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
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.