Tom Facchine has joined Hamilton to serve the Muslim community as imam. He has held that position for the Utica Masjid (Muslim Community Association of Mohawk Valley) since August 2020.
Facchine, who is from Camden County, N.J., obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science/international relations from Vassar College in 2011, where he embraced Islam in his senior year.
After studying Arabic independently, he was accepted to the Islamic University of Madinah in Saudi Arabia where he obtained an associate degree in classical Arabic (2016) and a bachelor’s degree in comparative Islamic law in 2020. He also completed the chaplaincy program conducted under the supervision of the Prophet’s Mosque in 2019.
Since embracing Islam, Facchine has been a passionate advocate and instructor for Muslim youth, founding multiple youth groups and conducting various after school programs. In his spare time, he enjoys birdwatching, hiking, camping, poetry, and learning languages. He lives in Utica with his wife and three children.