A MESSAGE FROM SHAYKH NOMAAN BAIG
Since announcing IOK’s Chaplaincy Initiative two years ago in January 2015, we’ve made tremendous strides by God’s grace. The hard work of our chaplains, Shaykh Jamaal Diwan and Shaykha Muslema laid the foundation for the addition of a third chaplain in Shaykh Ahmad AlKurdy. The effort of all three of our esteemed chaplains helped increase the campuses served from one at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) to three more regional campuses; the University of Southern California (USC), the University of California Irvine (UCI), and the University of California Riverside (UCR). The program has grown by leaps and bounds to offer a welcoming and spiritually-cultivating environment for students both on and off campus. The team has reached hundreds of students through various modalities such as individual consultations, roundtable discussions, educational seminars and outreach efforts. The chaplains have been able to collaborate with other religious life departments on campus and have worked with different faith communities to raise awareness, build bridges, and forge an encouraging atmosphere for individual and collective devotional connections. This was done by appealing to each student seeking to strengthen their belief, understanding, and practice of their responsibilities toward the Divine and to each other.
For the past two years, we sustained this Chaplaincy Initiative internally as a pilot program with minimal community support. Moving forward in 2017, we feel that we now require community-wide support to make this Chaplaincy Initiative a permanent program. Thus we seek your generosity in meeting In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate our 2017 Chaplaincy program budget of $120,000 to serve the 4 campus communities of UCLA, USC, UCI, and UCR.
We have a lot to commemorate and be thankful for; but know that this is just the beginning of many more fruitful outcomes, God willing. We’d like to thank each one of our chaplains for their dedication to their respective campus communities and their commitment to upholding the religious aspirations of those they serve. We ask the All Generous to bless them in every aspect of their lives and pray that He continues to favor us all with guidance, benevolence and service to Him and His creation. On behalf of my co-board members, Taher Dadabhoy and Imtiaz Mohammady, I’d like to express our deepest gratitude to Shaykh Jamaal, Shaykha Muslema and Shaykh Ahmad for all that they’ve done. We are excited to continue in this endeavor with them and beseech The Almighty for sincerity and success in all that we do.
Shaykh Nomaan Baig
Founder & Director
IOK Board of Directors
IOK Chaplaincy Team
IOK Chaplaincy Initiative
IOK has embarked on the development of a new project, a regional Chaplaincy initiative to serve Muslim students on campus. Shaykh Jamaal Diwan and Shaykha Muslema Purmul are serving as IOK Chaplains at the campuses of University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Southern California (USC) and University of California Irvine (UCI). Shaykh Ahmad AlKurdy is serving as the IOK Chaplain at University of California Riverside (UCR).
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