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The Necessity of Islamic Institutions in the Modern Age – Imam Khalid Latif

The Need “With modernity, people lose a depth of perspective that you can only see in one direction, either outward or inward… we’re supposed to be people who can see in both directions.” Qualified Teachers “Where you move from having somebody who is just a professor to a teacher: that they embody a sense of […]

Who is looking out for Muslim converts this Ramadan? Imam Khalid Latif

The convert experience in Islam is one that is tough for many. Muslim communities throughout the world get excited when someone enters into their doors saying they want to accept Islam. There are hugs and laughter and a large uproar – and then everything stops and the convert has to figure out how to move […]

The Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ Forbearance, by Imam Khalid Latif

In these dark and confusing times, Imam Khalid Latif reminds us how the best of mankind, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ responded to adversity. Zayd ibn San’an (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates: Once, God’s Messenger ﷺ borrowed some money from me. I was not yet a Muslim then. I went to him to collect my debt […]

Imam Khalid Latif On Faith, Fear And Getting Stopped By Airport Security

Imam Khalid Latif is one of the people profiled in The Secret Life of Muslims, a digital series about Islamophobia. He is also the first Muslim chaplain at New York University. Our thanks to NPR’s Fresh Air for this interview. TERRY GROSS, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. I’m Terry Gross. My guest is the second […]

How to stop the cycle of hate, by Imam Khalid Latif

Almost daily there are news reports of hate crimes against Muslims in the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere, as well as news of mass terrorist attacks against Muslims in countries like Iraq, Turkey and Bangladesh. Imam Khalid Latif reflects in this article originally published on CNN. This morning, I woke up to images and […]

What Motivates Someone To Avoid Food And Drink For So Many Hours? Imam Khalid Latif

What seems like hours on end without food and water;  days and nights in continuous worship and restraint…what are the motivating factors of Ramadan? Why take part in it? What do I get out of it? And how do I sustain it? Join Imam Khalid Latif on an introspective exploration on the meanings and motivations behind Ramadan, its […]

The Prayer That Brought RIS 2015 to a standstill

Ya Allah, our Lord, Most Merciful of those who show mercy, instill within us courage as we start this day. Our struggles are real, but Your Promise is true. Indeed with hardship, there always comes ease. Remove from our hearts any fears or inhibitions, and replace them with an ever-increasing boldness to live each moment […]

“Work for God and not for your stomachs” – meeting the Pope

“Work for God and not for your stomachs.” These words of Jesus, as recorded in Muslim scholarship, offer critical advice in a modern world dominated by greed and ego. By working for God, one makes the greater good their ultimate aim, leaving aside merely personal interests for those that bring wholeness, beauty and wisdom to […]

“Come, come, whoever you are” – Imam Khalid Latif on feeling estranged from the Muslim community

Growing up, I didn’t really have a sense of ownership over my religion. To make matters worse, it seemed like I always was doing things that were wrong. There weren’t many that made me think I could be anything better and I felt quite low at times after interacting with some who made me feel […]

Imam Khalid Latif on “Losing Someone Close To You”

There is a narration that is found in the Islamic tradition in which a companion of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, named Abdur Rahman ibn Awf speaks about visiting the Prophet’s infant son, Ibrahim. In this particular narration, he mentions that the Prophet kisses Ibrahim and takes him close, and then later begins […]