Imam Izak-EL Mu'eed Pasha  

As a pioneer and a community development visionary in less a period than twenty-five years, Izak-EL Mu’eed Pasha, The Resident Imam of Masjid Malcolm Shabazz in Harlem, New York, has done an outstanding job in involving Masjid Malcolm Shabazz and the Muslim Community into the mainstream of economic development.

As the Resident Imam of Masjid Malcolm Shabazz, Imam Pasha oversees and directs the educational mission, the community development, the community outreach initiative and the humanitarian imperative as a Muslim community that has involved to embrace its mandate of spreading human excellence in an excellent environment in a magnificent way.

Foremost among Imam Pasha’s duties as Imam is his role as Director of Education for the Clara Mohammed School. The Clara Mohammed School is named in honor of the late Sister Clara Mohammed, who is the wife of the late Honorable Elijah Mohammed and the mother of the late Imam W. D. Mohammed. The Clara Mohammed School provides a nurturing educational environment that encourages the growth of the excellent nature that G-d has created in each human being. The results have been widely acclaimed.

Community Employment

The establishment of the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market Incubator, located on 116 Street between Malcolm X Blvd. and 5th Avenue is one of Imam Pasha’s significant accomplishments. This 1.3 million open-air mall stands on 22,000 square feet and houses 112 stores. This open- air market which has now become of the major tourist attractions in the city of New York was made possible when Imam Pasha intervened on behalf of the street vendors on 125th  Street. The vendors were on the verge of being relocated and did not have a suitable location where they could continue to sell their wares. Imam Pasha began working with the Federal, State and City Officials, as well as the community Board #10, and negotiated with them to use the space on 116th  where the market is currently located. These businesses flourish as new employers of the future.

Another significant accomplishment of Imam Pasha and Malcolm Shabazz Development Corporation is the establishment of the Harlem Opportunity Business Center. The HOBC as it is commonly referred is a part of a business network linking African American, African-Caribbean, Asian, Eastern European, Hasidic and Hispanic entrepreneurs in the establishment or expansion of their business enterprises.

In the past 21 years, under the leadership of Imam Pasha, Malcolm Shabazz Development Corporation has sponsored, rehabbed or developed numerous units of affordable housing in the Harlem corridor. Malcolm Shabazz Development Corp. is a sponsor of the Malcolm Shabazz Gardens – forty-one, three family homes located on 117th Street between Malcolm X Blvd. and 7th Ave.; 118th Street between Malcolm X Blvd. and 5th Avenue. The Malcolm Shabazz Gardens help stimulate economic growth and development within the community. The Malcolm Shabazz Development is also  a sponsor of the Renaissance Plaza, a full service $60 million development that includes 241 homeownership units and 120,000 square feet of retail space, with underground parking. Malcolm Shabazz Development Corporation developed the following projects A) Malcolm Shabazz Apartments – 42 Units of rehabilitated apartments in four buildings; Malcolm Shabazz Court – 38 new construction rental units; Graceline Court- 16 story,32 unit luxury condominium development and 2512 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. – a 20 unit moderate rehabilitation project.

Community Outreach

October 17, 2013, the All Stars Project Inc. honored him as one of New York City’s Unsung Heroes.   As part of his community service contributions Imam Pasha serves on several Boards of Directors. He holds many Notable Public Service affiliations: Executive Council Member, for the US Chapter, World Conference on Religion and Peace; a Board Member for the U.S. Inter-Religious Committee for Peace in the Middle East; a member of the Honorary Board of Governors of the World Congress of Christians, Jews and Muslims; Secretary of the Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI); New York City Millennium Committee, New York City Police Academy Board of Visitors; Vice President of the NYC Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, Executive Member of the Religious Alliance Against Pornography and Honorary Co-Chair for Appeal of Conscience, Community Leader for CURE (Community Understanding for Racial and Ethnic Equality).

Historical Achievements

February 2010, Imam Pasha was appointed Chaplain of the State of New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Police Department. June 2007-The New York City Young Professionals Leadership Program and its affiliates (Cornell University Cooperative Extension-New York City and the America-Israel Friendship League) asked Imam Pasha to be a member of their Advisory Board. August 2004 - Imam Pasha delivered the invocation for the National Republican Convention at Madison Square Garden in New York City. January 2002- he gave the invocation at New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Inaugural Ceremony.

