(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/27/10) — The board and staff of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered sincere condolences to the family of Mukit Hossain, a respected Virginia Muslim community activist, entrepreneur and leader who died early Saturday at his home in Spotsylvania, Va.
[NOTE: A funeral service will be held after zuhr prayers (about 12:45 p.m.) on Sunday, November 28, at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling, Va. Brother Mukit was a former board member of ADAMS. SEE: All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) – http://www.adamscenter.org/ ]
“To God we belong and to Him we return,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Brother Mukit’s tireless and selfless activism demonstrated his lifelong commitment to social justice, positive civic engagement and the promotion of mutual understanding. We ask God to shower him with His mercy and to grant his loved ones patience in this time of sorrow.”
Brother Mukit, who was born in Bangladesh, was a graduate of Duke University and long played a pivotal role in the Muslim community of Virginia. He led organizations such as Food Source that fed the homeless and founded the non-profit group Project Hope and Harmony, which established a day-laborer hiring center in Herndon, Va.
His political activism at the state and national levels helped mobilize and empower Muslim voters in several elections. He recently left the telecommunications business and moved to rural Virginia to establish a farm supplying halal meat to the area’s growing Muslim population. In 2006, he worked with Jewish leaders to push for legislation in the Virginia General Assembly that made it a crime to mislabel halal or kosher products.
SEE: Brief Encounter at Herndon Store Inspired a Charity (Wash. Post)
Muslim Immigrant Fills Niche Raising Goats on Virginia Farm (Wash Post.)
Brother Mukit is survived by his wife and two young daughters.
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.
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