Imam Johari Abdul-Malik
Imam Johari Abdul-Malik is the Director of Outreach at the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center and former Muslim Chaplain at Howard University (HU). He was the first Muslim officially installed as a chaplain in higher education at HU and is the Head of the National Association of Muslim Chaplains in Higher Education. The imam also serves as the chair of government relations for the Muslim Alliance in North America. He is the director of community outreach for the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center and former President of the Muslim Society of Washington, Inc.
From an Episcopal choir boy-who visited the deep southern Pentecostal holiness church during his summer vacations as youth-until at confirmation the teachings of the Ten Commandments exposed the inherent contradiction of western Christianity.
In his native Brooklyn community, his mother kept the family busy with community activism. In college, he became an activist, musician, and vegetarian. In graduate school, Allah showed him the light of Islam. He served as the President of MSA at Howard University and later as the nations first officially recognized Muslim Chaplain in higher education.
He is known nationally for his fundraising efforts for masjids. Brother Johari is a founding member of the Muslim Advocacy Commission of Washington, D.C. Imam Johari along with Rev. Graylan Hagler started the Ramadan Feed-the-Needy Program in Washington, DC, feeding over 100 hundred homeless women of all faiths nightly during the holy month of fasting.