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By Suzanne Khazaal
Accommodating thousands of visitors at the Los Angeles Festival of Books at UCLA, WhyIslam Southern California handed out a record 4,640 copies of the Qur’an at the biggest and busiest booth to teach about Islam, this past weekend on April 24-25. This is the 6th consecutive year for the booth.
Star Tribune: December 15, 2009
Hoping to encourage interfaith dialogue, an Islamic organization will unveil a pair of billboards in Minneapolis this week.
The Minnesota chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America plans to unveil the billboards Friday, the eve of the Islamic New Year.
Meet the Ansaris! They are among an estimated seven million Muslims living in the United States, with over 1200 mosques throughout America.
By Staff Reporter
Emblazoned across two gold hued billboards, this simple yet engaging word is what over 50,000 motorists will encounter as they drive through the Culver City and Torrance areas of Southern California over the next few weeks.
By Lisa Fernandez, Mercury News.
It’s certainly not unusual to spot billboards in Silicon Valley urging you to step into Fry’s Electronics, shop at the Great Mall or buy a new Halloween costume.
—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
JAMAICA, New York (September 15, 2008) – Fasting Volunteers Answer Questions posed at Information Tables on Islam in NY.
The New York Chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and its 877-WHY-ISLAM project are sponsoring information tables on Islam in New York City beginning in the month of Ramadan.
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.
—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
JAMAICA, New York (July 25, 2008) – The New York chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America and its 877-WHY-ISLAM project have launched a subway campaign which has garnered quite a bit of media attention. Visit http://www.youdeservetoknow.org to learn more about this information campaign and donate to this project today!
—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
JAMAICA, New York (July 22, 2008) – The New York Chapter of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and it’s 877-WHY-ISLAM project are sponsoring 1,000 ads to appear in 1,000 New York City subway cars during Ramadan. Ramadan is a month when Islam receives more attention because Muslims will be fasting at the workplace. The mission of the project is to encourage people to search for unbiased information on Islam and to promote understanding and dialogue between people of different faiths.
Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Looks At U.S. Interreligious Education
WASHINGTON—A new round of the Mid-Atlantic Muslim Catholic Dialogue, April 23-24, in Washington, looked at interreligious education in the United States.
The meeting, which was convened by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and Catholic representatives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, explored teaching about different religions in private and public institutions. Discussion was guided by the experiences of the Institute on Religion and Civic Values, represented by Shabbir Mansuri and Munir Shaikh.
The discussion follows upon a meeting in 2007 where Safaa Zarzour described the development of a Muslim-Catholic educational exchange by the Council of Islamic Societies of Greater Chicago and the Archdiocese of Chicago. Zarzour chaired a panel of Muslim representatives at the April 23-24 meeting.
Mansuri, Shaikh and Zarzour noted there already is consensus on the need to educate about world religions in public schools, thanks to the work of the First Amendment Center in Washington. Discussion at the April meeting focused on the many audiences for interreligious education: seminarians, university students, school teachers, public and religious school children.
Sandra Keating, Ph.D., of Providence College, related the discussion to theological and pedagogical principles. From a pedagogical perspective participants looked at effective ways to educate about other religions, and said the most effective approach should not only provide basic information but also draw attention to the spiritual values of a religion. They said maintaining a positive tone in curriculum content can help correct a bias against religion that exists in some educational and political environments.
Participants also agreed that to develop critical thinking skills students need to know the story of religions in a balanced way, neither emphasizing negative features nor promoting the religion in a devotional style more appropriate to a mosque or church setting. Participants also noted that sensitivity in how one communicates and works with other traditions should be part of any program and stressed particular attention to the training of religious leaders and school teachers for all school systems.
Father Gregory Fairbanks presented a curriculum for ecumenical and interreligious training required by Catholic seminaries and recommended for clergy and lay leaders. He cited documents of the Second Vatican Council and other more recent church documents. He highlighted U.S. pastoral concerns, including interreligious marriages, social justice cooperation or tensions, and educating non-Catholic children in parochial schools.
Imam Ahmed Nezar Kobeisy offered reflections on the training of imams for U.S. mosques. He highlighted efforts, such as psychological and marriage counseling, that would not be so urgently required of imams in majority-Muslim countries.
In other remarks, Bishop Dennis Madden, co-chair, recalled the recent visit of Pope Benedict XVI. He reminded participants of the pope’s call to achieve what the pope called the “truth of peace” while maintaining
“a clear exposition of our respective religious tenets.”
The next meeting of this round will be in May, 2009, and focus on “Developing a Strategic Plan on Interreligious Education.” In the coming months, a survey on interreligious education will be sent to Muslim and Catholic educators.
Catholic participants of the dialogue include Bishop Dennis J. Madden, co-chair; Christian Brother David Carroll, Wilhelmus (Pim) Valkenberg, Ph.D., Sidney Griffith, Ph.D., Sandra Keating, Ph.D., Paulist Father Thomas Ryan, Father Francis Tiso, and Father Gregory Fairbanks.
Muslim participants include Ameer Khurshid Khan, President of ICNA, who was unable to attend as co-chair; and Imam Dr. Ahmed Nezar Kobeisy, who substituted as Muslim co-chair. Other participants included Imam Hamad Ahmad Chebli, Shabbir Mansuri, Munir Shaikh, Safaa Zarzour, and Prof. Zahid Bukhari. Radouan Majidi attended as an observer.
