Program: Fighting for Justice in a World of Injustice
Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Location: Syracuse University / Newhouse Herg Auditorium
Address: 215 University Place Syracuse, NY, 13244
“Beware of the supplication of the oppressed, for it ascends to Allah as if it were a flare.”
al-Mustadrak 118The world is filled with injustice. What does Islam have to say about injustice and oppression? What can be learned from the Islamic tradition that will remind us of our rich history while preparing us to solve the problems of the present and prepare for a better tomorrow? Imam Latif will also touch on how Muslims can cope with continuing hatred from public figures and mass media and increasing cases of hate crimes in North America. How Muslims can cope with it without remaining silent.
Imam Khalid Latif is the University Chaplain for New York University (NYU), Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU, and a Chaplain for the NYPD. He was appointed the first Muslim chaplain at NYU in 2005. He was also appointed the first Muslim chaplain at Princeton University in 2006. Spending a year commuting between these two excellent institutions, he finally decided to commit full-time to New York University’s Islamic Center where his position was officially institutionalized in the spring of 2007.
Imam Latif has not only managed to solidify the basis of a strong Muslim community at NYU that seeks to emphasize inclusiveness and understanding of others without compromise but has also worked tirelessly to foster dialogue with people of other faiths in order to clarify misconceptions and encourage mutual education. His work has brought him to share stages with the likes of Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama, and many grassroots movements and diverse communities throughout the world. Through his work, Imam Latif has demonstrated not only an exceptional dedication to gaining and disseminating religious knowledge and values but has begun to carve out a much-needed space for young American Muslims to celebrate their unique identity and have their voices heard in the larger public sphere.
Imam Latif is a sought-after speaker, having been invited to share his insights and experiences to diverse audience all over the world. He has been featured in numerous media outlets including the Huffington Post, BBC, NPR, CNN, the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Colbert Report, Katie Couric, Newsweek, Time, BET and GEO TV. He has been named a Global Interfaith Visionary by the United Nations Temple of Understanding (2010), one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by Georgetown University’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talaal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (2009 & 2010), and he has been the recipient of many awards and accolades.
Syracuse University Student Association: Amongst many other fundamentals, the Muslim Students’ Association at Syracuse University will strive to:
-Offer an opportunity to Muslims and members of the Association to come in close contact with one another in the true sense of Islamic sister and brotherhood.
-To carry out educational and social programs that will further Syracuse University’s knowledge and appreciation of Islam and Muslim heritage. The MSA at Syracuse University will also seek to establish a relationship with the Syracuse University community that is based on mutual
trust, respect, cooperation, and support.
-To advocate for justice, equality and prosperity for local, national and international causes for all people.
-To allow Muslim students to take an active role in the Syracuse community through communication and service projects.