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08 31 08
 

Ramadan Moonsighting Information

In consultation with national Islamic organizations and local hilaal committees ICNA will make an announcement tonight (August 31/Shaban 29) on the local sighting of the moon. Ramadan will begin either on Monday September 1 or Tuesday September 2. Please check www.icna.org after 11 PM EST or call 718-658-1199. If this website becomes unavailable due to a traffic overload please visit www.icnait.com to view the announcement.

ICNA’s Tarbiyah Department has also made a Ramadan Planner available for your benefit.
-Quick Preperation Guide
-Making the most of Ramadan
-Tarbiyah Plan 2008
-Ramadan Planner Spreadsheet

 
 
08 31 08
 

Ramadan is Approaching

In consultation with national Islamic organizations and local hilaal committees ICNA will make an announcement tonight (August 31/Shaban 29) on the local sighting of the moon. Ramadan will begin either on Monday September 1 or Tuesday September 2. Please check www.icna.org after 11 PM EST or call 718-658-1199. If this website becomes unavailable due to a traffic overload please visit www.icnait.com to view the announcement.

ICNA’s Tarbiyah Department has also made a Ramadan Planner available for your benefit.
-Quick Preperation Guide
-Making the most of Ramadan
-Tarbiyah Plan 2008
-Ramadan Planner Spreadsheet

 
 
08 31 08
 

Moonsighting Announcement

In consultation with national Islamic organizations and local hilaal committees it has been determined that the moon was not sighted on the night of (August 31/Shaban 29) (based on the local sighting of the moon). Ramadan will begin on Tuesday September 2.

ICNA’s Tarbiyah Department has made a Ramadan Planner available for your benefit.

-Quick Preperation Guide

-Making the most of Ramadan

-Ramadan Planner Spreadsheet
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
08 31 08
 

ICNA Relief USA Seeks Donations for Hurricane Gustav Evacuees

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Still cleaning up from Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana prepares once again for another powerful storm. Taking no chances, residents flee low-lying flood prone areas.

Where will they all go? Who will be there to help? ICNA Relief USA is already on the ground.

Gustav has already killed 81 people by triggering floods and landslides in Caribbean nations.The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm could get even stronger when it hits the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, possibly becoming a Category 5 hurricane with winds above 155 mph.

Gustav was projected to plow into the Gulf of Mexico at full force, and reach the U.S. coast Monday afternoon. A hurricane watch was issued from Texas east to the Florida-Alabama border.

The first of two mandatory evacuations of New Orleans was being carried out Sunday morning as people along Louisiana’s coastline prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Gustav, now moving over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

In the city where Hurricane Katrina killed about 1,600 people, at a news conference on Saturday, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin urged people to take the storm seriously because it is not known how strong it will get before coming ashore.

Ever since Hurricane Katrina, ICNA Relief USA has been on the ground assisting in the recovery and rebuilding efforts. Resources are already limited as another storm threatens to devastate this impacted city for decades to come. ICNA Relief USA’s local units are coordinating with 15 Islamic organizations in the New Orleans, Louisiana area to house evacuees InshaAllah. Each Islamic center is prepared to host 25 to 30 evacuees, but they are in desperate need of support. ICNA Relief USA has committed to feed evacuees for at least 2 days, and hopes to continue this effort as more resources become available. ICNA Relief needs your support to help those in need, many of whom have already had to rebuild their lives since Katrina’s destruction.

ICNA Relief USA National Headquarters

87-91 144th Street, Jamaica, NY 11432 Ph: 718-658-7028 www.icnarelief.org

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08 29 08
 

New York Subway Ad Campaign Sees Sunshine in Seattle

Seattle, WA, August 24, 2008 – The Seattle Chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and its 877-WHY-ISLAM project are sponsoring ads that will appear on the city’s metro transit buses around the month of Ramadan this year. During this month Muslims from around the world fast from dawn till dusk; this usually leads to a high level of interest in Islam. Ads are scheduled to appear on the exterior of six metro buses and the interior of 25 buses. About a thousand of these advertisements will also appear in New York City subway cars during the month of Ramadan. Due to the presence of much negativity and Islamophobia, the general public has the daunting task of sifting through uninformed and biased sources before they can find reliable outlets. The mission of this project is to encourage people to search for unbiased information on Islam and to promote understanding and dialogue between people of different faiths.  We are providing an opportunity to anyone who has questions to have them answered by informed Muslims.

