Salaam Bhatti, Esq. ’08 – Albright College

Salaam Bhatti, Esq. ’08

Salaam Bhatti is the national spokesperson of the nation’s largest Muslim organization, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He is a public benefits attorney at the Virginia Poverty Law Center where he concentrates in public benefits law, which consists of programs that are administered by the state and federal government, assisting individuals with many of their basic needs. He also serves as a director at Virginia Hunger Solutions, an initiative to fight hunger and improve the nutrition, health, and well-being of children and families throughout the Commonwealth who struggle with poverty.

Bhatti, who grew up in Harrisburg, Pa., has spent time lecturing on Islam and human rights, and was co-editor of the books By the Dawn’s Early Light and The Wrong Kind of Muslim. While living in New York, he also hosted a weekly radio show called “The Real Revolution,” which discussed religion in today’s society. In addition, he has served as the national faith outreach director for MKA USA, the leading Muslim Youth organization in America.

While a student at Albright, Bhatti founded the Albright Muslim Student Association and served as its first president. He was also involved in the Criminal Justice Society, Student Government Association, Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, Domino Players, WXAC, and Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science fraternity. From Albright, he went on to study law in New York and graduated from Touro Law School in 2011. While in law school, Bhatti spent a good deal of time performing stand-up comedy. He has performed at Comix, Broadway Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, Brokerage Comedy Club, The Comic Strip and various open mics throughout New York City.