Friday, October 14, 2016

USA: Ahmadi Muslim youth leader among honorees by Centreville Immigration Forum


Born in Pakistan, Ibrahim Choudhary immigrated to America in 2006 at age 13. After Westfield, he graduated from GMU and is now an IT manager with the U.S. Department of Labor.

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By Bonnie Hobbs | October 13, 2016

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The Centreville Immigration Forum (CIF) is dedicated to helping local immigrants find work and better their lives. So it was fitting that the theme for its second annual dinner was “Celebrating Our Global Community.”

Held Sept. 30 at the International Country Club in Chantilly, the event honored particular people who’ve come here from different parts of the world and contributed significantly to improving the lives of others in Northern Virginia.
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The CIF runs the Centreville Labor Resource Center, which connects immigrants to jobs and makes sure they get paid. And new CLRC Director Jasmine Blaine spoke of her plans for a financial-literacy program for the workers to teach them about banking and the importance of having a checking account. She also intends to redesign the center, start a women’s group and work on family literacy.
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The last recipient, Ibrahim Choudhary, graduated from Westfield High and is a leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth of Northern Virginia. He’s dedicated himself, and organized other youth, to work for peace, understanding and service to the community.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has a mosque in Chantilly and its motto is “Love for all, hatred for none.” Choudhary and his youth-group members focus on correcting misconceptions about Muslim youth and serving their local communities through projects such as food drives for the poor and the dissemination of flyers bearing messages of peace.

Under Choudhary’s leadership, they’ve volunteered regularly with the Capital Area Food Bank; and this May, they supported Humanity First’s U.S. telethon and helped raise more than $700,000 for a hospital in Pakistan. The youth group also joined with Food Fight and other organizations to assemble 5 million meals to feed more than 14,000 hungry children around the world.

Born in Pakistan, Choudhary immigrated to America in 2006 at age 13. After Westfield, he graduated from GMU and is now an IT manager with the U.S. Department of Labor.

“Being a youth leader for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, our goal is to bridge the gaps between communities, learn about each other and have peaceful relationships,” he said. “We do this by getting our youth involved in the community.”

“We promote interfaith dialogue so people will come together,” added Choudhary. “In 2011, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we held blood drives across the country to honor the 9/11 victims. Islam teaches peace, and we always want to promote more dialogue and understanding.”


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