The ad design features a question (e.g. Islam?) in a visual format. Interested bystanders on the streets or passengers inside the buses can then visit www.whyislam.org or call 1-877-WHY-ISLAM to receive answers to any of their questions. The ad(s) can also be viewed in high resolution at http://www.youdeservetoknow.org.

Naeem Baig, Secretary General of ICNA said, “If someone has strong sentiments about Islam then they must have questions about the faith as well, and it’s all the more reason for them to obtain more information.”

Islam, the religion of approximately 7 million Americans, promotes peace, prayer and humility, as well as social, communal and family values. However, despite the many similarities and values shared with other faiths such as Christianity and Judaism, Islam remains the most misunderstood religion in America. Ignorance is recognized as a major source for the hatred and violence that exists in today’s world. By eliminating ignorance, we can help create a more peaceful and tolerant environment where we can understand and appreciate the variety of faith. During Ramadan, when over 1 billion Muslims fast worldwide, many questions arise about Islam and the subway ads are a way to direct people to obtaining basic and accurate information.

About ICNA

The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is one of the largest, non-profit, independent, grass roots organizations of Muslim Americans which focuses on education, outreach, social services and youth.  It is dedicated to the dissemination of correct information on Islam and Muslims through its WhyIslam project which can be found at http://www.WhyIslam.org.

 
 
08 19 08
 

ICNA-MAS Convention 2008

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08 18 08
 

Californians Meet Islam

CAIRO — Through information handouts, Qur’an copies and answers to questions on common misconceptions, Muslims in Southern California are reaching out to their broader community at the state’s public fair.

“We want to show that we are part of this community,” Arshad Khan of the Sacramento Chapter of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) told the Sacramento Bee daily on Monday, August 18. “What better way to show that than coming to the State Fair, which gets people of all different backgrounds? Problems start with the lack of communication and understanding,” Khan believes.

Visitors of the California Public Fair, running from August 15 until September 1, get to know Islam through the “WhyIslam” information booth. During the fair, to be attended by approximately 900,000 people, Muslim volunteers are on hand to answer questions, pass out brochures and give away copies of the Noble Qur’an.
The booth is part of ICNA’s three-year-old project “WhyIslam,” which focuses on outreach through direct contacts with non-Muslims in Southern California, home to some 600,000 Muslims.

A recent US survey revealed that the majority of Americans know very little about Islam and do not see any common grounds between the Muslim faith and their own Christian beliefs. There are between six to seven million Muslims in the US. For many visitors, the “WhyIslam” booth is a welcome opportunity to find first hand information on Islam.

“I don’t know any Muslims, and I can’t approach a perfect stranger,” said Cindy Cassidy. “This was a great way for me to find out more.” Standing before the booth, Cassidy, who had little knowledge about Islam, was loaded with questions. “Just out of curiosity – and I don’t mean any disrespect,” she told volunteer Salihah Bustamam, “why do you cover your heads?” Bustamam, 25, smiled and answered that Muslim women wear the hijab as an act of obedience to God. She added that hijab also represents a step toward freedom from being judged by the looks rather than the intellect. When Cassidy finally left the booth, she had several brochures, a copy of the Qur’an and the satisfaction that her burning questions had been answered.

Al Fink, a retired federal worker, believes the “WhyIslam” booth is a good way to shatter stereotypes. “All they want to do is spread a little knowledge,” Fink, a Jew, said of the Muslim volunteers. “Ignorance is dangerous.”

http://islamonline.com/news/newsfull.php?newid=152346

 
 
08 17 08
 

California State Fair: Muslim Booth Offers Answers on Islam

By Jennifer Garza – jgarza@sacbee.com

Cindy Cassidy is the first to admit she knows little about Islam. She has questions, but she’s never had the opportunity to ask Muslims about their faith.

Until now.

For the first time since 9/11, visitors to the California State Fair can ask Muslims about Islam. No topic is off-limits, no subject too personal.

Officially, it’s called “WhyIslam.” Unofficially, it could be called “Ask a Muslim.” The booth, which has been set up in Exhibit Hall B, is sponsored by the Sacramento Chapter of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), which focuses on outreach and education of the faith. Muslim volunteers are on hand to answer questions, pass out brochures and give away Qurans.
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