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Khalid Latif

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

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.24.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

We've also seen heroes that our world is need of. Doctors and medics from around the world, relief agencies and their workers, and many others who know their life is at risk being on the ground in Gaza but they still do what they can to help.

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

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

We should have 100 Ayman Mohyedin's out there -- people of any background who are willing to tell the stories that are not being told simply because it's the right thing to do. What better aspiration could we guide our young people towards than that?

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

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, was constantly doing good for people, whether they were his supporters or not. It's one thing to be good to people who are treating you well. It's another to be good to someone who isn't.

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

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.18.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

I serve as a University Chaplain for New York University and Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU. Earlier today, I delivered a short sermon that I was recommended to share with you by some of my community members as today's reflection.

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

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.17.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

If you are privileged to ascend the pulpit, then honor the legacy of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, and speak to the people rather than speaking at them. Put forth a message that is coherent, thought-out, and takes into the consideration the moment and all of the people who are present in it.

Ramadan Reflection Day 18: No Woman Left Behind

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Our issue is that when we think of our charitable giving, especially that which is religiously mandated, we think of it too much at times of the fulfillment of our obligation and not what the beneficiary class is really in need of.

Ramadan Reflection Day 17: Organized Evil vs. Disorganized Righteousness

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.17.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

The Muslim community has no federation or established systems of networks of any kind. On a local, state, or national level, there is virtually no communication or strategy being employed whatsoever. Moving aside from building coalitions external to the broader Muslim community, the development of intra-community coalitions is necessary.

Ramadan Reflection Day 16: Small Acts, Big Impacts

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

It's remarkable at times how little it takes to make someone feel good and special. What would compel this brother to go the extra step and out of his way to do what he did? And, more importantly, would we do the same if the opportunity came in front of us?

Ramadan Reflection Day 13: A Love Supreme

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.12.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Growing up, my understanding of God was always tainted by a negative framing. Through Sunday schools and Friday sermons, I learned that God was watching me, but only later on in life I understood that God was watching over me-- two very different things.

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

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In Islam, so much of our spirituality is tied to what we consume and right now a lot of Muslims, and people in general, are not consuming things that are good for them. There is an inherent beauty in an animal giving its to provide sustenance to you and I. To me, it only makes sense that such an act would necessitate remembering God at every step of the process.

Ramadan Reflection Day 11: 'I'm Just Here to Pray' -- A Woman's Story About Being in the Mosque

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

"'Sisters, your place is here,' he said pointing to the first floor oven, 'or the basement -- not anywhere else.' And just like that, he killed my Ramadan spirit."

Ramadan Reflection Day 10: I vs. We, Illness vs. Wellness

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In Ramadan you're going to find a lot of people who are coming to terms with certain things about themselves. In order to move forward, they will be taking on obstacles that have existed within themselves for years but they're only starting to see now.

Ramadan Reflection Day #9: Ramadan Garbage Wars -- Ways to Close the Junkyard

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Over a billion people are fasting this Ramadan and each one of us is arguably on average producing more waste than during the rest of the year. Iftars are held pretty much anywhere you can think of. The hosts more often than not are using paper plates, sytrofoam cups, and plastic forks in abundance to help serve the large number of guests,

Ramadan Reflection Day 7: Prayers for the People of Burma's Concentration Camps

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.05.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Whatever walk of life you come from, please do keep them in your thoughts and prayers. For those who are fasting, encourage your community leaders, imams, khateebs and others to pray for the Rohingya with the community at large, especially in the blessed nights of Ramadan, and try to contribute to them whatever you are able to.

Ramadan Reflection Day #6: Bringing Life Back Into Our Work/Life Balance

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.04.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Even though I don't probably do what most people do for a living, I was making the same mistakes that many people make in regards to how they prioritize their careers over themselves.

Ramadan Reflection Day 5: Change it to #EyalGiladNaftaliMuhammed

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.03.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Keep Muhammed Abu Khdeir, his loved ones, and the people of Palestine in your prayers. For those who are observing the month of Ramadan, remember all of them as you break your fast and stand in qiyaam during these blessed nights.

Ramadan Reflection Day #4: Mopping vs. Manliness -- You Don't Have to Be a Woman to Clean

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In a discussion with a few other men, the idea came up that women are "supposed" to be the ones that take care of the home and that's why they don't really do too much. Because Islam tells them not to. Our ability to do should not be stifled by a weak argument of whether we are obligated to do or not.

Ramadan Reflection Day 3: The Problem With Conditional Compassion

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

I empathize with the fact that others have suffered and have had hard experiences, but how does that makes sense that I, or anyone else, should suffer as well? Have we become so complacent in our dealing with pain and suffering that we are indifferent to its ongoing existence?

Ramadan Reflection Day 2: Ramadan Is Making Me 'Hangry'

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

One of the harder things to deal with in these first days of Ramadan is patience, both from people who are testing our patience and people who aren't doing anything necessarily, but we get bothered by them nonetheless.

Ramadan Reflection Day 1: A Different Kind of Thirst

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

The experience also made me reflect on my own relationship with my prayer and the Qur'an itself. These young men would do anything to be able to hear the Qur'an and they even stand in prayer despite not being able to hear it.

Chelsea Clinton's Powerful Religious Film To Premier At Tribeca Film Festival

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion

The Tribeca Film Festival has announced that a documentary short produced by Chelsea Clinton will hold its world premiere during the festival at the e...

Ramadan Reflection Day 30: A Final Ramadan Reflection

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.07.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

For those celebrating the Eid ul-Fitr holiday, Eid Mubarak. May your day be blessed and full of joy. For those not celebrating, may your day be blessed moreso. It doesn't have to be a holiday to feel uplifted. We don't need always need reasons to be happy, as we usually do to be sad.

Ramadan Reflection Day 29: Four Women I Met and The Prayer They Asked Us To Make

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Four different women I met during Ramadan asked me to pray for them and to ask others as well. In these last hours of Ramadan, I would ask that you all join me and keep them in your thoughts and prayers as well.

Ramadan Reflection Day 28: Finding Success Through Failure

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.05.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In a few days Ramadan will be over. It'll be tougher to fast, but you should still fast. It will be harder to eat and pray together with friends, but you still should. It will be more difficult to give to those in need, but your giving should never stop.

Ramadan Reflection Day 27: A Prayer for the Night

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.04.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In these last nights of Ramadan, gatherings unlike any other time of the year are taking place. Men and women from all walks of life remove from themselves the shackles of the material and for a moment seek to feed only their spirits.