Meet our Imam, Talib M. Shareef
Talib M. Shareef, is President and Imam of the historic, Nation’s Mosque, Masjid Muhammad, located at 1519 Islamic Way, (4th Street), NW, Washington, DC. Imam Shareef, is a retired Chief Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force after 30 years, and holds a Masters of Business Administration from American Intercontinental University, a Diploma from the Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University, and is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Arabic and Middle East studies. He is a student of the late Imam W.D. Mohammed, Muslim-American Spokesman for Humanity.
Imam Shareef served as Imam in five U.S. cities and seven military locations around the world, and as convener, Georgia State Association of Imams. He led a historic interfaith delegation to Italy and received for a meeting at the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. He was one of the signers in Nigeria to the Abuja Peace Declaration organized by the International Global Peace Foundation and the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution. He was the first Imam with military service to offer prayer at an opening session of the U.S. Congress. Co-organized, spoke and led the historic Islamic congregational prayer at the Washington National Cathedral. He offered the opening prayer on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s March on Washington; the first Imam to serve as a speaker for former President George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service Faith Summit; Serves on council for the National Summit on Non-Violence; Speaker for the South African Embassy celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday; led historic delegation to and addressed over 500,000 in South Africa; Speaker at Sojourner Douglass College for the memorial honoring human rights activist, Coretta Scott King; Speaker at the memorial service for former Mayor Marion Barry. He addressed the ills of Human Trafficking on Capitol Hill. He co-established first Islamic Dietary Nutrition site for elderly members of all faiths in D.C. He was appointed to Mayor Interfaith Council; Senior Islamic Leader and Board member of the Interfaith Conference.
Imam Shareef was honored to sit with and be recognized for his service by President Barack Obama at the White House Iftar in 2011 and he served as keynote speaker for the Pentagon and Homeland Security Iftars, and for the first and subsequent Iftars hosted by an Israeli Ambassador to U.S. He co-founded the organization which facilitated the U.S. Military commissioning its first Islamic Chaplain; co-organized the first US Military Hajj Program in 1992; Islamic Representative on National Coalition for Veteran Caregivers, National Imam of the Muslim American Veterans Association (MAVA). Officiated and documented the first Islamic burial internment, rites and gravesite preparation for a Muslim veteran buried in a Veterans Administration (VA) National Cemetery. Senior Advisor, to the first American Islamic Heritage Museum in D.C. National Advisor to Global Peace Foundation, USA; Only U.S. Imam to speak at the World Alliance of Religions for Peace in Seoul Korea, and at the Global Peace Convention in Paraguay, South America.
His military service yield’s major honors and medals. Other awards include Denver’s Spectrum Newspaper’s “Who’s Who” among African American Leaders; Muslim Journal’s 2011 Imam of the Year; Command Roy Wilkins NAACP Leadership Award. Imam Shareef and wife, Tahirah, have three children, seven grandchildren, are custodial parents of three others and have served as foster parents for several children.