President's Message:
Dear Muslims of Maryland:

Approximately 11 years ago the Muslims of Maryland started working in the direction of recognizing and empowering Muslims. By the grace of Allah SWT, we have made significant progress in promoting our vision, but still a long way from achieving our goals. The local Muslim Councils have now expanded to several counties in Maryland including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Frederick, Howard, Harford, Montgomery and Prince George’s. Additionally, we have assisted in the formation of two business and professional organizations, American Muslim Business Professional Association and Middle Eastern American Chamber of Commerce.  These organizations are necessary to empower Muslims of Maryland. I encourage readers to actively participate in these organizations. This Insha’Allah will secure our future in the United States of America.
United Maryland Muslim Council (UMMC), an umbrella organization of Muslims is working closely with the Governor of Maryland and his staff to bridge the divide in the State of Maryland; while striving hard to bring qualified Muslims into policy making positions. The UMMC has become a role model for many other organizations focusing on empowering Muslims in Maryland. A few of the achievements are discussed below;

  • Over 50 appointments for Muslims have been secured in various important state and local Boards and Commissions in last 10 years.
  • Formation of the Governor’s Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs
  • Iftar Dinner at the Governor Mansion annually since last 7 years
  • Six monthly meetings with the Governor to discuss Muslim community issues including; Inclusion of Middle Eastern Countries into the minority pool,  Arabic language in Local school system
  • Formation of the Middle Eastern Chamber of Commerce and American Muslim Business and Professional Association to empower Muslim Businesses and Professionals
  • Appointment of Muslim as a Chair of Maryland Higher Education Commission
  • Appointment of first Muslim in Governor O’Malley’s cabinet

These achievements only mark the beginning and are due to the blessing of Allah SWT, your participation and your contribution. Please continue your support and make the future of our children bright in the USA. Let us focus on the collective gains and stay away from individual gains, which have kept us from becoming a force. Your cooperation and participation is imperative for us to reap benefits in the future. Our youth is our future and UMMC is for them to get involved!

Thank You
Rizwan Siddiqi
President United Maryland Muslim Council


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