Veteran Sacramento activist Rashid Ahmad, who for decades has built bridges between Muslims, Jews, Christians, Sikhs and Buddhists, will be honored Saturday night by The Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims.
Ahmad, a Pakistani American who earned his master's in engineering at UC Davis and devoted his life to breaking stereotypes, will receive SALAM's Distinguished Award for Community Service at the Citrus Heights Community Center, 6300 Fountain Square Drive.
Metwalli Amer, founder of SALAM, said Ahmad played an instrumental role in establishing UC Davis Medical Schools's Shifa Community Clinic to serve the poor.
Ahmad, whose personal mantra is "harmony through diversity," served on the board of directors of the Capital Unity Council, now known as the Institute for Advancing Unity. Ahmad helped create the Muslim Youth Leadership Program and the Greater Sacramento Muslim Cemetery, Amer said.
Ahmad also co-founded the Sacramento Valley chapter of CAIR (The Council on American Islamic Relations), a civil rights organization.
A retired engineer with the state Department of Water Resources, Ahmad has created the non-profit Resources for Education and Community Health to serve the underprivileged worldwide by building schools and health facilities.
For more information or to reserve a ticket for the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m., call (916) 979-1933, ext.2.