Imam Shamsi Ali

Imam Shamsi Ali

Imam Shamsi Ali
International Advisory Board Member


During his studies in Islamabad, Imam Ali was hired as a muezzin in Faisal Mosque, the biggest mosque in the city.

In 1996 in New York City, Imam Ali served the Indonesian community mosque in Long Island City, Queens. In 2001, he was appointed as deputy Imam of Islamic Cultural Center of New York, the city’s largest mosque located in 96th street and 3rd Ave in Manhattan.

A few days after the events of 11 September 2001, Imam Ali was chosen by New York City to represent the Muslim community to visit the scene. He recited a prayer at the memorial service for the September 11th victims at Yankee stadium in the Bronx.

In 2006 Ali was chosen as one of the seven most influential religious leaders in New York City by New York Magazine. He represented the Muslim community at an interfaith discussion on Religions and Sustainable Development in the White House 2007, and took part in the Transatlantic Interfaith Dialogue in Frankfurt, Germany 2008. In 2008 Ali received the ICLI Interfaith Award.

Within the Indonesian Muslim community in North America, he serves as an Advisory Board to major national Muslim organizations such as IMSA (Indonesian Muslim Society in America) and ICMI (Indonesian Muslim Intellectual Society in America).  Shamsi Ali is president of Nusantara Foundation, a community based operating and non-profit organization in New York established, publicly supported, operated by, and for the benefit of Indonesian culture.

Shamsi Ali is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the ASEAN Muslim Federation of North America. He is Vice President of the Asian-American Coalition USA (AAC-USA) and its UN Representative. Ali is Advisory Board member to numerous interfaith organizations, including the Tanenbaum Center and Federation for Middle East Peace. Imam Ali is Board member for the Partnership of Faith in NY, and co-founder of the UNCC (Universal Clergy Coalition-International). He is Assistant Director and Board member of the Muslim Foundation of America, Inc. Imam Ali is Chairman of the annual Muslim Day Parade in NYC.