Huff Post: by Aamir Hussain.
I am a devout Muslim, and personally believe in the truth of my religion; however, as the most skeptical Coach about our idea to distribute the food, I was ashamed to see that other non-Muslim student leaders were more committed to the Islamic principle of service than I was.
New York University has just hosted a conference for college students interested in interfaith community service work called an Interfaith Leadership Institute. These conferences are sponsored by the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to making inter-religious cooperation a social norm on college campuses.
Although I believe I have gained many of the skills expected of the position — such as the ability to articulate my personal story in the context of the larger interfaith movement — my most treasured experiences involved interacting with the other Coaches outside of our training. In the process, I gained a new respect for various other religious traditions and reflected on my own commitment to service.