Nassau County made a revolutionary decision in its 100-year history. County Executive Bruce Blakeman swore Rashid Khan as first muslim chaplain and badged him at a ceremony in Garden City.
Addressing the participants of the event, County Executive Bruce Blackman said Muslims are close to my heart, the deputy attorney of the county Shehryar Ali is also a Muslim.
As the chaplain, Rashid Khan will provide emotional, moral and spiritual support to Nassau police officers and staff. Khan has been in law enforcement for 25 years, volunteering as a Nassau County Police Department auxiliary officer.
Several American officials also participated in the swearing-in ceremony, while the police commissioner of Nassau County Patrick Ryder and others also spoke.
On this occasion, members of the Muslim community of county appreciated the initiative of appointing a Muslim chaplain and described this decision as the need of the hour.
This historic day is worthy of honor for all of us and it has become possible only because of our unity, our numbers in Nassau County are growing rapidly, we need to participate in local institutions as well as politics to make our identity and importance effective, they added.