Abdul H. Muhammad, Sr.

December 28, 1938 ~ February 23, 2021 (age 82)


Hajji Imam Abdul H. Muhammad, Sr.

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Lesley Cole was born on December 28, 1938 in Oceola, Arkansas to Wesley and Lucille  Jr.  He and his twin brother were the 7th and 8th of 9 children.  When he was 11 months old his family moved to Lake View, Arkansas where he spent his entire childhood.  Shortly after graduating from Lake View High School in 1959, Lesley moved to Chicago, Illinois.  On May 9, 1960 he joined the Nation of Islam (NOI).  On November 14, 1960 he married Lucille Mack. He and Lucille had 5 children, Phyllis, Cilesia, Abdul, Ahmad, and Dwyane.  Their home in Chicago was full of love for not only children that were theirs by blood, but also children that were theirs by love.  Some of these children included Menyon, Thomas, Aaron and their goddaughter Patricia. 

Under the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Lesley Cole was known as Lesley 4X.  In 1975, he changed his name to Abdul Hakeem Muhammad and stood tall as a member with the Fruit of Islam (FOI).  Everyone affectionately called him Hakeem.  He was an honest man, who made a great life for himself.  His dedication to his wife, family and his extended family was done with effortless love.  Abdul Hakeem was a devoted Muslim, became an Imam (high recognition-one who leads worshippers in prayer) and given the title, Hajji (honorable title given to Muslims who complete the pilgrimage to Mecca).  He was highly fluent in speaking, writing, and reading Arabic.  Abdul Hakeem became an instructor of the Arabic language at Malcolm X College (Chicago, Illinois) and at various Mosques.  Mastering his art and love for teaching, he became a published author with outstanding literary pieces such as, To the Believers, My Religious Perspective, Views and Opinions of Imam Abdul Hakeem Muhammad, and Arabic Phonics and Grammar.

Hakeem worked as a bus driver for the Chicago Transit Authority from 1968 until he retired in 1994.  What a lot of people don’t know is that he was a master carpenter capable of designing, building or repairing every nook and cranny of his home.  In his spare time Hakeem enjoyed playing chess, checkers and pinochle. He also played the saxophone.  Hakeem and Lucille took great pleasure in throwing an annual barbecue where all were welcomed. He also played the saxophone and was the president of the high school band.

Hakeem was preceded in death by his son Ahmad Muhammad, grandson Jerome Muhammad, granddaughter Khadejah Muhammad, and grandson Jamal Johnson. 

He leaves to cherish his memories, his loving wife of 60 years, Lucille; his brothers, Wesley and Haleem, his children, Phyllis, Cilesia, Abdul and Dwyane (Anissia), his grandchildren, Naml (Mia), Dwayne, Kedrick (Trevon), Lauren, Niketha, Latrice, Christian, Kaylon, Karizma, Mekyela, Endeyah, Curtis, and Maria, great grandchildren, Javion, Jasmine, Jordan, Jamari, Jamal, Chi’Niya, Da’Niya, Dwayne Jr., Kingston, Cassius, Isabella, Jamarri, Kaylon Jr., Davon, Devin, Jarmel, Nautica, Narveal, Jaylen, Aaliyah, Amora, Trinette and Miracle and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

In the event of inclement weather restrictions for burial, the service will be held at the Holloway and Gage Funeral Home Chapel.

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March 2, 2021

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Holloway-Gage Funeral Home
844B North Sebastian Street
West Helena, AR 72390

Graveside Service
March 2, 2021

11:00 AM
Oneida Cemetery
Hwy 85
Oneida, AR 72369

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