U.S. ARMY MUSLIM CHAPLAIN KHALLID SHABAZZ PROMOTED TO GIVE SPIRITUAL COUNSEL TO 14,000 CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS…DOES HE USE KORAN OR THE BIBLE?
( WND ) Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz, 48, was recently named division-level chaplain for the Army’s 7th Infantry at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington, a title that puts him in charge of providing spiritual counsel to roughly 14,000 mostly-Christian U.S. soldiers.
Shabazz has been an Army chaplain for years, one of only 10 Muslim chaplains in the entire U.S. military and one of only five in the Army.
And in four months, his appointment will be formalized, via a division ceremony at Lewis-McChord.
“When you get the call saying you have been bestowed a division, the news is kind of like, unearthly,” Shabazz said, McClatchy D.C. reported. “The list is so small and it’s such a tough cut.”
And his reaction when he got the call?
“I’m on the phone saying, ‘Thank you, I appreciate it,’” he said, to McClatchy D.C. “Then I hang up the phone and I’m jumping all around like a little kid … running around the office saying, al hamdulillah, al hamdulillah, praise be to God.”
“The Evidence Bible” is now available and includes, besides the King James version, dozens of articles expanding answers to questions such as why is there suffering, explanations about what Muslims believe and scientific facts written millennia before man discovered them.
Not all are going to be happy with the appointment, he acknowledged.
“For me, a regular old guy from Louisiana, I look to the heavens and say, ‘Why me?’ As the day gets closer, I’m sure I’ll have more anxiety and think about it more,” he told McClatchy. “Islamic guy in a leadership position? If I think about it too much, it’ll get overwhelming.”
Shabazz was born Michael Barnes to a Lutheran family who lived about three hours from New Orleans. He attended Jarvis Christian College in eastern Texas, and after graduating, went back to Louisiana and taught fifth-grade biology.
He quit at the age of 23 and joined the Army. And it was while serving in Germany that he converted from Christian to Muslim.