Muslim Leaders in Profile…. Imam Khalid S. Lateef

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Imam Lateef and Pres Obama

Muslim Journal welcomes “Muslim leaders in Profile,” to introduce/reintroduce the leadership among us in various fields. Imam Mohammed said, “Leadership is in the Resourceful People.”
One such belief and leader is Imam Khalid S. Lateef.
Khalid S. Lateef is an author, lecturer and commentator. He holds three degrees: an Associate’s Degree in Science, a Bachelor’s Degree of Science, and a Master’s Degree of Science in Education.
He retired in June of 2008 with permanent certification as a New York State School Administrator. He has been active in the dawah activities of our Association since 1975.
The following is a summary of some of his activities in our Association:
1975 - 1976: Negotiated successfully with the President of the Teamsters Union in New York City to allow the Nation of Islam to independently distribute Muhammad Speaks Newspaper to all newsstands in New York City’s subway system and designed “Tune in - Read Bilalian News” items for a nationwide promotional campaign.
1977: Lobbied Baruch College to recognize and fund the first Muslim Association at the college. Served as its first President and held the first Islamic Cultural Affair at the college that included a video recorded address by Imam W. Deen Mohammed.
1980: As a Consultant at New York Amsterdam News, negotiated to have Imam W. Deen Mohammed receive pages of coverage during his visit to New York City as the Grand Marshal of the New World Patriotism Day Parade and had Imam W. Deen Mohammed’s commentaries published in Amsterdam News monthly.
1980: Founded the American Muslim Mission Center, now named As-Siraatal-Mustaqeen Islamic Center of Wyandanch, Long Island, New York, and served as its Resident Imam from 1980 to 1994. Before leaving as Imam, paid off the Center’s mortgage and established its tax exemption status, which meant no more real estate taxes to pay.
1990: Received “The Clara Muhammad Institution Award for Moral and Academic Excellence” from Sister Clara Muhammad Elementary and Secondary School of Masjid Malcolm Shabazz at their second annual awards banquet on November 10, 1990.
1991 – 1992: Supplied financing, pictures, audio tapes and videos to Jeffrey El-Muhammad as the main consultant to Denzel Washington and Spike Lee during his vital input into the making of the movie “Malcolm X.”
1992: Published two literary works: “The Holy Quran’s Condemnation of the Lessons of W.D. Fard” and “Look At ‘Self’ Before Charging Others: The Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s Last Public Comments on Islam, Race Relations and ‘Black’ Empowerment.”
1994: Retired from serving as Muslim Chaplain for two prisons under the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, which he held since the 1980s.
1994: Supplied pictures, audiotapes and videos to Jeffrey El-Muhammad for the documentary “Brother Minister, The Assassination of Malcolm X.”
1996: Served in the position of Assistant Commissioner of Public Relations for our National Convention in White Plains, New York, with the theme “The Light Is On.” His wife, Jacqueline Lateef, served as the Commissioner of Public Relations.
1999: Provided information to Lisa Miller, writer for the Wall Street Journal, for the article: “The Un-Farrakhan,” an article about Imam W. Deen Mohammed that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on July 9, 1999.
2002: Lead a campaign to bring Imam W. Deen Mohammed to Long Island to address the general community of immigrant and indigenous Muslims. Imam Mohammed sent Imam E. Abdulmalik Mohammed and he spoke to over 1000 (one thousand) people on Friday, March 29, 2002 at the Islamic Center of Long Island.
2008 – 2010: Supplied literary information and feedback for the book “The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the Man behind the Men” by Michael Mikal Saahir.
2010: Served on the Convention Planning Committee for The Mosque Cares Annual Muslim Convention and Ramadan Session.
2010: Published articles in Muslim Journal for The Mosque Cares Annual Convention and Ramadan Session; he has written articles for A.M. Journal/Bilalian News/Muslim Journal since the 1980s.
2011: Served as a Co-Chair on both committees for The Mosque Care’s Annual Convention and Annual Ramadan Session.
2011: The Mosque Care’s Annual Convention “Muslim Man of the Year” Award.

In 2009 Khalid S. Lateef published a book: “To Be Human: Life-Changing Insights from Around the World.” Recently, President Barack Obama invited him to the White House for the 2014 Iftar Dinner. After the dinner, he was contacted by the White House Executive Office to “stay in touch.”
He was invited to the State Department for the installation of Shaarik Humayon Zafar as the State Department’s “Special Representative to Muslim Communities” and receives regular invitations to participate in national conference calls from the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

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