Army appoints Muslim chaplain to 7th Infantry Division’s 14,000+ mostly Christian troops

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Source: Army places Muslim chaplain in charge of ministering to 14,000 troops | McClatchy DC

In January, Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz received the call every Army chaplain dreams of, the call that validates years of intense study and hard work toward keeping the U.S. military in good spiritual health.

He was offered the job of chaplain for an entire division, an honor for anyone in his field but a milestone in his case. After a ceremony this summer, Shabazz will become the first Muslim division-level chaplain in the history of the U.S. military – a Muslim spiritual leader for more than 14,000 mostly Christian soldiers.

Shabazz, who’s dedicated his life to working across religious lines, found it hard to keep calm as he received the news at his desk on Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington.

“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, 48, recalled in interviews in February. “I was running around the office saying, al hamdulillah, al hamdulillah, praise be to God!”

To get a sense of what a long shot this might’ve seemed like to Shabazz, consider the numbers: He’s one of only 10 Muslim chaplains in the entire U.S. military; of the Army’s 1,400 or so chaplains, just five are Muslim.

“When you get the call saying you have been bestowed a division, the news is kind of like, unearthly,” Shabazz said. “The list is so small and it’s such a tough cut.”

With four months until the ceremony that will make him chaplain of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division at Lewis-McChord, Shabazz has plenty of time to think about taking on such a visible role in an age of open anti-Muslim hostility. He’d like to think his transition will be as smooth as those of his Christian peers, but he knows that not everyone will welcome him as warmly as the senior officers who gave him a standing ovation when the news was announced at a meeting on base.

“For me, a regular old guy from Louisiana, I look to the heavens and say, ‘Why me?’ ” Shabazz said. “As the day gets closer, I’m sure I’ll have more anxiety and think about it more. I’m extremely proud to have been on this journey for 20 years and never would’ve imagined that I’d be chosen to be the first.”

“Islamic guy in a leadership position?” he said. “If I think about it too much, it’ll get overwhelming.”

Shabazz came into the world as Michael Barnes, born into a large Lutheran family in Alexandria, Louisiana, about three hours from New Orleans.

Faith was at the center of the household. His mother took the family to church three times a week and recited prayers with her children each night. Shabazz, a lifelong athlete with a 6-foot-5-inch, 255-pound frame, had to study catechism before he could play football and basketball on Saturdays.

Shabazz began studying Islam on his own, determined to correct the lack of knowledge revealed in his debate with the Muslim soldier. He’d work all day and then stay up well past midnight paging through the Bible and the Quran. He described it as going into a “cubbyhole.”

After two years, Michael Barnes, the devout Christian reared in a Louisiana church, decided to convert to Islam, taking the name Khallid Shabazz to complete his transformation. He said that there had been no single tipping point in his thinking, just a deep identification with Islamic tenets, such as the lack of a clerical hierarchy and the emphasis on charity.

“One of my favorite passages in the Quran asks if the man who thinks and the man who does are the same,” Shabazz said. “It’s the thinking component in Islam that really intrigued me. I am in control of my grace, and I don’t have to answer to the imam. I tell my congregation, ‘Listen, you have to do your own research.’ ”

“My job is not to convert anybody to Islam. God guides people. My only goal is to have people leave my office stronger than when they came in.”

Sometimes, though, soldiers do convert and turn to Shabazz for guidance as they enter Islam. One of the most unusual conversions came just three months ago, Shabazz said. A master sergeant in the Special Forces – a man who’d come to no Friday prayers or study groups – showed up, crying, to meet with Shabazz. He told the imam he was ready to take shahada, the modest ritual to officially accept Islam.

“He said, ‘I heard you’re a good chaplain. I’ve been thinking about Islam for about three years,’ ” Shabazz recalled. “I took him down to the mosque, he took shahada and I’ve never seen him again.”

Much of Shabazz’s workload involves the rejection of Islam rather than the embrace of it. He writes a newsletter that goes to all the commanders on base and he offers cultural awareness classes in hopes of “getting out ahead,” staving off the anti-Muslim incidents that have made headlines at other bases. He writes memos in support of soldiers seeking halal meals or prayer breaks, hoping to bridge the communication gap with officers that existed when he was a young enlisted Muslim.

“Some of the challenges will be really changing perceptions, changing mindsets, showing that I am something other than what they see – the guy on TV, the boogeyman,” Shabazz said. “I have a real opportunity to be an ambassador for the Army and for my religion.”


His religion is antithetical to all others.

