Imam Johari Abdul-Malik is the Director of Outreach at the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center and former Muslim Chaplain at Howard University (HU) and was the first Muslim officially installed as a chaplain in higher education at HU and is the former Head of the National Association of Muslim Chaplains in Higher Education. The imam also, served 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 founding President of the Muslim Advocacy Commission of Washington, DC.
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 presented to him contradictions with the concept of the Trinity and “Western” Christianity. In high school he searched for spirituality-Taoism, Asian Spirituality.
In his native Brooklyn community his mother kept the family busy with community activism. In College he became a Black activist, musician, practiced transcendental mediation and vegetarianism. In Graduate school, Allah showed him the light of Islam. He served as the President of MSA at Howard University and later that University’s and the nations first officially recognized Muslim Chaplain in higher education.
Known nationally for his fundraising efforts for masjids, schools and relief and support organizations. Imam Johari and 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.
Lectures on a variety of subjects that motivate the Muslim community and the community at large to better themselves and their world.
Regular khatib (preacher) for the jumah sermon/prayer and halaqah/study circle presenter on Friday evenings at the Howard University (musallah) prayer room.
African-American born (mother from Northern Louisiana and father from Barbados, West Indies) and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Educated at Howard Universitywith a BS Chemistry and a MS Genetics and Human Genetics. Completed Clinical Post Graduate Training Program in Bioethics at Georgetown University Kennedy Center for Ethics. Completed PhD course work in Bioethics/Genetics (Degree Pending).
– Arabic Language Howard 1988-89
– Islamic Studies Imam Siraj Wahhaj 1988-89
– Arabic Language Mahad IIASA.1989-90
– SISS/NAMC Chaplains Training Course summer 1998
– Islamic Foundation of America/NAMC-Chaplains Training Course Summer 1999
– Sheikh Mohamed Majid-private study 1998-Present.
– Subjects: Tawhid, Seerah and Tafsir
– Trained and Mentored by Imam Siraj Wahhaj since 1988
– Performed Hajj 1994
– Licensed to perform marriages in Washington (April 19, Maryland and Virginia (Arlington Court House 1996)