad Ali after meeting him at a reception given by the Mayor of Chicago in 1977 in honor of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed. Ali worked with Mujahid to lend a famous name to the efforts of the Bosnia Task Force, and also marched with Mujahid in Chicago in the 1980s in support of oppressed Palestinians. Mujahid volunteered with Ali for food distribution.
From 2005–2008, he served as Chairman of the Council of the Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC).
He has authored one book, Conversion to Islam: Untouchables Strategy for Protest in India, which won the Outstanding Academic Book of the Year Award in 1990 from the American Library Association.
Campaign Against Terror, War and Hate
Imam Mujahid has consistently challenged the extremists’ perspectives through critiques rooted in Islamic sources. Condemning terrorist attacks on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, he wrote, “one cannot avenge the prophet who banned revenges.”  Speaking on Fox News’, the O'Reilly Factor, he again condemned the terrorists but also questioned why Muslims who had saved the lives of Jewish Parisians and a Muslim policeman who was slain in the Paris attack were not being celebrated by the media.
Imam Malik Mujahid on a regular basis provides thinking and talking points to Imams and community leaders on various issues including on how to deal with issues related to news of terror attack and sample press release/statements of condemnation. While condemning terrorism, Imam Mujahid also asserted that American Muslims are more peaceful than other Americans communities. However, he wants the Muslim community to do more than just condemn terrorism. In frustration, he coined a phrase “condemning terrorism has become the 6th pillar of Islam.” Lamenting on the gap between Muslim condemnation and a common perception of those who feel Muslims don’t condemn terrorism, Imam Mujahid launched several initiatives including an anti-ISIS campaign.
Developing Resources to Deter Muslim Youth from Extremism
Under Imam Mujahid’s guidance Sound Vision has produced multiple resources to strengthen Muslim communities’ outreach and engagement of Muslim youth. Some of these resources are directly aimed at preventing extremism. and educating youth and parents about how to deal with issues related to discussing extremism and terrorism.
Hey ISIS You Suck!!! Campaign
In the aftermath of 2016 Orlando terror attack, Imam Mujahid led a campaign in Chicago on August 2016 condemning the terror organization ISIS. The campaign consisted of a billboard on a prominent highway with a short message, ‘“Hey ISIS, you Suck!!!” signed by #ActualMuslims. Imam Mujahid told CBS Evening News that as Christians defeated KKK, it is important for Muslims to do their part in defeating ISIS. Later Sound Vision, led by Mujahid, invited others communities to take this billboard campaign to their cities. As a result, this billboard has appeared in St. Louis, Missouri Miami, Florida  and Phoenix, Arizona. The billboard campaign was also accompanied by a social media campaign with the hashtag, “#ActualMuslims.” The campaign received wide media coverage. However, some questioned if the real target of the billboard was ISIS or those who think Muslims don’t condemn terrorism. Funds are being raised to take this campaign to Times Square.
While the ISIS Sucks campaign was billboard based it was also accompanied by supporting booklets written by Mujahid and produced by Sound Vision. One booklet contrasted Prophet Muhammad’s teachings with the abhorrent behavior of ISIS; another compared ISIS to the Egyptian president Sisi and argued that both are oppressive undemocratic regimes disregarding human life. Another anti-ISIS brochure debunks the ISIS argument about the revival of slavery.
Anti-War & Anti Nuke Positions
Imam Mujahid says he is against terrorism but cannot support the War on Terror. For the same reason he speaks out against war as well. Mujahid joined the National Council of Churches in asking President Bush to commit to “draw back from the use and threat of ‘first strike’ war.”
Imam Malik Mujahid has spoken against using nuclear weapons at the United Nations. He was a guest speaker at the 25th anniversary of the elimination of the nuclear weapons in Kazakhstan. Mujahid was also a signatory of a joint statement by religious leaders, parliamentarians and mayors on the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing s calling for a nuclear free world. He was one of the leading organizers of a major anti-war march in New York where 100 Imams endorsed a statement against war and terror. The rally was organized by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) with support from Muslim Peace Coalition. He has joined 1,000 other world leaders in criticizing the war on drugs as well.
War, Terror, and Hate as a connected cycle
Imam Mujahid considers war-terror-hate to be a connected cycle that dehumanizes and kills human beings. While reflecting on Laden’s death he made mention of this war-terror-hate as a cycle again. “While condemning terrorism seems to have become almost a sixth pillar of Islam, it is important that Muslim American organizations achieve a higher level of credibility by pointing out that occupation, torture, disregard to the due process, and denial of the electoral process breeds terrorism.”
