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Hajji Imam John Ramadan
Imam John Ramadan was born on April 30 1947 in Charlotte, NC to Helen G. Reid and late John Fred Reid. He is the eldest of 3 children Sondra Richardson and Victor Reid.
He was educated in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system and graduated in 1965 from West Charlotte Senior High School. He graduated from NC A & T State University in 1970 with B.S. Degree in Sociology and minor in Psychology and Geography. He first heard about the Nation of Islam while attending NC A & T. When he returned to Charlotte after graduation, he joined the Nation of Islam and he worked in various counseling jobs with OIC state and federal programs. Under Imam Ali Shah and the teachings of the Honerable Elijah Muhammad who taught to "DO FOR SELF". He sold fish; Mohammad speaks newspapers and clothing to support his family. He then started Ramadan's carpet and upholstery cleaning. Imam Ali Shah appointed Imam Ramadan as his assistant. He transitioned to the leadership of Imam W. Deen Mahammad along with many others into mainstream or orthodox Islam. He worked in this capacity for a number of years traveling around the state of North Carolina & South Carolina teaching Islam and he was also very active in going to the North Carolina Department of Corrections to teach Islam. Imam Ramadan taught at Sister Clara Muhammad School.
In 1979 he obtained a North Carolina Real Estate License and opened Ramadan Realty and Insurance. Imam Ramadan decided to actively promote Islam from a business prospective. In 1985 he built Ramadan Professional Center. He has been in operation since 1979. Several former real estate agents were trained in his office and have moved on to open their own firms. He is a member of the Local, State and National Association of Realtors. Imam Ramadan has been involved in orchestrating Interfaith work throughout the religious communities. In 1998 he returned to Masjid Ali Shah and was instrumental in revitalizing the masjid and the acquisition of the adjacent land and worked with Imam Abdul Pasha. On October 13, 2006 Imam Ramadan organized Masjid Ar-Razzaq which in our first year we brought to you our First Annual Interfaith Banquet and celebration in 2007. Our current Annual Interfaith Banquet " Building Bridges of Humanity in a World of Many Faiths a Reunion of the Human Family" invites different religious leaders to participate in this program.
He has recieved numerous awards for his work in the community. In 2001 he received the Community Service Award Winner from the House of Africa. In December 2003 he received appreciation award from Masjid Al Nur. In April 2007 he received the appreciation award from the State of North Carolina Department of Correction. He was awarded the Ambassador for Peace award from the Universal Peace Federation for World Peace and the Intereligious and International Federation on September 19, 2007. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Mecklenburg Ministries and the steering committee for the Sermon Exchange Committee. In 2014 Imam John Ramadan was elected by a unanimous vote from the Board of Directors to be the President of this Board. This is the first time a member of the Islamic Community has been elected to this position. Imam John Ramadan gave the Benediction at the 2012 Democratic National Convention at Interfaith Prayer Breakfast and the Democratic Nominating Committee Meeting. He received The Mecca Men Pioneers award from Masjid Ash-Shaheed in 2016. In 2017 Imam Ramadan received The Excellence in Business Award Moral Summit Weekend at Masjid Ash-Shaheed. In August 2019 he performed the Umrah and Hajj to Mecca, Saudia Arabia. And, also visited Medina. In July of 2017 he obtained his general contractrors license for commerical and residential bulding. Imam Ramadan is an avid cyclist and a member of the Cannonball Cycling Team. He is also an avid golfer.
Imam Ramadan is the father of 7 children, Keith Jones, Karim Ramadan, Asim Ramadan, Baiyinah Ramadan, John Ibn Ramadan, Nasir Ramadan, and Nafeesa Ramadan. He has 14 grandchildren and 2 great granchildren and is married to Gloria Ramadan who works alongside him in the masjid.