Islam

Annual Convention Seeks to Raise Muslim Political Awareness

June 27, 1998

Source: Los Angeles Times

An article in the Los Angeles Times on June 27, 1998 reported on the seventh annual American Muslim Council (AMC) convention held in Washington, D.C. "Although the council seeks to correct the mistaken stereotypes of Muslims, it is far more interested in raising political awareness within the community, Abdulhadi said. "If I can send people home so that they feel more confident to interact with their elected representatives and appointed officials, then I've succeeded," he said." Abdulhadi is the media coordinator for the AMC.

Constitutitional Debate over Muslim Police Officers' Right to Wear Beards

June 26, 1998

Source: The New York Times

On June 26, 1998, the New York Times reported on a dispute in Federal appeals court: while the Newark, NJ police force requires clean-shaven officers and seeks to dismiss officers not in compliance, two Muslim officers are pursuing the right to wear beards due to religious obligation. "As the arguments unfolded in the old Federal courthouse, the case presented many incongruities. For one, it involves two black officers who are asserting their individuality in a predominantly black city with a black political leadership while...

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Muslim Schools Win Zoning Battles in Virginia and California

February 12, 1998

Source: The Washington Post

On February 12, 1998, The Washington Post reported that the Loudon County Planning Commission voted unanimously on February 11 to recommend approval of a Muslim school project in Virginia. The Post reports that the project had "drawn fierce opposition from some residents who say they fear it will attract terrorists. Members of the commission said they had considered residents' concerns about the proposed school, but had to base their...

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Tustin Marine Facility Serves a Prayer Hall for Eid al-Fitr in Orange County, California

January 29, 1998

Source: Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times and The Orange County Register reported on the use of the Tustin Marine Corps Hangar on January 29, 1998 by Orange County Area Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr. This creative solution to the problem of finding a place for some 11,000 local Muslims to pray was the result of an interfaith effort. The Register's article from January 30 is entitled "Hangar Has Plenty of Room for Prayer." The...

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