Three Boy Scouts from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Troop 1576 have achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout. The ADAMS Center celebrated these scouts' accomplishments with a ceremony Saturday.
Mustafa Khan, Rehan Siddiqui and Shahmeer Wamiq are the three newest Eagle Scouts, bringing the ADAMS Center Eagle Scouts up to 18. The ADAMS Center has 500 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venture Scouts.
Of all Boy Scouts, only 4 percent achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, ADAMS Center Board Chairman Rizwan Jaka said. Additionally, all of the boys are well-rounded in their academics, sports and dedication to religion and community service.
In order to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, all three had to conduct a community service project. Khan helped collect school supplies with school bags distributed to FAITH Social Service clients in need, Siddiqui helped manage support of a food pantry in ADAMS Sully Center and Wamiq helped manage the building of ADAMS parking lot speed bumps for traffic safety.
"Scouting is very much about community service and giving back," Jaka said.
The group celebrated with a ceremony, dinner and fellowship Saturday. Several elected officials shared in the celebration, including Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.-10th), Del. David Reid (D-32) and Supervisor Koran Saines (D-Sterling) and representatives from the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and local religious groups.
The three boys also received certificates and letters from Gov. Ralph Northam (D), Attorney General Mark Herring (D), Del. Jennifer Boysko (D-86), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34) and State Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-33).
The ADAMS Center hosts a ceremony every time a Boy Scout in their troop achieves the rank of Eagle Scout or when an ADAMS Center Girl Scout wins the Gold Award.
Jaka says there are a few more Boy Scouts in the pipeline to become Eagle Scouts, including his son, Mikaeel, whose Eagle Project is creating a trail in the African-American Burial Ground for the Enslaved at Belmont so that people can more easily pay their respects.