I'm pleased to welcome Imam Abdul Rahman Shareef to the contributors on Wilmington Faith and Values.
Born December 14, 1948, in Brooklyn, New York, Abdul graduated from Williston Senior High, in Wilmington, NC, in 1966. He served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including 14 months in Vietnam. He was awarded the Purple Heart and two Presidential Unit Citations. He is a life time member of Vietnam Veterans of America and Muslim American Veterans Association. In his local VVA chapter, he serves as Chaplain and Minority Affairs Representative.
Abdul attended Miller Motte Business College and received a two year Business Diploma. Pursued further education at Cape Fear Technical Institute now Cape Fear Community College and received an Associates Degree in Instrumentation and Control Technology. He worked for Progress Energy for 33 years and retired March 1, 2008.
In 1988, Abdul started the Hattie Rhodes Baker Scholarship Fund in honor of his mother to provide financial assistance to graduating Muslim high school students.
Abdul is a Muslim by conversion since 1972. He serves as the resident Imam of Tauheed Islamic Center, Wilmington, N.C. A student of Muslim Leader and Spokesman, Imam W. Deen Mohammed, he presently serves as Co – Convener of the Imams Consultative Body of North Carolina. He has performed Hajj (Pilgrimage to Mecca) twice.
Abdul is a member of the Wilmington Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, and Wilmington Ministerial Roundtable. He has been a guest at many of the area churches, schools and a participant in many public forums. He is featured in North Carolina Portraits of Faith, a pictorial history of religions in North Carolina. He puts forth a regular effort to have Saturday classes for the youth to help grasp the regular school subjects along with Islamic Studies.
Abdul inspired the idea and theme “Unite the Family – Family Life and the Excellence of Human Potential.” He has, for the past 25 years, worked very enthusiastically with Tauheed Islamic Center to award a Family Man or Woman of the Year for their impact and influence on strong family values and to encourage a conscious effort to develop a sound work ethic demonstrating that there is dignity in labor.
Abdul is a member and Assistant Chairman of the Juneteenth Planning Committee. He is an avid pursuer of knowledge and is a great history buff, especially African American History. He has a very extensive library of African American books, magazine articles as well as newspaper articles. He also serves as the historian for the Juneteenth Committee of Wilmington Inc.
Abdul practices martial arts and has a health and book business: New Africa Health & Books.
Abdul and Beverly Shareef have been married for 38 years. They have three children, three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Welcome Imam Shareef!