Religious Diversity News

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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.”

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

American Muslim Council Praises Military on Ramadan Accommodation

Source: American Muslim Council

On December 9, 1998, the American Muslim Council issued a press
release expressing their appreciation for the “efforts of the US
Military in providing greater understanding and accommodation for
Muslims in the Service during Ramadan and `Id al Fitr.” The statement
continued, “The Armed Forces Chaplains Board has issued notification
that during Ramadan, Muslims in the Service may be released from duty
at least half-an-hour before sunset to help them break their fast.
The memorandum has also suggested to exempt Muslims from rigorous
daily physical and field training during the month. Furthermore, the
memorandum has recommended liberal leave policy to allow Service
Members and Department of Defense civilians to celebrate `Id al
Fitr.” For more information about the AMC, visit

Islamic School in Broward County

Source: Sun-Sentinel

On November 21, 1998, Florida’s Sun-Sentinel reported
that the student body at Nur-Ul-Islam Academy in southwestern Broward
County has quintupled in two years, from 33 to 165 students.
Nur-Ul-Islam, which educates preschool through 10th grade, is the
only Islamic school in Broward County and offers a curriculum of
Arabic, Qur’anic studies, Islamic studies, math, English, and

The Growth of Muslim Schools in the New York Area

Source: The New York Times

On November 10, 1998, the New York Times published an
article concerning the growth of Islamic schools in the New York
metropolitan area, which are flourishing with a curriculum that
offers religion and Arabic classes along with a traditional academic
curriculum. As recently as three years ago, fewer than 200 children
attended private Islamic schools in New York City and Long Island.
Now, over 2,400 children in 13 schools in New York and Long Island
are educated in a Muslim environment. In addition to those numbers,
New Jersey now has 10 private Islamic schools. Spurred by the vast
immigrant population in the New York area, these schools can’t grow
fast enough for the demand. Al Noor School in Brooklyn, the New York
area’s largest Islamic private school, accommodates 600 students, but
many more would like to attend. Nidal Abuasi, principal of Al Noor,
stated: “We turned down 400 kids because we don’t have space….We
have people who come hoping we have space even if their child has to
be demoted to a lower grade.”

First Mosque on a U.S. Military Base

Source: Chicago Tribune

On November 6, 1998, the Chicago Tribune reported that
the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia is home to the military’s first
mosque, Masjid al Da’wah. The mosque was opened a year ago and
attendance for Friday services varies from 7 to 50. According to
public affairs officer Paula Keicer, the Navy has 725 enlisted
Muslims, though the Navy does not keep a count of Muslim officers.
Lt. Malak Ibn Noel, the mosque’s imam, states that “people are very,
very proud of this room.” The mosque occupies a small space in a
building which also contains a synagogue and two chapels.