 

Imam Pasha leads the community in many “Firsts”: First Muslim Chaplain of the New York City Taxi Limousine Commission (2002); First Muslim Chaplain in the history of the New York City Police Department (1999); First Muslim to be a member of the NYC Human Rights Commission (1997); First Muslim named to the NYC Health Care Chaplaincy Board of Trustees (1997); First Muslim appointed to serve on the Mayoral Police/Community Relations Task Force (1997); and First Muslim to deliver the Commencement Address at Columbia University (1996).  He was the Chairman of the 1996 Muslim Convention, which was held in White Plains, New York where the Muslim American community recognized Imam Pasha as the “Man of the Year”. Also, that same year the local Boy Scouts honored him with an award representing 4000 Boy Scouts.  Also, that same year the local Boy Scouts honored him with an award representing 4000 Boy Scouts.  He is the National Chaplain for the Islamic Council of Scouting, BSA.

His involvement in interfaith dialogue includes conferences with many religious groups.  In October 1999 , Imam Pasha traveled with a delegation of Muslims from North America under the Leadership of Imam W. D. Mohammed to a World Religious Conference with Pope John Paul II at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome Italy. Since the passing of Imam W. D. Mohammed, he has traveled to Rome twice as the Muslim representative. Most notable was when he traveled there in March 2010 for a memorial in honor of the late leader of the Focolare Movement, the Blessed Lady Chiara Lubich. The event was held at the Rome’s Campidoglio. Imam Pasha has continued the interfaith dialogue with the Focolare Movement for over 21 years.

Since 1993, Imam Pasha has been a builder of bridges between the Muslim Community and critical socio-economic and political institutions of our society on the international, national and local levels. In the aftermath of 9/11, on September 23, 2001 at the Interfaith Memorial Service held at Yankee Stadium, Imam Pasha was one of many influential speakers that participated in the historical event. Some notable speakers included Former President Bill Clinton, Cardinal Edward Egan, Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodman Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and many others. Imam Pasha’s entire speech on September 23, 2001 can be read in the book titled From The Ashes: A Spiritual Response To The Attack On America, a Beliefnet/Rodale Book. On January 26, 2002, Imam Pasha and other Muslims of the NYC Police Department and the NYC Fire Department were honored in Washington, D.C. at a program sponsored by the U.S Department of State. President George Bush and Former Secretary of State Colin Powell praised them by saying “they were among our country’s greatest heroes.”

The New York Times has been featured Imam Pasha numerous times, highlighting his contributions and achievements for the community he serves and the City of New York.  In April 2012, The New York Times featured him in their Lens Blog for “Portraits of Harlem Clergy”

As a pioneer and a community development visionary in less a period than twenty-one years, Izak-EL Mu’eed Pasha, The Resident Imam of Masjid Malcolm Shabazz in Harlem, New York, has done an outstanding job in involving Masjid Malcolm Shabazz and the Muslim Community into the mainstream of economic development.

As the Resident Imam of Masjid Malcolm Shabazz, Imam Pasha oversees and directs the educational mission, the community development, the community outreach initiative and the humanitarian imperative as a Muslim community that has involved to embrace its mandate of spreading human excellence in an excellent environment in a magnificent way.

Foremost among Imam Pasha’s duties as Imam is his role as Director of Education for the Clara Mohammed School. The Clara Mohammed School is named in honor of the late Sister Clara Mohammed, who is the wife of the late Honorable Elijah Mohammed and the mother of the late Imam W. D. Mohammed. The Clara Mohammed School provides a nurturing educational environment that encourages the growth of the excellent nature that G-d has created in each human being. The results have been widely acclaimed.

 

Community Employment

The establishment of the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market Incubator, located on 116 Street between Malcolm X Blvd. and 5th Avenue is one of Imam Pasha’s significant accomplishments. This 1.3 million open-air mall stands on 22,000 square feet and houses 112 stores. This open- air market which has now become of the major tourist attractions in the city of New York was made possible when Imam Pasha intervened on behalf of the street vendors on 125th  Street. The vendors were on the verge of being relocated and did not have a suitable location where they could continue to sell their wares. Imam Pasha began working with the Federal, State and City Officials, as well as the community Board #10, and negotiated with them to use the space on 116th  where the market is currently located. These businesses flourish as new employers of the future.

