The American Muslim: Past, Present and Future – Speaker Bios:
Imam Siraj Wahhaj is Imam of Al-Taqwa mosque in Brooklyn, New York. He was chosen to study Islam at the Umm al-Quran University of Mecca for a period of four months in 1978. In 1991 Wahhaj offered an invocation (opening prayer) to the United States House of Representatives. He was the first Muslim to do so. He has been vice president of the Islamic Society of North America since 1997 and has served on the Majlis al Shura, a consultative council of Islamic scholars, since 1987. He is a member of the Board of Advisors for the American Muslim Council and has also served on the national board of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Aminah Saudah Abdullah Muhammad is a Puerto Rican Muslim, who was born in New York. She accepted Islam at age 17 years old. She is a wife and mother of thirteen children, and a retired LPN and surgical technician. In 1995, she taped her first Quranic recitation to encourage women to learn the Quran. Her recitation is well respected bringing her in contact with in Alfisha Arashad a top Quranic woman reciter, in Indonesia. She mentored Muhammad to master her Quran recitation, making her one of the top woman reciter in the US.