11/11/2016 – Veterans Day Reflection from The Chair of the Board of ADAMS – Rizwan Jaka

As Chair of the Board of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), I remind us all that we stand together as our Nation Commemorates Veterans Day this  Friday, November 11, 2016. We remember all those Heroes that have served and are serving the United States of America and Defending Freedom. We thank them and their families for the dedication and sacrifice.

Recently, more members of our community have joined the US Military and we appreciate their dedication and beginning their journey of leadership, service, and sacrifice for America.

Please see on of our Eagle Scouts who helped Military Families: http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/NBC4s-2014-12-Days-of-Giving–285232691.html
Please see the Muslim American Veterans Association http://mavanational.com/
Please see American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council http://www.amafandvac.org/links/

Special Thanks to all those that have served in the U.S. Department of Defense or that have had family members that have served in the U.S. Department of Defense. We thank them  and their families for the sacrifice, dedication, and service to our Country.

It is a day like this, that we take time to reflect on our community members’ and their families’ dedication and sacrifice to our country and community. Please see below a list of some members of our community that are involved in the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) community, DC Area community, or Nationally that have served Honorably or are currently serving Honorably for the United States of America.
1) Br. Bob Marro(ADAMS Board Member & Former US Army National Guard)
2) Br. Joshua Salaam(ADAMS Youth Director & Former USAF)
3) Br. Noman Khan(ADAMS MIS Cmte & Former USMC),
4) Dr. Sameer Ahmad(Former ADAMS Health Network/Clinic Board Member & Former USAF)
5) Br. Abdul Rashid Abdullah(ICNVT Scouts & Former US Army)
6) Br. Mahmood Qadri(ICNVT Scouts & Former Army National Guard)
7) Imam Talib Shareef(Masjid Muhammad & Former USAF)
8) Chaplain Abdur-Rasheed Muhammad(Former US Army Chaplain)
9) Lyndon Bilal(Masjid Muhammad, Retired US Army,  and MAVA)
10) Sultan Aziz Muhammad(Masjid Muhammad, Retired US Army, and MAVA)
11) Capt Imran Khan(US Army Reserves)
12) Commander Abuhena M. Saifulislam(US Navy Chaplain)
13) Br. Ali Khwaja(ADAMS Qurtuba Team and US Army National Guard)
14) Br. Zeeshan Khan(Former USMC)
15) Br. Rafay Hassan, (Retired USMC, ADAMS Scout Leader, Mclean Islamic Center Chair of Security
16) Br. Jawaad Farooq(ADAMS Cub Scouts and Active Duty US Air Force)
17) Br. Ali Khawaja (ADAMS Law enforcement Relations and Active Duty US Army National Guard)
18) Br. Jafar Kazmi (Active Duty US Army West Point)

We remember one of our community members who served Honorably in the U.S. Army and was killed in action in 2005. Staff Sergeant Ayman Taha, United States Army ADAMS held Funeral Services for him at ADAMS Main Center Mosque in Sterling and he was buried in Arlington Cemetery. Imam Magid(Executive Religious Director of ADAMS) and Rizwan Jaka(Chair of the ADAMS Board) were asked to represent the Community at the Service at Arlington Cemetery in 2005.

We Remember Captain Humayun S. M. Khan, 27, of Bristow, Virginia who served Honorably in the U.S. Army and was killed in action in 2004. He was buried in Arlington Cemetery

American Muslims honorably served America in the US Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia, Kovsova, Afghanistan, Iraq, and more.

We pray for peace among all peoples and nations
God Bless America.
Rizwan Jaka
Chair, Board of Trustees, All Dulles Area Muslim Society(ADAMS)
Board Member, Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington(IFC)
Board Member, Islamic Society of North America(ISNA)
Member At Large, Goose Creek District Committee, NCAC Boy Scouts of America

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