Islam

Manhattan Bank Accommodates Muslim Legal Code

May 3, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On May 3, 2001, The New York Times reported that "HSBC Bank, based in Manhattan, plans to offer services for Muslim clients who observe Shariah, the legal code of Islam...One prohibition of Shariah is the payment of interest."

Representatives from Three Faiths Compare Notes at College Panel

May 2, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On May 2, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported that Penn Valley Community College invited "Imam Mohammed Adnan Bayazid of the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City, Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn of the New Reform Temple and Father Jose Geronimo Herrera of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph to answer questions about...Islam, Judaism and Christianity. For many, this was the first time to hear differing faith leaders compare notes about their traditions."

New Organization Aims to Strengthen American Muslims

May 1, 2001

Source: The American Muslim Council

On May 1, 2001, the American Muslim Council reported that it "commends the establishment of the new national organization, the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA)...The purpose of MANA as stated in its mission statement is 'to pursue an agenda that reflects the points of view and experiences of the indigenous Muslims of North America and addresses their needs and aspirations.'" MANA is "a response to the widespread feeling that indigenous Muslims needed to be better organized."

New National Study Released: The Mosque in America

April 28, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On April 28, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "Average weekly attendance at U.S. mosques nearly doubled during the last six years, and the number of mosques increased by one-fourth to more than 1,200, according to a study released this week by four major Muslim organizations. The study is the most comprehensive analysis so far of Islam in the United States...The full report is available on the Internet at www.cair-net.org/mosquereport/."

Calligraphy Artist Paints Quran Verses

April 28, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On April 28, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported on Warris Mahmud, a calligraphy artist, who paints verses from the Quran, Islam's holy book in colorful paints. "Calligraphy has been an important art form in the Islamic world, said Suna Umari...'The emphasis is on the beauty of the language and the beauty of the way the language looks, and it helps people transcend their everyday life.'"

New National Study Released: The Mosque in America

April 27, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On April 27, 2001, The New York Times reported on the findings of the Mosque Study Project 2000. The study found "that a large majority of mosques were in cities and suburbs, that attendance was overwhelmingly male and that worshipers were ethnically diverse."

New National Study Released: The Mosque in America

April 27, 2001

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On April 27, 2001, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "the nation's Muslim community is growing because of immigration and conversions and has about 2 million members who go to a mosque at least occasionally during the year, according to a new report...Conversions and immigrations are boosting the Muslim community in Pittsburgh also. Local Muslim leaders estimate that there are 10,000 Muslims in the metropolitan area -- a diverse community of faithful hailing from Egypt, Turkey, Indonesia, Bosnia, Nigeria and 47 other...

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New National Study Released: The Mosque in America

April 27, 2001

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On April 27, 2001, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "the nation's Muslim community is growing because of immigration and conversions and has...2 million members who go to a mosque at least occasionally during the year, according to a new report...Spear-headed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Mosque Study of 2000 is part of a larger study of faiths in America, coordinated by the Hartford Institute of Religious Research...Muslim leaders estimate that there are 10,000 Muslims in the [Pittsburgh] area...

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New National Study Released: The Mosque in America

April 27, 2001

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On April 27, 2001, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "more than three-fourths of U.S. Muslims interviewed in a recent survey by the Council on American-Islamic Relations said that America is an example of freedom and democracy that they can learn from. But more than half also said this country is hostile to Islam, according to the findings of Mosque Study Project 2000, released yesterday by the council."

New National Study Released: The Mosque in America

April 27, 2001

Source: CAIR-NET

On April 27, 2001, CAIR-NET reported that "dozens of local, national and international media outlets are reporting on the release yesterday at a CAIR news conference of 'The Mosque in America: A National Portrait.'...It indicated that there has been tremendous growth both in the number of mosques and in the number of those who take part in mosque activities."

Kansas City's Muslim Population Follows National Trend of Growth

April 27, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On April 27, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported on Kansas City's Muslim community, "which has, according to some, nearly doubled in population the past few years to 15,000 or so...The growth is part of a national trend that has seen America's Muslim population increase to between 6 million and 7 million," according to The Mosque in America: A National Portrait.

New National Study Released: The Mosque in America

April 27, 2001

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On April 27, 2001, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on a comprehensive new study, "The Mosque in America: A National Portrait." Among the study's findings was that "average mosque attendance at Friday prayers has nearly doubled" since 1994. "There could be more than 6 million Muslims in America today, the researchers calculated...Perhaps the most significant finding is the determination of Muslims to make mosques 'the platform for full participation in American life.'"

Georgetown Muslim Prayer Room Is Vandalized

April 24, 2001

Source: The American Muslim Council

On April 24, 2001, the American Muslim Council reported that Georgetown University's Muslim prayer room was vandalized. Georgetown Muslim Student Association President Owas Balti said "that the damage to the room was more religiously significant than anything else." The Georgetown Unity Coalition is sponsoring a rally "to promote religious tolerance on campus."

Shortage of Muslim Schools in New York City

April 22, 2001

Source: New York Daily News

On April 22, 2001, the New York Daily News reported that "the demand for schools that offer the state-approved curriculum with Islamic and Arabic classes has risen over the past decade along with the city's growing Muslim population. But the high cost of real estate, the relative newness of the Islamic community and a religious prohibition against charging or paying interest have kept the number of Islamic schools [in New York City] at a minimum."

Muslim Leader to Speak at Houston Mosque

April 21, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On April 21, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported that "Imam W. Deen Mohammed, the Muslim leader who turned from the leadership of the Nation of Islam toward orthodox Islam and a message of racial and religious harmony, will speak next week at a Houston mosque...He has encouraged African-American Muslim communities to reach out to those of other faiths and races. But he also emphasizes the need for black communities to gain economic independence and a sense of pride...Mohammed was first thrust into a leadership position in...

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