16 thoughts on “Army appoints Muslim chaplain to 7th Infantry Division’s 14,000+ mostly Christian troops

  1. Sad. Shared to my public FB with my added inflamatory comments:

    HOW THE HELL IS IN CHARGE HERE? WTF WOULD WE PUT A MOSLEM IN THAT POSITION? TO TRY TO CONVERT THE DAMN TROOPS? SOME HEADS NEED TO ROLL, AND THIS POS IMAM FILTHY BASTARD NEEDS TO BE COURT MARSHALLED AND SENT TO SOME DAND CAVE IN MIDDLE EAST!!!!!!!! LET’S START FIXING THIS SHIT! ISLAM IS HERE TO KILL US. PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE. THESE FILTHY SCUM TELL US TO OUR FACES THAT IS THEIR INTENTION! SO WHY THE FUCK DO WE PUT SOME SAND N LIKE THIS IN THAT POSITION? GODAM BRAIN DEAD LIBERAL ASSWIPES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • mikekiljom You are spot on Also don’t forget muslim woed to destroy America from within and that is what is happenin. How do you think ex-president obama got into WH? He ficiletated muslims to get into prime posts ,so they can bring America down to its knees. Now with President Trump in WH , people like you ought to march in DC and demand the purge of those trators. Are Americans gone MAD? Now see http://www.thereligionofpeace.com

  2. This man was born into a Christian family and converted to Islam. In doing so, he consciously and intentionally rejected Christ as the Son of God. This, in our Savior’s own words, makes him an anti-Christ.

    How in the world can anyone with a modicum of understanding place an ANTI-CHRIST in the position of a “shepherd” over nearly 14,000 Christian souls???

    C’mon! I thought this morally bankrupt insanity was going to end with Trump’s presidency and his replacing godless misfits with real MEN within our military leadership. This is just awful news.

  3. I am sure someone appointed this man as a division chaplain without any consideration of politics but purely because of his “deep” religious convictions and empathy for the needs of the troops. What next a Satanist?

  4. Whoever made this appointment of a convert member of a religiopolical organization which adheres to the tenets of a 1,400 year old book that instructs its faithful to conquer and enslave or murder every living soul who rejects their faith should be stood against a wall and shot by a firing squad.

  5. Whom ever appointed a Muslim to advise, comfort and preach to mainly Christian military personal is off their rocker. There is no way that a Muslim can fulfill the needs of Christians, Jewish, or other non Muslim faiths. it goes against the Qur’an and sharia law for him to do so, the only thing this allows for is for him to bring people to Islam in the military. The troops will not like this and they will unless ordered not attend services by a Muslim cleric.

  6. Can any one of you emagine a Christian priest apointed as Imam of muslim army in any muslim country.? Americans for doomed as are Eurpeans , Google ” muslim demography” and cry.

  7. Time to un-appoint.
    Obama hates the America that made America great.
    This is just typical of IslamObama’s destruction of our military and has to be a result of military moles still acting out his hatred of the America that made America great.
    He had replaced warriors with politician ‘Yes’ men and women wearing uniforms.
    The degration of our military was just another part of his quest to transform the USA into the third-world tin-pot dictatorship of his twisted dreams.

    US Army, Retired

  8. Why this Chaplain is unsuitable to be over American troops:

    FACT: Islam and Sharia Law are 180° opposite from American and UK values, traditions and our Constitutions.

    FACT: Sharia is the religious law governing the members of the Islamic faith. It is derived from the religious precepts of Islam, particularly the Quran and the Hadith.

    FACT: Sharia Law demands that it be the only law.

    FACT: Sharia Law requires the elimination of our Constitution and all federal, state and local laws.

    FACT: Sharia Law requires the elimination of all non-Muslims unless they convert to Islam.

    FACT: Sharia Law is treasonous and seditious under our Constitution and laws.

    FACT: And then there is Islam’s secret: Hijra … jihad by immigration….immigrate and take over by population expansion.

    FACT: Reports say 2 to 3 ISIS terrorists and 12 people sympathetic to radical Islam are likely to infiltrate the Europe for each 100 “refugees” is on the list of top ten reasons to not allow waves of Muslim and Syrian/Iraqi immigration.

    FACT: According to the UN, 72% of the so called “Refugees” are men 40 and younger. Only 13% are children….AND, there is no way to vet them.

    FACT: Poll after poll, of Muslims everywhere, show that they are sympathetic to the goals of ISIS and al-Qaeda.

    FACT: Sharia Law is why Muslims DO NOT assimilate well into Western culture.

    FACT: Everywhere Muslims have immigrated or resettled as refugees, they have established Sharia Law and their own courts…in defiance of host countries’ laws.

    FACT: In England, Muslims have set up 85+ Sharia Law courts…against English laws…80% of Muslim marriages are not recognized by English law.

    FACT: Muslims do NOT WANT to assimilate…Take a look at Europe. If anything, “No go” zones in some places…and the mayhem and rapes perpetrated by Muslim refugees across Europe.

    FACT: Muslim refugees don’t want to be Americans either and have NO idea or care for our laws and way of life. They just want to continue life as Muslims and follow Sharia law…They have absolutely no intention to be integrated into the America.

