Islam

End of Ramadan: Eid al-Fitr

January 9, 2000

Source: The Plain Dealer

On January 9, 2000, The Plain Dealer reported that more than 400 Muslims gathered at the Cuyahoga Community College gymnasium in Ohio for end of Ramadan services. More than 14 mosques from the greater Cleveland area were represented at the services.

End of Ramadan: Eid al-Fitr

January 9, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On January 9, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that more than 14,000 Muslims flocked to the Orange County Fair and Exposition Center in Costa Mesa, California on Saturday morning, January 8th, to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. There were also Eid services at the Islamic Center of Mission Viejo, CA, which drew about 2000 people, and at the Sequoia Conference Center of Buena Park, which drew about 1500 people.

End of Ramadan: Eid al-Fitr

January 9, 2000

Source: The Courier-Journal

On January 9, 2000, The Courier-Journal reported that about 2000 Muslims attended end of Ramadan services at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center.

End of Ramadan: Eid al-Fitr

January 8, 2000

Source: The Buffalo News

On January 8, 2000, The Buffalo News reported that the Muslim community in the Buffalo, New York area celebrated Eid al-Fitr on January 8th. Dr. Syed Sajid Husain, president of the Islamic Society of the Niagara Frontier, estimates that 70 to 80 percent of the nearly 10,000 Muslims in Western New York strictly observe the Ramadan fast.

End of Ramadan: Eid al-Fitr

January 8, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On January 8, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that more than 1200 Muslims gathered at the new King Fahd Mosque in Culver City, California. The mosque, which has only been open for four months, is a lavish, $8.1 million structure funded completely by King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. The mosque, the fourth in Los Angeles, has already become a focal point for the more than 250,000 Muslims in Los Angeles County. There are about 75 Islamic centers in Southern California, mostly in former bank buildings and government properties, but...

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End of Ramadan: Eid al-Fitr

January 6, 2000

Source: The Denver Post

On January 6, 2000, The Denver Post reported that Denver-area Muslims have given approximately $200,000 this Ramadan to a variety of causes. The money includes $150,000 for completing the Colorado Muslim Society mosque and $25,000 for Chechens fighting against Russia.

State Department Hosts Iftar

December 24, 1999

Source: The Washington Post

On December 24, 1999, The Washington Post reported that the State Department hosted American Muslim leaders for iftar, the ritual evening meal held during Ramadan that signals the end of each day-long fast, for the first time ever. Madeleine Albright spoke to the group assembled for the meal: "There are a billion and a half Muslims in the world...They are of many nationalities and live in virtually every corner of every continent. How can anyone apply a stereotype to a quarter of the globe's people?" CAIR Communications Director...

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Louis Farrakhan and Repentance

December 23, 1999

Source: New York Daily News

On December 23, 1999, the New York Daily News reported that Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan says that he has been changed by his near-death battle with prostate cancer. Farrakhan, 66, preached a message of unity and atonement before 200 supporters in Chicago: "Only through our act of atonement can we be forgiven for what we have said or done to injure other human beings." Farrakhan continued: "We must try to end the cycle of violence and the cycle of hatred." Farrakhan spoke negatively about Santa Claus in his speech: "...

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Ramadan 1999

December 12, 1999

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 12, 1999, the Los Angeles Times reported that Orange County Muslim leaders are scrambling to find a spot to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the holiday which closes Ramadan. There are an estimated 150,000 Muslims in Orange County and up to 15,000 are expected to attend Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Orange County, but the normal locations for the celebration are all booked. The main reason for the last second efforts is that determining the end of Ramadan depends on the sighting of the new moon, which means that Eid al-Fitr could...

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Ramadan 1999

December 11, 1999

Source: Star Tribune

On December 11, 1999, the Star Tribune reported on the arrival of Ramadan to the Twin Cities area. The estimates of the Muslim population in Minnesota run between 45,000 and 60,000, with nearly half of the population Somalian.

Ramadan 1999

December 11, 1999

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On December 11, 1999, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article on how Ramadan provides space for Muslims to reflect on their lives and perform charitable acts. In Milwaukee, more than 50 adults and children from the Islamic Center peacefully demonstrated on the second day of Ramadan and the 51st anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights to protest sanctions against Iraq. Most Milwaukee Muslims spend their Ramadan in gatherings of friends and relatives. Jamal Amro, who owns the only grocery...

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Ramadan 1999

December 11, 1999

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On December 11, 1999, the St. Petersburg Times published an article on Ramadan celebrations in the St. Petersburg area. The 85 members of the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center of Clearwater will gather to celebrate Ramadan in their newly constructed mosque. Last year, members celebrated Ramadan among ladders and cans of paints as the former studio was in the process of being turned into a mosque. Soon, a 55-foot minaret will be added to the mosque, along with a classroom, kitchen, and restroom. In Tampa, Muslims will gather at...

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