Meet Mukhtar

Mukhtar Muhammad is author of Genesis of New American Leadership:Building the Community Life―A Muslim Commentary, the first socio-political and religious commentary on the tenets of effective leadership based on the principles of Islam, the commentary of contemporary religious scholars and American management philosophy. Genesis of New American Leadership: Building the Community Life is in the collection of the prestigious Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and is critically acclaimed inside and outside the Muslim Community.

The former enlisted & commissioned naval officer is executive director for the national nonprofit Community Wide Shuraa Conference, Inc. (CWSC) and a principal at and vice president for national retailer FAMACO Publishers, LLC and www.famacopublishers.com. A nationally recognized speaker and management consultant, Mukhtar is a third generation American Muslim leader continuing a family tradition of service to the community and our nation; he has served at the highest levels of national leadership for his religious association, receving appointment by the late Imam Dr. W. Deen Mohammed (RA) to the former Islamic Affairs Council.

He has held professional and civic responsibilities in strategic and business planning and served as an advisor to religious institutions across the nation. He formerly served as CWSC’s corporate secretary and director for strategic planning & development, assistant to CWSC’s first director, Thomas Abdul-Salaam (RA) chair of the National WMP Scholarship Committee, convener masjlis ashuraa, chief of staff, aide to several religious leaders, and Muslim Student Association president.

He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in four business concentrations: systems management and marketing and business management and human resources development from The Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina and Webster University. The author became AI-Hajj Mukhtar Muhammad in February 2001 fulfilling Islam’s fifth pillar with his journey to the Sacred Precincts of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

He is recipient of numerous academic, professional, and military achievement awards including the National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service, Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Battle E, and two Navy Achievement Medals; the MAS Southern Region Pioneers Leadership Excellence Award presented by the late Imam Bilal “the General” Muhammad and the General Dynamics’ Outstanding Achievement award. During his military career, Mukhtar performed duties aboard the USS Iowa, USS O’Bannon, and USS Jesse L. Brown, RTC Orlando, Fleet Combat Training Center, Damneck, SSN Batfish, Service School Command, San Diego, and Naval Air Reserve, NAS Jacksonville. His responsibilities took him around the U.S. and the world including Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Africa. He was blessed to perform the Hajj in 2001.

Mukhtar’s leadership milestones also include leading the call and strategy session for the emergency assembly of the Islamic Affairs Council to address 911 terrorism and other national leadership concerns. He was part of a U.S. State Department initiative to meet with provincial governors and other leaders from Afghanistan to address democracy, diversity, and Islam in America. He has served as Islamic representative at the United Methodist Church’s annual national workshop on interfaith cooperation and represented Muslim Journal at the grand opening of the Muhammad Ali Museum and Education Center, producing an acclaimed series of essays on the Life of Muhammad Ali and his dawah impact. He co-founded the national Words Make People Scholarship and formerly chaired its national scholarship committee. He led FAMACO’s design team in producing the critically acclaimed international publication Remaking Our World: Tribute to the Leadership of Imam W. Deen Mohammed.  Mukhtar is a member of the strategic planning and advisory council and electoral board for the Islamic Center of Orange Park, Florida. He resides in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife of 25 years, Darlene, and daughter Maya Ismaela.

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