Imam Salahuddin M. Muhammad, D.Min.



2010                Doctor of Ministry, Islamic Studies/Christian-Muslim Relations

                        Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT

2007                Graduate Certificate, Islamic Chaplaincy

                        Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT

1983                Master of Professional Studies, Theology and Counseling

                        New York Theological Seminary, New York, NY

1982                Bachelor of Arts, Social Sciences

                        SUNY at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY


Licenses and Certifications 

2016                Imam/Muslim Chaplaincy-Fully Registered, Certified and Endorsed as an

                        Imam/Chaplain by Muslim Endorsement Council of Connecticut

2013                Imam/Muslim Chaplaincy-Fully Registered, Certified and Endorsed as an

                        Imam chaplain by the Mid-Hudson Valley Majlis Ash-Shura Beacon, NY

2004                Imam/Muslim Chaplaincy-Fully Registered, Certified and Endorsed as an  

                        Imam/Muslim Chaplain by Majlis Ash-Shura of the Metropolitan Area, NYC

1986                Imam/Muslim Chaplaincy-Fully Registered, Certified and Endorsed as an  

                        Imam/Muslim Chaplain by the National Association of Muslim Chaplains, NYS  


Professional Development

2017                 2-day National Imam and Chaplain Training in Preventing and responding to

                         Domestic Violence/Herndon, Virginia

2012                National In-Service Training for Muslim Chaplains and Imams, New Haven, CT

                        Workshops Completed Included: Faith and Family Matters; Developing

                        Chaplaincy and Best Practices Through Research and Maintaining Identity in

                        the American Context

2010                Participant in Engaged Scholars Fellowship Program, Louisville, KY

                        Worked collaboratively with other religious leaders to conduct significant

                        research about religious communities, developing insights within and beyond  

                        the field of congregational studies, working to contribute to the lived reality of

                        faith communities in Louisville, KY.

2010                Participant in a Muslim Chaplaincy Retreat titled “Feeding the Spirit of the

                        Muslim Chaplain, Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT

2005-2006       Completed 400 hours of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), ACPE-Clinical 

                        Pastoral Education Training, The Health Care Chaplaincy, NYC

1992                Completed Second Regional Leadership Training Camp for Dawah Workers.   

                        Imam Training, Qur’anic Studies, Hadith Studies at Dawah Academy  

                        International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan


Professional Development Continued

1987-2000       Completed Islamic Training and Studies-Fiqh, Imam Training, and Islamic 

                        Leadership Courses through Islamic Teaching Center, Plainfield, IN and 

                        Islamic Jurisprudence (Usul Ul Fiqh) Graduate School of Islamic and Social 

                        Sciences, Lee, VA


Honors and Awards                                                                                                                      

2017               Earned Certificate of attendance and completion training in “Preventing and

                       Responding to Domestic Violence.”  National Imam and Chaplain training by

                       The Peaceful Families Project

2013                Honored with Proclamation from Mayor of Beacon, NY, in honor of all good   

                        work done in Beacon and for continuing to champion

                        efforts to build bridges

                        of understanding within the religious communities through interfaith


2013                Earned Certificate of Recognition from the Mayor and City Council members   

                        of Newburgh, NY for faithfully serving the people of Newburgh for more than

                        two decades and planting seeds of community understanding that will bear

                        fruit for generations to come.

2010                Received Human Rights award from Orange County Human Rights


2010                Awarded Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman

                        Maurice Hinchey, a Certificate of Merit from New York State Assemblyman

                        Frank K. Skartados and Assemblywoman Nancy Calhoun for unwavering

                        commitment as a staunch advocate for fostering racial and ethnic equality and

                        as a community diplomat by promoting communication, cooperation and

                        respectful co-existence among faith-based religions in Orange County. 

2010                Received Certificate of Recognition from Orange County Executive Edward   

                        A. Diana, and a Distinguished Service Award from the Legislature of Orange County

2009                Received an Award for Spiritual Leadership from the Citizens Against 


2009                Recognized with a Proclamation for Exemplary Service from the New York

                        State Assemblywoman Velmenette Montgomery

2007                Honored with award for strong commitment and dedicated service from the

                        prison organization Fishkill Correctional Facility called CMO-Community

                        Minded Organization

2006                Received award for support, dedication, and general contributions made in

                        honor of the Muslim Student Association and community of Muslims at the  

                        United States Military Academy (West Point)

2005                Honored with Latif Islam Award from the Greenhaven Prison Program at  

                        Vassar College for distinguished service to the community

2003                Received a Proclamation from Mayor Andrew Marino for having

                        demonstrated sound moral leadership to the Islamic community and the  

                        citizens of Newburgh, NY


Professional Experience

2013-Present, Associate Imam at As Salaam Islamic Center Raleigh, NC


Overview:  Assisting the Resident Imam in providing services to members of ASIC, leading prayers, conducting the Prayer Service on Fridays, Teaching Islamic Studies Courses, and in general aiding the Imam where needed.


