On December 29, 2000 the Los Angeles Times reported the purchase of the Great Western Forum, a 17,500-seat arena in Inglewood, California, by the Faithful Central Bible Church of Inglewood, for $22.5 million. Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer, head of the mostly African-American 10,000-member church, plans to "make this one of
the premier family gathering places in Southern California" through a schedule of Sunday services, sporting events, concerts, and ice shows during the week, and religious revival conferences. By bringing business...
On December 29, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "American
Muslims are slowly but steadily carving their mark on the Islamic world." Although only 3 to 10 million of the 1 billion Muslims in the world live in the United States, academic and religious freedom in America have helped to make them the "most
educated, affluent and diverse Muslims in the world [and have] given them an impact
greater than their numbers." The flourishing numbers of provocative Islamic thinkers in America "are tackling taboo subjects such as...
On December 28, 2000, The Times-Picayune reported
the gathering 5000 of New Orleans Muslims
on the West Bank to celebrate the end of Ramadan in
a day of prayer, social events and feasting called the
Eid-ul-Fitr. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims
fast from dawn until dusk, many meet at night to pray,
and many give special gifts to charity, "believing their
merit magnified during Ramadan."
On December 28, 2000, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "Muslims in Milwaukee and around the world celebrated...the end of Ramadan -- the Islamic
month of fasting meant to teach discipline and self-restraint." They had been fasting during daylight hours for the past 30 days. One observer of the holiday said the fast "brings about a profound sense of accomplishment" and "should bring about more compassion for the plight of
the poor." The end of Ramadan is celebrated "in a special 'Eid' prayer. 'Eid' is...
On December 28, 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that about 400,000 Muslims from the Chicago area celebrated the end of Ramadan on Wednesday with communal prayer and Eid-al-Fitr, the communal feast of fast-breaking. "The monthlong Ramadan is the most holy period in the Islamic year." It "is a time of
personal and communal abstention and religious discipline," which includes daily fasting from dawn to dusk. Fasting "is considered to be an effective way of
cleansing the believer's heart, especially when it is accompanied by...
On December 28, 2000, the Los Angeles Times
reported the gathering of hundreds of Muslims
at the Odyssey restaurant to celebrate Eid
al-Fitr, "which marks an end to the month of
reflection and fasting commemorating
the prophet Mohammed's revelations in the Koran,
Islam's holy book." Throughout this month, called
Ramadan, "food, drink and sexual
relations" are prohibited. Edris Khestoo, a UCLA
student, sees it as a way to "remember what the
poor are going through." Eid al-Fitr is marked by
On December 28, 2000, the New York Daily News reported an Islamic Circle of North America service in New York to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the three-day
celebration that comes at the end of the month of prayer and fasting known as
Ramadan. The service brought together 2,600 worshippers. During Ramadan "Muslims attempt to cleanse their souls by
abstaining from food and drink during the day." They "begin Eid al-Fitr by giving a contribution to the needy, called zakat,
followed by prayers at the mosque. The rest of the...
On December 27, 2000 The Houston Chronicle
reported on the closing of the month of Ramadan,
a Muslim holy month, whose celebration dates back
hundreds of years. Explains the director of a
Houston Islamic society, "this is the month in which our
holy book, Koran, was supposed to have been
revealed to our prophet, Mohammed. It has quite
much importance to us." Its celebration includes
fasting from dawn until dusk and extra praying: "The
people keep awake - some of them praying the whole
night." Fasting and praying are...
On December 27, 2000, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on "a tiny, resilient Jewish community in Greene
and Washington counties" serviced by the Beth Israel Synagogue. If the size of the congregation does not grow, said its vice president, "the decision has to be made as to whether
it's viable to continue." Both counties have tiny Jewish populations, and, with southern Allegheny county, contribute "fewer than 150 members" to the congregation. The synagogue is able to survive on bequests from late members. Particularly...
On December 27, 2000, The Buffalo News reported both "growth in the area's Muslim population" and the fact that Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, "has unified the religious
community" in the area. "During Ramadan, observant Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and
sexual intercourse between sunrise and sunset, for spiritual renewal. Ramadan
usually lasts 29 or 30 days...Ramadan activities include educational programs about local and national Muslim
issues, the community and donating food to charity." Today...