IOK chaplaincy has been a tremendous blessing for me and my fellow peers. I often come across college students from other cities who do not have something similar. We as a Muslim community need to combine our resources and allow for this service to thrive and benefit students all across California and for future generations to come.
Maaz AmlaUCI Student
Chaplaincy, in its essence, is about developing an intimate trust between our scholars and our students in reengaging with the Deen in a way that is personal. Our scholars become mentors. I know of no other organization that truly understands the importance of patiently working on developing critical, practicing, and exceptional young Muslims. While most organizations are thinking in the present, IOK’s chaplaincy project is already thinking ten to fifty years down the line. That to me, is visionary. That to me, is Prophetic.
Yasmeen AzamCSULB Student
One of the things I love the most about chaplaincy is that I am able to see mercy in action through the character and behavior of our chaplains and spiritual teachers. They teach me, indirectly, how to live Islam from basic adab to how to move through the world using an Islamic framework. These key things: making Islam accessible, not just physically, but socially and intellectually; modeling what Islam looks like; and helping students create an Islamic framework to move through the world are all essential to building people.
Bushra BungeeUCI Student
IOK chaplaincy initiative is about the future of Islam in our community and is one of the most important initiatives in Southern California. At the end of the day, well-adjusted individuals build thriving communities and IOK’s chaplaincy program helps preserve and build individuals with sound Islamic identities. It provides support for muslim students to navigate intellectual, spiritual, and social challenges in secular academic environments.
Ahsan JavedUSC Student
… by serving as Muslim Chaplains and by being staff members in the Office of Religious Life, they will not only be advocates and ambassadors at USC, but will also have the opportunity to help shape regional, national, and global discourses about Islam.