Islam

Muslim Advocacy Efforts

April 21, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 21, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that it is removing controversial advertisements for the newspaper depicting bikini-clad women and chador-covered Islamic women. James Helin, the chief marketing officer for the Los Angeles Times, said the advertisements were being removed because they "have had their life": "People have seen it and had very strong reactions to it. We're not going to get much more mileage from it." The advertisements were protested by Muslim and feminist organizations and over 200 people on the Los...

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Protests by Muslims and Women Over Ad Campaign in Los Angeles Times

April 15, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 15, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Feminist Majority Foundation and the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) have demanded that the Los Angeles Times pull parts of an advertising campaign that the groups claim are offensive. A $15-million advertising campaign in print and on television by the Los Angeles Times, tied with the slogan "Connecting Us to The Times," contains juxtaposed images of Southern California life with scenes representing Muslim societies in some of their ads....

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Speaking Tour by Yusuf Islam (Formerly Cat Stevens)

April 8, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On April 8, 2000, The Boston Globe published an article on Yusuf Islam, the popular singer/songwriter who used to be known as Cat Stevens, and his speaking tour around the United States about his life-long spiritual journey and his conversion to Islam. In a recent appearance at Harvard University, Yusuf Islam spoke of his flirting with Buddhism, astrology, and Pythagorean numerology in his quest for truth. He was introduced to Islam when his brother gave him a copy of the Koran. When he read the Koran, Islam stated: "I found my...

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Muslim-American Activist Hesham Nasser Reda Dies at 47

April 5, 2000

Source: Star Tribune

On April 5, 2000, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, Minnesota reported that Hesham Nasser Reda, who headed the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Washington, D.C., died of lung cancer at the age of 47. Reda lived in Minnesota's Twin Cities for 26 years and was the founder and first president of the American Muslim Council of Minnesota, the first such chapter in the country. Matthew Ramadan, who succeeded Reda as council president in 1998 when Reda left for the Muslim Public Affairs Council in 1998, stated: "The important thing about him...

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Arrest of Imam Jamil Al-Amin on Murder Charges

March 22, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On March 22, 2000 the Atlanta Constitution ran an article covering the capture of Al-Amin in Alabama after an extensive manhunt. The national Muslim community has expressed their concern for justice: "We are not here today to judge the guilt or innocence of any party to this tragic series of events, " Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, said at a press conference in Washington, D.C. "We want to ensure that Imam Jamil receives proper legal representation."

Arrest of Imam Jamil Al-Amin on Murder Charges

March 20, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On March 20, 2000, the Atlanta Constitution reported on the search for Imam Jamil Al-Amin, wanted in connection with the shooting of two Fulton County Deputies on March 16th. Deputy Richard Kinchen died the next day. Al-Amim is the leader of a mosque in Atlanta's West End, and a "hero to some in the West End because he is credited with doing something the police could not: clearing out drug dealers." Police report no help from the community.

Hajj

March 18, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 18, 2000, the Los Angeles Times published an article on the hajj, reporting that for many this journey is the "high point of their religious lives." For some, the experience is one of profound equality across race and class differences: "In Mecca, there was "no ranking," ...(b)usiness tycoons and beggars marched side by side, shoulder to shoulder, in the series of rituals that mark the pilgrimage."

"Jewish Tradition Can Help Solve Muslim Interest Dilemma"

March 18, 2000

Source: Star Tribune

On March 18, 2000, the Minneapolis Star Tribune printed an article outlining the Jewish resolution to the difficulties that arise from the religious prohibition (shared by Jews and Muslims) of payment of interest. The concept of "Heter Iskah" requires that both parties to the financial transaction agree to be "partners in a joint venture" and to share the profits rather than structure the relationship as "lender-borrower" with interest payment. Muslims have arranged formal joint ventures, but this has often proven cumbersome without...

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Eid al-Adha

March 17, 2000

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On March 17, 2000, the St. Petersburg Times reported that the Muslim American Society will celebrate Eid al-Adha at Williams Park in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 17th.

Eid al-Adha

March 17, 2000

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On March 17, 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Muslims will gather for Eid al-Adha in the Chicago area. In past years, Muslims have celebrated Eid al-Adha at McCormick Place in Chicago, but this year the services will be held at various Islamic centers and rented facilities throughout the Chicago area. Eid al-Adha marks the end of the Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, and commemorates Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to Allah.

Eid al-Adha

March 17, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On March 17, 2000, The Washington Post reported that more than 20,000 worshipers from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. gathered at the Capital Expo Center in western Fairfax County, Virginia for Eid al-Adha celebrations. The gathering of Muslims for Eid al-Adha will be the largest ever in the Washington area, which has seen a remarkable growth in the Muslim population. The article reports that there are approximately 300,000 Muslims living in the Washington area.

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