MISSION, VISION & CORE VALUES

MISSION
The Association of Muslim Chaplains (AMC) supports the professional development of Muslims who provide spiritual care as chaplains in communities and in public/private institutions in the United States, while promoting the advancement of the field of Islamic Chaplaincy.

VISION

The Association of Muslim Chaplains seeks to be a professional organization in the service of Allah (God), guided by the Qur’an and Sunnah, through:

1. Offering regular trainings that promote the ongoing skill development of Muslim Chaplains.

2. Creating professional networks and connections between Muslim Chaplains that offer collegial nurturing and support.

3. Serving as an institution for Muslim Chaplains seeking certification and/or professional endorsement.

4. Supporting the development of cohesion and greater collaboration between Muslim Chaplains and Muslim communities.

CORE VALUES

Our core values — drawn from the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) — are as follows:

1. Ikhlas (Sincerity) – Our intention is to act with sincere concern for others and fi sabil Allah (for the sake of God).

2. Nasiha (Good Counsel) – Our care for others is predicated upon our religious responsibility to provide nasiha (good counsel).

3. Rahma (Mercy) – We strive in our conduct to reflect the example of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who was sent as rahma lil-`alamin — a mercy to all the worlds.

4. Haya’ (Dignity) – We strive in our deportment to demonstrate modesty, respect, honor, good morals and humility before Allah and those we serve.

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AMC STORY

Between the spring and summer of 2011 (1432 AH), a group of experienced and aspiring chaplains, united by a common desire to strengthen the field of Islamic chaplaincy, held a series of discussions. Participants recognized the pressing need for an organization that could provide Muslim chaplains with the opportunity to come to know each other and to mutually support, nurture, and encourage each other’s professional growth in accordance with Qur’anic ideals and by agreed upon practices in the field of chaplaincy in the United States. These individuals further recognized that such an association must be sincere in manifesting the Prophetic traditions of inclusivity, consultation, and consensus, and that the diversity within the Muslim community and within the profession of chaplaincy must be fully represented. The Association of Muslim Chaplains is the product of those discussions.

Executive Board & Core Volunteers

Meet the Team
Imam Dr. Salahuddin M. Muhammad (D.Min.)
President

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.

Chaplain Seher Siddiqee
Treasurer

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.

Chaplain Nisa Muhammad
VP for Education Chaplains

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 and also serves as president of the Association of Campus Muslim Chaplains.

Dr. Quaiser Abdullah
Vice President for Community Chaplains

Dr. Quaiser Abdullah, a police chaplain and Temple University MSA advisor, also teaches courses on adult learning, leadership, communication, conflict resolution, organizational development, research methods and technology in educational settings in the Department of Policy, Organizational and Leadership Studies at Temple University. Dr. Abdullah’s research interests center around leadership, organizational development, and identity and conflict. He has a number of published interviews on the topic of religion and identity in public spaces in various news media. He plans to continue his research in the area of leadership development and how it impacts identity formation in minority communities. He is currently seeking funding for a research project on conflict resolution training in Muslim private schools and parochial schools in the United States. He is also a frequent guest presenter to local and national audiences on topics relating to Islam, identity, and conflict. Quaiser is a certified conflict resolution in education trainer, professional coach, positive discipline educator and a trained mediator and conflict coach. He is also a Conwell Fellow and was recently awarded a Temple-funded grant to develop a course on social entrepreneurship and help coordinate workshops centering on social entrepreneurship as it relates to workforce development.

He additionally serves on the Boards of Directors with The Interfaith Council of Greater Philadelphia and the Good Shepard Mediator Program.

Imam Raqeeb Abduljabbar
Vice President for Corrections Chaplains

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.

Chaplain Sharif A Rosen
Vice President for Healthcare Chaplains

Sharif Rosen is the Muslim Chaplain and Assistant Director for the Center for Learning in Action at Williams College and currently in his second unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Dartmouth University Hospital. Previously, he served as 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.

Chaplain Taha El-Nil
Vice President for Military Chaplains

Taha El-Nil is the incumbent for VP of Military Affairs for the Association of Muslim Chaplains from 2017-2019. Taha is currently a US Air Force Reservist where he serves as a chaplain attached to Joint-Base San Antonio Lackland in San Antonio, TX. Taha commissioned as a Chaplain Candidate in 2014 and served three Active Duty Tours, across the United States. Taha plans to apply for Active Duty as one of the eight Muslim chaplains currently serving within the next year. Taha is a graduate of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program at Hartford Seminary and other chaplaincy experience includes 5 and a half units of CPE which includes a residency at the Dallas VA Medical Center and currently a Chaplain Fellow at the VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics where he works in an addiction recovery setting. Taha still has an interest in strengthening his understanding of the Islamic Sciences and currently seeking programs to fulfill this passion.

Vacant
Communications Chair

Please contact Communications[at]AssociationOfMuslimChaplains[dot]org if you would be interested in filling this position.

Vacant
Secretary

Please contact Communications[at]AssociationOfMuslimChaplains[dot]org if you would be interested in filling this position.

Past Executive Members

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
Patricia Anton, Secretary
Rabia Terri Harris, President, Founding member
Rabia Muhammad, VP of Community Chaplains
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

Chaplain Yasin Ahmed
Social Media Volunteer
Chaplain Bilal Ansari
Membership Co-Chair

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.

