Muslim Wedding Service
 

Our Team

 
 
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Imam Khalid Latif

Founder, Adviser &Wedding Officiant 

Khalid Latif is Executive Director and Chaplain (Imam) for the Islamic Center at New York University (NYU). 
Imam Latif saw the need for Muslim Wedding Service because of his extensive work in the community. Imam Latif has officiated hundreds of ceremonies and has attended even more. In his experience, he had seen too many Muslim weddings that lacked proper officiants and realized that there was a solution to this problem. 

 Imam Latif oversees the services provided by Muslim Wedding Service and ensures that these services are of the utmost quality. 



Afraz Khan

executive director & Wedding Officiant

Afraz serves as the Executive Director for MWS and acts as a liaison between the couples and their wedding officiants. His goal is to create beautiful ceremonies that leave lasting impressions on the couple and their guests. 

 Additionally, Afraz Khan is a NYC-licensed wedding officiant and has officiated over 20 weddings with MWS. He has been serving in various capacities at the Islamic Center at NYU for the past several years. Under the tutelage of Imam Khalid Latif, he regularly delivers Friday sermons, conducts interfaith programming and has facilitated various faith-based classes, including a course focusing on the Attributes of God. Additionally, Afraz served as the President of the Muslim Students Association in which he was heavily involved in organizing programs to tackle issues of police brutality, Islamophobia and the deportation of undocumented students. He has been invited by various religious institutions, schools and nonprofits to speak on his faith and oftentimes performs spoken word as well.

In addition to his community work, Afraz has spent much of his life engaging with the Qur'an. Afraz completed his memorization of the Qur'an after 8 years of study and has conducted tajweed classes for the local community. Afraz expanded on his studies by attending Zaytuna College's Summer Quranic Arabic Intensive, completing an 8-week classical Arabic course through Studio Arabiya as well as taking classes in modern standard Arabic at NYU. In 2017, he completed a summer course through the American Learning Institute for Muslims (ALIM) where he studied topics including the principles of rationality behind the four major schools of thought and the development of Islam in America with its beginnings in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.


Afraz Khan graduated from NYU in 2017 and is currently working at the ACLU in their Racial Justice Program in building cases to fight discrimination in law enforcement, housing and education. He previously worked in Community Affairs at the Manhattan Borough President's Office.

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Mufti Suhaib Webb

Wedding Officiant

Suhaib William Webb is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He has a degree in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, and in Islamic law from al-Azhar University in Cairo. He was named as a "Faith Leader to Watch" by The Center for American Progress in 2016, selected by the Muslim Community as one of CNN’s 25 Most Influential Leaders; as well as one of "Five Hundred of the Most Influential Muslims" by the Royal Islamic Studies Center in 2017. He is also currently the resident scholar at the ICNYU. Imam Suhaib has over sixteen years of experience by serving various communities in North America and is currently managing an Institute for training American Imams in the Washington DC area.


Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer

Wedding Officiant 

Faiyaz Jaffer is the Assistant Research Scholar for the Islamic Center at New York University and an Associate Chaplain for the Center of Global & Spiritual Life at NYU. He attained an MA degree in Islamic Studies (UK), with a concentration on early Islamic history, after his undergraduate degree from SUNY Stony Brook University in Political Science and Religious Studies. He has had his research published by academic journals. In pursuing the classical course of Islamic education, Faiyaz studied in the Seminary of Karbala, Iraq, one of the most prominent centers for Islamic learning. He currently continues his fieldwork as part of the Islamic Research Institute in New York. As a faith leader and social activist, Faiyaz Jaffer has lectured at various universities, seminars, and workshops across the United States, Canada, Europe, East Africa, and the Middle East. Due to the political and social climate, he has been making strides in the greater New York area by taking part in a number of interfaith seminars and discussions in the aspiration of increasing dialogue with various faith leaders. His outreach efforts have allowed him to be featured in some of the country's most prominent media outlets. As a highly sought after lecturer and religious leader, Faiyaz regularly leads prayer services and delivers sermons across North America.


