|Just like other citizens, members of MKAUSA are an active part of the U.S. Military and are serving in it to defend the homeland. Here we recognize those courageous and brave Khuddam. We pray for their safety and ability to complete their military service with honor and a sense of accomplishment. Ameen
|Muhammad Ali||U.S. Air Force|
|Muhammad Ali has been in Air Force since 1998. He has traveled to different countries during his military tours including Iraq, Turkey,France,Germany and Kuwait. He was also deployed to Iraq in 2003 for Operation Iraqi freedom. Muhammad Ali has received several medals over course of his services and has been recognized as the one of the top three performers on entire installation. His rank is of a Technical Sergent and his career field is of a Cyber Warrior. Currently Muhammad Ali is pursuing his master degree in Industrial Technology and still serving in Air Force as reserve. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Riaz Ahmad Khan||U.S. Marine Corp|
|Riaz joined the Marines in January of 2001 after completing his basic training at Parris Island in South Carolina. He became a marine on April 20th 2001. Shortly after graduation he then spent 2 months at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina where he trained with the (SOI) School of Infantry as a machine gunner. Along with his infantry training he also spent time training with the sniper platoon. After the completion of his training at camp Lejeune, he then spent 2 years in the marine reserves. Riaz was stationed in Detroit Michigan for 2 year before his tour in Iraq.
Then in March of 2004 he was sent overseas to fight in the Iraq war. In his tour in Iraq he had two special jobs. His initial job was as a convoy security specialist (Escorting convoys in Iraq). Then he became an interpreter because he was fluent in the languages of Iraq and he was put in charge of the supplies/convoys that went in and out of Iraq. In December of 2004 he completed his tour in Iraq, and he was then given a medical discharge from the Marines due to injuries suffered in the line of duty. After his marine career Riaz Ahmad Khan moved to Austin Texas and is currently working for Apple.
|Jameel Matin||U.S. Marine Corp|
|Jameel has currently served for one year with US Marines Corp, on active duty. He graduated from 3rd battalion, I, Co. in MCRD San Diego. He graduated 2nd battalion, Delta Co. Infantry Training battalion (ITB) at the School of Infantry (SOI). He graduated BSG Marine corps security forces training company class b-20. He is currently with 2nd f.a.s.t co. (fleet anti-terrorism security team) 2nd platoon. From March-June this year, he will be in Cuba; August-June of 09 will be in TSC missions touring from Australia to Spain to Japan and other pacific islands. He has also won Global War on Terrorism Service Medal & National defense Service Medal. You can reach him by clicking here.
|Mansoor Shams||U.S. Marine Corps|
|Mansoor is with US Marine Corp. He has served for 4 years as active and 4 years as inactive. Responsible for administrative support for 500 students and 200 permanent personnel. Duties include data entry, administrative work, computer research, creating and maintaining training databases, compiling morning reports, processing leave papers, and supervising subordinates. He has won Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Certificate of Commendation (4), Letters of Appreciation (2), Marine of the Quarter. You can reach him by clicking here.
|Rashid Waqas||U.S. Air Force|
Rashid has been a Reserve with US Air Force (DC National Guard) for 10 years. He was enlisted at first for four years. He was Crew Chief and then worked on Fuel Systems of an F-16. And then he got commissioned as an Officer of United States Air Force through ROTC at UMD. After one full year of intensive pilot training, he became a fighter Pilot. He flies an F-16 at the nation's capital. So far, there have been no deployments, because most of time he has been on educational status and conditional release. He has been to different states to do most of his learning about different combat scenarios, for instance, dog fight, air refueling, or some other exciting combat training. He has received 2 oak leaf clusters and outstanding marksmanship. He can be reached by clicking here.
|Sadaqat Rana||U.S. Air Force|
Sadaqat has been with Air Force for 12+ years (still in Reserves Service). He was in active duty for 8 years. He worked in Transportation Squadron as a Automotive Tech. He was deployed at Prince Sultan Air Base (PSAB), Saudi Arabia. You can reach him by clicking here.
|Jalal Malik||U.S. Army|
|Jalal joined the military after accepting a scholarship (an HPSP) for medical school from the U.S. Army on Huzoor's (rh) advice. After leaving medical school but not completing medicine, the Army called him to Active Duty in the Medical Service Corps. His overall profession has been as a Medical Plans, Operations, Intel, Training & Security Officer for the Army Medical Department (AMEDD). He entered Active Duty in January 1999, when he went to the Officer Basic Course in San Antonio , TX , which is the Army Medical Department's worldwide Headquarters. He then accepted his first assignment to Germany in April 1999, where he was sent to Baumholder , Germany to be the Treatment Platoon Leader in the 47th Forward Support Medical Company of the 47th Forward Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division. While there, he was deployed to the Balkans twice, to Albania in support of Operation Task Force Hawk and then to Kosovo in support of Task Force Falcon. He was then stationed in January 2001 to Darmstadt , Germany as the Executive Officer (XO) of the U.S. Army Health Clinic, Darmstadt . From there he was sent to Heidelberg , Germany in October 2002 where he took command and was the Troop Commander and Executive Officer of the Heidelberg Dental Activity (HDENTAC) which had 11 outlying clinics and a Headquarters element. After his command, in May 2004 he was assigned to the Command Surgeon's Office of U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) in Heidelberg as a Medical Operations Officer. He came back to the U.S. in May 2005 when he was sent to Hattiesburg , Mississippi where he served as the Medical Team Chief of the 2nd Battalion, 346th Regiment in a Training Support Brigade of the 87th Division, 1st U.S. Army (1A). In April 2007 he was sent to his last Active Duty assignment to the Headquarters of the U.S. Army Central Command (USARCENT)/Coalition Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC) in Atlanta (Ft. McPherson), Georgia where he served as a Medical Plans & Operations Officer in the Command Surgeon's Office. He completed Active Duty service on May 31, 2009. Major (MAJ) Jalal Malik, upon leaving Active Duty, accepted an appointment in the U.S. Army Reserves after his Active Duty service and is currently the Medical Plans & Operations Officer for the 55th Sustainment Brigade (Sus BDE) at Fort Belvoir, VA.
MAJ Malik has served as the Islamic Faith Group Leader at every Post he has been stationed at since entering Active Duty. The Distinctive Faith Group Leader (DFGL) program is where a person serves as the "Lay Leader" for a particular faith group that does not have an official military Chaplain representing it at that Post or Base. As there are very few Muslim Chaplains in the military in general, many Ahmadi Muslims can help and speak to the Post/Base/Garrison Chaplain and volunteer their services as the Islamic DFGL, or Islamic Faith Group Leader, which becomes a service for the military community (by leading services if necessary, or at least serving as a Point of Contact in case individuals or units have questions about Islam in general or need help with any particular situations). Generally, paperwork is completed with the Post/Base Chaplain, the individual's command is asked to sign off, and some paperwork from the Jamaat is submitted in order to complete the packet. If anyone has any questions about how to do this, you can contact MAJ Malik at email@example.com.
|Tayyib Mubarak Rashid||U.S. Marine Corp|
|Tayyib was with US Marine Corp (Active Duty) from Jan 1997 thru Jan 2002. His military occupation was MOS 6484 ECM Tech. He worked on, and later was incharge of the work center that worked on all sorts of avionics assets from the Electronic countermeasures fighter EA6-B, otherwise known as the Prowler. His work center repaired equipment from that plan ranging from Radar systems to Universal Exciters and everything in between. The plane is used as an offensive weapon, and a squadron of these planes is sent in first before the jet fighters that carry all the explosives. The main purpose of this plane is to electronically blind the enemy by disrupting ALL enemy electronic communications. It has gigantic amplifiers that produces radio frequency at such a high wattage that the receiving mechanisms of the enemy communication systems overload thereby making everything from cell-phones to radars completely useless while the prowlers are on the attack.
Deployments included 1999 Aviano, Italy -- supporting the operations in Kosovo just a couple of hundred miles away. 2000 Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia -- Operation Southern Watch over Iraq -- This was the time that the USS Cole was bombed in the Arabian Sea. 2001 Sembach, Germany -- He was there during September 11th.
Medals and Honors included Rifle Expert Marksmanship Badge (3rd award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kosovo Campaign Medal (Aviano), Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Navy Unit Commendation W/1 star. Meritorious Promotions from Private to PFC (boot camp), Lance Corporal to Corporal (corporal school), last rank Sergeant. He can be reacched by clicking here.
|Saleem Qadir||U.S. Air Force|
|Saleem graduated from AFROTC, San Jose State University, and got commissioned in 1992. After Undergraduate Space Training, he was assigned to a Mobile Combat Unit. He fondly remembers being deployed over 25 times to several interesting places. During his 8 years of service as active duty in the United States Air Force, Saleem took a remote tour in Diyarbakir, Turkey and then took an assignment in Northern California to run the Air Force Satellite Control Network.
While in the Air Force, Saleem discovered another Ahmadi Muslim serviceman in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He had been an Ahmadi Muslim for 50 years and was happy to be re-united with the community. Saleem served as a volunteer Islamic Chaplain and also started the Friday prayer services.
After 8 years in the Officer Corps, receiving 4 letters of commendation, several medals/ribbons and competing for AF command awards, Saleem resigned his commission. He now works for a private corporation and serves in many Jamaat positions. Saleem Qadir can be reached by Clicking Here.
|Nooruddeen Hamza||U.S. Marine Corp|
Nooruddeen Hamza was born on May 26, 1984 to an American convert, Hamza Zain-ud Din. He remembers spending his weekends at the Baltimore Mission house as a child where his father would organize Jama’at events and arrange cookouts. ‘It was such a family affair’ he says. He fondly remembers those times as Baltimore used to draw people from the whole region for events like Khilafat day or Massih e Maud as day. As a young boy, Nooruddeen was always interested in the military. His father, Hamza Zain ud Din who served as the President of Baltimore Jama’at also served in the 82nd airborne as a paratrooper. Nooruddeen always wanted to be like his Dad. Nooruddeen went to military boot camp for teenagers in the summer. When he entered High school he was in the Military Academy. There he joined the debate team. His debate team was highlighted on the documentary show 20/20 for there accomplishments.
Nooruddeen military career started in August 2002 when he joined the armed forces as a Marine. He went to boot camp in Paris Island South Carolina. After boot camp Nooruddeen went to camp Laguna in South Carolina where he was recognized for his leadership qualities. He specialized in water treatment. Nooruddeen was sent to Okinawa Japan were he served for 2 years. While stationed in Japan, he was sent for tsunami relief in Sri Lanka.After returning to the states Nooruddeen was stationed in California. That’s when Hurricane Katrina struck and Nooruddeen was deployed along with his company to New Orleans. During his time in California Nooruddeen sustained an injury doing military maneuvers. After a 2 months recovery period, he joined US Army. Currently he is stationed in Georgia. He was chosen by his commander to learn to fly unmanned reconnaissance air crafts for the army. In October Nooruddeen and his company was deployed to Iraq. His deployment time is 15 months. Nooruddeen is E5 in the army and has other soldiers that reports to him for weapon knowledge. He is a weapon expert and is called upon in this capacity to assist. Nooruddeen is enlisted at present till 2014 .His passion is the military and he intends to pursue a career in Military if Allah wills.
|Ata ul Hafeez||U.S. Army|
|Ata ul Hafeez joined the Virginia Army National Guard shortly after high school graduation in 2000. He completed basic training from Ft. Leonardwood, MO. Right from the start, he was recognized for his ability to lead others and as such designated to be the platoon leader. He was activated soon after 911 and served for two years active duty at Ft. Myer, Arlington, VA. His leadership earned him recognition from peers and superiors alike. His hard work, camaraderie and easy spirit allowed him to make friends in every place he worked. In 2007, as he appeared to accept citizenship of the United States, a momentous occasion, the commander general of a base where he served during active duty took special time out to attend the ceremony and congratulate him. He resigned from the National Guard in 2008 as a Sergeant.|
| Amjad Qureshi
Amjad Qureshi joined US. Navy’s Hospital Corps in 1976, shortly after the Vietnam War had ended. With a specialty in Preventive Medicine and Public Health, he swiftly progressed through the enlisted ranks and in 1984 was commissioned as an Allied Health Scientist and an Industrial Hygiene Officer in the Medical Service Corps. For the following 16 years he served in Okinawa, Japan, Philippines, Scotland, Norfolk, San Diego, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, 29 Palms, Camp Pendleton, Oakland, and finally retiring at Norfolk Virginia. He served on 2 Aircraft Carriers, 2 Tenders and several other ships, submarines and shore stations. He progressed from the most humble of junior enlisted positions to prestigious positions, such as Director of Environmental Safety and Health (Afloat) for the Headquarter Submarine Fleet Atlantic (SUBLANT). He most enjoyed his travels to over 100 countries and all the continents, including Arctic and Antarctic. He retired after 24 years of honorable military service in 2000, as a Lt. Commander.
He considers himself blessed to have been asked by the Navy, in 1993, to tend to the spiritual needs of Muslim military members in Norfolk, Virginia, as he was the most senior Muslim officer in the Navy. At that point in history all branches of the US military were considering hiring Muslim Chaplains. The Navy had already selected a Muslim Chaplain trainee and had asked Commander Qureshi to fill in for the next 2 years, as the Muslim Faith (Lay) Leader, while the Chaplain trainee received his credentials. This position allowed him to serve as a Faith Leader as well as an advisor to the Navy’s Chaplaincy Board Headquarters in addressing policy regarding Muslim faith matters in the Navy. During the 2 years tenure he had opportunities to establish a mosque at the Naval Station Norfolk, in between a Catholic chapel and a synagogue. In cooperation with the military chaplains’ headquarter he successfully encouraged the local commands to allow Muslim military members time to attend Friday prayers (which he led for 2 years), make special concessions for them in the month of Ramadan, provided training to Muslim Faith representatives on ships and addressed several other challenges faced by the Muslim servicemen and the Navy administration. He was routinely invited to military events, often leading invocation or benediction services. He spoke at various events, participated in policy development, and wrote articles, pamphlets and published newsletters. Despite opposition from some intolerant local Islamic groups for being an Ahmadi Muslim, by the Grace of Allah, his mission continued until he was relieved of the responsibility by a Navy appointed Chaplain.
| Abdul Khaliq Raja
Oh say, can you see by the dawn’s early light? What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming Millions honor the Star Spangled Banner and believe that these colors don’t run. And, neither did Abdul Khaliq Raja, when he was called to serve in the ill-fated Vietnam War.
Before coming to America from Pakistan in 1966 with a permanent resident visa, he was advised by the US Consul, Lahore, Pakistan, about the Draft Laws. He took an oath that he would be ready to bear arms for the United States. Born in a community, where he learned that “service to the community, and the Nation, is a privilege for which one should seek no reward”, Raja Sahib kept his oath to serve in many capacities throughout his quiet successful life.
Interestingly enough, Raja came to America by sea - like the immigrants. He arrived via the Queen Elizabeth from Southampton, England. While taking meal one day on the ship, “I was told that I was eating on the Whites only table and I had to move,” remembers Raja. That was a new one for him because never before in his life had the place of eating ever mattered.
Raja’s first few years in America were relatively uneventful. He actually enjoyed the new surroundings. On March 23, 1970, Raja was drafted into the US Army for two years of service. In July 1971, he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion of the 32nd Artillery, which was fighting in Vietnam. He took a chartered Tiger Airways flight from Seattle which stopped for re-fueling in Japan. There Raja met his father: Major A. Hamid Raja, a World War II veteran, who worked as a Muslim missionary after retirement. The father and son prayed together.
During the welcome ceremony at Tay Ninh, Raja was shown pictures of dead Viet Cong sappers killed outside the hooch he was going to live in. He shared the hooch with a GI who was soon returning to the States.
One night at 2 A.M., Raja and fellow GIs were awakened when about 600 Viet Cong soldiers attacked them. They came out with the M-16 rifles prepared for combat. But the air support took care of the enemy. There were many nights like this.
After a month of active duty, Raja qualified for a week’s R n R leave in Bangkok. In lieu of Bangkok, he wanted to see his family in Pakistan. When Raja’s request was denied he wrote to the Action Line at San Jose Mercury - his hometown newspaper. The paper took his case to Congressman Charles S. Gubser (10th District, California), who came through for Raja on September 27, 1971. On October 16, 1971, Raja was authorized by his Commanding Officer, Colonel Hoffman, to go to Pakistan at personal expense. He was on leave in Pakistan when war broke out between India and Pakistan, leading to cancellation of all flights. Since he was stranded, Raja went to the US Embassy in Islamabad. Staff members in the US Embassy telex room informed him that a message had been sent out to his unit. Raja also requested his father in Japan to send a message to his unit.
On December 31, 1971 - the earliest possible day - Raja left Karachi for Saigon via Bangkok. Before leaving, Raja requested a visa from the Thai Embassy. He was told that US Green Card holders with a Military ID didn’t need a visa. But, at the Bangkok Airport the immigration officer did not accept the Green Card. The US Army Provost Marshall was called to resolve Raja’s case. Soon after, two MPs came and arrested Raja. “What’s the charge?” inquired Raja. “You’re AWOL,” the MP shot back.
Raja told them about the India-Pakistan War and that a telex was sent from the US Embassy, Islamabad. But the MP did not believe him. Raja - a law abiding citizen and an honest man - was held in a Bangkok US Military Police detention center for three days. In handcuffs, Raja was escorted on the plane to Saigon by a Sergeant, along with a drug addict. “Look, I am not a criminal,” Raja said to the officer, who had a heart and later took off the handcuffs during the flight.
A sergeant in Raja’s company took him in custody at the Saigon Airport saying, “Oh yes! We received your dad’s telex from Japan.” Apparently, the one from the US Embassy was lost in the shuffle. The AWOL charges were dropped.
Raja served honorably in Vietnam and returned to the United States in 1972. One day in San Jose, while walking toward a bus stop on McKee Road, he was stopped by an immigration officer who questioned his background.
“Here I am, after having put my life on the line in Vietnam and after a wrongful arrest - for which there was no official apology - and I am being asked about whether I am here legally?” thought Raja. But, he went on with his life completing his undergraduate, masters degree and CPA certification. Raja joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1976 and served as a systems accountant until his death on December 17, 2003.
Not knowing that his dad has passed away couple of hours earlier, Omar Raja - a graduate of Virginia Tech - after successfully completing his training was cleaning up the barracks and preparing his spiffy uniform at a military base in Georgia to make his dad proud the next morning in the Washington area.
Raja Sahib leaves behind three children and his wife of 28 years. While his body rests in eternal peace under an old oak tree in the Muslim Garden section of Lake View Memorial Park, on Liberty Road, his emancipated spirit is probably singing the Vietnam War era popular song in Heaven: “I am comin’ home, I have done my time …tie a yellow ribbon ‘round the old oak tree”. Raja Sahib, we’ll tie a yellow ribbon around that old oak tree and we wont forget that you have done us proud.
| Omar Raja
Omar Sultan Raja served on active duty service in the US Army from September 2003 through December 2008. Trained as an IT systems support specialist, he provided network administrative services for his unit at a battalion level during garrison operations in Savannah, GA at Hunter Army Airfield.
He served multiple deployments overseas in Baghdad, Iraq from Jan 2005-Jan 2006 and May 2007-July 2008 in support of theater operations, where he would work collaboratively with his IT team to efficiently manage and maintain servers, local area networks, tactical satellites, and communication security for his tactical operations and admin/logistics center.
His awards include the Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the Army Commendation Medals. Having honorably separated from active duty service, he now resides in Fairfax, VA.
| Lt. Mahmood Sarwar
Lt. Mahmood Sarwar joined the US Navy while still in school studying Civil Engineering at University of Houston in 2005. He wanted to serve his country and when the opportunity arose for him to do that, he jumped on it. He finished his degree in Civil engineering in December of 2006. Since then he has spent 4 months in Iraq and 6 months in Guam. Son of Imam Zafar Sarwar, he fully understands what his faith requires of him, to be loyal to his nation and protect it. He works tirelessly to serve the country he loves. He lives the motto 'for the sake of my nation' everyday. Currently he is working in mobile construction battalion.