Aminah Assilmi

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Aminah Assilmi (born Janice Huff, 1945 – 5 March 2010)[1] was a broadcast journalist, national Muslim community activist[2] and director of the International Union of Muslim Women.[3]

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.[4]

Assilmi was involved in the release of the 2001 Eid stamp,[4] as well as future anniversary editions. She was also involved in creating an educational center for Muslim converts.

Assilmi died on March 5, 2010 in a car accident while returning from a speaking engagement in New York with her older son. Her youngest son was also killed in a car accident. She also had several grandchildren.[1] Since then, Her daughter has continued in her mother's footsteps teaching a drug free program her mother taught for 30 years.

She appears in the 2005 National Film Board of Canada documentary film about North American Muslim women, Me and the Mosque.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Aminah Assilmi: A Leader Lost". March 6, 2010. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
  2. ^ "CAIR Offers Condolences on Passing of Aminah Assilmi". Retrieved 2015-05-13.
  3. ^ "International Union of Muslim Women Home". Retrieved 2015-05-13.
  4. ^ a b Samana Siddiqui. "Who was Aminah Assilmi?". Archived from the original on 2013-04-25. Retrieved 2015-05-13.
  5. ^ Ken Lem, Val (April 2006). "Me and the Mosque". Canadian Materials. XII (17).

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