Talib M. Shareef, is President and Imam of the historic, Nation’s Mosque, Masjid Muhammad, located at 1519 Islamic Way, (4th Street), NW, Washington, DC. Imam Shareef, is a retired Chief Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force after 30 years, and holds a Masters of Business Administration from American Intercontinental University, a Diploma from the Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University, and is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Arabic and Middle East studies. He is a student of the late Imam W.D. Mohammed, Muslim-American Spokesman for Humanity.
Imam Shareef served as Imam in five U.S. cities, as Islamic Faith Group Leader at seven military locations around the world, and as convener for the Georgia State Association of Imams. He was one of the signers in Nigeria to the Abuja Peace Declaration organized by the International Global Peace Foundation and the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution. He was the first Imam with military service to offer prayer at an opening session of the U.S. Congress. Co-organized and led the historic Islamic congregational prayer at the Washington National Cathedral. He offered the opening prayer on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s March on Washington; the first Imam to serve as a speaker for former President George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service Faith Summit; first Imam to serve as council member for the National Summit on Non-Violence; the opening speaker for the South African Embassy celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday; As leader of a historic delegation he addressed over 500,000 in South Africa; Served as speaker at Sojourner Douglass College for the memorial honoring human rights activist, Coretta Scott King. Selected to speak at the memorial service for former Mayor Marion Barry. He addressed the ills of Human Trafficking on Capitol Hill. Co-established first Islamic Dietary Nutrition, health and fitness site for the elderly in partnership with DC government and Seabury Resources for Aging.
Imam Shareef was honored to sit with and be recognized for his service by President Barack Obama at the White House Iftar in 2011 and he served as keynote speaker for the Pentagon and Homeland Security Iftars, and for the first Iftar hosted by an Israeli Ambassador to U.S. He co-founded the Muslim Military Members (MMM) which facilitated commissioning of the first US Military Islamic Chaplain; co-organized the first US Muslim Military Hajj Program in 1992; National Imam/Chaplain of the Muslim American Veterans Association (MAVA). Officiated and documented the first Islamic burial internment, rites and gravesite preparation for a Muslim veteran in a Department of Veterans Administration (VA) National Cemetery. Chief Religious Advisor to the American Zabiha Authority halal certification agency. Advisor to and facilitated a home for the first American Islamic Heritage Museum in D.C. National Advisor to Global Peace Foundation, USA; Served as U.S. representative at the World Alliance of Religions for Peace in Seoul Korea, and at the Global Peace Convention in Paraguay, South America. Member of the National Coalition for Veteran Caregivers.
His military service yield’s major honors and medals. Other awards include Denver’s Spectrum Newspaper’s “Who’s Who” among African American Leaders; Muslim Journal’s 2011 Imam of the Year; Command Roy Wilkins NAACP Leadership Award. Imam Shareef and wife, Tahirah, have three children, seven grandchildren, are custodial parents of three others and have served as foster parents for several children.