LIVING AS A REFUGEE IN AMERICA: AN INTERVIEW WITH IMAM ZIA

Over the next few days, NLG will be sharing the amazing journey of Imam Zia. Refugees have been a part of American society for centuries and are an important part of our communities. He was born in Qarabagh District of Kabul, Afghanistan and moved to the United States in 1990. He has been invited to meet with the Secretary of State and other Muslim leaders to discuss the Middle East peace process. He was also part of the group of American Muslim leaders that met with President Obama to discuss their work and the impact they have on local communities. Imam Zia volunteers his time to provide counseling and pastoral care and is one of the founding members of MakeSpace. MakeSpace. MakeSpace serves as an alternative safe space for American Muslims to learn about their religion and serve their community in a welcoming, and inclusive environment. Imam Zia lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Fatimah, and two daughters, Summer and Aria.

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