The Dawoodi Bohra families of Anjuman -e-Vajihi, Central & Northern Florida, honor the memory and sacrifice of their very own Captain Ali Akbar Jivanjee, the first Muslim American to become a fighter pilot in the US Air Force.
Stationed at Eglin Air Force Base, Captain Jivanjee was assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron of the 33rd Fighter Wing and fell in the line of action during a training mission in Feb 2008.
From San Dimas, California, he attended the University of California on a Legionnaires Scholarship and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. He was commissioned as an officer in 2004 and attended a specialized undergraduate pilot training program at Laughlin AFB that he graduated from in 2006.
Captain Ali’s parents, Mehboob and Anisa are active members of the Tampa Dawoodi Bohra community – hosting Eid holidays, engaging in events and activities, and driving a successful perfume business.
His parents fondly remember today the motto of their beloved late son – “if you are going to do something for the next 50 years of your life, you might as well do something you love.” His loving mother Anisa adds, “He only could do what he loved for a few years, but boy was he happy doing it. He was extremely hard working and focused.”
“Love of one’s country is integral to faith.” This is the teaching of the spiritual lead of the Dawoodi Bohra community, His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin. Captain Ali has certainly set a high standard for this lofty ideal.