Khan, Daisy

Posted Oct 7, 2005      •Permalink      • Printer-Friendly Version Bookmark and Share

Daisy Khan is the Executive Director of ASMA (American Society for Muslim Advancement) and wife of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of Masjid al-Farah in New York City. Ms. Khan mentors young Muslim women who face challenges of cultural assimilation in America, and counsels Muslims in marital and relationship issues. Having immigrated to the US at the age of 15, Ms. Khan is particularly effective with young adults grappling with issues of dual identity, gender relations and cultural integration.

Ms. Khan leads a monthly discussion forum for young Muslim women and men which encourages them to search for “the highest” knowledge in Islam, assimilate the spiritual dimension of their faith and face challenges posed to them on integrating Islam with modernity.

In the fall of 2001 Ms. Khan organized an art exhibit in response to the 9/11 attacks, titled Reflections at the Time of Transformation: Muslim Artists Reach Out to New Yorkers attended by 600 people from the tri-state area. The event featured specially created works of art by a diverse group of Muslim visual artists, poets, musicians and filmmakers and served as a testament against the division and destruction of September 11.

Ms Khan frequently organizes and co-sponsors interfaith cultural events, including an interfaith banquet called The Cordoba Bread Fest in which Muslims, Christians and JewsChildren of Abrahamחjoined to celebrate their common traditions as represented by a simple food: bread.

Ms. Khan serves on panels and lectures regularly. She was featured in the PBS documentary Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, the National Geographic Documentary Inside Mecca, and a Hallmark Channel program titled Listening to Islam. Ms. Khan has been quoted by print publications ranging from the New York Daily News to Newsweek.

Born in Kashmir, India and educated in the US, Ms. Khan acquired a BFA degree in Interior Architecture from New York School of Design in New York. She is currently the Director of Project Management for a Fortune 500 company, Avaya Inc.