Army Let. Col. Khallid Shabazz is a Muslim chaplain and is now handling the spiritual affairs of 14,000 soldiers, the majority of whom are Christian. He received the offer to advise at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord for the 7th Infantry Division. Shabazz was born Lutheran in Louisiana, but when stationed in Germany, he worked with a Muslim soldier, where he faced an internal struggle that led him to Islam. He changed his religion and then changed his name. He has been selected because he spends his time advocating Islam and then there are less “anti-Muslim” incidents on bases. There are 1,400 chaplains in the Army and only five of them are Muslim; across all the services, there are only ten Muslim chaplains.
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“I’m on the phone saying, ‘Thank you, I appreciate it. I’ll serve honorably,’ and then I hang up the phone and I’m jumping all around like a little kid,” Shabazz said. “I was running around the office saying, al hamdulillah, al hamdulillah, praise be to God!” “When you get the call saying you have been bestowed a division, the news is kind of like, unearthly,” Shabazz added. “The list is so small and it’s such a tough cut.” “My job is not to convert anybody to Islam,” Shabazz said. “God guides people. My only goal is to have people leave my office stronger than when they came in.”