Our Story

Our Story

The Islamic Center at NYU serves a diverse Muslim population in the New York and the tri-state area. Located in the heart of lower Manhattan, the Islamic Center at NYU provides a safe place for individuals with multiple points of entry to learn, pray, socialize and utilize a space situated at intellectual and spiritual crossroads. Inspired by the belief that communities develop in a supportive environment, people from all backgrounds are welcomed to engage in cross-cultural experiences, social justice endeavors, civic engagement initiatives, mutlifaith programing, spiritual practices and religious education. Students, young professionals, families and seniors from all around the world with diverse backgrounds and experiences make up the Islamic Center. The Islamic Center at NYU is housed within NYU's Global Spiritual Life under the division of Student Affairs. NYU is private research institution of higher education with campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.

Our vision at the Islamic Center is to provide a space for a pluralistic future on and off campus for American Muslims. We hope that the Islamic Center at NYU will become a spiritual and intellectual crossroads of Islam and America, creating a deep and diverse community of ambitions and resources.

Our Facilities

Our Facilities

The Islamic Center is located on the fourth floor of the NYU Global Center for Spiritual Life at 238 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012. This shared space overlooks Washington Square Park. Wudu (ablution) rooms are available on the fourth floor. All individuals are welcome to use the space and are required to show a government issued ID and sign in at the security desk on the first floor.

Our Leadership

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Khalid Latif

Executive Director, University Chaplain

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Imam Khalid Latif is a University Chaplain for New York University, Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU, and a Chaplain for the NYPD. He is also the co-founder of Honest Chops, the first-ever all-natural/organic halal butcher in NYC, the Muslim Wedding Service, an agency specializing in providing charismatic and inspirational marriage officiants for wedding ceremonies, and a partner in the MKO Group, an investment group that owns and operates multiple Edible Arrangements franchises in Manhattan. Under his leadership, the Islamic Center at NYU became the first ever 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 throughout the city, so much so that in 2007 Mayor Michael Bloomberg nominated Imam Latif to become the youngest chaplain in history of the New York City Police Department at the age of 24. Most recently, Imam Latif was selected as one of 60 NYC leaders to serve on May Bill Deblasio’s Transition Team, helping to recommend and select individuals for key roles in the current NYC administration and also appointed to a “Task Force to Combat Hate” by NYC Public Advocate Tisch James to deal with the rise in Islamophobic, anti-semitic and anti-sikh sentiment in NYC.

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Faiyaz Jaffer

Associate Chaplain, Assistant Research Scholar

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Faiyaz Jaffer is the Affiliate Muslim Chaplain at the Islamic Center at New York University. He attained an MA degree in Islamic Studies (UK), with a concentration on early Islamic history, after his undergraduate degree from SUNY Stony Brook University in Political Science and Religious Studies. He has had his research published by academic journals. In pursuing the classical course of Islamic education, Faiyaz studied in the Seminary of Karbala, one of the most prominent centers for Islamic learning. He currently continues his fieldwork as part of the Islamic Research Institute in New York. As a faith leader and social activist, Faiyaz Jaffer has lectured at various universities, seminars, and workshops across the United States, Canada, Europe, East Africa, and the Middle East. Due to the political and social climate, he has been making strides in the greater New York area by taking part in a number of interfaith seminars and discussions in the aspiration of increasing dialogue with various faith leaders. As a highly sought after lecturer and religious leader, Faiyaz regularly leads prayer services and delivers sermons across North America.

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Amira Shouman

Assistant Director
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Amira Shouman is an Assistant Director at the Islamic Center at New York University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English with minors in Art and Women Studies from Otterbein University. She spent a year in Boston as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Simmons College and the YMCA International Learning Center, working with adult immigrants and refugees enrolled in an English language learning program. Amira received her Masters in Higher Education/Student Affairs from NYU. She worked at The Ohio State University focusing on civic engagement initiatives and the Interfaith Youth Core’s Better Together Campaign, and at the NYU Center for Student Activities, Leadership and Service advising the Alternative Breaks program as well as student clubs. Amira is passionate about working with students of all identities and backgrounds and building communities that are open and inclusive. Her other interests include traveling, social justice, interfaith initiatives, and identity development.

