Chaplain's Corner

Muslim life on campus is facilitated by two organizations: the Muslim Students Association, and the Muslim Life @ Duke Office. Muslim Life @ Duke, as an organization, coordinates the administrative side of Muslim life on campus - learn more about them at their own website - and are based in the Center for Muslim Life. We are blessed to work closely together!

Joshua Salaam, Director and Chaplain

Joshua Salaam has strong roots in the American Muslim community. He started attending national Muslim youth camps at the age of 12 and continued as a participant, counselor and speaker for over 30 years. Joshua entered the U.S. Air Force in 1995 and served as a Police officer for four years. He was a key contributor in establishing Friday prayer services on base for Muslim military members and went on to serve as an Imam in Goldsboro, NC for several years. After the military, Joshua immersed himself in community activism. He managed the Civil Rights department for the Council on American-Islamic Relations from 2000-2004 and helped oversee a Baltimore Muslim community and neighborhood development project from 2004-2007. Before starting at Duke in July 2018, Joshua worked with youth and families for 11 years at one of the largest Muslim communities in America. His diverse background gives him a unique perspective on many issues and helps him connect with students. He holds a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies with a focus in Christian/Muslim relations from Hartford Seminary. He is currently working on his Doctorate of Ministry.

Office Phone: 919-613-6780

Maryam Arain, Student Development Coordinator

Maryam Arain develops programming and provides administrative and student support at the Center for Muslim Life. She studied History, African and African American Studies, and Women’s Studies as an undergraduate, and got her Master’s in Postcolonial Studies. Maryam’s relationship to Islam is always growing and changing; as a child of immigrant Pakistanis, she has gone through various phases with Islam, from being blindly obedient, to culturally affiliated, to spiritually connected. An avid appreciator of music and the arts (and a novice crafter), she spends her free time making art and building community through activism in Durham.

Office Phone: 919-613-6740

Samaiyah Faison is the Staff Assistant for the Center for Muslim Life. She is a graduate of Meredith College with a bachelor’s degree in Social work with a minor in Women’s Studies. She has worked for many organizations in the Triangle area including Al Huda Academy, Mariam Clinic, and various organizations that focus on helping individuals with developmental delays and mental health issues.

Office Phone: 919-613-6778

Samaiyah Faison, Office Coordinator

Imam Abdul Hafeez Waheed, Program Associate

In 1998, Imam Abdul Hafeez Waheed became the first Muslim Chaplain at Duke University, and he has since served on the staff of Religious Life at Duke University. Imam Waheed also conducts community and public education presentations on Islam at religious, civic, business, and governmental institutions; he currently serves as an instructor in Duke's Continuing Education program. For the last 41 years, Imam Waheed has been an active member of the Muslim American Community in association with the renowned leader and thinker Imam W. Deen Mohammed. Imam Waheed has served in the position of chaplain in city, state, and federal correctional institutions; he has also served as resident Imam in the Bronx and Durham and has been a respected leader in the Durham area for the last 27 years. In recognition of Imam Waheed’s commitment to community and leadership, Imam Waheed was the recipient of the 1996 MLK, Jr. Keeper of the Dream Award. Imam Waheed is happily married to Khadijah Salaam, and they are proud of their four children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Office Phone: 919-684-2747