Another significant accomplishment of Imam Pasha and Malcolm Shabazz Development Corporation is the establishment of the Harlem Opportunity Business Center. The HOBC as it is commonly referred is a part of a business network linking African American, African-Caribbean, Asian, Eastern European, Hasidic and Hispanic entrepreneurs in the establishment or expansion of their business enterprises.

 

In the past 21 years, under the leadership of Imam Pasha, Malcolm Shabazz Development Corporation has sponsored, rehabbed or developed numerous units of affordable housing in the Harlem corridor. Malcolm Shabazz Development Corp. is a sponsor of the Malcolm Shabazz Gardens – forty-one, three family homes located on 117th Street between Malcolm X Blvd. and 7th Ave.; 118th Street between Malcolm X Blvd. and 5th Avenue. The Malcolm Shabazz Gardens help stimulate economic growth and development within the community. The Malcolm Shabazz Development is also  a sponsor of the Renaissance Plaza, a full service $60 million development that includes 241 homeownership units and 120,000 square feet of retail space, with underground parking. Malcolm Shabazz Development Corporation developed the following projects A) Malcolm Shabazz Apartments – 42 Units of rehabilitated apartments in four buildings; Malcolm Shabazz Court – 38 new construction rental units; Graceline Court- 16 story,32 unit luxury condominium development and 2512 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. – a 20 unit moderate rehabilitation project.

 

Community Outreach

October 17, 2013, the All Stars Project Inc. honored him as one of New York City’s Unsung Heroes.   As part of his community service contributions Imam Pasha serves on several Boards of Directors. He holds many Notable Public Service affiliations: Executive Council Member, for the US Chapter, World Conference on Religion and Peace; a Board Member for the U.S. Inter-Religious Committee for Peace in the Middle East; a member of the Honorary Board of Governors of the World Congress of Christians, Jews and Muslims; Secretary of the Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI); New York City Millennium Committee, New York City Police Academy Board of Visitors; Vice President of the NYC Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, Executive Member of the Religious Alliance Against Pornography and Honorary Co-Chair for Appeal of Conscience, Community Leader for CURE (Community Understanding for Racial and Ethnic Equality).

Historical Achievements

In February 2010, Imam Pasha was appointed Chaplain of the State of New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Police Department. June 2007-The New York City Young Professionals Leadership Program and its affiliates (Cornell University Cooperative Extension-New York City and the America-Israel Friendship League) asked Imam Pasha to be a member of their Advisory Board. August 2004 - Imam Pasha delivered the invocation for the National Republican Convention at Madison Square Garden in New York City. January 2002- he gave the invocation at New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Inaugural Ceremony.

 

Imam Pasha leads the community in many “Firsts”: First Muslim Chaplain of the New York City Taxi Limousine Commission (2002); First Muslim Chaplain in the history of the New York City Police Department (1999); First Muslim to be a member of the NYC Human Rights Commission (1997); First Muslim named to the NYC Health Care Chaplaincy Board of Trustees (1997); First Muslim appointed to serve on the Mayoral Police/Community Relations Task Force (1997); and First Muslim to deliver the Commencement Address at Columbia University (1996).  He was the Chairman of the 1996 Muslim Convention, which was held in White Plains, New York where the Muslim American community recognized Imam Pasha as the “Man of the Year”. Also, that same year the local Boy Scouts honored him with an award representing 4000 Boy Scouts.  Also, that same year the local Boy Scouts honored him with an award representing 4000 Boy Scouts.  He is the National Chaplain for the Islamic Council of Scouting, BSA.

His involvement in interfaith dialogue includes conferences with many religious groups.  In October 1999 , Imam Pasha traveled with a delegation of Muslims from North America under the Leadership of Imam W. D. Mohammed to a World Religious Conference with Pope John Paul II at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome Italy. Since the passing of Imam W. D. Mohammed, he has traveled to Rome twice as the Muslim representative. Most notable was when he traveled there in March 2010 for a memorial in honor of the late leader of the Focolare Movement, the Blessed Lady Chiara Lubich. The event was held at the Rome’s Campidoglio. Imam Pasha has continued the interfaith dialogue with the Focolare Movement for over 17 years.