Imam Mujahid organized a special track at the Parliament of the World’s Religions against the war-terror-hate cycle. It resulted in a declaration against hate speech, war and violence as well as some follow up resources. Since Mujahid considers war-terror-hate a connected destructive cycle, he has organized training sessions for Muslim Peace Coalition to combat Islamophobia in Berkley, CA and Long Island, NY. Mujahid assisted Charter For Compassion to develop their Anti-Islamophobia Guide. He has also offered webinars and seminars against the rising hate. Mujahid has emerged as an expert on Islamophobia. He has provided resources to students, mosques, and interfaith organizations on fighting Islamophobia. He has written about the impact of Islamophobia on Muslim children, and challenges of anger among Muslim youth. He has compiled statistics on Islamophobia in USA for years 2008 & 2011.
Fight Against the Muslim Ban
While fighting Islamophobia he has also fought against what he considers to be anti-Muslim legislation. He criticized President Obama’s signing into law the indefinite detention of the US citizens. Mujahid is an Amicus in Hawaii versus Trump and in the US Court of Appeal 4th District. He has extensively written against the Muslim Ban as well.
Abdul Malik Mujahid is a frequent contributor of analytical opinion pieces on world events. Here is a selected list of his writings:
- Profile of Abdul Malik Mujahid on themuslim500.com website, Retrieved 24 August 2017
- Abdul Malik Mujahid recognized for his achievements by the local Muslim community of Chicago, The Chicago Tribune (newspaper), Published 3 November 2016, Retrieved 24 August 2017
- "Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid Commits to Climate Action in Salt Lake City, Utah", YouTube (video), Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, 1 October 2014, retrieved 25 August 2017
- "Historic world religions body elects Muslim (Abdul Malik Mujahid) as its new chair". Ekklesia.co.uk website (think tank in UK). 15 November 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
- "Thousands gather in Salt Lake City to celebrate religion". KUTV.com website. 17 October 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
- "Parliament of the World's Religions brings interfaith movement to Utah". DeseretNews.com. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
- "Catholics called to dialogue at 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City - Intermountain Catholic News". www.icatholic.org. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
- Abdul Malik Mujahid (12 February 2013). "The Malaysian Success Story of Communal Harmony". Foreign Policy Journal. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
- "Strengthening America: The Civic and Political Integration of Muslim Americans, Chicago Council on Global Affairs". thechicagocouncil.org. 26 June 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
- "Officers and Standing Committees of the 2008 Democratic National Convention". George Washington University. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
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- "Minority Faith Involvement in the Immigration Debates (2006) Harvard University". pluralism.org. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
- "700,000 Rally in Chicago - See Photos/Video". www.cairchicago.org. 1 May 2006. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
- "Frank McCloskey: simple, humble, and straight". bosnjaci.net Web Magazine. 7 November 2003. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
- "Burma Muslims: 10000 call this week to stop atrocities in Burma". burmamuslims.org. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
- "Burma Task Force et al v. Sein et al (1:15-cv-07772), New York Southern District Court". www.pacermonitor.com. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
- "US Embassy: Thein Sein Summons on Rohingya 'Unrelated' to Policy". The Irrawaddy. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
- "7 Nobel Peace Laureates Call Rohingya Persecution a Genocide - The Business Journals". The Business Journals. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
- "Oslo conference calls for end to Rohingya genocide". REDFLAG. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
- "Justice For All". www.justiceforall.org. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
- "Domestic Violence | SoundVision.com". www.soundvision.com. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
- "Muhammad Ali Standing Up For His Name & the Ummah". www.soundvision.com. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
- "Khutbahs". www.dic-chicago.org. Archived from the original on 2012-07-17. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
- Avenging the Prophet who banned revenges, Parliament of the World’s Religions
- Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid Defends ‘Stand with the Prophet’ on O’Reilly Factor, YouTube
- "Talking Points & Thinking Points: 3 States Attacked | SoundVision.com". www.soundvision.com. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- "Florida Shooting: TalkingPoints & ThinkingPoints [Newsletter 2016-06-12] | SoundVision.com". www.soundvision.com. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- "Sample Press Release for Muslim Organizations on Paris Attacks | SoundVision.com". www.soundvision.com. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- "Sample Press Release Condemning Florida Shooting | SoundVision.com". www.soundvision.com. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- "Sample media release Re: Boston bombing | SoundVision.com". www.soundvision.com. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- Mujahid, Abdul Malik (2011-09-13). "Muslims Are More Peaceful Than Their Neighbors". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- "Consequences: The lasting effects of 9/11". The Christian Century. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- "Muslims must learn how to tell their story: US-based Imam". NST Online. 2017-07-16. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- "The London bombings | SoundVision.com". www.soundvision.com. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
- "9 things Muslim families can do to curb Muslim youth extremism | SoundVision.com". www.soundvision.com. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
- "13 Reasons Young Muslims Fall Prey to Radicalization | SoundVision.com". www.soundvision.com. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
