Islam

Larger Mosque Proposed in California

August 11, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On August 11, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that the "Mohammedi Center Anjuman-e-Burhanee congregation is proposing to build a 7,500-square-foot, two-story structure on its Platt Avenue property, officials said...Men would worship on one floor of the mosque, and women on the other, said Alain Bally of Bally / Taylor Associates, a land-use consulting firm that is representing the Islamic congregation." At the present time, "men and women take turns worshiping in the mosque's existing 4,500-square-foot building." Despite the...

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Plans for Mosque in D.C. Suburb

August 10, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On August 10, 2000, The Washington Post reported that "For nearly three years, the Islamic Society of Frederick has been trying to build a house of worship for its members, who regularly drive more than an hour to worship at mosques in Montgomery or Baltimore counties. And for three years, some members say, they have been misled and rebuffed by county and Frederick city officials. The group contends that county officials have taken steps to impede construction of their 300-seat mosque--the county's first. County officials...

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Palos Heights Discrmination Case Continues

August 10, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On August 10, 2000, The New York Times reported that the city of Palos Heights, Illinois, is the target of a federal civil rights lawsuit. The City Council had voted to pay the Al Salam Mosque Foundation $200,000 to walk away from purchasing a church in Palos Heights that they had intended to turn into a mosque. The mosque foundation accepted the buyout offer, but then the mayor of Palos Heights, Dean Koldenhoven, vetoed the buyout, saying he considered it an insult to Muslims. Now the mosque foundation is "seeking $6.2 million,...

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Offensive Jeans Removed from Shelves

August 5, 2000

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On August 5, 2000, The Houston Chronicle reported that a "Michigan store has agreed to stop selling women's jeans covered with verses from the Koran, a product that Muslim leaders labeled blasphemous, officials for the shopping mall where the store is located said last week. Officials for the Northland Center shopping mall bought the remaining 20 pairs of pants, which were inscribed with the words "Allah" and "In the name of God, most gracious most merciful." Other verses from the Muslim holy book ran around the waist and cuffs...

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Muslim Judge Sworn In

August 5, 2000

Source: Star Tribune

On August 5, 2000, the Star Tribune reported that a Muslim has been sworn in as a judge of the District Court of Maryland. "God is merciful, and I pledge to show mercy from the bench - both for the accused and for those who have been wronged," said Judge Hassan Ali El-Amin, who joins only a few other Muslim judges nationwide. "Judge El-Amin's appointment shows that Muslims are entering and having a positive impact on every level of American society," said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (...

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Muslims Joining Others in Support of Home Schooling

August 2, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 2, 2000, The Boston Globe published an article entitled "Trying Not to Fit in: Muslims Among Those Educating Children at Home." The article reported that "Muslims, one of the United States' fastest-growing populations, are following the lead of other groups, including evangelical Christians, in opting out of American public schools." The increase in home schooling is part of a larger trend in American schooling that is driven by both moral and educational concerns. Many parents choose religious, charter, or pilot...

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Muslims Face Discrimination

August 1, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On August 1, 2000, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that 11 Somali Muslim women lost their jobs at "Hertz's car-rental outlet at Hartsfield International Airport July 17 because they said no when the boss told them to wear pants or knee-length skirts. They said their Muslim faith requires them to dress more modestly." In a letter to CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), Hertz said the "crackdown came because 'there were at least five documented instances of Somali Muslim employees getting...

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10 Commandments Monuments Barred from Capital Lawns

July 30, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On July 30, 2000, The Washington Post reported that a "federal judge issued a temporary injunction Friday barring Indiana from erecting a Ten Commandments monument on the Statehouse lawn." The state has not decided if it will appeal, said a spokeswoman for the governor. She added that "We believe that because this monument was to be displayed in a historical context it would be constitutional." Indiana Civil Liberties Lawyer Ken Falk commented that "The judge indicated that...the monument lacks a secular purpose and it has the...

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Muslims Face Discrimination

July 30, 2000

Source: Star Tribune

On July 30, 2000, the Star Tribune reported that some Muslims have lost their jobs, in an article entitled "At work, Religion and Policy Collide; Several Muslims, Who are Also Somali, Have Been Fired or Disciplined Because Policies Posed a Conflict with Their Religion." Even after he explained its importance to his faith, "Abdirisak Jama's supervisors gave him a choice: Shave your beard or don't return to work...He was wearing the beard...when he was hired as a security guard for Burns Security International in Bloomington. He loved...

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Faces of Long Island

July 30, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On July 30, 2000, The New York Times reported on Trinidad native Shamina Khan Mir, an "ambitious, successful entrepreneur who single-handedly runs [a] bustling store, one of 82 7-Elevens in Nassau County and one of seven owned by women. A resident since 1966, a citizen since 1970 and a Long Islander since 1974, Ms. Mir has become Americanized, but at the same time retains her West Indian identity. 'I live according to the specific circumstances,' she said. 'When I come to work, I wear Western clothing and eat American foods,...

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Palos Heights, Chicago: Controversy over Sale of Church to Muslims

July 29, 2000

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On July 29, 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that "A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed against the city of Palos Heights by Muslims who say officials prevented them from buying property to use as a place of worship." The Al Salam Mosque Foundation claims that the suburb "violated the group's constitutional right to freedom of religion by refusing to approve zoning for the planned mosque. It also charges Mayor Dean Koldenhoven and all eight aldermen with conspiracy in violation of a civil rights law, alleging that they '...

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"Pool Bars Fully Clothed Women; Bridgeview Called Unfair to Muslims"

July 25, 2000

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On July 25, 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times article states that "Muslim women who want to go poolside while fully clothed have been banned from a Bridgeview Park District swimming pool. Several Muslim women, who believe they should be covered from head to foot, have complained that they aren't able to properly watch their children, said Sabri Samirah of the United Muslim-Americans Association in Palos Hills. 'This is discrimination because of religious beliefs and practices,' Samirah said. 'Just as there is legal protection for those...

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