Islamic Relief USA and Muslim Matters hosted a Google Hangout session on Aug. 4, 2013, to discuss ZAKAH. Imams Zia and Khalid Latif provided important details about this obligatory charitable giving, and answered questions live. Leftist’s Nurideen Bashir moderated.
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Here’s some information about our distinguished panel:
IMAM KHALID LATIF is university chaplain for New York University, executive director for the Islamic Center at NYU, and chaplain for the New York Police Department (NYPD).
He was appointed the first Muslim chaplain at NYU in 2005 where he began to initiate his vision for a pluralistic future on and off campus for American Muslims. He was also appointed the first Muslim chaplain at Princeton University in 2006. Spending a year commuting between these two excellent institutions, he finally decided to commit full-time to NYU’s Islamic Center, where his position was officially institutionalized in the Spring of 2007. Under his leadership, the Islamic Center at NYU became the first every established Muslim student center at an institution of higher education in the United States. Imam Latif’s exceptional dedication and ability to cross interfaith and cultural lines on a daily basis brought him recognition through the city so much so that in 2007 Mayor Michael Bloomberg nominated Imam Latif to become the youngest chaplain in the history of the New York City Police Department at the age of 24.
In 2012, Imam Latif co-founded the OM Institute with NYU’s Vice-Chancellor Linda Mills, Rabbi Yehuda Sama and Chelsea Clinton. The OM Institute supports a new generation of religious and civic leaders who, deeply rooted in their own religious and spiritual traditions, reach across faith boundaries to solve social problems. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow with OM.
Imam Latif is a sought-after speaker, and has been named a Global Interfaith Visionary by the United Nations Temple of Understanding as well as one of 100 NYC Luminaries by the New York Public Library. He has also been named one of the 500 most-influential Muslims in the world by Georgetown University’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talaal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, a Millennial Leader for Social Justice by Auburn Seminary, and has been listed to the Christian Science Monitor’s “30 under 30″ list. Most recent, he was awarded the United Nations Juliet Hollister Award for outstanding work in the multi-faith world.
IMAM ZIA got his early Islamic education under the tutelage of his maternal grandfather, Mula Mohammad Sabir of Kabul, Afghanistan. He later completed the memorization of the Qur’an and the study of Islamic Sciences in Pakistan under the guidance of reputable scholars. He also obtained a degree in Computer Science from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.
Imam Zia has served the Muslim community of the Washington Metropolitan area as an imam, khatib, teacher, community organizer and youth counselor for more than a decade. The main focus of his work has been to revive the Islamic teachings of compassion and inclusion, and to make the message of Islam relevant and practical to youth, young professionals and others in the community. Imam Zia regularly lectures and delivers Friday sermons in local mosques and at college campuses, and participates in interfaith and outreach programs.
Recently, Imam Zia helped establish MakeSpace, an inclusive, welcoming and nonjudgemental space for youth, second-generation Muslim, converts and other community members whose needs are not typically addressed by traditional institutions.
*** Unfortunately Mustafa Davis, originally scheduled to be part of this program, was unable to attend. ***Read more
Imam Khalid Latif is blogging his reflections during the month of Ramadan, featured daily on HuffPost Religion. In this post, he cites the Islamic Center at NYU and Islamic Relief USA for their efforts to fundraise and provide relief efforts (respectively) for East Africa.Read more