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Dr. Hala Alyan

Clinical Psychologist

I am a web designer based in New York. I have a passion for web design and love to create for web and mobile devices. I am an ambitious workaholic, but apart from that, pretty simple persons.

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Yasmine

Yasmine is a Graduate student at NYU Wagner studying Public and Non Profit management and International Policy. A Connecticut native, Yasmine attended the University of Connecticut as an undergrad where she studied Political Science and Sociology and worked as a research assistant. Before moving to New York, Yasmine worked as a consulting program manager at a nonprofit in Hartford, Connecticut that works to end Chronic Homelessness. Yasmine enjoys food adventures, people watching and being and aunt.

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Aziza Gaouda

Aziza Gaouda is passionate about food, nature and bringing people together. She wants to live in a world where all the awkwardness from a first-time encounter is gone. Aziza carries a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering and is finishing up her Masters in Urban Planning at NYU Wagner. She is the President of the Muslim Graduate Student Group (MGSG) and will be providing support to the Assistant Director at the ICNYU throughout the year. If she isn’t out on hikes, you can find her eating knafeh at her favourite restaurant, Tanoreen, or chilling at the IC.

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Farida

Media Content Creator

Farida is the Media Content Creator at IC NYU and a first year Graduate Film student at Tisch School of the Arts. She is passionate about art, food and people. Growing up in a very diverse environment, Farida feels strongly about all initiatives that work to create open spaces for collaboration and discussion. When she’s not making her own films, Farida enjoys watching other people’s films and doing anything and everything that involves adventure! She is also known to be slightly clumsy, so make sure to keep a safe distance when walking/standing next to her.

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Humayra Mayat

Humayra Mayat is a rising senior at NYU studying Middle Eastern Studies on the pre-medical track. Humayra aspires to one day be featured on HONY (Humans of New York) and design her own personalized beanie collection. In the spirit of trying new things, Humayra joined a Fantasy Basketball league this year and proceeded to lose in a spectacular fashion. As of 5/24, Humayra began her 3rd attempt to give up soda. On her previous attempt, Humayra lasted 117 days. Humayra volunteers as a Rape and Domestic Violence advocate at Bellevue Hospital and is also an under-graduate volunteer at the New York City Free Clinic (NYCFC). Through her experiences, Humayra has fostered at interest in the ways in which social factors influence the health care of marginalized communities. Above all, Humayra loves programming and hopes to bring together her diverse interests through the events she plans. This coming year, Humayra will be serving as the co-chair of Fast-a-thon which is the Muslim Student Association’s annual charity fundraiser. Through this event, Humayra hopes to raise money for organizations aiding and advancing the rights of undocumented Americans.

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Nurul Ain Akmal

Nurul Ain Akmal is a rising junior majoring in Economics, but enjoys studying Japanese and Mathematics more. Ain is from Malaysia, and speaks fluent Malay(and also two local dialects, which she considers as bragging rights) and tends to unintentionally speak in Malay to people she spends a lot of time being around. She enjoys watching intense psychological thrillers and action films, and also listening to music during her free time. You can find her lining up at Mamoun’s or Kung Fu Tea. Ain is part of the Malaysian Students Association at NYU, and actively participates in Muslim-Jewish interfaith dialogue on campus.

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Bellyn Ooi

Bellyn Ooi is an English major, through and through. She is an undergrad student worker, doing graphic design, photography, and social media management for the Islamic Center. She is always on the lookout for people to hang out with and stories to write about. Eventually, she will make the ultimate road trip from New York to California.

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Aziza Gaouda

Aziza Gaouda is passionate about food, nature and bringing people together. She wants to live in a world where all the awkwardness from a first-time encounter is gone. Aziza carries a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering and is finishing up her Masters in Urban Planning at NYU Wagner. She is the President of the Muslim Graduate Student Group (MGSG) and will be providing support to the Assistant Director at the ICNYU throughout the year. If she isn’t out on hikes, you can find her eating knafeh at her favourite restaurant, Tanoreen, or chilling at the IC.