    FACT: Case after case of young Muslim men in the UK and America have been siding with ISIS…proving these Muslims living in the UK and here are not loyal citizens.

    FACT: Islamic ideology is to rid the world of NON-MUSLIMS. If you doubt, read the Koran. It is written.

    FACT: Muslims conquer when they can. If they cannot conquer, they try to integrate . . . until it is time to conquer.

    FACT: There are NO peaceful Muslims. ONLY varying degrees of patience. Some are doing jihad now, others are waiting. BUT, all have the same goal…an Islam world.

    FACT: We Americans have NO responsibility to let anybody into our country. Yet, no country has taken in more refugees and immigrants.

    WHY allow immigration or refugee status to groups trying to take way our freedoms and completely erase us from the earth?

  9. Banning Muslims & Sharia Law in the USA is NOT a matter of religious freedom:

    ••• Just Six comparisons of our Constitution and Sharia Law: •••

    1) The Constitution is the supreme law of the land
    ~ US Constitution

    Allah’s word is the government…inplace of US Constitution and laws
    ~ Sharia Law

    2) The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed
    ~ US Constitution

    Non-Muslims cannot possess weapons of any kind
    ~ Sharia Law

    3) No unreasonable searches and seizures
    ~ US Constitution

    Seize land, houses and wealth of non-Muslims
    ~ Sharia Law

    4) No cruel and unusual punishments
    ~ US Constitution

    Cut off the hands of thieves
    ~ Sharia Law

    5) Congress Shall allow Freedom of Speech
    ~ US Constitution

    You shall not insult Allah or his Prophet
    ~ Sharia Law

    6) Congress Shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion
    ~ US Constitution

    Those who reject Islam must be killed
    ~ Sharia Law

    Communism, Marxism, Fascism, Socialism, BLM, the KKK and Sharia Law are NOT compatible with our American system of laws, justice and freedoms.

    Sharia Law is treasonous and seditious under our Constitution and laws.

    WHY allow immigration or refugee status to groups and people who have sworn allegiance to Sharia Law…and want to take way our freedoms and completely erase us from the earth?

    Our Constitution doesn’t say we have to let anybody in. Why shoot ourselves?

  10. LEARN THIS WORD: ‘Taqiyya’

    “Taqiyya”….lying for the glory of Allah…the advancement of the Islam…your considered above others to Allah coz you are active in doing his work.

    WHILE A MUSLIM DOES JIHAD, ANOTHER MUSLIM COMES AND TELLS YOU THAT THE JIHAD MUSLIM IS NOT ISLAM.

    With one hand on the Quran, they will even lie to you about this and the meaning and then lie about what they lied about…ANYTHING for the advancement of Islam.

    THINK CAIR WHEN YOU SEE THIS WORD: ‘Taqiyya’

    THINK MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD WHEN YOU SEE THIS WORD: ‘Taqiyya’

    THINK MUSLIM STUDENT’S ASSOCIATION WHEN YOU SEE THIS WORD: ‘Taqiyya’

    THINK MOST MUSLIMS IN OUR MILITARY WHEN YOU SEE THIS WORD: ‘Taqiyya’

    ….youtube. com/watch?v=zremjF997v
    Explanation of Taqiyya and how I’m NOT a Muslim

    http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/quran/taqiyya.aspx

  11. Be educated so you can help to defend the country from these anti-American libs and Muslims…WHAT ISLAM HAS INSTORE FOR US…(See Below)

    (SKIP YouTube’s ‘woe is me’ pro Caliphate ads at the beginning of videos…they are designed to make you think your watching the real video)

    Must Watch: 1400 yrs of Islam history in a few minutes…

    Ex-Muslim Woman Warns America, THEY’RE HERE TO KILL YOU!

    Sharia Law: The Silent Take Over of Europe And America – Immigration Crisis 2016

    Muslim Demographics

    From Europe to America – The Caliphate Muslim Trojan Horse

    How Islam Is Destroying Europe

    Americans if this does not get your attention, nothing will!

    Dearborn, MI. Shows Why Trump Is Right On Islam

    Muslims in Japan are stopped, take notice USA, Europe, watch and learn!

    There are NO peaceful Muslims. ONLY varying degrees of patience. BUT, all have the same goal.

    Rather than openly participate in Jihad, most are just waiting…until it’s time to conquer.

    PS: Still not sure? See: …thereligionofpeace.com

  12. ‘Reminds me of the scene in “Rosemary’s Baby” where Rose Mary first sees her “offspring” and the “Head witch” …The old man”” forget his name ..oh well WTF,” says,”GOD IS DEAD SATIN LIVES IT IS THE YEAR ONE!!!!!!!” ………..Lately there aren’t too many times where I think “HERSHEL’S DICTUM” should “NOT” be enforced!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Got Gunz……………….OUTLAW!!!!!!!,
    skybill-out

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