Islam

American Muslims Celebrate Ramadan

November 25, 2000

Source: The Times-Picayune

On November 25, 2000, The Times-Picayune reported that "Palestinian-born Karem Abdullah, his wife and their two young sons plan to leave their Metairie home and go to the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain at sunset today and Sunday to try to sight the new moon...Of about 5,000 Muslims in the New Orleans area, possibly hundreds are expected to be outdoors for the same purpose, on both shores of the lake, on sections bordering the Mississippi River and on the few manmade hills around, anywhere that gives them a clear and broad view...

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American Muslims Celebrate Ramadan

November 25, 2000

Source: The Kansas City Star

On November 25, 2000, The Kansas City Star reported that "early next week Bahiyah Shakur will be rising before dawn and eating a light breakfast before beginning a day without food or water. She will repeat this every day for a month as part of the observance of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. Because it follows the lunar calendar, the actual time and date of the start of Ramadan is governed by the sighting of the new moon. Before leaving for work Shakur also will start reading the Qur'an, which Muslims are supposed to...

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Islamic Philanthropy Helps to Stop Plans for Closing Local Free Clinic in Los Angeles

November 20, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 20, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "In a milestone for Muslim philanthropy, an emergency appeal to save the only free medical clinic in South-Central Los Angeles netted more than $ 284,000, ensuring the facility's survival for another year, community leaders said Sunday. A fund-raiser Saturday night brought out an overflow crowd of more than 1,000 people, whose contributions will give the University Muslim Medical Assn. clinic on Florence Avenue a respite from closure while organizers seek grants and other...

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New Islamic School to be Built in California

November 19, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 19, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "for Samar Aziz, the road to providing her sons with an Islamic-based education is 76 miles long and full of gridlock. 'It's a killer,' she said of the drive between her Tustin home and the private Islamic school in West Covina where her boys, ages 4 and 5, are taught not only to read and write--but also what it means to be a Muslim. 'It's hard. It takes a toll on the family.' Aziz has prayed for relief, and on Saturday, in a field of dirt and rocks in Irvine, her prayers...

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Baltimore Muslims Share A Sense of Community

November 19, 2000

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On November 19, 2000, The Baltimore Sun reported that "Maryland's Muslims used to have few places to worship outside Baltimore or Washington. Over the past 15 years, however, as more Muslim families have settled across the state, mosques have sprung up in places such as Gaithersburg, Prince Frederick and La Plata. In church-dotted countrysides, where suburbia has arrived but rural ways endure, many Muslims say they have found themselves more at home than they anticipated. They are often very successful, active in their communities...

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Muslim-Run Free Clinic in Los Angeles Falls Short of Necessary Funds

November 18, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 18, 2000, The Los Angeles Times reported that "It began as an audacious vision by a handful of idealistic Muslim medical students: move Islam out of the insular immigrant communities and take the religion's charitable ideals into the streets. Four years and 14,000 patients later, the UMMA clinic on Florence Avenue has drawn widespread attention as the only free medical clinic in South-Central Los Angeles and the nation's first major Muslim foray into health care for the poor. In this spotless clinic festooned with...

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Muslims Make Headway in Gaining Religious Rights in the Workplace

November 15, 2000

Source: The Financial Times

On November 15, 2000, The Financial Times reported that "Rasheedah Shahid, a 21-year-old student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, thought she had the perfect part-time job. As a ticket sales representative at Disney-quest, an indoor interactive theme park in Chicago, she would make some money, have the chance to buy shares in the company and receive free tickets for her family. But on her first day of work, when the time came to take her employee ID photograph, the human resources representative told her to take off her...

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Washington DC Firm Helps Florida Mulsim Woman Win Right to Wear Headdress at Work

November 11, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 11, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "A Washington, D.C.-based Islamic advocacy group has helped a Florida woman gain the right to wear the Islamic headdress for women while at work. Fatimah Herman, a Muslim worker with National Maintenance Inc. in Crestview, Fla., was sent home in early September and told she violated company dress policy by refusing to remove her head scarf while at work, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations. After Herman asked the council for help, it sent a letter to the...

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Catholic and Muslim Unity Celebrated at Interfaith Gathering

November 11, 2000

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On November 11, 2000, The Baltimore Sun reported that "For years, Roman Catholic leaders have forged warm and friendly ties with Imam W. Deen Mohammed, leader of the Chicago-based Muslim American Society, the nation's largest body of African-American Muslims. Mohammed has become a friend of Baltimore Cardinal William H. Keeler, who in 1996 escorted the son of the late Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad to Rome to meet Pope John Paul II. The next year, Mohammed invited Chiara Lubich, founder of Focolare, a worldwide lay...

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Islam Awareness Week Celebrated at Indiana University

November 10, 2000

Source: Indiana Daily Student

On November 10, 2000, the Indiana Daily Student reported that "Ashton Center's Clubhouse at Indiana University was filled Wednesday night with posters, maps, postcards and various other items showcasing different international cultures as part of Islam Awareness Week. The event, 'Sounds and Visions of Islam,' was sponsored and presented by the Muslim Student Union. The decorations served to illustrate the history and present-day life of Muslim cultures across the world, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Africa, Saudi Arabia, the...

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Attorneys Seek Common Ground over Jewish and Muslim Issues

November 10, 2000

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On November 10, 2000, the Chicago Sun Times reported that "while two Arab-American teens appeared in a North Side courtroom Thursday, charged with firing marbles at Jews, attorneys with heritage on both sides of the Middle East divide met in a groundbreaking goodwill luncheon at the Chicago Bar Association." Stuart Nudelman, a Jewish judge and Samuel J. Betar III, an Arab-American judge, co-chaired the meeting. "Members of the Arab-American Bar Association and the Decalogue Society of Jewish lawyers agreed they want youth in this...

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Central Ohio Muslims, Christians and Jews Gather for the First Time

November 10, 2000

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On November 10, 2000, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "Mazhar Jalil, Norman Hosansky and Monsignor Stephan Moloney...are members of a committee that has organized the 'Building Religious Tolerance' conference Nov. 19 at the Fawcett Center at Ohio State University." This is the first time that Central Ohio Muslims, Christians, and Jews have met all together. The representatives say that the initiative is due partly to the increasing number of Muslism in the area. In response to growing diversity, the community wants to...

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Los Angeles Islamic Center Vandalized Yet Again

November 9, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 9, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "For the third time in two weeks, the Islamic Center of Southern California has been vandalized; police are investigating the incidents as hate crimes. Salam Al-Marayati, national director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, said that, in the past, similar acts have been triggered by tensions between Palestinians and Israelis in the Mideast. But he could not recall three other incidents in such a short time span. In response, officials have heightened security at the...

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Islam Awareness Week Teaches About Muslims in America

November 7, 2000

Source: Indiana Daily Student

On November 7, 2000, the Indiana Daily Student reported that "Indiana University's Islam Awareness Week, which continues through Friday, began with 'Collections and Stories of American Muslims,' sponsored by the Muslim Student Union and Union Board. The exhibit, presented Sunday, showcases the Muslim presence in America from the 1680s to around 1975. 'Most times, when you say you're a Muslim, most people say, 'Oh where are you from?'' said junior Sohaib Sultan, president of the Muslim Student Union. 'But you don't have to be...

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