Imam Wahy ud-Deen Shareef currently serves as the imam of Masjid Waarith ud Deen in Irvington, NJ. Graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology, Imam Shareef is the President of Shareef Professional Services, which is an engineering and manufacturing project and program management company, and is the former director and senior advisor to the Mayor, City of Newark, Department of Economics and Housing Development. Imam Shareef is also the co-founder and executive board member of the Newark Interfaith Coalition for Hope and Peace.

“… the Hizmet Movement, from my understanding of it, is that it is a social ethic that they follow to, basically, bring goodness, bring beauty and bring functionality to the human society, to aid people that are in need of assistance, to provide help to those who are in need of help, to educate those that are in need of education.”

“I think the lessons that are…that I learned from how healthcare is provided through the Hizmet Movement, I think is a model for others to perhaps take some lessons from it and perhaps, hopefully, to duplicate it here in the United States.”

“… the work that Imam Fethullah Gulen is doing is very similar to the work that Imam Warith ud Deen Muhammad did in the United States, particularly with African American people in the inner city of the United States where social movements, social responsibility, development of morals and ethics, development of consciousness, the development of intellectual capacity, the development of the human potential was most needed.”

“I think one of the things that may be considered one of the most significant contributions of the Hizmet Movement and Imam Fethullah Gulen is the raising of human social consciousness, the raising of human beings to realize that we are responsible for each other…”