Posts Tagged ‘New York City

01
Jul
10

Making Moves: CNN op-ed and some other recent press

I had an op-ed piece go up today on CNN.  It’s the first time I’ve written something like this so I’d appreciate some feedback.  It’d be great if you all could share the link to it with your networks and repost, retweet, and whatever else can be done.

Some other (relatively) recent stuff you can check out as well:

Italian Magazine ilsole24ore Article link 1 link 2 (I can’t read Italian so I don’t know what this says actually 🙂 )

CNN Interview
Towards a Younger, Hipper Islamclick here

Altmuslimah Interview on Domestic Violence You Are No Longer A Blessing in His Life click here

Salon.com Article A Troubling Cultural Gap. If today’s young American Muslims can’t relate to their imams, where will they turn? click here
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Editor’s note: Imam Khalid Latif is a chaplain for New York University and Executive Director of the school’s Islamic Center.

By Khalid Latif, Special to CNN

I was recently eating dinner at a restaurant with a friend near Times Square when it became time for me to pray. Muslims pray five times a day and this particular prayer, called Maghrib, is performed at sunset.

Having lived in New York City for decades, I’ve become comfortable praying pretty much anywhere. It also doesn’t hurt that there are stranger things happening on the streets here than a young guy bowing and kneeling for a few minutes.

After I started to pray, a tour bus parked in front of me and a large group of people proceeded to spill out.

While I continued, a woman from the group came closer to where I was praying. She removed a scarf from her neck, placed it on the ground so that I would be praying on something clean, then walked away before I finished….

To continue reading, please click here.

A child at a recent rally for Muslim holidays to be observed by New York city schools.

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05
Sep
09

NYPD Reaches Out To Muslim Community During Ramadan

WNYC radio recently ran a piece on the NYPD’s outreach to Muslims during the month of Ramadan that also featured an interview with Detective Ahmed Nasser, president of the NYPD’s Muslim Officers Society(MOS).  Some of you might remember him from the Newsweek Cover Story on Islam in America that we did a couple of years ago.  He’s in the bottom left hand corner.

You can check out the entire interview on WNYC’s homepage by clicking here

Detective Nasser and the MOS represent a few thousand Muslims that find themselves in the ranks of the New York City Police Department.   I’ve been working there as a Chaplain since April of 2007 and it’s been a really interesting and beneficial experience for me to say the least, alhamdulillah.   I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with very amazing and unique individuals mashallah who every day are striving in their own personal ways to help a broader American Society understand Islam a little bit better.    Stories and experiences like that of Detective Nasser’s are not only important for us to read and hear, but also important for us to share.  Please do pass on to your own networks and friends.

22
Aug
09

ICNYU Ramadan 1430 Announcement

https://i2.wp.com/www.andrealobel.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/crescentmoon.jpgBased off of credible local moonsightings throughout the country, The Islamic Center at NYU, in conjunction with various masajid and organizations in the New York City area and across the country, will be observing Saturday, August 22nd, as the first day of fasting for the month of Ramadan.

We will begin hosting iftar dinners starting this Monday night at sundown inshallah, August 24th, and will carry on through the end of Ramadan.  Please note that we will not be hosting iftar at the Islamic Center this Saturday or Sunday.

Dinners will be held at our facility in the basement level of St. Joseph’s church located at 371 Sixth Avenue, New York , NY 10014 (at the corner of 6th avenue and Washington Place).   Directions can be found on our website at http://www.icnyu.org

Taraweeh prayers will not be offered on campus. There are many masajid in the area that offer taraweeh prayers, including Medina Masjid on 11th street and 1st Avenue as well as the 96th street masjid that is located on 96th between 2nd and 3rd avenue.  For those who are interested in attending taraweeh prayers, a group will be going from NYU inshallah in the evening following iftar.

At this time it is also important to keep in mind that the different opinions that exist in regards to the start and end times of the Islamic months are all valid according to Shari’ah and supported by respectable scholars with evidence.  We should not let this become a point of contention within the community.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me at kl442@nyu.edu

On behalf of the Islamic Center at NYU, Ramadan Mubarak wa Ramadan Kareem wa Kullu A’am wa Antum bi Khayr.  May Allah accept from all of us during this blessed month of Ramadan.  Ameen.

