Ramadan Reflections

January 17, 1999

Source: The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe published an article on January 17, 1999 about the presence of the Islamic population in the Greater Boston region. The Globe reports that there are an estimated 40,000 Muslims in Massachusetts, with significant clusters in the Shrewsbury-Northborough-Westborough area and in the Natick-Framingham areas. Omar Khalidi of Wayland, an architect and independent scholar at MIT, attributes the growth of the Muslim community in the Metrowest region of Boston to the "availability of jobs in the computer industry and...

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Ramadan Reflections

January 10, 1999

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On January 10, 1999, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on the growing influence of Islam in the Pittsburgh area. The Post-Gazette mentions that Muslims in the Pittsburgh area have conducted "some of the most effective public relations of any religious community." With approximately 10,000 adherents in the Greater Pittsburgh area, Muslims have "mounted an enthusiastic effort to introduce the community to their faith."

Ramadan Reflections

January 2, 1999

Source: Star Tribune

On January 2, 1999, the Star Tribune reported that since the U.S. air strikes against Iraq last month, there has been a upsurge in public interest as to the meaning of Ramadan. Sayyid Muhammed Syeed, secretary general of the Islamic Society of America near Indianapolis, says he's been "barraged with phone calls about this season of praying and fasting."

Religious Practice in the Work Place

December 31, 1998

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On December 31, 1998, the Christian Science Monitor published an article on the accommodation for Muslim prayer that the city of Denver provided for Muslim taxi and airport-shuttle drivers at Denver International Airport. Denver moved a glass shelter to the grounds of the international airport to provide a warm and dry space for Muslim drivers to pray at the airport. Though, the shelter is open to use by all drivers at the airport as a shelter. Around the country, lawsuits claiming religious discrimination in the work...

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Plans for a New Mosque in Midtown Manhattan

December 27, 1998

Source: The New York Times

On December 27, 1998 the New York Times reported that a local Muslim community plans to purchase a five-story building in midtown Manhattan and convert it to one of the largest prayer halls in the city. The congregation's director, Mohammed Ali Abdelaal, commented, "We are modest people -- a real mix from all over the world, just like Manhattan." The article noted that there are over 400 mosques in the New York City area, the first of which was opened some 45 years ago. "Tucked among the office towers of Manhattan there are about...

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Stamp to Honor El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

December 27, 1998

Source: The Boston Globe

An article in the December 27, 1998 Boston Globe reported that the U.S. postal service will feature El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (formerly known as Malcolm X) in their Black Heritage series. The 33 cent stamp will be available in early 1999.

Muslims in the U.S. Military

December 21, 1998

Source: The Washington Post

On December 21, 1998, the Washington Post published an article entitled, "Military, Muslim Life Meld on U.S. Bases." The article noted the increased recognition and visibility of Islam in the Armed Forces, including "appointing three Muslim chaplains, beginning with the Army in 1993; drafting about a dozen others into chaplain training programs; offering pork-free field rations; allowing Muslims to leave duty stations to attend prayers on Friday ... ; facilitating travel to Mecca for Muslim personnel making the hajj, or...

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Ramadan Reflections

December 19, 1998

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On December 19, 1998, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution published an article on Ramadan and the Muslim community in Atlanta. The Islamic Circle of North America in Marietta, GA reports that there are about 50,000 Muslims, representing 100 countries, living and working in metro Atlanta. There are 12 mosques in metro Atlanta, including centers in downtown Atlanta, Marietta, Norcross, and Roswell.

American Muslim Council Praises Military on Ramadan Accommodation

December 9, 1998

Source: American Muslim Council

On December 9, 1998, the American Muslim Council issued a press release expressing their appreciation for the "efforts of the US Military in providing greater understanding and accommodation for Muslims in the Service during Ramadan and `Id al Fitr." The statement continued, "The Armed Forces Chaplains Board has issued notification that during Ramadan, Muslims in the Service may be...

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Islamic School in Broward County

November 21, 1998

Source: Sun-Sentinel

On November 21, 1998, Florida's Sun-Sentinel reported that the student body at Nur-Ul-Islam Academy in southwestern Broward County has quintupled in two years, from 33 to 165 students. Nur-Ul-Islam, which educates preschool through 10th grade, is the only Islamic school in Broward County and offers a curriculum of Arabic, Qur'anic studies, Islamic studies, math, English, and geography.

The Growth of Muslim Schools in the New York Area

November 10, 1998

Source: The New York Times

On November 10, 1998, the New York Times published an article concerning the growth of Islamic schools in the New York metropolitan area, which are flourishing with a curriculum that offers religion and Arabic classes along with a traditional academic curriculum. As recently as three years ago, fewer than 200 children attended private Islamic schools in New York City and Long Island. Now, over 2,400 children in 13 schools in New York and Long Island are educated in a Muslim environment. In addition to those numbers, New Jersey...

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First Mosque on a U.S. Military Base

November 6, 1998

Source: Chicago Tribune

On November 6, 1998, the Chicago Tribune reported that the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia is home to the military's first mosque, Masjid al Da'wah. The mosque was opened a year ago and attendance for Friday services varies from 7 to 50. According to public affairs officer Paula Keicer, the Navy has 725 enlisted Muslims, though the Navy does not keep a count of Muslim officers. Lt. Malak Ibn Noel, the mosque's imam, states that "people are very, very proud of this room." The mosque occupies a small space in a building which also...

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