36th West Coast Jalsa Salana

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
United States of America

Ahmadiyya Muslim Humanitarian Award

  • Overview

    In 2011, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA established the inaugural Ahmadiyya Muslim Humanitarian Award to annually recognize the services and contributions of individuals who selflessly strive to assist oppressed and disadvantaged communities around the world.

    By giving a voice to the voiceless, these individuals protect and safeguard fundamental and universal human rights, guaranteed both in the Holy Qur’an and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    This award is presented annually at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA’s national convention in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

  • 2022 Recipient

    The Honorable Sam Brownback, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom (2018-2021)

  • Past Recipients

    Past recipients of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Humanitarian Award include lawmakers, public servants, NGO leaders, charity workers and academics.


    Blake Strayhorn, President and Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Durham,
    North Carolina Congresswoman Norma Torres of California


    Scott Cooper, Director of National Outreach for Human Rights First
    Veterans for American Ideals
    Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois


    Lutheran Services in America
    Lutheran Services of the Carolinas
    Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services


    Dr. Milton Boniuk, Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance at Rice University


    Bill Ayers, Co-Founder of Why Hunger
    Congressman Mike Honda of California


    Congressman Andre Carson of Indiana
    Robert George, Chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom


    Katrina Lantos Swett, Chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom
    Congressman Frank Wolf of Virginia


    Tina Ramirez, Director of International and Government Relations at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty


    Nina Shea, Commissioner for the US Commission on International Religious Freedom
    Congresswoman Jackie Speier of California
    Veerawit Tianchainan, Executive Director of the Thai Committee for Refugees Foundation