Mahmoud Andrade Ibrahim was born in N.Y.C. in the month of Rabi Awwal, 1371 AH (1951) to Cape Verde-West African and Black-American parents. He converted to Islam in 1388 AH (1968) and began his activities in America's largest Muslim Revivalist Effort, The Dar ul Islam Movement.
During the years of 1970-1975, Mahmoud was an Assistant to the Amir of Daw'ah (propagation), Photographer of the Movement's publication, Al Jihadul Akbar (The Greatest Struggle) and a Dar ul Islam Prison Committee Chaplain.
Mahmoud's professional career includes positions as a Medical Ophthalmic Photographer and the Business Manager for the Department of Ophthalmology at the Cabrini Medical Center, NY, 1975-2006.
He was also a Radio Producer and On-Air personality for WBAI 99.5 fm NY from 1983-1999.
In 2008, Sh. Mahmoud founded the DAR UL ISLAM HISTORY PROJECT along with Imam Khalil Abdul Khabir, Sh. Salahuddin Luqman Abdullah and Dr. Kamal Hassan Ali. The Project is responsible for two books: The Dar ul Islam Movement: An American Odyssey Revisited by himself and Dar ul Islam: Principles, Praxis, Movement by Dr. Kamal Hassan Ali. In 2012 the DUIHP, with the assistance of Sis. Aisha al Adawiya, founder of WOMEN IN ISLAM, made contributions of archival materials from the Movement to the BLACK RELIGIOUS HERITAGE PROJECT of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.
Mahmoud is the father of five children and lives with his wife in Manhattan. He completed the Hajj in 2003.
Sh. Mahmoud Andrade Ibrahim al Amreeki
Sh. (Sheikh) a prefix used to distinguish age and experience. Al- Amreeki (the American) is the suffix used to emphasize and locate Mahmoud's nationality within the context of the broader Muslim trans-national reality.
Orientation: Reflective / Contemplative A Reflective or Contemplative Muslim is one that believes that the shariah is both binding on the individual and subject to contemporary interpretations in an ever changing world and we reject all notions of imposing Islam as a 'political architectural construct'.
إِنَّ شَرَّ الدَّوَابَّ عِندَ اللّهِ الصُّمُّ الْبُكْمُ الَّذِينَ لاَ يَعْقِلُونَ
Indeed, the worst living beings in the sight of Allah are the deaf and dumb who do not use their reason. ( Sura Anfal 8:22 )
We seek an Islam that finds common cause with all who are oppressed around the world, Muslim or non-Muslim. We are anti-Islamist, anti-jihadist and anti-racist. Contemplative / Reflective Muslims rather sees the ideals and values of Islam acting as an enhancement to our communal and personal character. Our Beloved Prophet (pboh) said, "Good morals, deliberation and moderation are one part of the 24 parts of Prophethood". (At-Tirmithi: Hassan)
I am a MAN. Muslim American Nationalist.
Muslim- means that I am informed by the agreed upon sources of Ahlus Sunnah which is the Qur'an and the Sunnah. This rich heritage is the foundation of my belief system.
American- means that I am the product of a specific historic and materialistic reality. This reality includes notions of class, race and culture. Contained within the parameters of this location are expectation and assumption.
Nationalist- means to have a vision of Muslim Americans living in communities under the spiritual and moral Guidance of Allah and able to share Islam's values of justice and anti-racism with the rest of America.