Ramadan Reflections

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On January 20, 1999, The Baltimore Sun published an
article on the breaking of the fast celebrations held at the Masjid
al-Rahmah, the mosque of the Islamic Society of Baltimore in
Catonsville, MD. Since Ramadan began with the U.S. bombings of Iraq
and closed with the massacre of 45 Albanian Muslims in Kosovo, the
Muslim community in Baltimore was saddened and angered over the
situation of Muslims in the world. Imam Adam El-Sheikh, the spiritual
leader of Masjid al-Rahmah, called on American Muslims to organize
and speak out against the atrocities. Syed H. Ashruf, a Catonsville
physician who is the president of the Islamic Society of Baltimore,
stated, “we do not want America to sit in the world as a military
might, but we want America to stand tall in the world, morally
right.”


Ramadan Reflections

Source: Los Angeles Times

On January 20, 1999, the Los Angeles Times reported on
the feasts and celebrations taking place in the San Fernando Valley
for Eid al-Fitr, which means “the festival of breaking of the fast”
and signals the end of Ramadan. The feast, celebrated on January
19th, saw thousands offer morning prayers at the several mosques in
the area and approximately 700 were attracted by the Islamic Center
of Reseda to prayers held in Granada Hills.


Ramadan Reflections

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On January 20, 1999, the St. Petersburg Times published
an article on the breaking of the fast in St. Petersburg, where 80
Muslims congregated on the grounds of Childs Park on January 19th to
barbecue and celebrate.


Ramadan Reflections

Source: The Hartford Courant

On January 17, 1999, The Hartford Courant reported that
the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford is inviting outsiders to
its Berlin Mosque to break the fast at “A Taste of Islam,” which is
the group’s first open house and features food from around the world.


Ramadan Reflections

Source: The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe published an article on January 17,
1999 about the presence of the Islamic population in the Greater
Boston region. The Globe reports that there are an estimated
40,000 Muslims in Massachusetts, with significant clusters in the
Shrewsbury-Northborough-Westborough area and in the Natick-Framingham
areas. Omar Khalidi of Wayland, an architect and independent scholar
at MIT, attributes the growth of the Muslim community in the
Metrowest region of Boston to the “availability of jobs in the
computer industry and area hospitals, and also because of its good
schools.” Massachusetts is also home to the only Shi’ite mosque in
New England, the Islamic Masumeen Center in Hopkinton, which has a
community of 60 families and a mailing list of 250 people in five
states.


Ramadan Reflections

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On January 10, 1999, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported
on the growing influence of Islam in the Pittsburgh area. The
Post-Gazette mentions that Muslims in the Pittsburgh area have
conducted “some of the most effective public relations of any
religious community.” With approximately 10,000 adherents in the
Greater Pittsburgh area, Muslims have “mounted an enthusiastic effort
to introduce the community to their faith.”


Ramadan Reflections

Source: Star Tribune

On January 2, 1999, the Star Tribune reported that since
the U.S. air strikes against Iraq last month, there has been a
upsurge in public interest as to the meaning of Ramadan. Sayyid
Muhammed Syeed, secretary general of the Islamic Society of America
near Indianapolis, says he’s been “barraged with phone calls about
this season of praying and fasting.”


Ramadan Reflections

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On December 19, 1998, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
published an article on Ramadan and the Muslim community in Atlanta.
The Islamic Circle of North America in Marietta, GA reports that
there are about 50,000 Muslims, representing 100 countries, living
and working in metro Atlanta. There are 12 mosques in metro Atlanta,
including centers in downtown Atlanta, Marietta, Norcross, and
Roswell.