fbpx Aziz Nathoo | Chestnut Hill College Skip to content Skip to navigation

Aziz Nathoo

Aziz Nathoo

Aziz Nathoo
Muslim Chaplain for Mission & Ministry
Co-Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council and Advisor to the President

Aziz Nathoo is a Muslim Interfaith and Peace activist hailing from East Africa with extensive experience as an educator, service volunteer, leader, chaplain and preacher. He has presented on Islam and Interfaith Relations at multiple academic, civic, religious and inter- faith forums. He preaches on Islam at Churches, Synagogues and Temples. He serves as the Muslim Chaplain & teaches about Islam at many colleges. He is the founder & president of UMMA Charities & is a frequent guest lecturer at multiple universities, interfaith and civic organizations. 

Aziz performs spiritual guide and lay clergy functions for Muslims in the Philadelphia area and preaches tolerance with a focus on wisdom, dialogue & building bonds of interfaith and cultural alliance. He speaks multiple languages and is culturally connected to Africa, Asia, Middle East, Europe and works as a bridge-builder across civilizations. 


Aziz currently serves on the following organizations & Institutions: 

  • Chair, Faith Dialogue Seat at the Montgomery Multi-faith Coalition. 

  • Ursinus College - Muslim Chaplaincy / Spiritual Life Advisor. 

  • Chestnut Hill College - Muslim Chaplaincy / Advisor & Consultant to President. 

  • Aga Khan Foundation (AKFUSA) & Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). 

  • Commission of Interfaith Advisors to the Mayor of Philadelphia - Commissioner 

  • Coalition4Justice - Board of Directors 

  • Montgomery County Advisory Council for Equity (ACE) 

  • UMMA CHARITIES - Founder & President 

  • Institute for Religious Tolerance, Peace and Justice (IRTPJ) 

  • United Nations Association (UNA) & UN Civil Society & Refugee Relief Agencies 

  • Amnesty International 

  • Philadelphia Refugees Relief organizations 

  • Poor Peoples Campaign - Preacher & Member 

  • Interfaith Philadelphia - Dialogue Facilitator 

  • American Jewish Committee - Muslim-Jewish Advocacy. 

  • Dialogue Institute - Speaker 

  • Brahma Kumaris Spiritual Movement - Peace in The Park initiatives 

  • Mayors Commission - Rising up for Reparations for Slavery 

  • Bucks-Mont Collaborative - Civil Dialogue Trainer & Facilitator 

  • Philadelphia Free Library Speaker & Lecturer Lecture Series 

Azizs past work includes the following: 

Habitat for Humanity, United Religions Initiative (URI), WE The works in Interfaith Mediation, Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation. His engagements include presenting at the United Nations on the Culture of Peace, LeadIndia 2020 Foundation on Service to Humanity, Henry Luce Foundation on Cultivating Character, the Dialogue Institute on Interfaith Dialogue, George Mason University School of Conflict Analysis & Resolution on Healing the Soul of The Nation, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin, Temple university, Eastern University, Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia on Islam. He recently spoke on The Role of Peace at Peace Day Philly and at Lights of Libertyvigil for Immigrants and refugees as well as Peace in the Parkin New York. He spoke at the Poor Peoples Campaignon the duty of all human beings and especially Muslims to protect the poor, vulnerable and disenfranchised. He offered prayers for peace and tolerance at the International Day of Peace at the United Nations. He is actively involved in assisting refugees and provides resources for employment, housing, medical and other humanitarian needs.  

He has Co-chaired a series of National Interfaith Conferences titled Healing the Soul of the Nationat George Mason University, University of Pennsylvania and Respect Graduate School. He also chaired an interfaith conference onGiving & Forgivingin collaboration with the Institute of Forgiveness and Reconciliation at Chestnut Hill College. 

He is an investor with multiple business interests. He has an Undergraduate degree from the University of Texas in Islamic Studies and pursued his MBA at Boston college. He serves on several boards and also contributes as an advisor, interpreter, mediator, grief and crisis counselor and lay clergy with various faith communities.