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Zaid Khan

Wedding Officiant

Zaid Khan memorized the Qur’an at an early age and graduated from the Alim program at Darul Uloom Azaadville in South Africa in 2007. He specialized in Fiqh studies in 2008 and also received Ijazah in Qira'at and Tajweed. Since returning he has worked with organizations such as Young Muslims, ICNA-NY, and MIST-NY. He has a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University, and is currently in the Masters of Theology program at Darul Qasim in Chicago. He is also a seminary faculty member at the Institute of Knowledge (IOK), an Islamic Studies teacher at Northstar School, and leads Hajj groups for Dar El Salam Travel.


Imam Shair Abdul Mani

Wedding Officiant

Imam Shair is a graduate of “The Seminary of The Two Martyrs” [MADRASA Shahidayn] in New York City which he graduated with Honors (1971-1975) in Islamic Studies and Comparative Theology, while concurrently attending Columbia University Hospital School of Nursing, from which he graduated in 1976. In 1977, Imam Abdul-Mani received his Clergy Seal, under The auspices of [The Islamic Orthodox Congregation of America, INC.] He completed Graduate Studies, in 2001, in Interdisciplinary Studies and Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, respectfully from Virginia Commonwealth University and a la Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.

 

From 1992-2002 and 1994–2009, he served as Dean of Students at The Islamic School [AL-Madrasa Al-Islamiya] Brooklyn, NY; concurrently, teaching at New York University, as Adjunct Professor at Steinhardt School of Education. Imam Abdul-Mani is a 15-Year veteran Police Chaplin for MTA State Police. He is the founding Communications Director for the national organization, AMLEOA American Muslim Law Enforcement Officer Association. Known nationally as “The Renaissance Imam”, Imam Abdul-Mani is currently Visiting Professor of Qur’an at Unification Theological Seminary, Barrytown, New York.

 

Imam Shair is the former Muslim Chaplain at Columbia University where he received his BA as an undergraduate. He has been involved in the NYC Muslim community as an activist, teacher, and imam for over 30 years.

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Ebadur Rahman

Wedding Officiant 

Ebadur Rahman is a PhD candidate in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, with an interest in Qur’anic exegesis and debates within the contemporary scholarly American Muslim community.  

Born to parents who immigrated from Bangladesh in the 80’s, Ebad grew up in the East Village of Manhattan. He completed his memorization of the Qur'an in 2002 at the age of 15, while a sophomore at Stuyvesant High School, just three blocks away from the site of the 9/11 attacks.

After graduating high school in 2004, Ebad enrolled in Zaytuna Institute's pilot seminary program.  There he studied a comprehensive curriculum in traditional Islamic sciences under the tutelage of respected Muslim scholars Imam Zaid Shakir, Qari Amar Bellaha, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Abdur Rahman Tahir (God have mercy on him), and Shaykh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali.

Ebad graduated from the Zaytuna seminary program in 2008 and then spent another four years completing an undergraduate degree at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, concentrating on Islam in America. In his senior year, he served as the head teaching assistant for NYU President John Sexton's seminar entitled, "Baseball as a Road to God,” and continued in TA roles for various courses at Columbia University during the first part of his graduate study there. He has since completed two masters degrees at Columbia and now serves as a lecturer and adjunct faculty member for Hunter College in New York City as he works to finish his PhD dissertation.

Ebad has been awarded the Columbia Dean’s Fellow award, a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Award, and the Education Award from the Islamic Center at NYU: “For {his} commitment to seeking knowledge and teaching it to others.”

Amongst his articles and publications are "The Resilience in a Smile” a Reflection on a Visit to the Three Winners Refugees Smile Project [of Deah Barakat],  “Baseball as a Road to God: On Seeking a Personal and Direct Experience of the Sacred” , “Theology, Tradition and Contemporary Muslim Educational Institutions in Light of Said Nursi”, and “Valuing Islamic Tradition While Critically Engaging With It.”

Ebad currently lives with his wife in New York City.



