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Rituals of Birth to Death
March 5, 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Instructor: Khalid Latif
Date: Friday, Mar. 5, 3:00 – 8:00 pm | Saturday, Mar. 6, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Format: This two-day intensive course will be held online, through synchronous sessions. Registrants are expected to attend full-time, for both days.
This course will provide students with an in-depth look at ritual, spirituality, and theology as it relates to birth, death, and dying in Islam. We will look at recommended acts to be performed at birth, funeral rites, and etiquettes around illness and providing care to the sick. Students will also be provided cultural immersion to better equip them with real-life scenarios, especially those who work with Muslim clients in areas relevant to the subject, i.e. hospital staff, childcare providers, chaplains, clergy, hospice workers, medical professionals, social workers, funeral directors, and others.
Imam Khalid Latif is the University Chaplain for New York University and Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU. 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 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. He has also partnered in multiple business ventures started to help generate revenue to assist people in need. Imam Latif received an Honorary Doctorate of Theology from Washington & Jefferson College (2016), the MLK Humanitarian Award from NYU (2017), and most recently a Faith & Social Justice Movement Honoree by Sojourners (2019.)
Imam Latif has been recognized for his work by the United Nations Temple of Understanding (2010), New York Public Library (2011), Georgetown University’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talaal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (2009 & 2010), Auburn Seminary (2011), and the Christian Science Monitor. He has received a Hollister Award 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), and a “New NY Abolitionist” for his work around trafficking and forced marriage (2015).