Reaching for the Skies, Feet Firmly on the Ground

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Mustafa Kheraluwala Rolls-Royce UK

Mustafa Kheraluwala Rolls-Royce UK

The name Rolls-Royce is synonymous with royalty, the highest standards of workmanship and luxury. Instantly the mind pictures stately, hand-crafted automobiles of unmatched grace and refinement. But whilst the name Rolls-Royce continues to adorn prestige cars, the firm is actually a manufacturer of engines and power systems for air, sea and land transportation. Rolls-Royce designed its first aero engine during the First World War eventually providing almost half the horsepower for the allied air forces. Today, Rolls-Royce engines are amongst the most technically advanced power systems anywhere in the world.

For Mustafa Kheraluwala, Rolls-Royce has become the realisation of a lifetime's ambition to - quite literally - reach for the skies. Born in the Kolkata, India in 1991 to a father originally hailing from Sidhpur, Gujarat, they came to settle in the small town of Chandrapur - about 3 hours drive from Nagpur. He stayed there for 14 years before moving on to the glitz and glamour of the Gulf Emirate of Dubai.

"My father is a businessman and an inspiration to all of my extended family through his sincerity, commitment and 'never say die' attitude. My mother is a housewife and is the glue which keeps our family together. She is the reason I have developed the good traits and characters taught by our leader Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS.

Photo courtesy Rolls-Royce Plc Having being blessed with wonderful parents, I was always given the freedom to pursue my passions, in any field. There was never any finish line defined in the journey of learning. Airplanes excited me from a very young age. The feeling, as a child, of seeing something so huge fly so gracefully was of pure amazement!

As I grew up I read the autobiography of our [India's] ex-President the late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam – 'Wings of Fire'. That cemented in me that aviation is where my future lies. I studied Aeronautical Engineering in the same university he had done, in Chennai. Having gained the core technical knowledge in 2013 I came to Nottingham, UK to study Manufacturing Engineering

All through this journey of mine I constantly received guidance and blessings of the late Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA and feel very much as if I continue to do so. He and our present da`i Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS have been my constant, unflinching source of strength in everything I do.

The Dawoodi Bohra jamaat of Nottingham have helped and supported me incredibly. This has become my second home and the jamaat have a history of doing a great deal for all the students who come here to study at the city's famous universities. For a foreign student, in a location far away from home, what we miss most is mother's hand-cooked food.

The Kheraluwala family at home in Dubai

The Kheraluwala family at home in Dubai

And so the biggest blessing has been the Faizul Mawaaid food that is delivered to our doorstep every day!

Currently I work as a manufacturing engineer for Rolls-Royce Plc. I am in the civil aerospace division and am responsible for developing methods and processes for manufacturing complex components to the highest quality and on time delivery. I intend to get exposure in both the technical and management domains and develop further within the aviation industry.

Being a Dawoodi Bohra Muslim, I am proud to wear my topi everywhere. I am fortunate that Rolls-Royce has a very diverse culture and people both at work and outside respect me for following my religion diligently and respect my right to do so even in the workplace.