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ICNA Relief in Partnership with New York State Task Force Hold Graduation Ceremony for New Chaplains of 2014
This Saturday, 17 Muslim brothers and sisters joined their colleagues at Action in Christ Church in Brooklyn, New York for a graduation ceremony. They had just completed a chaplaincy course two weeks ago and were there to pick up their certificates and badges and to celebrate their success. Dozens of family members and friends sat in the pews cheering as a relative received their certificate from Reverand Marcos Miranda, the commanding officer of the New York State Chaplain Task Force (NYSTF).
The chaplaincy course was designed to "train you to be stronger in your faith and to work in multi-disciplined and diverse environments," Rev. Marcos said.
A chaplain is a member of the clergy who provides religious services and guidance at institutions such as hospitals, colleges and even the armed forces. ICNA Relief's Northeast Outreach Director Br. Shahid Farooqi, who is also director of Islamic affairs at the NYSTF, has partnered with this organization to train Muslims to become chaplains. Now that these brothers and sisters have graduated from the course, they will become a part of ICNA Relief's newly formed Crisis Response Team and be available to work wherever they are needed in the city.
Sr. Jamillah Abdul Kareem who is a part of the clergy at the Nassau County Correctional Center said undergoing the training was both informative and enlightning. "It gives another meaning to dawah," she said. "It told me that we're chosen from Allah -- almost handpicked -- to serve Him by helping others help themselves. I'm very grateful."
During the course, which ICNA Relief helped arrange for individuals from New York City's five boroughs and two Long Island counties, she counseled a suicidal person and helped two families with housing issues. She also served as her own brother's chaplain at the time of his death. "I felt like I got tested every class from Allah," Sr. Jamillah said.
Br. Shahid spoke to the graduates of the importance of being a beacon of hope for people in their communities. "I hope [you] will bring light when there is darkness, images of order when there is chaos, hope when there's despair, and bring love when there is hate," he said. "And that each of [you] will remind people in the midst of calamity that there is a God who is All-Merciful."
Br. Hamid Raza, Imam of Masjid Al-Ansar also in Brooklyn, spoke passionately about the need for others in his position to help the wider community to show the true character of Islam. "When we get out for the service of others on the basis of humanity, that we're all children of Adam, this is something that brings us together," he said. "The reason why I chose to become a chaplain is because I want to show our commuity and America and the world that we as imams, as leaders of our own community can serve more than just our communities."
In total, 21 Muslims graduated from this chaplaincy training.