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