İmam Shams Ali is a NY-based imam and the director of the Jamaica Muslim Center. He received his BA in tafseer and Master’s degree in Comparative Religious Studies from the International İslamic University in İslamabad-Pakistan.

He was named one of the seven most influential religious leaders in NYC by NY Magazine in 2006. İmam Shamsi Ali has been chosen as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in Jordan and Georgetown University, from the years 2009 to 2012.

“Hizmet Movement represents, really, the heart of Islam, to work with all people around them, to serve God through humanity, through serving humanity.”

“ “Man salimal muslimuna min lisanihi wayadihi.” “A Muslim is the one whose neighbors are safe from his tongue and his deed.” And I think that this is the education that Hizmet is offering to the people.”

“Interfaith is a core teaching of Islam, it is a core part of Islamic teaching. The verse is very clear in the Holy Qur’an where Allah says, “We created you from a single male and a female and We made you into nations and tribes so that you may get to know one another.” ”

“After building an understanding, we can build a compassion and mercy; we can build that love. We love one another, we respect one another.”

“… As Hizmet is serving the Muslims, Hizmet also must serve non-Muslims. Through that service, Hizmet proves to the world that Islam is not limited to certain people. Islam is for all humanity.”