Siraj Wahhaj presents what he believes to be the number one issue challenging the ummah in modern times: the need for centralized leadership. Although many people are entering the fold of Islam through conversion, many life-long Muslims are succumbing to the temptations of secular life and leaving the deen altogether. And so the imam asks the question, “How do we maximize the fertile ground of America, and minimize that back door by which people leave the deen?” The imam’s answer is a fiery speech that captivates the audience and brings attention to a matter which is so often neglected. By citing two examples, the initial disunity upon the death of Prophet Muhammad (P) and the benefit of America uniting its states, the imam shows how unity and leadership are at the core of true success for the ummah. Other topics discussed: the importance of full-time Islamic workers, and racism among some Muslims. (Duration: 29 min) Siraj Wahhaj, imam of Masjid Taqwa, is well known as a dynamic speaker and tireless supporter of Islamic causes. He accepted Islam in 1969 and received training at Ummul Qura University. He is the former vice president of ISNA and has served on the Majlis Ash-Shura since 1987. He received high praises from the media and NYPD for initiating anti-drug patrols in Brooklyn in 1988.