Last updated on: 11/10/2008 | Author:

Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, PhD Biography

President of the Minaret of Freedom Institute
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"

“Although I oppose abolition of the death penalty, I do favor a moratorium on it until the racial bias in its application in America can be overcome.”

Email to, July 31, 2008

“All Muslims accept the permissibility of the death penalty because it is addressed in the Qur’an.”

“Timothy McVeigh and the Death Penalty,” (accessed July 28, 2008)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to death penalty issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to death penalty issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, Minaret of Freedom Institute
  • President, Islamic-American Zakat Foundation
  • Senior Lecturer, University of Maryland
  • Former Lecturer, Georgetown University Center on Muslim-Christian Understanding
  • Chaplain, Clifton T. Perkins Hospital, Jessup, Maryland
  • Recipient, “Star Cup for Outstanding Public Service,” Montgomery County Civic Federation
  • Recipient, “Champion of Democracy Award,” Marylanders for Democracy
  • Recipient, “Samuel P. Chase Freedom Award,” Libertarian Party of Maryland
  • Recipient, “Sentinel Award,” Montgomery County Civic Federation
  • PhD, Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Arizona, 1975
  • BA, cum laude, Harvard University, 1970
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  1. Does Islam Support the Death Penalty?