Chaplain Mouhamadou Diagne
Social Media Volunteer

Mouhamadou Diagne joins Bucknell University after serving as the Assistant University Chaplain at Columbia University in the City of New York. There, he helped coordinate interfaith programming, providing spiritual care to students of all faith traditions, including Muslim Students. He is also a board member of the National Association of College and University Chaplains (NACUC) and a member of the Association of College Muslim Chaplains (ACMC).

Born in Dakar, Senegal, Mouhamadou immigrated to the United States at age 12 with his family. After overcoming initial challenges of not speaking the language, he eventually began succeeding academically and engaging in community service, eventually securing the Posse Foundation Full Tuition Leadership Scholarship to attend Carleton College. While at Carleton, he majored in psychology and concentrated in educational and cross-cultural studies, but his most significant experience was working as a Chaplain’s Associate during his four years there. The passion of promoting religious understanding through facilitating interfaith dialogue and through creating programs led him to pursue a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. He complemented his coursework in Islam and African Religions with involvement in local mosques and Muslim community organizations throughout the Boston/Cambridge area.

Mouhamadou Diagne is passionate about promoting religious and cross-cultural literacy in order to help reduce prejudice and foster healing and inclusivity for society’s vulnerable and marginalized populations. He looks forward to helping Muslim students deepen their connections to scripture and the tradition of our beautiful religion and develop a sense of purpose while at Bucknell.

Jaye Starr
Membership Co-Chair

Jaye Starr is an aspiring Muslim hospital chaplain, community organizer, artist, and activist in Michigan. Currently at home with her two young children, Jaye serves as a community liaison on a hospital ethics committee, in various capacities as time allows with her local masjid, and organizing community resiliency workshops. Jaye is interested in supporting the development of the field of Islamic chaplaincy and she is particularly interested in Islamic bioethics, pre/post-natal care, and improving the dying experience.

She is a graduate of Hartford Seminary’s Islamic Chaplaincy Program and has also studied with Al-Amana Centre in Oman, the Indonesian Consortium of Religious Studies at Universitas Gadjah Mada, the Centre for Islam & Medicine, and the Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.

Chaplain Nora Zaki
Webinar Coordinator

Nora Zaki joined Vassar College as Advisor for Muslim Student Life in January of 2019. She was a student chaplain at Dominican University and American Islamic College. Nora holds a Master of Divinity from the University of Chicago and was the first Muslim student to complete one unit of CPE at Tampa General Hospital in 2017-18.

She has extensive interfaith engagement in Florida, North Carolina and Illinois. She served as the female counselor of the American Learning Institute for Muslim’s three week, life changing Islamic Studies program in Chicago for Muslim youth. Nora is fluent in Arabic and has been blessed to travel to North Africa, the Middle East and Turkey. She is AMC’s webinar coordinator. Nora loves Zumba, travel, cooking foods from various cultures and watching the famous Turkish historical fictions series, “Ertuğrul.”

Nehal Shah
Webinar Coordinator

Mr. Nehal M. Shah concurrently volunteers his services at two Islamic organizations: First, the Alim Foundation Inc. of Hyattsville, Maryland, as the Chairman and the Executive Director. The Alim Foundation Inc. (www.alim.org) provides online Islamic educational resources and social network; and second, the Muslim Community Center (MCC) of Silver Spring as a member of Board of Trustees, assistant Imam and Chairman of Funeral Committee.

Mr. Shah has successfully served US Islamic Community for more than 45 years at: Boston, New York, Houston, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Silver Spring, Maryland. His Islamic work started as an Islamic education teacher. His hard work, high performance, and management of his responsibilities earned him higher responsibilities as member of Board of Directors, president and chairman in many places.

His service at MCC started in early 1990. Since then, he has won the hearts of his seniors, colleagues, and community members by efficiently accomplishing the responsibilities of President, Secretary, Member of BOD, and/or Chairman of Funeral, Inter-Center, Interfaith, Religious, and/or Adult Lecture & Open Forum Committees.

Mr. Shah held following higher positions before coming to MCC: President of Islamic Society of Greater Harrisburg, PA (1988-89); General Secretary of Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH, 1978-82) & President of ISGH, North Zone (1978-87); and President of ICNA Chapter, Houston (1978-81).

His major accomplishment includes: Starting and establishing ISGH, North-Zone in Houston, one of the seven major centers under ISGH at that time – now ISGH has 21 centers; establishing & managing: two-days weekend Islamic school at ISGH North-Zone, establishing & managing: one-day weekend Islamic school at ISGH, Harrisburg, PA; and establishing & managing children evening Quran Classes, and Arabic Language Program at MCC, and establishing and maintaining two Friday prayers.

Professionally Mr. Shah is a Mechanical/Systems Engineer. He retired after serving 21 years in US Navy in December 2007 from the position of Chief of Staff / Director of Systems Engineering (GS-15) for the System Engineering Chief Engineer of Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition). He carried then more than 40 years of professional engineering and management experience in defense, oil field, ship building, and machine tools industries.

Mr. Shah is a certified Imam and carries a MA degree in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations from the Hartford Seminary, Hartford, Connecticut; has an MS in Information and Telecommunications Systems from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Pakistan. Additionally, he has a certificate of Leadership for Democratic Society from Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Mr. Shah was born in India, migrated first to Pakistan in December 1961, and then to USA in July 1972. He has three children and seven grand-children. His whole family is involved in Islamic education, religious and interfaith activities.