Islam

"The Terrorist" Creates Controversy on a Middle School Reading List

February 16, 2000

Source: The Indianapolis Star

On February 16, 2000, The Indianapolis Star reported that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is trying to stop Scholastic publishing from distributing to public schools a novel entitled, "The Terrorist," which the group contends offensively stereotypes and inaccurately portrays Muslims. Judy Corman, senior vice president of Scholastic, defends the book as an award-winning "work of fiction" and Scholastic will not stop distributing the book to schools: "We do not believe in censorship...We believe a parent has the...

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Mosque in Orange County, California Should be Completed by Year's End

February 5, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 5, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Islamic Society of Orange County hopes to complete the new $8-million expansion of its complex in Garden Grove, CA by December 31st, 2000. The plan is for groundbreaking in mid-March to coincide with the annual Hajj, with construction lasting eight months. The new complex will feature a library, preschool, gymnasium, renovated K-8 school, mortuary, swimming pool, and a remodeled cafeteria. Haitham Bundakji, chairman of the society's public relations department stated: "...

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20th Anniversary of Mohammed Schools in Atlanta

January 20, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On January 20, 2000, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution published an article on two Islamic schools in Atlanta, Georgia, Clara Mohammed Elementary School and W. Deen Mohammed High School. The Mohammed schools are celebrating their 20th anniversary. The system began with the elementary school and added the high school in 1987. Operating under the leadership of the 2,000-member Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, the Mohammed schools share the same campus and serve 300 students from pre-kindergarten through high school...

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End of Ramadan: Eid al-Fitr

January 15, 2000

Source: Star Tribune

On January 15, 2000, the Star Tribune reported that Somalian and Oromo students from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, MN cooked an end of Ramadan meal for their teachers and school's staff members. Of the roughly 1550 students at Roosevelt high school, more than 500 are from Somalia and a good number of students are Oromo, who hail from Ethiopia, Kenya, and neighboring countries. The end of Ramadan meal, which is becoming a tradition at Roosevelt high school, was funded by moneys raised by the students through selling T-shirts and...

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End of Ramadan: Eid al-Fitr

January 9, 2000

Source: The Plain Dealer

On January 9, 2000, The Plain Dealer reported that more than 400 Muslims gathered at the Cuyahoga Community College gymnasium in Ohio for end of Ramadan services. More than 14 mosques from the greater Cleveland area were represented at the services.

End of Ramadan: Eid al-Fitr

January 9, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On January 9, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that more than 14,000 Muslims flocked to the Orange County Fair and Exposition Center in Costa Mesa, California on Saturday morning, January 8th, to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. There were also Eid services at the Islamic Center of Mission Viejo, CA, which drew about 2000 people, and at the Sequoia Conference Center of Buena Park, which drew about 1500 people.

End of Ramadan: Eid al-Fitr

January 9, 2000

Source: The Courier-Journal

On January 9, 2000, The Courier-Journal reported that about 2000 Muslims attended end of Ramadan services at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center.

End of Ramadan: Eid al-Fitr

January 8, 2000

Source: The Buffalo News

On January 8, 2000, The Buffalo News reported that the Muslim community in the Buffalo, New York area celebrated Eid al-Fitr on January 8th. Dr. Syed Sajid Husain, president of the Islamic Society of the Niagara Frontier, estimates that 70 to 80 percent of the nearly 10,000 Muslims in Western New York strictly observe the Ramadan fast.

End of Ramadan: Eid al-Fitr

January 8, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On January 8, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that more than 1200 Muslims gathered at the new King Fahd Mosque in Culver City, California. The mosque, which has only been open for four months, is a lavish, $8.1 million structure funded completely by King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. The mosque, the fourth in Los Angeles, has already become a focal point for the more than 250,000 Muslims in Los Angeles County. There are about 75 Islamic centers in Southern California, mostly in former bank buildings and government properties, but...

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End of Ramadan: Eid al-Fitr

January 6, 2000

Source: The Denver Post

On January 6, 2000, The Denver Post reported that Denver-area Muslims have given approximately $200,000 this Ramadan to a variety of causes. The money includes $150,000 for completing the Colorado Muslim Society mosque and $25,000 for Chechens fighting against Russia.

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