Recently, Imam Khalid Latif, Executive Director and Chaplain for the Islamic Center at NYU, wrote an op-ed published by the Huffington Post entitled "What's the State of Your Heart? " To read the entire article in full, please click here.
Please share with your contacts and leave a comment on the Huff Post website.
The companions of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be
upon him, approached him on one occasion asking which person is the
best. He responds by saying, "Every one that has a heart that is makhmoom and a tongue that is truthful." They said, "We know what a truthful tongue is, but what is a heart that is makhmoom?"
The Arabic language is so rich and deep. To help illustrate what is
being conveyed by this word makhmoom, when one would say something like
"sweeping the house," they would say khamamt al-bayt. As such,
a heart that is makhoom is one that essentially is swept clean of
anything harmful. This is easily seen in how the Prophet Muhammad
responds to his companions' question with his own definition.
"[A heart that is makhmoom] is one is that conscious of the Divine
and is clean, in which there is no oppression or aggression and no
bitterness or jealousy." May all of us be granted hearts that are of
The world around us is so distracting and constantly draws our
attention aware from developing and taking care of ourselves. Anxiety
plagues our mind on a daily basis. We can't lay our heads down upon our
beds in the night-time hours without our eyes staying wide open as
worry takes control. The slightest of issues just set us off. We
unleash a rage unlike anything seen before at the smallest of affronts.
Relationship after relationship loses their strength because we fail to
see that the state of the relationships we have with those around us
are impacted deeply by the relationship we have with our hearts.
"Indeed, in the body, there is a morsel of flesh that if it is
right then the whole of the body is set aright, and if it is corrupt,
the whole of the body is corrupt. Indeed, it is the heart." -- The Prophet Muhammad
--FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-- Advisory: Mayoral Candidates to Square off for the First-Time on Issues Affecting NY Muslims, Arabs and South Asians
(New York City, NY – 5/1/13) – Amidst one of the most contested mayoral
elections in the recent history of New York City, candidates will take
stage to address issues facing American Muslim, Arab and South Asian
community members at a mayoral forum hosted by the Arab American
Association of New York and the Islamic Center at New York University.
This November will be the first time in 12 years that New
Yorkers head to the polls to elect a new mayor to lead the City and
necessary reforms on issues important to MASA communities including
freedom, civil liberties, public safety, education and immigration.
MASA communities continue to grow and become increasingly active in the civic
process. In a recent article about the upcoming elections, the New York Times
called Muslims a "long-neglected" community (See: http://nyti.ms/ZTUsn6).
Who:Mayoral candidatesSal Albanese, Adolfo Carrion Jr., Bill de Blasio, John C. Liu, Christine C. Quinn (invited), Erick Salgado,William Thompson, and members of the ArabAmerican Association of New York, Islamic Center at NYU, Alliance of South Asian American Labor, Coalition for Muslim School Holidays,Interfaith Center of NY, Islamic Circle of North America-NY, Muslim Bar Association of NY, Network of Arab-AmericanProfessionals of NY, UNITED SIKHS What: "NYC 2013: Electing the
Right(s) Mayor" - A Mayoral Forum Moderated by NY1’s Errol Louis When: Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 2pm (Doors Open
at 1:30pm) Where: NYU’s Global Center for Academic
& Spiritual Life, 5th Floor, 238 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012 Contact: Aliya Latif, firstname.lastname@example.org, 732-429-4268; Faiza N. Ali, email@example.com, 718-724-3041
This forum is a non-partisan event meant for
educational purposes. RSVP is Required.
The AAANY is a
non-profit grassroots social service and advocacy organization located in Bay
Ridge, Brooklyn, dedicated to serving and empowering Arab-American, Arab
immigrant and Muslim communities.
The Islamic Center at
NYU is the first fully established center for Muslim Life at a major university
in the United States
and is dedicated to fostering a sense of awareness, activism and scholarship
amongst the Muslim community both on and off NYU's campus.
Zain Memon, Rashida Kamal and Redwan Hussain were each named one of the 15 most influential students at NYU in 2012. A profile for each student is featured in today's Washington Square News Article entitled Most Influential Students 2012. To read the entire article in full, please click here.
