Khalil Abdar-Rashid - Delaware
Updated: Jun 16
Why don’t you tell us about yourself, how would you describe yourself?
My Name is Khalil Abdar-Rashid. As a kid, I was aware of the destruction that alcohol and drugs were having on my family and community. I grew up in a family and community devastated by alcohol and drug use. These things seemed normal. It wasn’t until my own experience with alcohol, drugs, and treatment when I realize that these things weren’t normal and the true impact they were having on my family and community was far greater than I could imagine. As a result, I decided I needed to be a part of the solution. In treatment, I discovered my purpose and passion and have since dedicated my life to its’ pursuit and fulfillment.
What do we need to know about your professional life?
I am the Executive Director of Aquila of Delaware, Inc. I’ve been in this field for over 20 years. I graduated college with a degree in Psychology. I became a certified Peer Recovery Specialist in 2018. I became a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) in 2019.
What would you say is something that makes you stand out from others?
What makes me stand out from others is my journey.
Single or married? Tell us why you make a great mate?
I am married. I have two sons - Kevin - 29yrs old and Salil- 3 yrs old. What makes me a great mate is I am humble and faith-driven. I am consistent in the things I enjoy and the things I don't. I wake up every day thinking of how I can positively impact my family today. How can I serve as a positive example of a black male for my sons?
What is something that you hope to improve about yourself?
I would love to develop a better work-life balance. I work 10-15 hours a day, 6 or 7 days per week. I believe in service to others. As a result my family often comes in second to my career. I would love to work less, earn more and continue to serve others.
What words of advice would you give to black men concerning staying positive in today's times?
The times we live in are difficult. I believe the best way to stay positive is to draw on faith. I believe if God brings us to it He will bring us through it. Every morning I say as part of my prayer,
"Our Lord, place not on us a burden greater than we have the strength to bear."
This allows me to remain focused, humble, and committed to the journey. I know that whatever I encounter during the course of the day, my Lord has bestowed upon me the strength to bear it. Faith also allows us to accept the uncertainty of life. God doesn't make mistakes. So it is important for me to look for the blessings and lessons in all things. Faith, humility, and surrender are the keys to staying positive during today's times.
Name three things you can’t live without.
I can't live without my faith, family, and chocolate.
What can black men do better?
I believe one of the things we can do better is being more present and active in the lives of our children. I meet so many children whose fathers are in prison, on drugs, or deceased; leaving their children to be raised by the streets. As a result violence and incarceration rates among our youth continue to increase. We can blame it on the system, get tough on crime, antiquated laws, etc.; however, the bottom line is we have known these things about the system and still continue to allow ourselves to get caught up in it. We can no longer minimize our role in the lives of our children. We have to do better in order to break this vicious cycle. I've witnessed an entire generation of young black men in Delaware lose their ability to vote due to incarceration. An entire generation without the ability to participate in or have a significant impact on changing the system. Due to low or lack of education, their financial impact on the community will also be lessened. How do you keep them involved or motivate them to participate in a process that will exclude them because of mistakes made in their youth?
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