As-salaamu 'alaykum,
As we prepared for last year's Ramadan, two young deaf men came by our Islamic Center at New York University (ICNYU). 
They told me how many deaf Muslims praying in congregation end up just standing and following the motions, unable to hear any of the vocalized invocations and recitation of the Qur'an that are meant to transform our hearts in the month of Ramadan. They asked if it would be religiously permissible to use sign language when leading a prayer, so that those who could not hear would be able to be more 
actively present. 
It was honestly something I had never thought about, which was alarming to me. It opened my eyes to the many ways in which our religious and community spaces fail to be inclusive and accessible to the estimated 600,000 American Muslims living with disabilities.
This is why I was so grateful to learn that American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) is filling this void with programs like EnabledMuslim, which offers a support network and resources for individuals like the young deaf gentlemen I met.
AMHP is also tackling a number of other serious needs that I have encountered firsthand as an imam and chaplain. Their mental health initiatives and campaign for access to affordable health care coverage are working to improve the well-being of the most underserved members of our community.
In these last blessed days of Ramadan, I urge you to support their critical work. Make a contribution as little as $25, $50, or $100 online today or mail a check payable to AMHP to 2118 Plum Grove Rd. #201, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. Your tax-deductible donation is deeply appreciated. 
With prayers for peace and health, was-salaam 'alaykum,

Check out #AccessibleRamadan on Twitter and join EnabledMuslim and SMILE's campaign asking masjid leadership to improve accessibility.
Imam Khalid Latif
University Chaplain, Global Spiritual Life at NYU 
Executive Director, The Islamic Center at NYU 
Senior Fellow & Co-Founder, Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership
Adjunct Assistant Professor, NYU Wagner

A Golden Anniversary for America’s Health
In 1965, Medicare was established for the elderly andMedicaid for low-income adults, children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities. 
As part of the 50th anniversary celebration for these programs, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is collecting stories of how Medicare and Medicaid have made a difference for everyday Americans. CMS would like Muslim Americans to participate in this initiative by sharing their stories.
Has one of Medicare’s many preventive benefits helped detect cancer at an early stage for you or a parent? 

Have rehabilitation services helped you get stronger and return to regular activity after surgery? 

Has Medicaid helped you or your children get treatment for an illness? 
To share your Medicare or Medicaid story, please email Susan Gratzer ( and cc Sarah Dar (, and include the following information:
  • First Name:
  • Last Name:
  • Email address:
  • Telephone:
  • Age (optional):
  • City and State of residency:
  • Your story: [In 4-5 sentences, share your story or experience on how having Medicare or Medicaid coverage has benefited your health or the health of your loved ones, or improved your quality of life.]
  • Photograph (optional): [Please include as an electronic attachment - for example, a .jpg file.]
Stories are needed by FRIDAY, JULY 17th. CMS is featuring them on an ongoing basis throughout the countdown to the 50thanniversary on Thursday, July 30th.
By sharing your story, you give your consent to CMS to share your story publicly solely for the purposes of carrying out the CMS mission.





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In This Issue

1. Why Imam Khalid Latif Supports AMHP
  2. A Golden Anniversary for America's Health
  3. Save-the-date : DC Benefit Dinner
  4. Atlanta & Philly Networking Events


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