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Imam Vernon Fareed

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader
Imam

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Eid
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/31/1953
Birth Location:
Norfolk, Virginia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader
Imam

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Eid
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/31/1953
Birth Location:
Norfolk
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Biography

Religious and civic leader Vernon M. Fareed was born on December 31, 1953 in Norfolk, Virginia. Throughout his childhood, his parents instilled strong values that followed him through his life, despite segregation. Raised a Christian, he joined the Nation of Islam at the age of eighteen. He converted to the traditional form of Islam in 1975.

In 2000, Fareed became a member of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC). He went on to become the chair of the Tidewater Chapter and serve on its state board. In 2005 Imam Fareed became the first Muslim of African-American descent to offer the invocation for the Virginia State Senate. Fareed also wrote for the New Journal and Guide newspaper in 1983 as a columnist, and he currently serves as the Manager and President of Salaam Investment Group, LLC. Since 1976, Fareed has been the Imam of Masjid [Mosque] William Salaam which helps to serve almost 6,000 Muslims in the Hampton Roads’ community.

For his religious work, Fareed received an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Bishop Jessie Featherston at Trinity Mission University in 1997. He also received VCIC’s National Humanitarian Award in 2006 for his community involvement. Fareed has served on many boards including the Ministers Advisory Committee to Norfolk’s Police Chief, the FBI Multi-Cultural Advisory Board and Religions for Peace RFP-USA, the largest representative interreligious organization in the world. In addition, he was selected as the National Convener of the Sectional Imams in 2009. Fareed wrote the spiritual book Uniformity in Prayer published in 2008.

Vernon Fareed was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 12, 2010.

Fareed passed away on September 12, 2017 at age 63.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Imam Vernon Fareed lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Imam Vernon Fareed describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Imam Vernon Fareed describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Imam Vernon Fareed talks about his paternal ancestor's service in the Revolutionary War
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Imam Vernon Fareed remembers his father's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Imam Vernon Fareed describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Imam Vernon Fareed talks about his father's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Imam Vernon Fareed describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Imam Vernon Fareed describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Imam Vernon Fareed describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Imam Vernon Fareed describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Imam Vernon Fareed lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Imam Vernon Fareed remembers the Smallwood School in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Imam Vernon Fareed talks about his early influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Imam Vernon Fareed remembers his early religious education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Imam Vernon Fareed recalls his frustration with the lack of black history curriculum
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Imam Vernon Fareed remembers his student government campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Imam Vernon Fareed describes his meeting with the superintendent of the Norfolk Public Schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Imam Vernon Fareed talks about his introduction to the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Imam Vernon Fareed recalls his early interest in business
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Imam Vernon Fareed remembers the desegregation of Matthew Fontaine Maury High School in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Imam Vernon Fareed recalls the street culture of his youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Imam Vernon Fareed remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Imam Vernon Fareed describes his early career aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Imam Vernon Fareed recalls joining the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Imam Vernon Fareed describes his duties as a member of the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Imam Vernon Fareed talks about the transition of leadership in the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Imam Vernon Fareed talks about the story of Yakub
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Imam Vernon Fareed remembers the Nation of Islam's military hierarchy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Imam Vernon Fareed talks about Minister Louis Farrakhan's revival of the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Imam Vernon Fareed describes his spiritual journey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Imam Vernon Fareed talks about the spiritual guidance of Warith Deen Mohammed
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  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Imam Vernon Fareed describes how he became an imam
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Imam Vernon Fareed recalls his role in the development of the American mathhab
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Imam Vernon Fareed talks about his civic activities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Imam Vernon Fareed describes his interfaith activism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Imam Vernon Fareed describes his role on the FBI's multicultural advisory board
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Imam Vernon Fareed talks about radicalism in the Muslim American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Imam Vernon Fareed remembers meeting with international Muslim leaders
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Imam Vernon Fareed talks about radicalism in the Muslim American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Imam Vernon Fareed describes his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Imam Vernon Fareed talks about his writing projects
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Imam Vernon Fareed remembers his pilgrimage to Mecca
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Imam Vernon Fareed describes his relationship with the Focolare Movement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Imam Vernon Fareed describes his role as an international representative of the African American Muslim community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Imam Vernon Fareed reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Imam Vernon Fareed reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Imam Vernon Fareed describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Imam Vernon Fareed talks about sharia law
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Imam Vernon Fareed describes how he would like to be remembered