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Abdul Malik Merchant, Muslim Chaplain

Ahlan (Welcome) from the Muslim Chaplain

My name is Abdul-Malik Merchant and I’m honored to serve as the Muslim Chaplain here at Tufts. In my role, I bring years of experience from my time as a student in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, as the assistant Iman at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, and as a student again at Boston University School of Theology. But most importantly, I bring a heartfelt yearning to spend quality time with people. In my first year, it was truly a blessing to get to know the Tufts community. Now, I know it to be the kind of community where everyone is welcome. I am so glad to welcome you, too. 

I pray that, together, we are able to foster a community of spiritual groundedness and emotional connectedness. I pray that we grow collectively, exceeding our expectations and enjoying the process. I am here to be a part of your journey at Tufts, and glad to be so. 

In Fall 2020, we will be gathering weekly for a program called Islam at Sealevel, exploring foundational, practical Islamic theology; we will meet 8:30-9:30 p.m. ET on Thursdays beginning on September 24. Follow the link to find more information about weekly gatherings. I'm always available to check in and connect with anyone in Tufts community, and I can be reached at 


Abdul-Malik Merchant

Muslim Chaplain


Welcome from the Muslim Student Association (MSA)

Faizah Wulandana, E23

During my first year on campus, I found a home away from home in the Tufts Muslim community. I’m forever grateful for the warmth that the Muslim community embraced me with. I found a teacher and mentor in our chaplain, Imam Abdul-Malik, and I found friends, sisters, and inspiration in the genuine, talented, and diverse group of community members. I look forward to taking on these challenging times with my community, excited for the memories that we will make and the many ways that we will grow.

Please contact members of the MSA with any questions you have.


Nine members of the Muslim Student Association smile at the camera

MSA members at the 2019 Fall dinner