Al Ikhlas Training Academy

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Article Source: Clarion Project

Article Source: Clarion Project

Al-Ikhlas Training Academy (ATA), established in 1991, is a non-profit, full-time Islamic school in the City of Detroit [1]. The Nation of Islam founded the school, originally known as the University of Islam in Detroit [2]; ATA serves students from kindergarten through 12th grades.


ATA does not appear to have any official associations with Muslim Brotherhood entities; however, Dawud Walid has served as a member of the school’s Board between July 2000 and June 2005, ending just prior to serving as CAIR-Michigan’s director [3].


ATA’s  annual fundraising dinner in January 2018 featured extremist Imam, Siraj Wahhaj as their keynote speaker [4]. Wahhaj, the imam of the radical Masjid At-Taqwa mosque in Brooklyn, has a long history of anti-American rhetoric and has advocated violent jihad [5].



[1] “About Us,” Al Ikhlas Training Academy website, https://www.alikhlastrainingacademy.com/About-Us.html (Accessed June 7, 2018)

[2] Hammer, Juliane & Safi, Omid (Editors), “The Cambridge Companion to American Islam,” Cambridge University Press, August 12, 2013, Page 250, https://books.google.com/books?id=KXNGAAAAQBAJ&pg=PA250&lpg=PA250&dq=al+ikhlas+training+academy+Nation+of+Islam&source=bl&ots=gb-ZUY7bBA&sig=JNdtFjNPiRpJFFzcCHFwlKt9F5M&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjh1MPXocfaAhWBk1kKHS2mD6sQ6AEIczAL#v=onepage&q=al%20ikhlas%20training%20academy%20Nation%20of%20Islam&f=false

[3] Dawud Walid LinkedIn profile, https://www.linkedin.com/in/dawudwalid/ (Accessed June 7, 2018)

[4] Masjid Wali Muhammed Facebook Post, January 26, 2018, https://www.facebook.com/historicmwm/photos/a.253269541354614.81331.185259218155647/1931248006890084/?type=3&theater

[5] “Masjid At Taqwa,” Clarion Project, April 2, 2013, https://clarionprojstg.wpengine.com/masjid-taqwa/