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Najiba Akbar, Muslim Chaplain

Welcome from the Muslim Chaplain

Welcome to Muslim Life at Tufts! Salaam Alaykum!

As the Muslim Chaplain at Tufts, I am committed to serving and supporting you on your journey of becoming, whether that means tending to your spiritual and religious needs, your social and emotional needs, or simply focusing on who you are in this moment and what you need to nourish yourself.

I am trained in the fields of Islamic chaplaincy, counseling, life coaching, and community organizing – and I bring all of these parts of me into the work that I do. Whether you want to learn more about Islam as a faith tradition, are seeking a conversation partner about something happening in your life, or you feel inspired to engage more deeply in communal life and want to share your ideas – I am here to walk with you on your individual path and also connect you to the broader community at Tufts.

I work closely with the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at Tufts, as well as with my colleagues on the Chaplaincy Team, and together we strive to create programming that is welcoming, diverse in viewpoints, creative, and spiritually uplifting. I invite you to work with us to create and participate in the community that you envision – I believe we can do a lot more together than we can on our own.

You can find me at our weekly Jummah gathering on Fridays at 1pm at the Interfaith Center, as well as at our various weekly teachings and discussion groups held on campus. To find out more about our weekly events please contact the MSA student leadership to be added to our communication channels.

If you are new to Tufts, please reach out to me at to set up an introductory meeting half hour meeting so we can get to know each other.

I look forward to meeting you and being part of your journey here at Tufts!


Najiba Akbar

Muslim Chaplain


Welcome from the Muslim Students Association

As-Salāmu ʿalaikum wa-rahmatullahi wa-barakatu,

May peace, mercy, and blessings be upon you and yours,

As the Tufts Muslim Students Association (MSA), it is our joy to warmly welcome you on behalf of the Tufts Muslim community. Here at Tufts, Muslim life is exceptionally robust. Many of our Muslim life gatherings focus on cultivating religious learning, giving back through service, or engaging in social activities with the Muslim community at Tufts or in the greater Boston area. Through the MSA, we celebrate many Muslim holidays such as Eid and the month of Ramadan. We have also adapted virtual programming to be deeply engaging. We connect with many other faith organizations at Tufts and with other Muslim student groups in surrounding schools, and we have had many events that educate on Islam to strengthen our faith and learn about Muslims in the wider world.

Tufts has two custom-designed Muslim prayer rooms in Curtis Hall and in the Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. On the campus you can also find the Muslim Culture House which functions as an undergraduate residence hall. There is a student-led daily prayer along with a regular Friday prayer at Tufts Interfaith Center all throughout the academic year. More information can be found on the Muslim Chaplaincy website.

The Tufts Muslim community is open and engaged. We look forward to welcoming you to the Tufts Jumbo family!

-The Muslim Student Association Executive Board



Nine members of the Muslim Student Association smile at the camera

MSA members at the 2019 Fall dinner

"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." -Faizah Wulandana, E23

Please contact members of the MSA 2021-2022 leadership team with any questions you have.

Co-President Iman Ali, A22
Co-President Mohamed Samater, A22
Secretary Nawal Khan, A24
Treasurer Yousef Khan, A22
Event Coordinator Nia Abdurezak, E23
Event Coordinator Esma Abib, A24
Communications Chair Hamida Giwa, E24
External Relations Chair Moumina Khan, A23