Religious Diversity News

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Ecumenical Martin Luther King Celebration

Source: Newsday

On January 18, 1999, Newsday reported on the 14th annual
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical Celebration, which was held
this year at the Sons of Israel Synagogue in Woodmere, NY.
Approximately 500 Jews, Christians, and Muslims attended the
celebration with speakers representing all three religions.

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

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.”

Religious Practice in the Work Place

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On December 31, 1998, the Christian Science Monitor
published an article on the accommodation for Muslim prayer that the
city of Denver provided for Muslim taxi and airport-shuttle drivers
at Denver International Airport. Denver moved a glass shelter to the
grounds of the international airport to provide a warm and dry space
for Muslim drivers to pray at the airport. Though, the shelter is
open to use by all drivers at the airport as a shelter. Around the
country, lawsuits claiming religious discrimination in the work place
are on the rise, from 1,192 in 1991 to 1,786 in 1998. Roberto
Corrada, a law professor at the University of Denver, stated that,
“in the last decade or so, religion has been more a part of the
political landscape, and a lot more people in minority religions are
now claiming their rights and asking for accommodations.”

Plans for a New Mosque in Midtown Manhattan

Source: The New York Times

On December 27, 1998 the New York Times reported that a local Muslim community
plans to purchase a five-story building in midtown Manhattan and
convert it to one of the largest prayer halls in the city. The
congregation’s director, Mohammed Ali Abdelaal, commented, “We are
modest people — a real mix from all over the world, just like
Manhattan.” The article noted that there are over 400 mosques in the
New York City area, the first of which was opened some 45 years ago.
“Tucked among the office towers of Manhattan there are about 10
mosques, most operating out of rented quarters and serving overflow
crowds of workers at the noon prayer on Fridays.”

Stamp to Honor El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

Source: The Boston Globe

An article in the December 27, 1998 Boston Globe reported
that the U.S. postal service will feature El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz
(formerly known as Malcolm X) in their Black Heritage series. The 33
cent stamp will be available in early 1999.

Muslims in the U.S. Military

Source: The Washington Post

On December 21, 1998, the Washington Post published an
article entitled, “Military, Muslim Life Meld on U.S. Bases.” The
article noted the increased recognition and visibility of Islam in
the Armed Forces, including “appointing three Muslim chaplains,
beginning with the Army in 1993; drafting about a dozen others into
chaplain training programs; offering pork-free field rations;
allowing Muslims to leave duty stations to attend prayers on Friday
… ; facilitating travel to Mecca for Muslim personnel making the
hajj, or pilgrimage, to that holy city; and according Islamic symbols
parity with those of other religions.”