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Muslim Council hosts legislative night [Ellicott City]

United Maryland Muslim Council President Rizwan Siddiqi.

The United Maryland Muslim Council, in conjunction with its interfaith partners, hosted an interfaith legislative night in Annapolis recently. Sponsored by Maryland State Senator James Brochin and local Muslim councils, the event brought together the Muslim community with elected officials from both Democratic and Republican parties.

Guests at the event included Maryland state Delegates Bilal Ali and Jay Jalisi, Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and Secretary of State John Wobensmith, along with representatives of U.S. Congress members and senators.


During the evening reception, Ellicott City resident and UMMC President Rizwan Siddiqi recognized Prince George’s County Police Corporal Mujahid Ramzziddin, a devout Muslim who was shot and killed while off-duty trying to protect a woman in his neighborhood against domestic violence.

Among the legislative issues discussed was gun control. Siddiqi remarked “guns are (a) common denominator for hate crimes, domestic violence, homicide or school shootings,” and demanded “legislators pass common sense gun control laws, ban purchase of semi-automatic weapons and implement background checks at gun shows, while protecting rights under second amendment.”


The UMMC also pledged its full support for The Maryland End Genocide Bill (HB 1787), introduced by Delegate Bilal Ali (Baltimore City - District 41). If passed, the bill would ensure Maryland taxpayer money is spent and invested in a manner that upholds human rights, not in countries that participate in crimes against humanity such as the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

To learn more about the UMMC, go to or follow the group on Facebook at “United Maryland Muslim Council - UMMC.”

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