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Imam Khalid Latif
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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.

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. 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.

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. 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.

In 2012, Imam Latif co-founded with NYU's Vice-Chancellor Linda Mills, Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, and Chelsea Clinton the Of Many Institute, a groundbreaking programmatic model for multifaith leadership at the university level. The OM Institute supports a new generation of religious and civic leaders who, deeply rooted in their own religious and spiritual traditions, reach across faith boundaries to solve social problems together. Imam Latif currently serves as a Senior Fellow with OM and, amongst other things, co-teaches the popular course "Multifaith Leadership in the 21st Century" with his good friend Rabbi Yehuda Sarna. Imam Latif and Rabbi Sarna's friendship and work was documented in a film entitled "Of Many", directed by Linda Mills and produced by Chelsea Clinton, that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year and has since received great reviews.

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, Newsweek, Time, BET and GEO TV. He has been named a Global Interfaith Visionary by the United Nations Temple of Understanding (2010), one of 100 NYC Luminaries by the New York Public Library (2011), 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), a Millennial Leader for Social Justice by Auburn Seminary (2011), listed to the Christian Science Monitor's "30 Under 30" list (2012), a Hollister Award recipient for his outstanding work in the Multi-faith World (2012), a Brass Crescent Award for Best Writer for his award-winning "Ramadan Reflection" series for the Huffington Post (2012 & 2013), a distinguished alumni service award from New York university (2014), a "New NY Abolitionist" for his work around trafficking and forced marriage (2015), and most recently named to Mic News #Mic50 List, the next generation of impactful leaders, cultural influencers, and breakthrough innovators.

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Ramadan Reflection Day 13: Hunger Is Not A Choice for Some But Giving Is

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 2:23 PM

Imam Khalid Latif is blogging his reflections during the month of Ramadan for the fifth year in a row, featured daily on HuffPost Religion. For a complete record of his previous posts, visit his author page, and to follow along with the rest of his reflections, sign up...

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Ramadan Reflection Day 10: Lessons Learned on Healing From a Recovering Alcoholic

(4) Comments | Posted June 27, 2015 | 3:40 PM

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Ramadan Reflection Day 8: Reflections Through Sickness

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 5:01 PM

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Ramadan Reflection Day 4: How to Be Truly Rich -- On Surat al'Adiyat Part 2

(3) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 12:30 PM

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Ramadan Reflection Day 3: On Surat al'Adiyat -- Qu'ranic Advice on Gaining Contentment Through Gratitude

(8) Comments | Posted June 20, 2015 | 3:08 PM

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Ramadan Reflection Day 2: Juneteenth, Dylann Roof and the Continued Struggle for Equality

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 3:39 PM

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Ramadan Reflection Day #1: #CharlestonShooting -- Healing Requires Admitting We're Sick

(4) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 4:10 PM

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The Future Of Islam

(786) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 1:20 PM

I live in New York city, the borough of Manhattan to be precise.

My religion mandates that I pray during 5 separate windows of time every day. Those times are determined based off of a cyclical pattern of the sun.

I was once eating dinner at a restaurant...

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#ChapelHillShooting - When Hate Wins, We All Lose

(110) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 3:53 PM

About a month ago, Duke University had made the courageous announcement that the Muslim call-to-prayer would be broadcasted weekly from its campus chapel. As much of the world was embracing anti-Muslim and Islamophobic sentiment, Duke seemingly had adopted a different attitude.

A little less than a month ago, many...

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A Final Ramadan Reflection

(7) Comments | Posted July 27, 2014 | 3:21 PM

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Ramadan Reflection Day #25: Yesterday I Met One of the Children of Gaza

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 8:24 PM

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Ramadan Reflection Day #24: Giving Voice to the Voiceless -- Why We Need More Ayman Mohyeldins in the World

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 5:45 PM

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Ramadan Reflection Day 22: Lessons for Life from a Fight with My Wife

(15) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 3:23 PM

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Ramadan Reflection Day #20: Selfless Worship -- What Have I Done This Ramadan? (Video)

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 10:35 PM

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Ramadan Reflection Day #19: When Bad Things Happen to Good People -- Dealing With Terrible Sermons in the Muslim Community

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 3:54 PM

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Ramadan Reflection Day 18: No Woman Left Behind

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 1:57 PM

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Ramadan Reflection Day 17: Organized Evil vs. Disorganized Righteousness

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 4:52 PM

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Ramadan Reflection Day 16: Small Acts, Big Impacts

(8) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 4:30 PM

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Ramadan Reflection Day 13: A Love Supreme

(2) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 11:11 PM

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Ramadan Reflection Day 12: Halal or Horrendous? Meat in the Muslim Community

(4) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 6:17 PM

Imam Khalid Latif is blogging his reflections during the month of Ramadan for the fourth year in a row, featured daily on HuffPost Religion. For a complete record of his previous posts, visit his author page, and to follow along with the rest of his reflections, sign up...

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