Asma Inge-Hanif is the daughter of John T. Inge – an original Montford Point Marine & recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal.
She is a graduate of Howard University, and the Medical University of South Carolina and is a Advanced Nurse Practitioner. In 1987, Asma Inge-Hanif established Muslimat Al Nisaa, as a wholistic Health, Education and Social Services organization, in order to provide health services for the underserved and uninsured women and children. Asma Hanif cares for the homeless, refugees, trafficking victims and women victims of domestic violence for over 30 years. Believing that every man, woman and child has a right to receive quality care in a dignified manner, and to be assisted in the achievement of optimal health and well-being, regardless of race, creed, or socio-economic level her organization was originally as a response to her grandmother dying from a preventable condition but lacking health care. As a result of her service as a female health Nurse-Practitioner, she also discovered/uncovered a large number of women experiencing homelessness and violence in their lives. Witnessing the stigma’s associated with violence and rape, in 2007 she opened her home to shelter homeless Muslim women victims of Domestic Violence, not as a discriminatory effort but to counteract the same prejudices still in existence and being highlighted in social media of today; thus only to fulfill an unmet need to assist them as they struggle to achieve their self-esteem, their self-worth and their self-sufficiency. She receives no government money, surviving solely from the kindness of strangers.
In 2013 she was featured on MSNBC by Melissa Perry as one of their ‘Foot Soldiers’. In 2008 she received a commendation from the Mayor of Baltimore for her work with the homeless population and in 2014 she received recognition from the Mayor of Baltimore, the Senate and the Baltimore Council for her Chili Bowl Sunday event where every year on Super Bowl Sunday she serves hot bowls of chili and distributes toiletries to those homeless in the streets. This 20 years event which she termed ‘Chili Bowl Sunday’ started as a tradition with her children as an alternative to them sitting in front of a television for hours watching football games. She wanted them to learn to not just sympathize but also empathize with those who only through the Grace and Mercy of GOD could be themselves. Her other established Annual Community Outreach programs, ‘Back To School Health Fairs’ for the homeless and the uninsured and her ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ food pantry and distribution of clothing to anyone in need. Her work includes but not limited to volunteer health services in public schools, providing health services to the homeless, to women in shelters, to those in group homes, to those in foster care, and performing physicals to the mentally and physically challenged – allowing them to be able to participate in the Special Olympics. She provides free blood pressure screenings in community centers for the elderly and provides first aid stations at community health events.
Being a resident in her own shelter, she also donates all of her monetary resources to maintain the shelter which she established. On the field with 72 thousands individuals watching, Asma Hanif was honoredduring a Baltimore Ravens game at the M&T Bank Stadium, a recipient of the Baltimore Ravens Community Quarterbacks Award for her many years of commitment toward helping those in need. She was also honored as a 2014 Dunkin’ Donuts Greater Baltimore Region Community Hero for her service to the community is featured on their website.
In 2005 she was elected as the first female Chairperson of the Council of Muslim Organizations, (CMO) of DC/MD/VA and after 2 years of study, in 2012, fulfilled all requirements for being the first female graduate of Hartford Seminary’s Imam Certification program.
In 2008 Asma Hanif received the Distinguished D.C. Ethnic Media award for her article on Domestic Violence and has since become an author and speaker on that subject; is Assistant to the Chair of the NAACP Health Committee and an invited speaker. She has also spoken at Howard University on AIDS, the U.B. Law Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Domestic Violence and at Temple University, just to name a few. She is a member of The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, spoke at the ‘One Nation’ rally on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial, and participated in Disaster Relief, and Domestic Violence Training Programs. She is currently a health care professional on the Washington D.C. Area Ebola Crisis Committee and Assistant Chair, Baltimore City NAACP Health Committee.
She was the 2006 & 2013 recipient of “Community Service Award” for Social Activism and the 2007 recipient of the Freedom Foundation’s Humanitarian Award. Also in 2007, she was honored with a ceremony by the International Center for Traditional Childbirth for: her midwifery work in the Washington DC area and the African American community, “to show their deep-felt gratitude for her years of putting our children, our families, our communities first in her” heart, spirit, mind and body”.
She has established a Domestic Violence Ministry and as a beneficiary of scholarships is a May 2014 Graduate of Hartford Seminary with a Master’s Degree in Islamic Studies, in Muslim – Christian Relations and a certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy to better provide counseling and spiritual upliftment to those who cross her path seeking faith based revitalization and a safe haven from the stigma’s imposed by society. For this she was presented the ‘Certificate of Recognition of High Academic Achievement’ and ‘Distinguished Community Service’ from the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT).
Most recently Asma Inge-Hanif was Named Baltimore Orioles Birdland Community Hero. The Orioles Birdland Community Heroes program honors and recognizes community heroes who inspire us through their spirited commitment to extend a hand in charity, service, hope, and harmony. This recognition honors the heroism of members of our extended Orioles community from all walks of life, occupations, and diverse backgrounds living in our region, our country, and abroad, who have distinguished themselves by selflessly working or volunteering in fields that care for, serve, teach, protect, and improve the lives of others, around the corner or around the globe, who are most in need.