Since 1993, Imam Pasha has been a builder of bridges between the Muslim Community and critical socio-economic and political institutions of our society on the international, national and local levels. In the aftermath of 9/11, on September 23, 2001 at the Interfaith Memorial Service held at Yankee Stadium, Imam Pasha was one of many influential speakers that participated in the historical event. Some notable speakers included Govenor George Pataki, Mayor Rudy Giuliani,Former President Bill Clinton, Cardinal Edward Egan, Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodman Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and many others. Imam Pasha’s entire speech on September 23, 2001 can be read in the book titled From The Ashes: A Spiritual Response To The Attack On America, a Beliefnet/Rodale Book. On January 26, 2002, Imam Pasha and other Muslims of the NYC Police Department and the NYC Fire Department were honored in Washington, D.C. at a program sponsored by the U.S Department of State. President George Bush and Former Secretary of State Colin Powell praised them by saying “they were among our country’s greatest heroes.”

The New York Times has been featured Imam Pasha numerous times, highlighting his contributions and achievements for the community he serves and the City of New York.  In April 2012, The New York Times featured him in their Lens Blog for “Portraits of Harlem Clergy”

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY – New York Times (October 29, 2001)

“War is not something that any human being wants, but in defense of ourselves we must fight. But G-d, let us fight for peace, let us not deviate from establishing peace.”

July 4, 2004, Imam Pasha was invited by New York Governor George Pataki to deliver the invocation at the Freedom Tower Ceremony, marking the rebuilding on the site of the World Trade Center. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevy, several dignitaries and thousands of the victims’ family members witnessed the historic ceremony.

 

New Community Initiative

The beginning of 2014 marked a banner year in the achievement of Imam Pasha who began the year by acquiring a 25 acre Education Complex including over fifty classrooms, science labs, library with computer labs, cafeteria surrounded  by (4) courtyards, an  Olympic size swimming pool, a State of the Art “Broadway” Performing Arts Theatre with 1000 seats, a gymnasium, football field, baseball field, track & field, over one hundred parking spaces and much more.  This facility will serve as a educational institution , cultural center and convention center in a historic African American township of Inkster, Michigan which includes the former residence of the world renowned Malcolm X ( aka Malcolm Shabazz).

Imam Pasha also rendered a key assist to the implementation of  The Affordable Care Act in Harlem by hosting a historic Informational Workshop and Enrollment Opportunity  in December 2013 which shared technical assistance resources that helped community residents obtain health insurances under the New “ ObamaCare” Affordable Health Care Act. Many Harlem residents eagerly participated in the opportunity by enrolling to receive health insurance for the first time and became informed regarding all the benefits of The Affordable HealthCare Act.

Imam Pasha’s involvement and concern for the total development of the human community is reflected, first and foremost, in his respect for G-d, high moral values and a strong commitment to preserving the institution of the family.

Imam Pasha’s always states that “All that he has accomplished is made possible by following the leadership of Imam W. D. Mohammed”.

QUOTE OF THE DAY – New York Times (October 29, 2001)

“War is not something that any human being wants, but in defense of ourselves we must fight. But G-d, let us fight for peace, let us not deviate from establishing peace.”

July 4, 2004, Imam Pasha was invited by New York Governor George Pataki to deliver the invocation at the Freedom Tower Ceremony, marking the rebuilding on the site of the World Trade Center. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevy, several dignitaries and thousands of the victims’ family members witnessed the historic ceremony.

New Community Initiative

The beginning of 2014 marked a banner year in the achievement of Imam Pasha who began the year by acquiring a 25 acre Education Complex including over fifty classrooms, science labs, library with computer labs, cafeteria surrounded  by (4) courtyards, an  Olympic size swimming pool, a State of the Art “Broadway” Performing Arts Theatre with 1000 seats, a gymnasium, football field, baseball field, track & field, over one hundred parking spaces and much more.  This facility will serve as a educational institution , cultural center and convention center in a historic African American township of Inkster, Michigan which includes the former residence of the world renowned Malcolm X ( aka Malcolm Shabazz).

Imam Pasha also rendered a key assist to the implementation of  The Affordable Care Act in Harlem by hosting a historic Informational Workshop and Enrollment Opportunity  in December 2013 which shared technical assistance resources that helped community residents obtain health insurances under the New “ ObamaCare” Affordable Health Care Act. Many Harlem residents eagerly participated in the opportunity by enrolling to receive health insurance for the first time and became informed regarding all the benefits of The Affordable HealthCare Act.

Imam Pasha’s involvement and concern for the total development of the human community is reflected, first and foremost, in his respect for G-d, high moral values and a strong commitment to preserving the institution of the family.

Imam Pasha’s always states that “All that he has accomplished is made possible by following the leadership of Imam W. D. Mohammed”.

 

 

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