Benzworld OT members,
I was reading this article by the Asbury Park Press about Muslim-American United States Army Specialist Kareem R. Khan and I would like to share it with our forum.
Below is the link for the article and a photograph of Specialist Kareem R. Khan.
Link: The Iraq Page - Kareem R. Khan
James Van Thach
Asbury Park Press -- STAFFORD â€” When it came to a post-high school career decision, there was nothing Kareem R. Khan wanted to do other than join the Army.
Spurred by the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Khan, a 2005 graduate of Southern Regional High School, wanted to show that not all Muslims were fanatics and that many, like him, were willing to lay their lives down for their country. He enlisted immediately after graduation and was sent to Iraq in July 2006.
So when his father, Feroze "Roy" Khan, saw three soldiers walking up to his door on Monday, he knew what it meant.
Spc. Kareem Khan, 20, was killed with four others earlier this week when a blast destroyed a house he and members of his division, the Stryker Brigade Combat Team, were clearing in Baqouba, Iraq.
An interpreter and 12 soldiers were also injured in the explosion, the Army said.
"It's something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy," Feroze Khan, 49, said Thursday night at his home in the Ocean Acres section.
Khan's faith in Islam is important now to his father and stepmother, Nisha Khan, because they want to make sure people in America know that Muslims like Kareem were willing to fight for their country.
"His Muslim faith did not make him not want to go. It never stopped him," said Feroze Khan. "He looked at it that he's American and he has a job to do."
The last package Nisha Khan, 40, sent her stepson included a necklace that had Kareem's name in Arabic, next to the word "Bismillah," which means praise to Allah.
In the Islamic tradition, last rites must be within a few days of death. Khan's funeral at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia is scheduled Thursday. The family will perform traditional Islamic rites at home and have a full military burial.
"Hopefully, Allah will understand," said Nisha Khan.