- "9 tips on curbing Muslim youth extremism | SoundVision.com". www.soundvision.com. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
- "Chicago Muslim group uses billboard to slam ISIS". Medill Reports Chicago. 2016-10-20. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- "Muslim Group's Message to ISIS: 'You Suck'". NBC Chicago. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- Udodiong, Inemesit. "ISIS: American Muslims says terrorist group does not portray true Islamic beliefs". Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- CBS Evening News (2016-08-24), Muslims erect anti-ISIS billboard in Chicago, retrieved 2017-10-11
- "Bring "ISIS Sucks" Billboard to Your City | SoundVision.com". www.soundvision.com. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- FM NewsTalk 97.1 - Fox News Radio - St. Louis, MO (2016-10-06), Billboards You Want To See, retrieved 2017-10-11
- "Muslim-American group puts up 'Hey ISIS, You Suck!' billboard". WGN-TV. 2016-10-07. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- "St. Louis Muslims put up 'Hey ISIS, you suck!!!' billboard". FOX2now.com. 2016-10-06. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- "Muslim groups post anti-ISIS billboards in several U.S. cities: 'Hey ISIS, you suck!'". FOX59. 2016-10-14. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- "'Hey ISIS, You Suck' Billboard Appears in South Florida". NBC 6 South Florida. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- Hussain, Selima. "South Florida Muslim group creates 'Hey ISIS, you suck!!!' billboard". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- FOX. "Muslim group condemns ISIS on valley billboard". KSAZ. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- Cervantes, Raquel (2016-08-23). "'ISIS Sucks' billboard goes up in West Valley". KNXV. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- "'ISIS sucks' billboard erected in Phoenix-area suburb". KTAR.com. 2016-08-23. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- "#ActualMuslims Post a Giant Billboard Outside Chicago Telling ISIS They 'Suck'". Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- Hicklin, Mimi. "What Would the Prophet Muhammad Think of ISIS". Charter for Compassion. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- "Take ISIS Sucks Billboard to Times Square | LaunchGood". LaunchGood. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- Hicklin, Mimi. "What Would the Prophet Muhammad Think of ISIS". Charter for Compassion. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "What Would Prophet Muhammad Think of ISIS? | SoundVision.com". www.soundvision.com. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "Muslims fighting hate & extremism: A concrete plan of action | SoundVision.com". www.soundvision.com. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "An Islamic response to ISIS Revival of Slavery | SoundVision.com". www.soundvision.com. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "The Drug War from an Islamic Perspective - Clergy for a New Drug Policy". newdrugpolicy.org. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "Muslim, Christian, Jewish Leaders Release Joint Peace Guidelines". www.ncccusa.org. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "Kazakhstan Leads the Way to a Nuclear-Weapon Free World - Pressenza". Pressenza. 2016-08-31. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "Astana to host Intl Conference on 'Building Nuclear-Weapon-Free World' Aug 29". www.inform.kz (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "100 Imams Endorse April 9 Rally". muslimpeacecoalition.org. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "April 9 New York Rally". muslimpeacecoalition.org. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "Over 1,000 Leaders Worldwide Slam Failed Prohibitionist Drug Policies, Call for Systemic Reform". Drug Policy Alliance. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "'Unauthorized Disclosure'—Episode 25: Malik Mujahid On Muslim Ban". Shadowproof. 2017-07-23. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "Reflections on Bin Laden by Abdul Malik Mujahid". The Sultan's Corner. 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "Declaration on War, Hate, and Violence of the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions | parliamentofreligions.org". parliamentofreligions.org. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "Use Free Learning Resources on "The Misguided War on Terrorism" from Parliament Keynote Dr. Robert Pape | parliamentofreligions.org". parliamentofreligions.org. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "NY Training Summit". muslimpeacecoalition.org. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- Price, Reed. "Islamophobia Guidebook: Background, tools, suggestions". Charter for Compassion. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- Parliament of the World's Religions (2016-01-19), 9 Strategies to Stop Hate Webinar with Imam Malik Mujahid & Dr. Larry Greenfield, retrieved 2017-10-14
- "Videos from 8th Day | 8th Day Center for Justice". 8thdaycenter.org. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "What is Islamophobia?". The Interfaith Observer. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "What MSAs Can Do to Defeat Islamophobia? | SoundVision.com". www.soundvision.com. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "The challenge of anger among young Muslims in America | SoundVision.com". www.soundvision.com. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "Islamophobia Statistics USA". Aliyu's Weblog. 2008-08-21. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "Islamophobia statistics USA 2011 | SoundVision.com". www.soundvision.com. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "The United States of Islamophobia". SocialistWorker.org. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "17-050 - State of Hawaii v. Trump". www.gpo.gov. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- "MOTION by Amici Curiae Interfaith Coalition to file amicus curiae brief for International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump :: Justia Dockets & Filings". Justia Dockets & Filings. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- Mujahid, Abdul Malik (2017-06-28). "Muslim Ban 3.0 Is An Alarming Echo Of Xenophobic Policies That Killed Anne Frank and other Jews". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
- President, Abdul Malik Mujahid; Chair, Sound Vision;; USA, Burma Task Force (2011-09-13). "Muslims Are More Peaceful Than Their Neighbors". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 26 August 2017.