Newsletter                                                October 2018


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Letter From The President

Dear Friends, 

Salam Alaikum (May GodÕs Peace and Blessings Be Upon You)

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing support and commitment to MCCT. Your donations and efforts have helped MCCT thrive during a time where resources are limited. I would like to announce that I have decided not to run for another two-year term and instead, I have stepped down as President and will be transitioning the e-board in a Vice President role. It has been a pleasure serving the MCCT community and our partners during my time as President and I will continue to be involved with MCCT in a different capacity. I would like to congratulate and introduce to you all, Mike Karpman, a respected brother in our community as your new President. Mike brings his strong leadership skills, passion for serving the community, and a new vision to bring the organization forward. I would like to also introduce Maheen Rahman as your secretary and Miki Duric as your Treasurer. The new slate of executive officers are all talented and visionaries. I have full confidence in their ability to lead the organization and I thank them for their time and commitment in bringing MCCT to the next level. 

This edition highlights some recent success events weÕve had and also announces some upcoming events. Additionally, we have been working hard for the past months on a rebranding effort and will be transitioning our new marketing brand to the community. Be on the lookout for our new logo design and other branding materials. Thank you for your support and IÕm looking forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events.

MCCT BY THE NUMBERS – April to September 2018

Ÿ  Speakers Bureau engaged about 1,200 attendees at 19 events.

Ÿ  Over 200 people of all faiths attended the Annual Taste of Ramadan Event

Ÿ  Approximately 550 people were served by at least 40 volunteers at the monthly Shelter Serves.

Ÿ  2,160 community members, including many from out of state, attended the Eid Carnival at Lake Compounce

   Sincerely, Samia Hussein, MPH





MCCT Volunteers serving at Mercy Shelter in Hartford. Shelter serves take place the first Saturday of each month throughout the year. For more information and to register online, check out the MCCT website at and like our page on facebook.


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Text Box: Over 200 people of all faiths attended another successful Annual MCCT Taste of Ramadan Program. The event was held at Avon Senior Center and four faith traditions were represented on the panel. The panelists were Imam Omer Bajwa, Director of Muslim Life in the ChaplainÕs Office at Yale University, Father Frank Matera from St. MaryÕs Church in Simsbury, Rabbi Debra Cantor from Congregation BÕnai Tikvoh-Shalom in Bloomfield, and Dr. Shyamala Raman representing the Hindu faith. Each panelist shared information about the significance of fasting in their respective faith traditions, and all participated in the iftar (breaking of Ramadan fast at sunset). Complimentary dinner and dessert was served by MCCT youth volunteers! Guests enjoyed the evening full of wonderful conversation and companionship.








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Text Box: This yearÕs Eid Carnival was another successful event enjoyed by all! Over 2,000 attendees came together to celebrate Eid al Adha at Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT. Families drove from as far away as New York and Massachusetts to participate in the event. All enjoyed the rides, water park, vendor booths, and Halal Buffet lunch!EID CARNIVAL

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Text Box: Once again, MCCT participated in FoodshareÕs Walk Against Hunger. The Muslims Against WALK AGAINST HUNGER

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PLEASE NOTE: Dates and venues are subject to change – please look out for announcements via email, facebook, and on our website closer to each date.

Sunday October 21
Annual Leadership Banquet and Fundraiser
Marriot Downtown Hartford
 5-9 pm
Purchase Tickets at

Saturday November 3
Shelter Serve
Mercy Shelter, Hartford 11:30 am
Register via online link when it becomes available at

Saturday December 1 
 Shelter Serve
Mercy Shelter, Hartford 11:30 am
Register via online link when it becomes available at

*Shelter Serves are held the first Saturday of each month in Hartford.


If you are interested in volunteering with MCCT or would like more information about our events, please send your inquiry to We are currently looking for interested members of the community who would like to serve on one of our program committees, or volunteer at one of our events. Programs include:

We are also looking for volunteers to help us with web design, marketing design, videographers, photography, social media, volunteer coordinating, newsletter editors, etc.

















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A Presentation, Discussion, and Dinner

Please join Members of North United Methodist Church for a presentation and discussion about the Muslim Community and Islam

When:  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018

Presenter:  Aida Mansoor, Muslim Coalition of Connecticut

Time:   5:30 - 8:00 PM

Where:  North United Methodist Church

300 Parker Street

Manchester, CT

Please RSVP to:  or  860-649-3696

For specific questions about the event, contact members of the Planning Committee at:  860-646-5124 or

860-633-3365 or 860 327-3875


Dinner will be served*

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