Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Muslim American Pioneer Khalil Alawan 1930-2014

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Muslim American Pioneer Khalil Alawan 1930-2014

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Khalil alawan, known to the community as "Chuck," died on Feb. 26 at the age of 83, after a long struggle with various health issues.

Alawan was one of the co-founders of the Islamic Center of America, located in Dearborn, Mich. He shaped certain aspects of the center, such as including English translations for any Arabic language signs inside, and served in a variety of roles there - Sunday school teacher, lecturer and member of the board of trustees. He was considered a pioneer in the development of Muslim life in the metro Detroit area. As an active and longtime interfaith leader, he helped eliminate barriers, stereotypes and misconceptions about Muslims and Islam with other faith groups.

Alawan was born in Detroit to a Syrian father and a mother of French-Canadian of Lebanese descent. Alawan attended Northwestern High School in Detroit, American University of Beirut in Lebanon, and graduated with an engineering degree from Wayne State University. …

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