Tufail Ahmad, who founded Maryland’s Montgomery County Muslim Foundation or MCMF, died Thursday, according to a statement from the organization.
Ahmad died in Pakistan while visiting his home country.
He worked “tirelessly to uplift the needy,” the statement read.
He came to Montgomery County with his family in 1973.
After the 9/11 attacks, Ahmad urged Muslims to get involved in community service.
He created the MCMF, a grassroots group encouraging the Muslim community’s involvement in county affairs and community service.
Ahmad was also chairman of the MCMF Board.
In 2018, he was awarded the county’s Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Award.