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Humza al-Hafeez (1931–2015)

Author of Some Things to Think About

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Humza Al-Hafeez was an Islamic minister, author, and social activist most notably recognized as being the first Black Muslim NYPD officer whose rise to prominence came in the late 1950s when he founded and served as Past President of the National Society of Afro-American Policemen, an organization that sought to improve work conditions for Black law enforcement officers and strengthen relationships between the NYPD and members of the Black Muslim community. During his employment, he worked as Special Investigator (Undercover) U.S. DEA, NYPD, Narcotic Bureau, Investigator NAPP Commission (Investigated Corruption in NYPD), and Investigator in the Manhattan and Brooklyn New York, D.A. Offices. Over the course of Minister al-Hafeez's career, he received countless commendations and awards, including citations for outstanding community service.

Hafeez died on November 27, 2015 at his home in Brooklyn, New York at the age of 84. His funeral service was held on December 3, 2015, 10:00 a.m., at Masjid Abdul Muhsi Khalifah, 120 Madison Street, Brooklyn, New York. Several hundred of Al-Hafeez's family and friends gathered to pay respects. Imam Adib Rashid, Resident Imam, officiated the service. A special tribute was written and performed by literary artist, Dr. Deatema L. Abdul-Latif.
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