The IWDM Knowledge Body and School of Thinking Course - Class of 2023
Systematically learn fundamental and advanced concepts in the Language, Logic, and Methodology of Imam W. Deen MohammedWatch Course Overview Preview
Imam W. Deen Mohammed
Knowledge Body & School of Thinking
Mubaashir Uqdah accepted Al-Islam at Masjidullah in Plainfield New Jersey in 1977 under the leadership of Imam W. Deen Mohammed. From the moment he became a Muslim he has been an avid student of Al-Islam as expressed in the commentary of Imam W. Deen Mohammed and he has been an active worker in the community. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Systems and Information Technology from the University of Phoenix, has worked professionally as a Senior Technical Writer for Fortune 100 companies, and worked in his own company as a Web Designer and Builder, a Book Publisher, and as a Real Estate Investor. He is married to Rita FurQaan Uqdah, and has three children.
- Founder and Administrator of the IWDM Preservation Project.
- Founder and Administrator of the IWDM Study Library (www.iwdmstudylibrary.com).
- Special Assistant to the Conveners of Imams associated with Imam W. Deen Mohammed.
- Assisting the Conveners of Imams with developing a course for learning the Knowledge Body of Imam Mohammed.
- Webmaster of the IWDM Community Website (www.iwdmcommunity.com) on behalf of the Conveners of Imams.
- Author of books (8) on the Language and Logic of IWDM. (www.uqdah.com)
- Referenced as a Dr. of his Philosophy by IWDM, who publicly stated that Mubaashir Uqdah’s writings are required reading for his students.
- Advisor and counselor to many Muslims seeking advice and guidance.
- Owner of Uqdah Enterprises LLC, which provides book publishing and website development services.
- Northeast Section Convener of the Imams Associated with the Community of IWDM (2012-2015).
- Founder and Coordinator of the NJ Muslim E-mail Network.
- Founder and coordinator of the Higher Voice Dawah Movement.
- Co-founder of UMMRAH, United Muslim Musicians and Recording Artists.
- Website designer for numerous Muslim businesses and Masjids.
- Editor and Publisher of numerous books by Muslims in IWDM Community.
- Coordinator of Unified National Curriculum project for the Consortium of Clara Muhammad Schools.
- Convener of the New Jersey Associates for Community Planning (ACP).
- Special Assistant to the NJ Council of Imams.
- Convener of the NJ Monitoring Team.
- Chairperson of local CRAID committee.
Imam Kashif Abdul-Karim
Imam Kashif Abdul-Karim is a graduate from the University of
Connecticut. After graduation he reverted to Islam in May of 1986 under
the national leadership of Imam W.D. Mohammed.
He began his secular
careers teaching school in The New Haven Public School system, and
channel 30, WFSB as a graphic engineer; a Hartford’s news station. In
1986, Kashif became interested in the marketing aspect of the television
industry and went to “Storer Communications” for employment.
Kashif became an Islamic chaplain for the State of Connecticut. He
retired in 2004 after 17 years of service to the Department of
Correction. This was a rewarding experience because he set an Islamic
foundation for our most endangered and incarcerated young people between
16 and 21 years of ages.
In 1987, Kashif’ became involved in Human
Services. He took a job with the office of Child Support Enforcement. In
this capacity, he worked to develop financial stability for
economically abandoned and neglected women.
Kashif was later employed
in 1989 as a Parole Officer with the State of Connecticut’s Juvenile
Justice Department. He worked with committed delinquent youth and their
families. He retired in Dec. 2009 after 23 years of state service. Upon
retirement, he received recognition for outstanding service from the
In 2002, Kashif Abdul-Karim went to the capitol of
Hartford, Ct to serve as Vice-Principal of the Clara Muhammad School
system. He eventually served as director of The Clara Muhammad
Supplemental Education Program once the principal retired. He also
worked as principal of the “Islamic Cooperative School” in New Haven
under the direction of Imam Zaid Shakir. Kashif’s love and commitment
for education has allowed him to work with educational scholars on The
National Framework for the Clara Muhammad School Curriculum. Kashif
served as a business partner in the local business efforts of “Iqraa
Bookstore Boutique and Things”
In May of 2006, after the death of
Imam Qasim Sharief, the community elected and ratified Kashif as the
resident Imam of Muhammad Islamic Center of Greater Hartford. He
continues to serve as the resident imam over a very diverse population
from around the world. Kashif is President of Insight Productions
Incorporated; a program specializing in workshops, photography,
videography, desktop publishing and trainings on Al-Islam and culturally
based programming for African Americans. In this capacity, he has
performed training for social workers, psychologists and treatment
providers for the Department of Children and Families on “Islam and
Kashif serves as secretary for The New England
Council of Masajid, on the interfaith Fellowship for Universal
Healthcare, Faith leaders for a more just budget, The Connecticut Center
for a New Economy, and the United States Commission of Civil rights;
CT's special advisory committee. He functions as the President Emeritus,
treasurer and co-founder for the Muslim Endorsement Council of
Connecticut and the regional coordinator for the American Coalition of
Good Government, New England chapter. He also served on the board of
directors for the Council of American Islamic Relations, Ct Chapter for
ten plus years.
Kashif published his first book in 2015 entitled “In
Search of the Black Seed” chronicling the communal conversion of Muslim
Americans of color.
Kashif was the first Muslim to perform the
inaugural prayer for the former Mayor of the City of New Haven, The
Honorable John DeStephano, and the former Governor of Connecticut, The
Honorable Dannel Malloy.
Kashif has received many awards and
recognition for Community Service. He has received awards from the
African American Cultural Center of UConn, Muhammad Islamic Center of
Greater Hartford, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, The Networking Alliance of
Black Social Workers, a Citation and Proclamation from The Honorable
Mayor John Daniels for Service to the Community of New Haven, The Civil
Service Award, from Oriental lodge #6 F & A.M. Prince Hall Free
Masons, and also the who’s, who award from The City of Hartford for his
Kashif is the widower of Khaliah Abdul-Karim who returned to Allah in 2020 and has three children Samira, Gabriel, and Joshua Abdul-Karim.