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State, Local Officials Break Fast with MCC Community PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Muslim Link Staff   
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 09:46
The Muslim Community Center in Silver Springs celebrated their annual Ramadan Iftar for the elected officials of the state of Maryland on Friday, July 26, 2013 with food and several proclamations.

The event was officiated by Zaffar Mirza, member of MCC’s board of trustees and current chair of the Public Relations committee.  “We do it every year and invite Montgomery county officials as well as elected officials from the State of Maryland,” said Mirza in an interview with the Muslim Link.

Guests started arriving at 7:00 p.m. After recitation of the Quran by the Imam of MCC, Muhammad Abdullahi, and a welcome address by Rasheed Makhdoom, president of MCC, Dr. Tahoora Khawaja, Chair of the Board of the MCC Medical Clinic gave an update on clinic.

Doug Gansler, Attorney General of the State of Maryland was the keynote speaker. Gansler is expected to run for governor in the next elections. He recently unveiled six ethics reform ideas aimed at increasing transparency on his website. “Maryland is consistently ranked in the bottom half of integrity reports. The status quo on accountability is not good enough," he said.

Councilman George Leventhal, Lily Qi, liaison to the Asian community for Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, Rev. Tim Warner, Chief Engagement and Partnership Officer at Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) also attended the event.

Councilman Leventhal presented a proclamation to MCC.  Rev. Mansfield “Kasey” Kaseman, Interfaith Community Liaison, Office of Community Partnership, Montgomery County presented a proclamation on behalf of County Executive Leggitt. Judge Hasan El-Amin, Judge, 7th Judicial Circuit of Maryland was amongst those who addressed the gathering.

Karen Montgomery, Senator State of Maryland, State Delegates Aruna Miller and Craig Zucker were also present.  Iman Awad representing Gov. O’Malley’s Office presented a proclamation to MCC, as well as three citations.  Dr Asif Quadri, founder of the MCC Clinic, Dr. Sajjad Durrani, founding member of MCC, and Meme Hasnain, member of MCC’s PR committee received the Governor's citations.

Director James Stowe of the Office of Human Rights, Uma Ahluwalia, Director of Health & Human Services, John “Jay” Kenney, Chief of Aging and Disability, Amber Khan, Commissioner Anis Ahmed at Governors Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, Jody Docca of MCPS and Diane Fink, Executive Director “Emerge Maryland” were also in attendance.

The Montgomery County police department was represented by Luther R.Reynold, Asst. Chief of Police, who spoke at the event as well as Darryl McSwain, Asst. Chief of Police, Patrol Service and Sharif Hidayat. Hidayat who is the Police Department Community Outreach officer was honored last September with an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) SHIELD Award.

The Chief of Police, J. Thomas Manger was out of town as was County Executive Leggett, so could not attend.

Also attending were Irma Hafeez  and Tofail Ahmed of MCMD, Hon. J. Dr. Odile Brunetto Ed.D Director of Area Agency on Aging, Dept. of Health and Human Services, Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi, President of the World Organization for Resource Development & Education, Sara Rosen, Office of Congressman Chris Van Holen, and Beth Shapiro, LSW, Senior Services, from Rockville, MD.

Many guests were accompanied by their spouses gathered to celebrate the month of mercy. About 50 people were invited and joining them were several members from the MCC community. 

Rev. Mansfield presented a proclamation from County Executive Leggitt.  As the fast broke at 8:28 p.m. and the members of the community went to pray, the guests started their buffet style dinner. With closing remarks by Mirza at 9:50, some guests stayed on for socializing.

One group of guests was escorted to witness the salah and see the masjid and another group proceeded to visit the clinic. “Many of them said that they always wondered about the masjid when they drove past the dome on New Hampshire Avenue and were awestruck,” said Mirza. They were impressed and appreciated that the center hosted them.

“The clinic is a matter of pride for both the county and for us,” said Mirza,”we are planning another big project, a pioneer in [Muslim] senior housing.”

MCC hosted iftar everyday for the greater community serving 200-400 people.
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