Rev. Phil Latronico is a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J. He serves as the Chaplain of the Community of God’s Love in Rutherford. He is the chairman of the North Jersey Christian-Muslim Project and the Chairperson of the Commission of the Interreligious Affairs of the Archdiocese of Newark. He actively participates in interfaith dialog activities.
“I think if the Hizmet Movement doesn’t have dialog with non-Muslims, they’re not truly following the tenets of Prophet Muhammad. Because Prophet Muhammad, in the Qur’an, suggests that there’s supposed to be a dialog at least with all the people of the Book. Jewish and Christian. […] The Hizmet Movement really does well, the idea of being accepting. It’s not just they tolerate you, they accept your for who you are, and try to help you to feel comfortable when you’re with them.”
“Right now, one of probably the best things that have happened with Islamic communities in the United States, and the Hizmet community also, is they’re letting us know when they participate in social action. They let us know when they’re participating in helping people in flood zones and all.”
“Hizmet, I find different than the other movements, in the sense of that they incorporate everything. They try to have all the different parts of Islam as a real event, when they share and they work. I find them aware of giving charity and of doing charitable works. I find them aware of Ramadan. I find them aware of really knowing the Qur’an, and I find them really aware of science and the world and where we are today.”