Imam Plemon T. El-Amin

Plemon T. El-Amin is the Imam Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, one of the largest and most progressive mosques in the country. With a deep commitment to interfaith dialogue and creating intimate friendships across faiths, Imam El-Amin has traveled the globe, leading adherents of diverse faiths on interfaith pilgrimages and spiritual explorations. Retired, but never retiring, Plemon actively serves on the boards of many religious and civic organizations including 100 People of Faith, the Atlanta/Fulton County Recreation Authority, the Elijah Interfaith Institute, the Interfaith Community Institute and the World Pilgrims.

Plemon is a native Atlantan and holds a degree from Harvard University. In addition to the YouTube video chat above, here’s a little more insight into Plemon’s wise mind and big heart.

Q: What inspires you?
A: Wisdom

Q: What one thing do you want the future generations to understand?
A: What you don’t know… can hurt you.

Q: What advice would you share with someone starting in ministry today?
A: Don’t do it for money or fame, but only for the love of God, Truth, and Humanity.

Q: What is the greatest gift?
A: Real Peace

Q: What is your favorite song?
A: “The Creator Has a Master Plan” by John Coltrane and by Pharoah Sanders and Leon Thomas.

Q: What one thing lingers on your to-do list?
A: To make a to-do-list!

Q: What gets you up in the morning?
A: It is the Adhan, the Muslim call to prayer at dawn, especially because of the phrase included only in the morning call which says “Prayer is better for you than sleep.”

Q: Sweet or salty?
A: There is always a pinch of salt in my sweetness.