Peter Casey

Wedding Officiant

Peter Casey has been working with Muslim Wedding Service since 2015 and has officiated a diverse variety of weddings in the New York and New Jersey areas. Having reverted to Islam in 2003, Peter is especially sensitive to the unique needs and concerns of reverts and mixed-faith couples. Peter is a passionate life-long student of History who teaches high school in New York City. During college, Peter started a YouTube channel called Dawah Addict through which he seeks to reach out to both Muslim and non-Muslim audiences with the hopes of increasing awareness of the true teachings of Islam and providing support for those who are considering becoming Muslim or who have recently accepted the faith. After interacting with numerous new reverts who shared similar questions and concerns, Peter created a private online group exclusively for reverts called ANSAR: Alliance of New Shahadahs and Reverts in order to connect very new Muslims with reverts who have been practicing for many years in order to provide a safe online space where reverts could meet and communicate in order to provide each other with advice, support, and a sense of community. Peter is also a co-founder of Lighthouse Initiative, a community-based organization created in 2013 that is dedicated to fostering a greater sense of community among Muslims on Long Island and in the surrounding areas. Lighthouse runs monthly events of a social and spiritual nature as well as a weekly Quran discussion program called Quran Cafe. Peter's YouTube channel was profiled by the New York Times, and Lighthouse Initiative was featured in the documentary UnMosqued.
 

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Adeel J. Zeb

Wedding Officiant

Adeel J. Zeb is a university chaplain, interfaith scholar, and TEDx speaker. He recently served as the 1st Muslim and 1st South-Asian president of the National Association of College and University Chaplains. Zeb has worked as a Muslim chaplain at 11 colleges and universities across the United States and currently resides in the Greater Los Angeles area at the Claremont Colleges. He has given spoken at Capitol Hill, the State Department, President Obama’s Interfaith Summit, and the Sultanate of Oman and various faith-based centers and colleges globally. He was profiled by the Washington Post and BuzzFeed over a 10-year span and currently writes for the Huffington Post. He has completed the prestigious fellowship for the Study of Auschwitz and Preventive Ethics. Zeb has certifications in conflict management, interfaith conflict management, and mediation from the United States Institute for Peace. 

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ice trips internationally. He served as a two-time U.S. Congressional staffer. He holds degrees and certifications from Baylor University in business administration and Arees University in traditional Islamic studies, a master's degree in Islamic chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary studying with Dr. Ingrid Mattson, and certified in tajweed and Qur'anic recitation from the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. He was recently nominated for the “Peace Prize” for the El-Hibri Foundation and will be awarded the Distinguished Fellow award from the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE).  


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Amina Darwish

Wedding Officiant 

Amina Darwish is Columbia's first full-time Muslim Life Coordinator. She received her ijaza certification from the Qalam seminary in Dallas, TX. She served as an adjunct professor at Northern Kentucky University. She earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Kuwait University, a MS in Industrial Engineering and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. She served as the Muslim chaplain at the University of Cincinnati, and as the content development coordinator at the Muslim Youth of North America.



Rashid Dar

Wedding Officiant

Rashid Dar is a Program Officer for Global Strategies at the John Templeton Foundation, where he oversees the Foundation’s Islam-related grant portfolio across the globe. Prior to this role, he worked as a researcher at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, analyzing the relationship between Islam and politics, often termed Islamism. He received his Master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and attended Darul Qasim, a traditional Muslim seminary near Chicago. He continues to study Islam in a traditional mode under the guidance of his teachers. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, and has published a number of essays in The Washington Post, the Brookings Institution, the American Interest, and other publications. By Allah's grace and bounty, he completed his hajj in 2016.

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Faiza Haq

marketing manager

Faiza serves as the Marketing Manager, where she promotes Muslim Wedding Service across numerous social media and digital platforms. She has experience with social media and digital analytics through her experience at BRAC USA and Google's Community Leadership Programme. She also enjoys capturing her food journey on her Instagram blog @girlthatcantcook. When she is not on her phone, she is working full-time as an International Affairs Specialist at BRAC and is pursuing a career in international development. Faiza has a degree in Public Policy from New York University, and believes in creating spaces that are inclusive, wholesome, and spiritually uplifting.