(BALTIMORE, MD, 2/23/18) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered condolences on the death of slain Prince George’s County Police Officer Corporal Mujahid A. Ramazziddin.
Cpl. Ramazziddin, who was shot and killed off-duty while coming to the aid of a woman in a domestic incident, was a former American Muslim Marine and 14-year-veteran of the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Special Operations Division.
The county’s Police Chief Henry Stawinski said Cpl. Ramazziddin was “selfless” throughout his career, describing him as “a devout Muslim who helped many other Muslim officers.” He earned the Medal of Valor in 2006, and those close to him say he often volunteered his time to serve the less fortunate.
In a statement, CAIR’s Maryland Representative Zainab Chaudry said:
“We offer sincere condolences to the loved ones of Cpl. Mujahid A. Ramazziddin, a noble, courageous officer whose final deed embodies the meaning of his name, which means to struggle or strive in the right path. His sacrifice, service and legacy of protecting those in need will not be forgotten. Indeed, to God we belong, and to Him is our return.”
The salatul janaza, or Islamic funeral prayer, will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 at the Diyanet Center of America located on 9610 Good Luck Road, Lanham, Maryland.
Message from the Prince George’s County Police Department regarding the funeral procession:
IN HONOR OF OUR FALLEN OFFICER.
In order to honor Corporal Ramzziddin’s religious beliefs and the family’s requests, the funeral arrangements for Corporal Mujahid A. Ramzziddin #2770 are as follows:
The funeral ceremony is Friday, February 23, 2018 at approximately 1:30pm at the Diyanet Center of America in Lanham.
Due to space and timing concerns at the funeral itself, we are asking officers and members of the public to instead join us along cordons along the procession route.
We must adhere to a strict time schedule in order to honor our Corporal’s religious traditions, so we expect to begin the procession to Fort Lincoln cemetery by 2:15pm. Fort Lincoln cemetery address: 3401 Bladensburg Road, Brentwood, Maryland.
The internment is private.
The cordon route will be along Route 193 from Good Luck Road to Kenilworth Avenue, and Bladensburg Road from Peace Cross to Fort Lincoln Cemetery.
We are asking officers to render a salute as the motorcade passes. Civilians should place a hand over their heart. For law enforcement officers, please come to attention as the procession approaches then render a hand salute as the first Motors Unit pass their position. Maintain the salute until the hearse passes, then complete the salute and remain at attention until the end of the motorcade passes. Officers should not attempt to join the procession, but should instead head directly to FOP Lodge 89 for the repast.
Residents and commuters should plan for road closures and delays in the area of the 9600 block of Good Luck Road and along the procession route. Please follow local media outlets and our twitter page @PGPDNews for traffic updates.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org