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Montgomery County Muslim Foundation (MCMF) is a grassroots, non-profit, tax exempt, charitable organization in Montgomery County, Maryland

MCMF Board's Appeal to the Community

Friday, 20th Mar 2015

Dear Friends,

The MCMF is your organization engaged in various activities that favorably impact the environment in which we live as residents of Montgomery County. It has no political inclination, no personal agenda and no affiliation with any particular sect of Islam, and is being managed by selfless volunteers who devote their time and resources to help the poor and underprivileged and in the process also help improve the image of the Muslim community as well.

In the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy, a perception was being perpetuated, adversely affecting our lives, that the Muslims are a community devoid of human values and fellow feelings for the people of other faiths and ethnic backgrounds. In this background, and in the true spirit of Islam, it was felt that there was a need to establish a welfare organization to be managed and financed by the Muslims of the County, both to help the needy and also to help the cause of the community.

Since its establishment, the MCMF has done a credible job of collecting and distributing food, clothes, Zabiha meat, and developing a food pantry to serve the less fortunate residents of the County living among us. The MCMF is engaged in charitable work for all residents of Montgomery County regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity and background and it has gone a long way in countering the stereotype view of the Muslims and in promoting a better image of the Muslim Community.

There also has been an interfaith dialogue and common effort to do charitable work to eradicate hunger and help the poor in the County. It has gone well with other communities and with other faiths and the local government thereby helping improve our standing as a community.

The MCMF has also developed programs to help senior citizens of the community, like providing them transportation to and from the mosque for Juma prayers, and arranging regular meetings for them at the MCMF office to engage in social and entertainment activities. Similarly, a Youth Program is at work to help the younger generation of the community to develop their careers and personalities to best serve their self-interest and fulfill their aspirations.

In short, while the MCMF has been working diligently in all these areas, the response of the community members to invitations to participate in various functions meant to interact with them has been lukewarm. It is a bit disheartening that our own community has not been as enthusiastic in getting involved with the MCMF and sharing their thoughts with it to further improve its operations as the members of other faiths and county officials have been in appreciating its work.

In the above context, we would like to appeal to all the Muslims of Montgomery County to spare an hour or so at 10 AM on Sunday March 22, 2015 to attend the Annual Meeting at 811 Russell Avenue, Suite G, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

A large attendance of the community at the annual function of the MCMF would provide encouragement to those selfless volunteers who devote their valuable time and resources in servicing the good causes in the name of the Muslims of the County. We would also like to hear from the community at large about how to improve our work.

We look forward to your participation in the meeting which is not a fund raising event but an opportunity to discuss matters that are directly relevant to our welfare as a community residing in Montgomery County.

With best regards,

Board of Directors
Montgomery County Muslim Foundation

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