Islam

Ramadan 1999

December 4, 1999

Source: The Seattle Times

On December 4, 1999, The Seattle Times published an article on how Seattle Muslim students from other countries are allowed to practice Islam throughout the school day and observe Ramadan. The Seattle School District's Secondary Bilingual Orientation Center serves approximately 340 immigrant and refugee teens, many of whom have come from war-torn countries of Africa where Islam is prevalent. The Center was established to accommodate those students who aren't proficient enough with English to handle most high school studies....

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Ramadan 1999

December 3, 1999

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On December 3, 1999, The Columbus Dispatch reported that there is a new Islamic Center in Columbus to serve Muslims in central Ohio, where there are an estimated 15,000 Muslims, including about 7,000 Somalis. Ramadan celebrations will be the first major events held in the new Islamic Center, which will include an open house to bring Muslims and non-Muslims together to ask questions about the new center. Community concerns were raised in the planning stages of the center over parking and increased traffic. The Maize-Morse Tri-...

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Memorial Services Held for Victims of Egypt Air Flight 990

November 2, 1999

Source: New York Daily News

On November 2, 1999, the Daily News reported that a memorial service was held at the Islamic Cultural Center in Manhattan on Monday, November 1st for the victims of EgyptAir Flight 990, primarily attended by members of the Egyptian community in New York.

Memorial Services Held for Victims of Egypt Air Flight 990

November 1, 1999

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 1, 1999, The Boston Globe reported that 80 men and a few women gathered at the Islamic Society of Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Sunday, October 31st to pray for the victims of the EgyptAir crash. Mohammed Abderrazzaq, an architect from Medford, MA who attended the service, stated: "As Muslims, we believe that the death of one person, no matter where they're from - whether Egyptian or American - is like the death of all mankind...It's the same reaction if it's something in Palestine or Chechnya. We're all...

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Problem of Space for Muslim Taxi Drivers to Pray at Reagan International Airport

October 22, 1999

Source: The Washington Post

On October 22, 1999, The Washington Post reported that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has asked for an investigation by the U.S. Department of Transportation into the denial of prayer space for Muslim tax drivers at Reagan International Airport. CAIR estimates that 70 to 80 percent of the 1,700 taxi drivers who are permitted to pick up passengers at Reagan are Muslim. In March of 1998, a notice was posted at the airport's taxicab holding facility prohibiting taxi drivers from using that building "or related...

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U.S. Supreme Court Decision Upholds Ruling in Favor of Muslim Police Officers

October 18, 1999

Source: New York Daily News

On October 18, 1999, the Daily News reported that the Supreme Court upheld a ruling by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of two Sunni Muslim officers in the Newark Police Department who sued after growing beards almost got them fired from the Department. The decision upheld the right of Muslim police officers to practice their religion. Attorney Christopher Dunn of the New York Civil Liberties Union stated: "As a result of this decision, Muslim police officers have a very strong right to wear a beard if their...

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Nation of Islam Appoints Woman to Lead Group's Southern Region

October 16, 1999

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On October 16, 1999, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that Ava Muhammad has been appointed by Louis Farrakhan to lead the Nation of Islam's Southern region. "Farrakhan's appointment not only defied 1,400 years of Muslim custom - traditional Muslims do not allow women to lead mean in a mosque - but it offered graphic evidence that the Nation is moving away from its pit bull approach to race and religion." Muhammad, an attorney who has formed alliances with Black clergy and still insists that she's a...

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Voter Registration Drive for Muslims and Arabs

October 16, 1999

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On October 16, 1999, The Houston Chronicle reported that eight American Muslim and Arab groups are cooperating on a voter drive for next year's presidential election. The American Muslim Council, which launched the voter drive last month, teamed up with the Arab organizations to try and get all Arabs - Muslim, Christian, or other religious affiliation - registered to vote. The drive has thus far taken place in mosques, schools, and community centers across the nation.

Interfaith Group in Texas Debates Whether to Accept Muslim Congregation

October 13, 1999

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On October 13, 1999, The Houston Chronicle reported that The Woodlands Religious Community, Inc. has voted to unanimously change its mission statement so that it can include non-Judeo-Christian faiths. The language of the statement was changed from Judeo-Christian to "people of faith, called by our traditions to compassion." Joy Jamaluddin, a member of the Islamic congregation who applied to participate in the interfaith organization, stated: "I believe that this will clear the way for our participation in Interfaith." The...

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College in Illinois Installed Footbaths for Muslim Students

October 5, 1999

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On October 5, 1999, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Harper Community College in Palatine, IL installed footbaths in bathrooms at the student center for Muslim students. Footbaths, which are used to cleanse the feet of Muslims before the beginning of their daily prayers, were installed as a matter of health and safety. Bob Getz, physical plant director for the college, stated: "Our custodians would walk in and see [students] with one foot on the ground and one foot on the facial sink...It was kind of a dangerous situation."...

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Muslim Cadets at SUNY Maritime College Leave Because of Bias

September 26, 1999

Source: The New York Times

On September 26, 1999, The New York Times reported that 21 Muslim cadets from the Middle East, who were freshmen at the State University of New York Maritime College, left the college due to alleged harassment and physical abuse by their classmates. The cadets claim that they had been subject to insulting remarks about their religion and their limited English skills, and that some of the Muslim cadets had been physically assaulted on two separate occasions. SUNY Maritime College has vowed to expel any cadets involved in...

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Interfaith Group in Texas Debates Whether to Accept Muslim Congregation

September 25, 1999

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On September 25, 1999, The Houston Chronicle reported that the application of an Islamic group for membership in Interfaith of the Woodlands, a social services organization in The Woodlands, Texas that only serves congregations within the Judeo-Christian heritage, has created a debate among the 16-member board of directors of The Woodlands Religious Community, Inc. Rabbi James Brandt, a board member representing the Beth Shalom Congregation, stated in an August 26th letter: "How can it make any sense to include the Christian...

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Voter Registration Drive for Muslims

September 18, 1999

Source: The Washington Post

On September 18, 1999, The Washington Post reported that the American Muslim Council is calling for a wide-scale voter registration drive for Muslims. Aly Abuzaakouk, executive director of the American Muslim Council, said that many of the country's 7 million Muslims come from countries where free voting and free elections are rare: "When you are voteless, you are weightless...It's a matter of education. A lot of them don't realize how important voting is. We are targeting that, by the election 2000, we should have at least 2...

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Disney Millennium Exhibit Causes Controversy

September 16, 1999

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 16, 1999, the Los Angeles Times published an article on the growing controversy over a Disney exhibit for Epcot's Millennium Village, scheduled to open on October 1st, which features Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Both Israelis and Palestinians lay claim to the city, which figures prominently in current peace negotiations between the two sides. A spokesman for Disney stated: "We are not taking sides on this issue...We are in the business of entertainment, trying to provide a good experience for our guests." Bill...

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