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  • Date of birth
    Feb. 1, 1954 (age 67)
  • Place of birth
    Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Role

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Abdul Wahid Pedersen
A prominent Danish imam based in Copenhagen who has played an important role in the development of Islam in Denmark.

Pedersen embraced Islam in 1982 after a long search through different world religions. He was brought up as a Christian, became a free-thinker at the age of 16 and was a follower of Hinduism for four years before eventually deciding on Islam.

Professional background

Was Vice President of Muslims in Dialogue, Vice chairman of Islamic Christian Study Center, Co-founder of Danish Muslim Aid, European representatives of the Global Network of Religions for Children, Board member of the Swedish Islamic Academy.

Personal life

Pedersen was born in Sweden, and his mother is Finnish. He is married to a Moroccan wife, and the two have four children.

About Allah

“It would, nevertheless, take another few years, before my brain and heart fully understood this message, and I surrendered to Allah.”