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04 26 12

LA Book Fest: Demand for Islamic Info Increases 80%

LOS ANGELES, California (April 26, 2012) – “We were attracted to this booth and, as I was always curious about the Quran, this gave me a chance to embrace Islam,” says Joseph, one of the six people who embraced Islam at the 17th Annual LA Times Festival of Books this past weekend. The festival at the University of Southern California was a two-day event celebrating writing and literature.
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03 2 12

Debunking the Non-Existent Threat

By Billy Hallowell, March 2, 2012, The Blaze
“Shariah” has become a dirty word of sorts both domestically and internationally, as the examples of the Islamic form of law’s brutality have continued to gain exposure in media and throughout the blogosphere. But The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), a group that works to “establish connections between Islam and the public,” has launched a new pro-Shariah campaign to help transform the image of Islam in the eyes of a skeptical America.
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02 29 12

A Group to Counter Anti-Islam Sentiment

(February 23, 2012) – As anti-Muslim rhetoric rises locally and nationally — some of it fueled by the presidential campaign — a group of Chicago-area Muslims is battling back, using tactics including a television ad campaign and public forums against bigotry.
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02 3 12

Muslims Struggle to Find Suitable Candidate


By Ambreen Ali, Roll Call Staff


Jan. 30, 2012 – The presidential candidates of both parties are competing for cash and votes on every front, with one possible exception.


Muslim Americans, particularly conservatives, say they feel slighted this election cycle. Rather than court Muslims, Republican candidates have been competing for the toughest stance on national security and openly discussing whether Muslims should be allowed to serve in their administrations. Read more

01 24 12

American Muslims Defend Religious Freedom

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (January 24, 2012) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Kansas City chapter issued a press release today announcing the launch of its billboard campaign as part of ICNA’s national “Defending Religious Freedom and Understanding Shariah” campaign.
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01 6 12

Free Qurans Offered Outside Library


Muslim group hands out literature and discusses Islam at Rancho Santa Margarita Public Library. – By Martin Henderson


You couldn’t miss it. In red and yellow letters draped over a table outside the entrance to the Rancho Santa Margarita Public Library was an eye-popping offer: “Free Quran.”
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08 28 11

Post 9/11, some Muslims pray in Christian churches

Hundreds of Muslims in have been meeting at hall in Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Alexandria since August to pray while their new mosque is being built.
By Carlos Hamann – ALEXANDRIA, 2011-08-31
In a Catholic church located in the shadow of Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington, the first US president, a group of Muslim faithful roll out their prayer rugs each week and kneel to pray to Allah.
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08 25 11

Islam Billboards on New Jersey Turnpike Stir Controversy




MYFOXNY.COM – While most billboards you drive by on the New Jersey Turnpike advertise things like hotels or cars, the billboards getting attention recently advertise a certain religion and are stirring up controversy.


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08 9 11

Billboards advertise hotline about Islam


August 9, 2011,


By now, drivers on the New Jersey Turnpike may have noticed the two billboards advertising an toll free number for callers to ask Muslim volunteers about their faith.


Many of the questions so far address Sharia law, jihad or the holy month of Ramadan, said Ashfaq Parkar, the national coordinator for the Islamic Circle of North America, which runs the hotline.


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07 23 11

ICNA Sacramento Hosts Info Booth at California State Fair

SACRAMENTO, California (July 25, 2011) – The Islamic Circle of North America Sacramento Chapter is hosting an information booth at the California State Fair, from July 14 to July 31, 2011.
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07 19 11

State Fair booth volunteers answer questions on Islam


By Jennifer Garza


Visitors to the California State Fair can find booths demonstrating everything from juicers to cleaning products. For the fourth year in a row, there is also a booth about Islam.


On the first floor of Building C, next to a space that sells headphones for athletes, fairgoers can pick up free Qurans and brochures. This year, DVDs about Islam are also available. Muslim volunteers are on hand to answer questions about their religion. Read more

06 29 11

Faith Matters: Islam Billboards – ICNA Sacramento President on FOX


Interview by Paul Robins, morning show for FOX40.


Shane Yoder embraced Islam about five years ago and is the current President of ICNA Sacramento Chapter.
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06 25 11

ICNA Mobilizes for the National Sharia Campaign


With the concept of Shariah cropping up in forums across the country, and states moving to ban courts altogether from the consideration or use of Shariah, the Islamic Circle of North America is taking action. The organization’s “Understanding Shariah” campaign is geared to tackle what can easily be labeled one of the most controversial and misunderstood issues in the nation today.


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05 22 11

The Most-Visited Booth at the LA Book Festival 2011

by Suzanne Khazaal
LOS ANGELES, California (May 22, 2011) – While controversy sparked over the change of venue from UCLA to USC for the 2011 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books held last month, fortunately for the volunteers of WhyIslam, the outreach project of ICNA Southern California Chapter, traffic flow to their booth was unhindered. In fact, their booth was one of the busiest at the festival this year.
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05 19 11

Lauren Booth’s Spiritual Journey to Islam

By Hasan Zillur Rahim, The American Muslim
Many of us speak of Lauren Booth, a recent Muslim convert, as the sister-in-law of Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of Great Britain. They do her injustice. She has carved out a career as a fearless broadcaster and journalist on behalf of the oppressed. In fact, it would be more appropriate to identify Mr. Blair as the brother-in-law of Lauren Booth. Given his role in the Iraq war, such identification could even help Mr. Blair recover part of his dwindling reputation.
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05 10 11

ICNA on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart


ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (May 10, 2011) – ICNA was featured on Comedy Central’s prime time show The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last week. They covered cooperation between the Islamic center run by ICNA and the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, both in Alexandria, VA.


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05 9 11

First Muslim Info Booth at Latino Festival


By Staff Writer


LOS ANGELES, California (May 8, 2011) – Today the Annual Fiesta Broadway Festival, billed as the world’s largest Cinco de Mayo event, attracted half a million people who converged on 24 blocks in downtown Los Angeles. Over 50,000 people visited the first ever information booth on Islam organized by ICNA Southern California Chapter’s outreach project WhyIslam.


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04 28 11

WhyIslam S. Cal to Hand out Free Copies of the Qur’an

LOS ANGELES, California (April 22, 2011) – This weekend, WhyIslam, a project of ICNA, dedicated to eradicating misconceptions about Islam, is handing out free literature and translated copies of the Qur’an at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at the University of Southern California (USC) on April 30 and May 1.
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03 12 11

We Catholics want to express our solidarity with you- Archibishop Gregory

JAMAICA, New York (March 9, 2011) – In a letter addressed today to the ICNA President, the Most Rev. Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta and Chairman, Committee for Ecumenical and Inter-religious Affairs, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, expressed his solidarity with Muslims. See the full letter here:
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03 7 11

ICNA Receives Overwhelming Support Against Hate

JAMAICA, New York (March 7, 2011) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) issued a press release today thanking the public for messages of support after footage from an anti-Muslim rally in Orange County became public this week.
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