About 20 years ago, Laila began to shadow her father, the late Iman Warith Deen Mohammed, in his interfaith work. Since then, she has been more involved with creating interfaith dialogues, combating anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, created a non-profit that works against domestic violence and founded A Shared Memory, which seeks to document, record and present the untold stories of African American Muslims in the United States.

Lalia has worked with the Zakat Foundation as the Community Development Coordinator and is currently acting as the Interim Director at the Zakat Foundation’s location in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood.