From the Holy Qur'an...
In the words of the Promised Messiahas...
Shining Star of the Month
Mehboobul Alam Ali (Seattle Majlis)
a student studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at
Drexel Univeristy, Mehboob obtained an internship at Microsoft. From
here, he was recruited straight out of school to begin working full
time. Today Mehboob is a Principal Group Manager at Microsoft. Here he
is a part of the MSN division, in which he focuses on profiling and
advertising. His main role involves building software and Internet
services based on the needs and wants of customers.
Mehboob’s views about the Internet could be interesting to those who are not a part of the Information Technology industry. He believes that the “Internet and software engineering are at very early growth stages”, and that there is a lot of potential for innovation. The infrastructure is there, but applications are not. He also says that “it is very difficult and unnatural for us humans to use computers and the Internet today”. Accordingly, he sees a big drive towards the creation of a human friendly interface. He is in favor of Microsoft buying out Yahoo, and he believes that consolidation in the Internet industry is inevitable, just like in any other growing industry.
Mehboob is very active in the Jamaat. He has been the President of the Seattle Jamaat since 1997. Prior to that, he was Qaid of Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya for Seattle. Currently he is on the Humanity First advisory board, for which he was recently played a part in creating a new website, whose servers are based and maintained in Seattle.
Not surprisingly, he is also in charge of the Information Technology department for the U.S. Jamaat. He has created a secure email system, at ww.amcusa.org, for both local and national amila members. He also heads the data center for the U.S. Jamaat., and is teaching Khuddam production level services. It is quite apparent that Seattle is tech savvy under the leadership of Mehboob.
Mehboob is taking a unique approach to preparing for the KCC program that is scheduled to be held in May. To scout out an appropriate guest base, he used a two-pronged approach. First, he invited a cluster of non-ahmadi muslims for an event entitled ‘Leadership in Islam’. Then he has also planed another event in which he will invite churches, synagogues, and other religious entities to an event focusing on Faith. These events are meant to be unifying, and will help find appropriate guests with which the Seattle Majlis can celebrate the Khilafat Centenary.
When asked about what advice he has for Khuddam, he replied with one key advice: “When it gets the toughest on your time, that is when you HAVE to sacrifice your time to the Jamaat and Allah. When I look back, it has paid off in huge ways”. He says that success in all aspects of life such as marriage, children, and one’s career are greatly tied to one’s connection with the Jamaat. May we all learn from Mehboob’s guided way of life, and may we strive to achieve highly in all aspects of our lives, for it is the spiritual aspects of our life that seem to have a large influence on how other parts of our life play out.
Story by Saad Karamat
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