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, multifaith programming, 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.
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.
Khalid LatifExecutive Director, University Chaplain
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.
Faiyaz JafferAssociate Chaplain, Assistant Research Scholar
Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer is the Assistant Research Scholar for the Islamic Center at New York University and an Associate Chaplain for the Center of Global & Spiritual Life at NYU. 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, Iraq, 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. His outreach efforts have allowed him to be featured in some of the country's most prominent media outlets. As a highly sought after lecturer and religious leader, Faiyaz regularly leads prayer services and delivers sermons across North America.
Amira ShoumanAssistant Director
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.
Dr. Hala AlyanClinical Psychologist
Dr. Hala Alyan is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York City specializing in the assessment and treatment of trauma, substance abuse, anxiety, mood and relationship concerns, and cross-cultural issues. Currently, Dr. Alyan works as a part-time psychologist at the New York University Student Health Center’s Counseling and Wellness Services, where she is based within the Islamic Center. In addition, Dr. Alyan is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University, and teaches graduate-level courses on cross-cultural counseling and individual counseling practices.
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.
Eeraj is a Las Vegas native who transferred to NYU in the fall of 2016. She is a rising senior currently pursuing a B.A. in politics at the College of Arts and Sciences. Her goal is to work in the human rights field upon graduation and to utilize her voice to enact as an advocate for marginalized communities across the board. In addition to serving as a student worker at the Islamic Center, Eeraj is a board member of the MSA, Shuruq, and EMPIREMUNC. Fun facts about her: she is a shopaholic, boba fiend, and Shah Rukh Khan fanatic and the most animated (non-animated) person you'll meet!
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.
Rashid is developer & designer studying Integrated Digital Media & Computer Science at the Tandon School of Engineering. Along with a passion for all things technology, he is also a Biryani-lover, superhero fanatic, and a certified Ravenclaw.