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Domestic Violence in the Muslim Community – UPenn Lecture

I am speaking tonight at UPenn on Domestic Abuse in the Muslim Community.   For any of you in the Philly area, details are as follows:


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 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.

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.
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 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

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


Motherly Love Lost

Last night I was in Central Jersey co-teaching a seminar entitled “Seerah: An Intellectual Discoure on the Prophet’s Life”. (The seminar was organized by my good friend Faraz Khan and had a great turnout. You can find details of it here)

After the program ended, I was trying to rush out so that I could stop by my parent’s home on my way back to New York. These days, even though I live about an hour away from where I grew up, I can count the hours on my hands of how much time I spend monthly in NJ. So now when the opportunity arose to see my mother and father, I was trying to get there as fast as I could.

As I stopped to talk to a few of the students on my way out, I noticed an eldery woman who was waiting to speak to me. When she and I finally started to speak to one another, she started the conversation by telling me that I didn’t recognize her. As we continued to speak, she reminded me that she and I had spoken a few times before, but hadn’t ever actually met in person. Her son, Omar, had been admitted into NYU’s medical center a few months earlier and had entered into a coma from which he did not wake up. May Allah have mercy upon him and grant him the highest level of jannah without any judgement.

As she mentioned his name, her voice trembled and intermittent tears began to fall from her eyes. Her husband then joined in the conversation and we briefly revisited the time that they had spent at NYU. I then learned that Omar wasn’t their only child. They have a daughter and another son. This son is Omar’s twin brother. At this point two things came into my mind.

Firstly, when you lose someone you love, it hurts. Many of us have felt the pain of losing someone at some point in our lives. A relationship gone sour, a friend or relative moving away, changes in priorities, and of course death. Some of these are more obviously ultimate than others, but each still resulting in pain. Even within the Islamic tradition, the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, has a year in his seerah that is known as the “Year of Grief” in which his wife Khadijah, may Allah be pleased with her, passed away as well his uncle Abu Talib.  All of us have felt that loss as some point. But imagine what it would feel like to see someone who looks like the person you lost every day. In this instance this woman had not only lost someone that she loved, but, because she had been blessed with twins, every day she would see someone who looks just like her beloved child who passed away. What a strong woman she must be to be tested in this way.

Secondly, the love a mother has for a child is most unique. I think a lot of us take for granted that relationship and in seeing the pain on this woman’s face I only could think of my own mother. My mother who calls me daily to see if I am eating properly, who ask me if I am getting enough sleep, who asks me when I am going to come home to visit, and who stays awake til the late hours of the night waiting for me when the only time I can come home is at a time when everyone else would be asleep. Its no wonder that the debt I owe to her is something that can never be repaid.

I am sure this woman would give anything to spend even one more minute with her child. Inshallah Allah will reunite them in the highest levels of jannah amidst the company of all those whom they love and the company of His most beloved, ‘alayhis salaam.

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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