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Muslim Cab Drivers Object to Driving PassengersWith Alcohol

December 2, 2000

Source: Star Tribune

On December 2, 2000, the Star Tribune reported that "Muslim cabdrivers who object to transporting alcohol for religious reasons complain they are being forced to choose between their faith and their livelihoods at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Under airport policy, drivers must accept passengers who are carrying liquor--often bought at airport duty-free shops in the United States and abroad--or wait as long as four hours for another fare. Officials of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) said that drivers can...

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American Muslims Celebrate Ramadan

December 1, 2000

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On December 1, 2000, The Baltimore Sun reported that Muslims who are fasting during Ramadan look forward to the feast which will break the fast at sunset each evening. "Most Muslims observe iftar - the breaking of the fast - with family and friends. But at the al-Ramah mosque in Woodlawn, iftar is a communal feast, an increasingly popular means of breaking the fast. Each evening after prayers, about 250 sit down to a free dinner, usually a savory Indian or Pakistani meal, with the spices toned down for a congregation that includes...

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Muslim Woman Educates Others About Her Faith

December 1, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On December 1, 2000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "Dr. Salma Ahmad serves on the emergency room staff of Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and on the faculty of the Washington University School of Medicine. Despite a busy life as an emergency room physician, university professor and president of a small company, Dr. Salma Ahmad takes time to share facts and dispel myths about her Islamic faith. Ahmad is chairwoman of the organizational committee of the Women's Interfaith Conference in St. Louis-an annual...

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Washington DC Schools Teach About Islam

November 28, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On November 28, 2000, The Washington Post reported that an increasing number of schools in Washington, D.C. are incorporating lessons about Islam and Muslims into the curriculum. "Educators said they are careful to keep the lessons focused on information rather than religious preaching. But they added that with thousands of Muslim students now attending Washington area schools, basic knowledge of Muslim students and their holidays is needed, especially during a time of tense conflict in the Middle East...Some Muslim...

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American Idea of Muslims Should Be Less Political

November 28, 2000

Source: The Seattle Times

On November 28, 2000, The Seattle Times reported that "Americans' idea of Muslims and their holidays has been bound up far too much in politics. Americans have associated Muslims with terrorists and fanatics, partly because our longtime support of Israel has made America a target of such fanatics, and because violence makes news. Hollywood, always on the lookout for the politically acceptable villain, has often cast Muslims in that role. But the Islamic belief, which recognizes Mohammed as the greatest in a line of prophets that...

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American Muslims Celebrate Ramadan

November 28, 2000

Source: The Denver Rocky Mountain News

On November 28, 2000, The Denver Rocky Mountain News reported that "Ramadan began Monday for the 1.1 billion followers of Islam - 15,000 of whom who live in Colorado. But Ramadan has another side - after dusk. That's when Muslims break each day's fast with a feast. The Jodehs decided to end the first day of Ramadan with four special friends, all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 'The first night of Ramadan is special, and the tradition is to invite your most dear family and friends. I can't...

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Eid Stamp Is Sign of Increased Acceptance of Muslims in America

November 28, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On November 28, 2000, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "as the Islamic world begins its observance of Ramadan, a monthlong period of fasting during daylight, more Americans are conscious of the Muslims among them," according to Ibrihim Hooper, spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic relations. "A new U.S. postage stamp to commemorate Eid, the Islamic holiday breaking the Ramadan fast, is a positive sign of Muslim's acceptance in America, Hooper said. The commemorative...

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New Mosque Hopes for Funding by Ramadan Giving

November 27, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 27, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "builders of a grand mosque in Garden Grove are putting their faith in the giving season of Ramadan to help them raise up to $ 1 million for one of the larger Islamic worship halls in the country...'We're hoping this Ramadan will be very critical in raising funds,' said Ahmed Ali, project coordinator for the Islamic Society of Orange County's $ 8-million mosque under construction...The new mosque eventually will replace the society's overcrowded, one-story facility next door...

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American Muslims Face Suspicion When Mideast Crises Erupt

November 27, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On November 27, 2000, The Washington Post reported that "Muslims in the Washington area and across the country begin observing the holy month of Ramadan today amid signs of Islam's growing acceptance in the United States--but also persistent examples of how Muslims here sometimes face mistrust and unusual legal problems because of suspicions about their Mideast ties. Muslim chaplains now serve in the U.S. armed forces and on many college campuses, and women in head scarves are not an unusual sight in the workplace. The Clinton...

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American Muslims Celebrate Ramadan

November 27, 2000

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On November 27, 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that "the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins today and marks the revelation of Islam's sacred scriptures to the Prophet Mohammed, is a period of abstinence, spiritual reflection and renewal. For many American Muslim parents, it is also an opportunity to share the history, traditions and beliefs of their religion with their children's schools...Fasting students often are excused from gym class or other strenuous activities. And many schools make offices or vacant rooms...

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President Clinton Delivers Ramadan Speech

November 27, 2000

Source: American Muslim Council

On November 27, 2000, the American Muslim Council issued a press release saying, "President William J. Clinton delivered a warm and eloquent message of friendship and respect to Muslims around the world on the occasion of the start of the holy month of Ramadan."

Muslim-Jewish Dialogue Group Falls Apart Over Mideast Conflict

November 27, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 27, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "in a heartfelt letter to his congregation at Temple Israel of Hollywood, Rabbi John L. Rosove described the first stage of the breakdown. One of the members of the Jewish Muslim peacemakers group he belongs to had just resigned. He spoke of being deeply disappointed about prospects for peace in the Middle East and recognized that many in his congregation felt the same way. He wondered what the future can possibly hold for Israeli-Palestinian relations and feared that years...

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Chicago Travel Agencies Notice Increase in Trips to Mecca

November 27, 2000

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On November 27, 2000, the Chicago Sun Times reported that "many American Muslims are making the most of Ramadan coinciding with the holidays and school winter breaks this year by planning family trips to the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Chicago area travel agents who specialize in booking trips to Mecca say the number of reservations for late December pilgrimages, called umrah, are heavier than they've been in recent years. 'This year traffic for the umrah will be the highest of years that have gone and years to come,' said...

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American Muslims Celebrate Ramadan

November 27, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 27, 2000, The Los Angeles Times reported that "builders of a grand mosque in Garden Grove are putting their faith in the giving season of Ramadan to help them raise up to $1 million for one of the larger Islamic worship halls in the country...'We're hoping this Ramadan will be very critical in raising funds,' said Ahmed Ali, project coordinator for the Islamic Society of Orange County's $8 million mosque under construction...The new mosque eventually will replace the society's overcrowded, one-story facility next door...

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