Dawud Walid

Dawud Walid is currently the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), which is a chapter of America's largest advocacy and civil liberties organization for American Muslims and is a member of the Michigan Muslim Community Council (MMCC) Imams Committee.

 

Walid has also been a political blogger for the Detroit News from January 2014 until the present. He has been interviewed and quoted in approximately 100 media outlets ranging from the New York Times, Wall St Journal, Jet Magazine, National Public Radio, CNN, BET, FOX News and Al-Jazeera. Furthermore, he has essays published in the 2012 book All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim, the 2014 book Qur'an in Conversation and was quoted as an expert in 11 additional books and academic dissertations.

 

Walid has lectured at over 40 institutions of higher learning about Islam, interfaith dialogue and social justice including at Harvard University, DePaul University and the University of the Virgin Islands - St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses as well as spoken at the 2008 and 2011 Congressional Black Caucus Conventions alongside prominent speakers such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Congressman Keith Ellison. In 2008, Walid delivered the closing benediction at the historic 52nd Michigan Electoral College in the Michigan State Senate chambers and gave the Baccalaureate speech for graduates of the prestigious Cranbrook-Kingswood Academy located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

 

He was also a featured speaker at the 2009 and 2010 Malian Peace and Tolerance Conferences at the University of Bamako in Mali, West Africa. He has also given testimony at hearings and briefings in front of state legislators and U.S. congressional representatives, including speaking before members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Washington, D.C.

 

Walid has studied Arabic grammar and morphology, foundations of Islamic jurisprudence, sciences of the exegesis of the Qur’an, and Islamic history during the era of Prophet Muhammad through the governments of the first 5 caliphs under qualified scholars. He previously served as an imam at Masjid Wali Muhammad in Detroit and at the Bosnian American Islamic Center in Hamtramck, Michigan and was a 2011 - 2012 fellow of the University of Southern California (USC) American Muslim Civil Leadership Institute (AMCLI) and 2014 - 2015 fellow of the Wayne State Law School Detroit Action Equity Lab (DEAL).

 

Walid also served in the United States Navy under honorable conditions earning two United States Navy & Marine Corp Achievement medals. He has received awards of recognition from the city councils of Detroit and Hamtramck and from the Mayor of Lansing as well as a number of other religious and community organizations.

Dawud Walid
Executive Director
dwalid@cair.com