Imam Dr. Salahuddin M. Muhammad is a retired Chaplain having served at Fishkill Correctional Facility (Beacon, NY) for 28 years, as Senior Imam of Masjid Al Ikhlas, (Newburgh, NY) for 26 years and as a Contract-Chaplain at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY) for 17 years. Presently he serves as President of the Alumni Council and an Executive Board member of Hartford Seminary, President of the Association of Muslim Chaplains, and an Associate Imam of As Salaam Islamic Center in Raleigh, NC. Additionally he is an Adjunct Professor at Wake Tech Community College, Raleigh, NC, where he is also the Adjunct Advisor for The Muslim Student Union (MSU). Imam Muhammad is member of Muslims for Social Justice (MSJ), and also a member of the Muslim American Public Affairs Council (MAPAC). His areas of expertise include: Islam, general Islamic studies, Islamic theology, Motivational Speaker, Christian/Muslim relations, criminal justice issues, and inmate advocacy. In addition to his work, he is a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather and brings this sensitivity to his work. He received his Masters of Professional Studies degree in Theology and Counseling from New York Theological Seminary and BA in the Social Sciences from SUNY at New Paltz. Imam Muhammad holds a D.Min. in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations from Hartford Seminary as well as a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy.
Bilal Ansari serves as a Social Justice Educator working as Assistant Director of The Davis Center at Williams College. Bilal had previously served as Williams’ first Muslim chaplain and Assistant Director in the Center for Learning in Action between 2011 and 2014. Between his current and previous positions at Williams, Bilal also served as the Dean of Student Services and Director of Student Life at Zaytuna College, Berkeley California helping the first Muslim Liberal Arts College achieve accreditation in 2015.
Bilal has worked as a chaplain in both federal and state prisons for over 16 years in male and female institutions at every level. Bilal has worked as a community organizer for over 16 years in labor, affordable housing, community benefits, universal health care and environmental campaigns. Bilal earned the Associate of Science in Liberal Arts from Ohlone College, Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Springfield College, and Master of Arts in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations and Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary. Bilal is completing his Doctorate of Ministry from The Pacific School of Religion as an auto-ethnographic contribution to the field of Muslim chaplaincy with the working title of Islamic Pastoral Theology as Ethical Leadership: Case Studies of an American Muslim Chaplain.
Seher was born and raised in California where she completed her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies and Psychology at Santa Clara University. She is currently a student at Hartford Seminary where she is finishing her M.A. in Islamic Studies with an emphasis in Muslim-Christian Relations and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy. Seher has been deeply involved in her local Muslim and Interfaith communities; being a part of both and building bridges is one of her biggest passions. In addition to her studies she is currently a Chaplain-in-Residence at Georgetown University serving a dorm of 300+ students.
Imam Raqeeb Abduljabbar was raised Muslim by his father, who accepted Islam in 1955 at State Street Mosque in New York City. Raqeeb later served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1980-1986. After receiving an E-5 Honorable Discharge, Imam Raqeeb earned his BS in Electronics. Between 1987 and 1991 he studied Fiqh, and the Islamic History of al-Tabari in Malayisia, Fiji, and Australia. In 1993 Imam Raqeeb began serving the Washington D.C. community as the Amir at Gallaudet University. There, he established the first deaf/ hard of hearing, hearing impaired MSA in the US. In 1996 he established the Masjid Al Islam musalla in Columbia, South Carolina, and ran an Islamic cable access program, Islamic Perspective, from 6/96-3/97. From 2003-2007, he helped to establish a youth study program in Senegal. Raqeeb served as the Imam at Masjid Umm Barakah in Richmond, Virginia Aug 2010 -2014. At present Imam Raqeeb is working on his Bachelors in Family Counseling, at Fresno State, while working as a Full Time Chaplain at Corcoran State Prison.
Bio forth coming inshalla’Allah
Nisa Muhammad is the Assistant Dean for Religious Life at Howard University. She is responsible for religious programming that serves the various needs of the campus, advocates for the religious needs of Muslim students on campus, teaches non academic personal enrichment classes on Islamic tradition and works closely as part of the staff in the Office of the Dean of the Chapel to foster inter religious dialogue and cooperation. Her other responsibilities include organizing Muslim worship and devotion, counseling and advising students, faculty, staff, and answering a myriad of questions and challenges from race to religion to relationships. She is also the advisor to the Muslim Students Association. She works closely with young Muslims by helping them strengthen and affirm their faith in the midst of challenging circumstances like being Black and Muslim. Mrs. Muhammad is a graduate of Hartford Seminary, Class of 2017. She received a Master’s Degree in Islamic Studies and a graduate certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy. She is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Howard University’s School of Divinity.
Rabia Muhammad has been appointed as Vice President of Community Chaplains for AMC. She has been serving as a chaplain for 12 years at the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS). She began working for the Department as a chaplain providing Islamic classes and religious counseling at one of New York State’s female medium-security prisons, and now she serves at the Department’s headquarters in the Office of Ministerial, Family and Volunteer Services. Rabia earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) from SUNY Buffalo. She is currently enrolled at Hartford Seminary working on a Master of Arts for Christian-Muslim Relations and Islamic Chaplaincy. She is honored to do the work that she does. Some of her current work responsibilities include: developing religious curriculums, developing programming to address the unique spiritual and emotional needs of incarcerated women, and helping families build family ties with the prison population through the Family Reunion Program (FRP). Rabia also sits on the planning committee for Celebrate Your Children (CYC), which is an annual celebration for incarcerated fathers and their children.
Sharif Rosen is the Muslim Chaplain and Assistant Director for the Center for Learning in Action at Williams College. Prior to this post, he was the Muslim and Multi-Faith Advisor at Dartmouth College. Sharif studied classical Arabic and traditional Islam in Amman, Jordan for five years. In Amman, he completed the Qasid Arabic Institute’s language program, several foundational works in Hanafi and Shafi’i fiqh, Aqida, and an ijaza in tajwid. With the encouragement of his teachers, he is translating Arabic works for English readership, and composing original treatises, including “A Muslim Student’s Companion Book of Prayers.” Before going overseas, he led community relations for the UMMA Community Clinic in Los Angeles, CA. There, he worked with affordable healthcare advocates, the Muslim American community, local officials and the media to draw attention to the dire healthcare needs of the area, and develop strategies towards increasing healthcare access. Most recently, Sharif has volunteered as a Muslim Chaplain in the Vermont Department of Corrections, offering pastoral care and religious education to the incarcerated. Sharif is currently a graduate student at Hartford Seminary with a focus in Islamic Studies.
Abdulmalik Negedu, Membership Chair, Founding member
Abdus-Salaam Musa, VP of Health Care Chaplains
Aisha McCord, Secretary
Heba Yussef, VP of Health Care Chaplains
Ibrahim Long, VP of Health Care Chaplains & Website Manager
Kamal Abu-Shamsieh, VP of Health Care Chaplains
Khadijah Matin, VP of Healthcare Chaplains
Matiniah Yahya, VP of Community Chaplains & Education Chair
Mumina Kowalski, Secretary, Founding member
Mustafa Boz, VP of Corrections Chaplains & Membership Chair
Omer Bajwa, VP of Education Chaplains
Rabia Terri Harris, President, Founding member
Rafael Lantigua, VP of Military Chaplains
Salahuddin M. Muhammad, VP for Corrections Chaplains *
Samsiah Abdul-Majid, Secretary
Shareda Hosein, Treasurer, Founding member
* Currently serving in a different capacity