University of Pittsburgh
April 2, 2003

Muslim American Society Leader to Speak at Pitt April 4

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH—Imam W. Deen Mohammad, Muslim American Society leader and son of Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad, will present a Black Action Society (BAS) lecture and program from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the University of Pittsburgh's Clapp Hall, Fifth Avenue, in Oakland.

As leader of the Muslim American Society, Mohammad is known for his efforts to promote religious freedom in the United States and abroad.

In 2000, Ebony magazine recognized Mohammad as one of the most influential persons in the world.

At the Inaugural Interfaith Prayer Service of President Clinton in 1993, Mohammad recited an Islamic prayer. He also served on an advisory panel for Religious Freedom Abroad, formed by former Secretary of the State Madeline Albright. At the invitation of Pope John Paul II, Mohammad, along with other world religion leaders, addressed more than 100,000 people at an interfaith conference in St. Peter's Basilica on the eve of the new millennium.

The Muslim American Society is estimated to have more than 1.2 million members in the United States. The society proclaims in word and deed the universal message of Al-Islam, that there is one God and one human family.

In addition to BAS, Pitt's Muslim Student Association and the An-Nur Islamic Center are sponsoring the free public event. For more information, contact Walter Shaahid at 412-363-3545.

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