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Recently, Muneeb Syed, Senior at New York University and ICNYU Student Leader,
wrote an op-ed published by the Huffington Post entitled The Impact of Service. To read the entire article in full, please click here.
Please share with your contacts and leave a comment on the Huff Post website.
This past weekend, I had the privilege of volunteering with a
couple of friends in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. This area was designated
region A and the reasons were obvious days after. Brighton Beach had
water levels as high as five feet, flooding just about every basement in
the neighborhood. Many families lived in these basements, and now found
themselves homeless. The streets were filled with their damaged
belongings and valuables. Many just sat outside their homes trying to
figure out what to do next. Clearly the water and food that we had to
offer wasn't going to be enough. And yet when we offered it to them,
there was such a sense of gratitude and appreciation on their part.
One particular woman was tirelessly cleaning her basement when we
arrived at her place. As we told her who we were and the few items we
could offer her, she read off a list of other families in the area who
needed the goods much more than her. But she concluded by admitting
that, "in a few days I may be in need of food and water." The innocence
of her statement was incredible. She could've simply taken what we
offered at that very moment and stored it for later but she passed it up
because she was conscious of others who were in more dire need at that
very moment. Her concern even in such trying circumstances was
Sadly enough these New Yorkers who had their basements flooded and
property damaged weren't even the worst hit. This highlights the
severity of the storm. Hurricane Sandy was responsible for the death of 48 New Yorkers and over 100 individuals
worldwide. For a lot of families, the possibility of a complete
recovery is impossible. There's nothing that can be said or done to a
mother who lost a child that will bring her any justice. That's the
value of a life and this storm was responsible for providing such a
devastating blow to many families.
One particular story
that stuck with me is that of a mother who was driving in the midst of
the storm with her two boys, ages two and four, when suddenly she hit a
pothole and became stuck. She wasn't able to drive her way out of the
hole and the swarms of water began to engulf the car....to continue reading please click here.
As you most probably know, there is a
Hurricane watch for our area for the next few days. Updated
information from the NYC Office of Emergency Management can be found by
clicking here. Please do your best to visit it. Learn more about preparing for coastal storms with OEM's Ready New York: Hurricanes and New York City guide.
The Islamic Center at NYU will be closed, along with the rest of New
York University, from 5pm today through all of Monday. All events,
programs, halaqas, classes, and prayer services will be canceled for
Monday. We will send out an email tomorrow in regards to any changes on
In anticipation of the Hurricane, we will need volunteers to help with clean-up and our community members who are
affected by flooding and other damage. Our volunteers will be working with Islamic Relief and the Red Cross. If you are interested in
volunteering, please fill out this form with your information so that we
will be able to get in touch with you should the need arise. Again, the form is available here.
The MTA will shut down all subway, bus, and commuter railroad service at 7 PM, Sunday. For more information, visit the MTA website.
Should you find yourself in a place after the storm in which you
need assistance, please do let me know and we'll do our best to send
volunteers to help you.
I would encourage you all to stay at home unless there is some strong need or emergency that requires you to leave. If you
have any questions, suggestions or concerns, feel free to reach out to
Imam Khalid Latif| University Chaplain | New York University
Executive Director | Islamic Center at New York University
My wife and I were on our way into Bed, Bath and Beyond in late
August when I decided to check my office voicemail from my cell phone. I
told her I'd meet her inside. When I did, she asked whether I had any
"Just one,” I told her. “I was asked to deliver an invocation at this
year's Republican National Convention." She responded with a smile on
her face, "Of course you were," and then showed me the pillows she’d
I didn't get a chance to decide whether I
would accept the invitation, as Hurricane Isaac changed the RNC
schedule and made the decision for me. But before the impending storm
blew me off the schedule, I sought advice from friends and colleagues.
What were the implications of my participating at the RNC? Would it make
One conservative, evangelical Republican friend told me that it would
have been a great way to start a conversation with members of his party
who are fed up with the current platform and, amongst other things, the
party’s highly anti-Muslim and Islamophobic rhetoric. Now, it seemed,
that conversation wouldn't happen.
But I couldn't understand why it must take a Muslim standing on an
RNC stage to get people talking. Is that really the only way a Muslim
voice can be heard in the political arena? Realistically, it's not. The
other options just require more time, strategy and patience....to continue reading, please click here.