The U.S. Army has hired a Muslim chaplain, Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz, to be the spiritual advisor to 14,000 Christian soldiers.
Shabazz, a converted Muslim himself, will be tasked with giving spirited advice to the 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. In the entirety of U.S. military forces, there are only 10 Muslim chaplains out of 1,400.
In a statement to The Daily Caller, Shabazz recounts receiving the offer:
“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. 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. The list is so small and it’s such a tough cut.”
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Shabazz converted to Islam at the age of 23, when he was stationed in Germany during his tenure as a soldier. He was formerly known as Michael Barnes, an African-American Lutheran from Louisiana, before his conversion.
In terms of being seen as a conduit that will make soldiers convert to Islam, Shabazz claims he has no intentions of doing so. “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.”
H/T: Daily Caller
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