UEA has appointed alumnus Momodou Jobe as its new Muslim Chaplain.
Momodou is a research scientist by profession, who has previous experience working with students in a pastoral role. As newly appointed Chaplain, he will provide support to the University’s Muslim students as well as playing a key role in the planning and coordination of Islamic prayer provision on campus.
Q: How has UEA changed since you were a student?
A: UEA has gotten bigger and there are quite a few new buildings. And, I guess UEA is attracting more students and staff from different backgrounds.
Q: How do you “do different” in your work?
A: I always work with my heart and with this moto, “Whatever is worth doing, is worth doing well.”
Q: What motivates you?
A: My motivation comes from my faith, and the urgency to do good while I still enjoy life. This life is our first, last, only and golden chance so every moment counts.
Q: What changes do you plan to implement in your new role?
A: I shall be developing on from the work of my predecessor Mr Masoud Gadir, who has served in this role for as long as I can remember. I’m indebted to him for his selfless efforts while he was in the role.
Q: How do you manage your work/life balance?
A: Balance in my life is achieved by giving appropriate time to my work, family and spiritual life.
Q: Which historical figure would you most like to meet and why?
A: The Prophet Muhammad Pbuh because he sacrificed his entire life so that the message of Allah will reach all humanity. He is giver of glad tidings, a Warner and a mercy for the creation.
Q: What would surprise people to know about you?
A: Mainly people are surprised that I studied science and was religious at the same time. On the contrary, science actually strengthened my belief in Allah by seeing the wonders in his creations.
Q: Do you have a hidden talent?
A: I’m pretty good at football and I think I could have been a professional footballer if I’d took that path. But who knows? It’s never too late.
Q: Is there any advice you’d offer to students?
A: I would like to pass on the advice of Umar ibn Al-Khattab, a great companion of the Prophet Muhammad. He said: “Never leave the work of today till tomorrow.”
Momodou can be found in the university’s Multifaith Centre, a community centre and spiritual meeting place that is open to all UEA students and staff regardless of belief. The Multifaith Centre also is host to other Chaplains and the Multifaith Centre team welcomes students and staff to meet the Chaplains socially or pastorally.