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CAIR Offers Condolences on Passing of Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/17/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered condolences on the passing earlier this morning of Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, who had represented that state’s 7th Congressional District and served as the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

In a statement, his office said he died of “complications concerning longstanding health challenges.”

“Representative Cummings was a powerful and principled advocate for justice and political integrity. He will be dearly missed,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We offer condolences to Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings and to all those who loved and respected this great man.”

“Congressman Cummings was a steadfast and relentless champion for democracy who continued to serve the American people until his final days,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “He was a force to be reckoned with, whose impact will be felt for decades to come. His passing is a tremendous loss for Baltimore, and for our entire country.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, 

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