CWSC Condolences on the Passing of Dr. Sulayman S. Nyang

Dr. Sulayman S. Nyang Jinaazah Services

The Salatul-Jinaazah (Funeral) Prayer for Dr. Sulayman S. Nyang is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14 at 12:45 p.m. EST. at The Islamic Center of the Washington Area, 2701 Briggs Chaney Rd, Silver Spring, Maryland 20905. Telephone:  (301) 879-0930. The Prayer will be followed by a procession to Columbia Memorial Park, 12005 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, Maryland 21029 for interment.

…The American Muslim Community belongs to 80 nationalities and all in our society are affected by the Muslim narrative. You who live in these United States, you have a special responsibility to make sure the Qur’an is alive in America…Dr. Sulayman S. Nyang


ST. PETERSBURG, FL. – The national faith-based intelligentsia, Community Wide Shuraa Conference (CWSC) offers condolences upon the passing of scholar, teacher, ambassador, mentor, humble servant and family man Dr. Sulayman Nyang who passed on Monday, November 12 after a long illness. He was 74-years old.

Dr. Nyang was professor and former chairman of the African Studies Department at Washington, D.C.’s Howard University and also a former deputy ambassador and head of chancery of the Gambia Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and a long-time friend of communities in association with the leadership of Imam W. Deen Mohammed (R) who ardently supported the Imam’s work and leadership. He has written extensively on Islamic, African and Middle Eastern affairs. He earned his master’s degree in public administration and a Ph.D. in government from the University of Virginia and served as an advising scholar for the award-winning, PBS-broadcast documentaries Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet (2002) and Prince Among Slaves (2007), produced by Unity Productions Foundation. He was the author of several books including Islam, Christianity and African Identity.

The CWSC and American Muslim 360 Radio were honored to welcome and help host Dr. Nyang and colleagues at the presentation The Unbroken Chain of Qur’anic Freedom: From Africa to New Africa given in 2013 at the 98th Annual Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASLAH) Conference held in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Nyang’s 2013 visit to Jacksonville was one of his last public presentations and was also the occasion for a landmark Jumah Khutbah he delivered at the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida. 

CWSC’s Executive Director Mukhtar Muhammad stated, “We have lost a giant of a leader, statesman and scholar with Dr. Nyang’s passing. Our condolences extend to his family and friends, to his beloved college community at Howard University, the citizens of Gambia, Africa and to all the believers of various faiths from around the globe who honored him and respected his intellect and his heart. Insha Allah, future generations will continue to benefit from his scholarship and leadership. May Allah (The Most High) grant him a high station in Paradise and ease any burden upon his family.”

In tribute to Dr. Nyang, Wednesday evening, November 14, 2018 at 10:30 p.m. EST, CWSC’s broadcast center American Muslim 360 Radio ( will air the special Jumah Khutbah given by Dr. Nyang in 2013 at the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida on the Legacy of Al-Islam to America and the world. You can also tune in at (701) 719-4197.


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