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 and to have the benefits of a Chaplain on campus!

Muslim Chaplain

Joshua Salaam

Joshua Salaam was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1973. He was raised by a single and devoted mother and has lived in a number of U.S. cities including Kansas City, Missouri, Lombard, Illinois, and Indianapolis, Indiana as his mother worked for a number of Islamic organizations. Joshua began writing and performing at the early age of 10 at youth camps as a member of MSU (Muslims Steppin Up). By the age of 12, he was a member of and entertaining hundreds of participants of a national Muslim youth group called MYNA or Muslim Youth of North America. These entertainment sessions led Joshua to be on the very first MYNA Raps album in 1992.

A year later, he co-founded a group called Sonz of the Crescent where he recorded and debut the album What’s the Word. In 1998, he had yet another opportunity to work on a collaborative project with many up-and-coming Muslim Rap Artists through a series of albums produced by MYNA Raps leading him to cross paths with a creative songwriter and producer named Abdul-Malik Ahmad. Later on Abdul-Malik, Naeem and himself joined together to form Native Deen. Since then he has toured the U.S. and the world with Native Deen. Not only is Joshua a lyrical genius behind the Mic, combining hardcore, no-nonsense lyrics with old-school Hip-hop, but he is also a talented Conga player in his own right, drumming out beats to compliment his fellow artists. When Josh is not in the studio or touring with Native Deen, he enjoys teaching and spending time with his two young sons, Musa and Haroon.

Until recently, Joshua was a loved youth director at the ADAMS community center working with youth to enhance the youth programs and opportunities within the community. He also recently worked with Omar Regan to be a part of the movie America Sharia. Joshua Salaam is always on his feet exploring new projects and ideas. He is a Certified Muslim Chaplain working on a Doctorate of Ministry at Hartford Seminary, and a professional skilled in Youth Leadership, Youth Outreach, Youth Ministry, Youth Mentoring, and Negotiation. Starting July 1st, Joshua will be serving as the Muslim Chaplain of Duke University.

Email: joshua.salaam AT

Staff Assistant

Samaiyah Faison

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