1996-2013, Bard College, Annandale, NY, Imam/Muslim Chaplain


Overview: Led worship services, taught classes, as well as counseled Muslim and non-Muslim students and staff.  Expertly taught principles of Islamic religion, supported Muslim students on campus, and fostered positive interfaith relations through development of interfaith programs.


1986-2013, Masjid Al Ikhlas-The Islamic Learning Center of Orange County, Newburgh, NY, Senior Imam (Religious Leader)


Overview:  Led worship services, taught, counseled, directed, and provided leadership to more than 150 families of various cultures including people from different Islamic countries.


1985-2013, NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) at Fishkill Correctional Facility, Fishkill, NY, Imam/Muslim Chaplain


Overview: Skillfully led worship services, taught the fundamentals of Islam, provided religious training to incarcerated individuals, counseled prisoners, conducted family related counseling, and acted as liaison between the administration and inmates on religious matters.


1986-1994, Orange County Correctional Facility, Goshen, NY, Imam/Muslim Chaplain


Overview:  Provided religious services and counseling to county jail prisoners, acted as liaison between administration and prisoners in religious matters. 


1989-1991, Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Center, New Hampton, NY, Imam/Muslim Chaplain


Overview: Provided counseling services to mental health patients.


Teaching Experience

2014- 2017, Wake Tech Community College, Adjunct Instructor


Overview: Teaching a 3-credit 100 level course on World Religions.


2013, Bard College, Annandale, NY, Adjunct Professor


Overview: Taught a one-credit mini-course entitled, “What is Islam?”


2011-2012, Fishkill Correctional Facility, Fishkill, NY, Imam/Muslim Chaplain-Teacher


Overview: Taught a 100-level college course on Islamic leadership covering principles of leadership, with syllabus and bibliography. Taught a 100- college level course on the science of Qur’an (Ulum ul Qur’an).


Teaching Experience Continued

2008, Fishkill Correctional Facility, Fishkill, NY, Imam/Muslim Chaplain-Teacher


Overview: Taught a 100- college level course on the reality of death and dying and its various components.


1992-1994, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, Adjunct Professor for Prison Program


Overview: Taught a three-credit course on World Religions.


1985-1987, Mercy College, Bronx, NY, Adjunct Professor


Overview: Developed syllabus and bibliography and taught three-credit course entitled “Contemporary Issues in Religion, the Religion of Al-Islam”


Areas of EXPERTISE AND Professional Skills

  • Counseling/Mentoring/Leadership Development

  • Public Speaking & Presentations

  • Interfaith Relations & Program Development

  • Curriculum Development & Classroom Instruction

  • Community Engagement & Outreach

  • Language Skills: Speak, read, and write English. Basic knowledge of Arabic; able to read.


Research Interests

  • Islamic Law, Religion and Law, Islamic Theory

  • Islamic Ethics, Modern Islamic Political Thought, Comparative Religions

  • Marriage Counseling in Islam and Issues of Divorce

  • Islam and Muslims in the United States (African American, South Asian, and Arab)

  • Race and Ethnicity, Immigration and Transnational Identity

  • Islamic Movements


Presentations and Publications

2012                Gender, Marriage, and Sexuality-Presented at the University of Michigan at the Muslim Chaplains’ Retreat

2012                Bridging the Divide-Presented at Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT

2010                Bridging the Divide Between Immigrant and African American Muslims

                        by Utilizing the Concept of Tawheed as the Catalyst. Published by Xlibris

2004                Divorce in Islam and Honoring Religion in Mediation-Presented at Conference on Divorce Mediation in Bear Mountain. Topics covered included considerations concerning holidays, education, and prayer-couples with different levels of observance –dietary laws and Sabbath observance. 


Presentations and Publications Continued

2002                Neighbors from an Islamic Perspective. Published by The Living Pulpit Magazine

1997                Healers from Within-The Role of Muslim Chaplains. Published by Islamic

                        Horizons magazine

1994                Worship Obligations in the American Context-The Role of the Chaplain in Guiding Muslim Worship-A View from the Hudson Valley. Lecture given at Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY


Professional Affiliations

2012                Association of Muslim Chaplains (AMC) 

2012                American Academy of Religion (AAR)

2005                National Notary Association (NNA) 

1986                National Association of Muslim Chaplain (NAMC)


Professional Service and Committee Memberships

2014                Volunteer At Women’s prison in Raleigh, NC


2012                Association of Muslim Chaplains (AMC), Quincy, MA


2011                Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT

                        Board of Trustee Member, President of Alumni Council

2008                Newburgh Community Action Committee (NCAC), Newburgh, NY


2004                Fortune Society, New York, NY, Member of the board