This was made known in the US Department of State website.
According to the State Department, “Abudullahi was being honoured for selflessly risking his own life to save members of another religious community, who would have likely been killed without his intervention.”
During the ceremony, the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback said; another awardee who could not make it tonight, but I just have to read this about him”.
However, it was gathered that the Imam could not make it to the event, but his profile was read out by the US Ambassador.
Also awarded at the event were some selected persons from Cyprus, Sudan, Brazil, and Iraq.
The International Religious Freedom Awards (IRFA) is the US State Department’s first-ever organised to honor Religious freedom advocates.
The recipients were also commended by the U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo during the event.
“I’m especially honored tonight to share the stage with the men and women who have demonstrated how much each one of us is capable of in advancing this noble shared cause. If the future of religious freedom rests on solid ground, it’s because of people who are sharing the stage with me tonight.
“To say that each of them is brave is a gross understatement. To say their work is tough does not go nearly far enough.”
On his Twitter handle, he added; Privileged to present five extraordinary #religiousfreedom advocates with the @StateDept’s first-ever #IRFAwards today. Their heroic efforts to build bridges & protect vulnerable religious minorities, often at their own personal risk, are an inspiration to us all.