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A Note from the Muslim Chaplain’s Desk

As-Salaamu ʿAlaykum wa-Rahmatullahi wa-Barakatu,

May divine peace, mercy, and blessings be upon you.

On behalf of Tufts University community I pray you had a joyous and beneficial summer break and Eid celebration.

I’m incredibly humbled and honored for the opportunity to serve you all as the Muslim Chaplain of Tufts University. I pray I’m able to bring my diverse personal, academic, and professional experience to my work here. I look forward to meeting and building with you as we prepare for our transition together at Tufts. If you would like to meet for one-to-one meetings, wether it be for confidential spiritual care or mentorship (e.g., work-life balance, stress, family, relationships, questions related to Islam), no issue is too big or too small. Simply email me at your convenience to schedule an appointment or connect in person or on social media. 

A little bit about me: My immediate family converted to Islam when I was just 8 years old and from there I attended a private Islamic school and then home schooled for high school. Upon graduation I was accepted to study at Umm al-Qura University in Makkah, KSA. Nearly 10 years later, after graduating with a Bachelors in Islamic Studies, I came to Boston to serve at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) focusing on pastoral care and counseling. My fluency in Arabic and English coupled with my diverse lived experience allowed me to serve a plethora of spiritual and emotional challenges. It is from my work there is where I learned by passion for serving pastorally and why I am enrolled and finishing my Masters of Theological Studies at Boston University.

At Tufts, we hold regular Friday prayer throughout the academic year from 1:15-1:45 p.m. at the Tufts Interfaith Center (58 Winthrop Street, Medford), and we celebrate together Islamic holidays and special occasions. Groups of students also pray together regularly. 

We are a welcoming and engaged community. Our gatherings are open to people of all backgrounds who are interested in forging connections. We partner frequently with other faith and interfaith groups on campus to share in special celebrations and events. We try to do our part to support important causes and charities locally and around the globe.

God bless and Godspeed

Abdul-Malik Merchant

Muslim Chaplain

Tufts University