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MC Library Celebrates Arab American Heritage

Montgomery County was among the first governing districts to officially recognize April as Arab American Heritage Month in 2014, accomplished in part by MoCo resident Mabrouka “Mimi” Hassanein. Montgomery College Library is proud to join in the celebration of the achievements and contributions of Arab Americans throughout history. 

Why We Need Arab American Heritage Month

An explainer on the history and reasons behind Arab American Heritage Month in the United States (source: NowThis News).

Muslim Experiences in Montgomery County

A panel discussion on the experiences of Muslims in Montgomery County, hosted by Montgomery College in 2018.

Arab Americans in Maryland

A line graph depicting the population growth of Marylanders who claim Arab ancestry.

Population Growth

The number of Marylanders who claim an Arab ancestry has more than doubled since the Census first measured ethnic origins in 1980, and is among the fastest growing Arab populations in the country. (Yalla Count Me In 2023)

Graph showing the population of Arab Americans in Maryland by country of origin (2009-2016)

Country of Origin

The largest number of new Arab immigrants to Maryland came from Iraq, Egypt, and Morocco. Since 2010, significant increases appear in the number of Marylanders who are of Iraqi or Somali descent. (Yalla Count Me In 2023)

Graph showing the population of Arab Americans in Maryland by county, (2017)

Population by County

Montgomery County has the highest number of Arab Americans in Maryland, with an estimated population of 13,818 in 2017. (Yalla Count Me In 2023)

MC Library Arab-American Heritage Displays 2023/2022

Germantown Library Arab American Heritage Display 2023

Germantown Library

Rockville Library Arab American Heritage Display 2022

Rockville Library

Takoma Park Silver Spring Library Arab American Heritage Display 2023

TP/SS Library


Angel of Gaza: Film Screening

By filmmaker Ahmed Mansour: A 10-year Malak narrates her family's arduous journey of romance, sacrifice, and reunification with her father, in the US, after 7 years of forced separation. Angel of Gaza is a close-up portrait of a Palestinian child from Gaza and how they see the world around them.

Date: April 2, 2024

Time: 2 - 4 p.m.

Location: Montgomery College TP/SS Campus CM Room 211 (In-person) or Zoom (Virtual)

7600 Takoma Ave.

Takoma Park, MD 20912

Registration: Required (Virtual)

Contact: Jose.Medrano@

Ramadan Holy Quran Exhibition

Walk-through exhibition of modern translations of the Holy Quran in the major languages of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Indian Subcontinent. Includes informative displays about Revelation, Prophecy, History, and Science. Features Arabic scripts and translations in more than 50 languages.

Date: April 3, 2024

Time: 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Location: West End Library Meeting Room 1

2301 L St. NW 

Washington D.C. 20037

Registration: Required (Walk-ins welcome)

Contact: Ahmadiyya.dc

Eid Al-Fitr Henna Event

Join the Muslim Sisters' Alliance for the opportunity to get your henna done for Eid! The event will be held the day before Eid Al-Fitr.

Date: April 8, 2024

Time: 4:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Muslim Community Center Upstairs Classrooms

15200 New Hampshire Ave.

Silver Spring, MD 20905

Registration: None

Cost: Per hand - $5 (Child) $10 (Adult)


Eid al-Fitr Grand Festival

The Islamic Center of Maryland presents its' annual Eid al-Fitr Festival of 2024! This year is bigger and better than ever: petting zoo, carnival rides, family fun activities, food, and a bazaar!

Date: April 13, 2024

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Location: Islamic Center of Maryland

19411 Woodfield Rd.

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Registration: Required

Cost: $10 a person (1) or $40 a family (5 people)

  • Children ages 3 and under are free

Contact: +1 (301) 281-1866

Tribute to the Palestinian Heritage and Identity: A Fundraiser for the Arab America Foundation

Join us as we honor the invaluable contributions of Arab Americans and commemorate National Arab American Heritage Month with public officials, community leaders, cultural performances, and authentic Arab cuisine. This year, we will pay tribute to the Palestinian heritage and identity.

Date: April 18, 2024

Time: 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Location: University of the District of Columbia UDC Amphitheatre

4200 Connecticut Ave. NW

Washington, D.C. 20008

Registration: Required

Cost: $50 (Student Admission) or $100 (General Admission)


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