Formerly a Southern Baptist preacher, she converted to Islam in 1977 in college while trying to convert some Muslims to Christianity. As the director of the International Union of Muslim Women, she visited campuses discussing Islam. She was named one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world in 2009 by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan.
She died on March 5, 2010 in a car accident while returning from a speaking engagement in New York with her older son. Her only daughter is following in her mother's footsteps, as well as passing on positive memories of her mother in the drug free program she has taught for 30 years. Aminah had another son, the youngest of her three children, who was also killed in a car accident. She also had several grandchildren.
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