19
Aug
09

City Muslims Prepare For Heat-Filled Fast

I was interviewed today by NY1 news channel along with one of my Summer interns, Amina Afreen.   To view the interview in full, please click here

City Muslims Prepare For Heat-Filled Fast

By: Natasha Ghoneim

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New York City’s 800,000 Muslims are bracing for the start of a month-long fast that, for the first time in decades, takes place during one of the hottest months of the year. NY1’s Natasha Ghoneim filed the following report.

On a 90 degree day, most people don’t think twice about sipping from a cool beverage to quench their thirst. But college student Amina Afreen knows the days of reaching for that water or sports drink are dwindling. Like many young Muslims, it’s the first time she’ll fast during a Ramadan that falls in the summer.

“It might seem like torture coming mid-August to mid-September,” said Afreen.

Imam Khalid Latif with the Islamic Center of NYU says it’s been about 15 years since Muslims have endured long, hot days of fasting……to continue reading click here

17
Aug
09

Silence Hurts

The Islamic Center at NYU is getting ready for its 7th Annual Fast-A-Thon (Details Below)  Please help spread the word.  To RSVP or for more info please click here
https://i2.wp.com/www.tncp.net/Portals/21/istock%20photos/domestic_violence.jpgOur Cause
In the United States alone, 1 in every 4 women has personally experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.  In just one year, more than 3 million women report abuse by their husband or boyfriend.  Nearly 3 out of 4 Americans personally know someone who is or has been the victim of domestic violence.  Studies indicate that women who have access to crisis intervention programs and shelters are 60-70% less likely to re-encounter abuse within the year than women without these resources.

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Silence Hurts
: Fast-A-Thon 2009
Here at NYU, the Islamic Center hosts a fundraiser  during our month of fasting, Ramadan. During   these 30 days, Muslims abstain from eating and  drinking from sunrise to sunset. We ask our student  body, faculty, and administration to join us in  fasting for just one day, on which we host our  charity event called “Fast-A-Thon.”

This year, all of the proceeds will go towards Turning Point for Women and Families, an   organization that works primarily with victims and  survivors of domestic abuse. We feel that domestic  violence is an important issue to be addressed at the university-level because it is a global problem  that can affect individuals, regardless of their social, cultural or religious background.

Building Bridges

Fast-A-Thon connects approximately. 600 Muslims and non-Muslims from thelarger NYU area. At sunset, we provide a communal meal for the entire community to break the fast together. The meal is followed by an evening of reflection and social awareness focused on the cause, which this year, is domestic violence. To raise money for the charity, a sponsor donates $1, or some increment thereof, towards the cause for every person that voluntarily fasts. Alternatively, individuals are able to give lump sums as a donation if they would rather do so. Our goal this year is to raise at least $15,000.

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Our Charity
Turning Point for Women and Families is a non-profit organization in Queens, NY which offers resources to women and children in the community through crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, advocacy, and education about their rights. .

By connecting their clients to language and legal services, as well as other tools to resist abuse within their own homes, Turning Point acts as a vehicle that allows women to empower themselves and their families.  More information can be found on their website by clicking here .



Make A Gift Today
https://www.storesonlinepro.com/files/1835430/uploaded/Man%20&%20Woman%20hands-closeup-compressed.jpgIf you are unable to attend our event, you can still support the cause by making an online donation at any time by clicking here . If you choose this option, please write “ICNYU donation” in the box titled “Designation” so that we are able to track how much NYU has raised for the organization.

You can also mail a check directly to Turning Point. Please make it out to:
Turning Point For Women And Families
PO Box 670086
Flushing, NY 11367

Please indicate that this is an ICNYU donation in the lower left-hand corner/memo of the check.


Our Program
Silence Hurts: Fast-A-Thon 2009
Thursday, September 17th
Doors Open at 6:30pm Suggested Donation: $20

Guest Speakers
Executive Representatives from Turning Point
A Survivor of Domestic Violence
Mr. Ravi Karkara, UNICEF Women’s Empowerment Initiative
Imam Khalid Latif, Islamic Center at NYU
Gaith Adhami, Spoken Word Artist and Performer
Arshiya Kherani, Fast-a-Thon 2009 Chair

Sponsors
The United Muslim Association at NYU
The Muslim Graduate Student Group at NYU
The Islamic Center at NYU

Join us for an evening of reflection, conversation, and inspiration!

To RSVP for this event please click here




Who is doing the thinking


My name is Khalid Latif. I work as the Executive Director and Chaplain for the Islamic Center at New York University as well as a Chaplain for the NYPD, New York City Police Department.

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