Our Imam


kenneth nurridin


Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Imam Nurridin attended the Philadelphia Catholic and Public Schools.  He is of West Indian descent, the son of a father born in Barbados.  He entered the US Army at the age of 17 years old and served in Germany and Vietnam, and was honorably discharged in 1970.  After a brief experience with the "Black Power Movement", he entered the Nation of Islam in 1972.  He immediately began a lifelong pursuit of the Arabic language and the Quran.  He was employed by the City of Philadelphia in the Department of Licenses and Inspection and Records Department.  Imam Nurridin became the Arabic teacher for Temple 12-c in 1976 and became the Assistant Minister.  During this time, he also served as a volunteer in the County Prisons as a servicing Imam.  He was asked to become the Department Head for Arabic and Islamic Studies at Sister Clara Muhammad School in 1978 and subsequently left government employment.  He served in that capacity for 15 years and eventually became the Assistant Director of Education.

After leaving the Sister Clara Muhammad School in 1994, he helped start the United Muslim Masjid and became the first Resident Imam.  Shortly afterwards, he helped formulate a program withing the Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, and worked in that capacity from 1996 to 2004, building bridges with various groups in West Philadelphia.  He also served the Muslim Student Association as their Imam in the Office of the Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania.  He continues to serve as a member of the Penn Religious Community Council.  Imam Nuriddin has served as the Resident Imam of The Philadelphia Masjid since 2012.  


As we lay the foundation for social life and human development, we begin the rebuilding of our community.  The institutions we envision, consisting of Education, Economics, Politics and Culture, will enable us to "remake our world", beginning with the individual and his family and extending into community and society.  We have to change our environment. 

We rely on the Holy Quran (the word of God) and the Sunnah (the example of the Prophet) to be our guide as we follow in the prophetic tradition that began with the Prophet Abraham and concluded with the Prophet Muhammad Ibn Abdullah, which includes the principles established by Moses, Jesus and others.  The legacy of "do for Self" which we inherited from our evolution as the Nation of Islam here in the west under the Honorable Elijah Muhammad encourages us to exhibit the strong human values we see in the life of men like Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Imam WD Muhammad who shared this legacy.  These values are manifested in the thousands of students who came out of the Clara Muhammad School. 


The Philadelphia Masjid, a not-for-profit, religious organization, exists to establish the necessary knowledge needed by its' members to practice the religion of Islam, as it is universally recognized.  The standards and disciplines of Islam require us to forge relationships with other religions and social/civic organizations to form a medium of exchange with them based on mutual needs.  To  fulfill this, we willingly engage in solving human problems and address the concerns that humanity faces.