—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
WhyIslam-Southern California to Hand out Free Qurans at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
LOS ANGELES, California (April 22,2008) – WhyIslam, a project of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) will be handing out free Qurans at this weekend’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) on April 26 & 27. The Quran is the holy book of Muslims. This will be ICNA’s 3rd year of participation through its WhyIslam project; last year they handed out over 3,000 free Qurans.
BY MANYA BRACHEAR
December 13, 2007
In the past month, I’ve received more than a dozen calls about a billboard erected near O’Hare Airport asking “Why Islam?” Why drivers have chosen to call me instead of the toll-free number on the sign frankly baffles me.
The leader of region's largest mosque is leaving to start a seminary
By MARC PARRY, Staff writer, timesunion.com
COLONIE — The end of Ramadan this weekend will be a time of shared gifts and celebration. For the popular leader of the region's largest mosque, it also will be a time to say farewell.
Imam Ahmed Kobeisy is leaving his Colonie mosque at the end of the month to establish an Islamic seminary based in New York. It's an effort to build the infrastructure for educating the next generation of Muslim-American leaders. Right now, the expanding U.S. Muslim population often depends on imams educated abroad.
Kobeisy, 50, arrived in the Capital Region from Syracuse three years ago. The Saudi Arabia-born imam has since become the area's most visible Islamic leader, winning admirers for opening the Islamic Center of the Capital District to other faith groups, government officials, activists, teachers and the media.
Within his mosque, Kobeisy is a father figure known for a willingness to share his cellphone number and an approach to Islam that is, like his business suits, practical. He teaches Muslims, leads them in prayers, counsels them, marries them, visits them in hospitals and advocates for their rights with employers and teachers.
Some have cried in Kobeisy's office since the imam announced his plans
to leave the nearly 500-member mosque on Lansing Road off Central
Avenue. One active member, Maliha Nazeer, said that with Kobeisy's
outreach "we became more mainstream in society."
"He empowered us to go out there and tell people what Islam is," added
Nazeer, 43, an East Greenbush homemaker. "All of a sudden we were the
faces of Islam, not some leader someplace in some other country."
This career change is something of a gamble for an Islamic leader who
has carved out a unique career since coming to the United States at 28.
Kobeisy, who already had earned a degree abroad in Islamic studies,
built on that foundation with a master's in counseling and a doctorate
in social sciences, both from Syracuse University. He wrote a book
about counseling U.S. Muslims. He is a chaplain at Syracuse. He teaches
at Le Moyne College.
His office in Colonie could be a lawyer's, with its broad, glass-topped
desk, and its shelves of gold- and silver-embossed books. Except the
jurisprudence in those volumes is Islamic. And, in keeping with mosque
etiquette, the imam in the gray suit isn't wearing any shoes.
"I love this community, and I'm not leaving them because of looking for
another community," Kobeisy said. "No, I'm just looking to do something
that is not done, and has not been done — and that must be done."
The need, Kobeisy said, is for a school both steeped in Islamic
tradition and American culture; one that will turn out leaders
comfortable with both the Quran and the Constitution. Kobeisy will
become director of the Islamic Learning Foundation — a branch of the
Islamic Circle of North America — and he hopes to reinvent the
foundation to fill that gap.
Its classes will take place mainly at night and on weekends to
accommodate working students. The plan is to eventually offer
bachelor's degrees and programs around the nation. It will prepare
young Muslims to work as imams and chaplains in America.
"You could memorize the Quran, but you don't really know the Quran
until you know how it applies in the context in which you live,"
An imam with experience working in the United States is what the
Islamic Center seeks in its next leader, said mosque president Tariq
Niazi. That person will take over a 28-year-old mosque with members
from Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Middle East, North
Africa and the United States.
"It's difficult, because there are not that many candidates, especially if you are not reaching out abroad," Niazi said.
The Rev. James Kane, the official in charge of interfaith affairs for
the Albany Catholic Diocese, appreciated Kobeisy's effort to reach out
after the Pope made controversial remarks about Muslims last year. At
Kobeisy's invitation, Bishop Howard Hubbard spoke at the mosque.
"That certainly was a first," Kane said.
Marc Parry can be reached at 454-5057 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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Exact Timings (New Times are added as received):
Seattle – KPTK AM (50 spots)
Sept. 10: 6.23 am, 7.32 am, 8.22 am, 11.33 am, 12.31 pm, 1.58 pm, 2.58 pm, 11.32 pm.
Sept. 11: 5.31 am, 6.04 am, 8.31 am, 10.30 am, 11.32 am, 8.58 am, 9.58 am, 10.58 am
Sept. 12: 5.46 am, 6.58 am, 8.04 am, 9.48 am, 8.49 pm, 9.47 pm, 11.32 pm
Sept. 13: 10:32 am, 12:31 pm, 4.46 pm, 6.32 pm, 9.31 pm, 11.32 pm.
Sept. 14: 9.22 am, 1.59 pm, 3.35 pm, 8.20 pm, 9.50 pm, 10.21 pm, 11.21 pm
Sept.15: 6.22 am, 10.05 am, 12.05 pm, 2.05 pm, 3.20 pm, 5.20 pm
Sept.16: 8.59 am, 10.32 am, 12.32 pm, 5.59 pm, 6.52 pm, 8.19 pm.
New York – WCBS AM (13 spots)
Sept. 10: 10.09 am, 8.16 pm,
Sept. 11: 2.07 pm
Sept. 12: 12.07 pm
Sept. 13: 1.16 pm, 2.39 pm
Sept. 15: 5.43 am, 8.09 pm, 9.24 pm
Sept. 16: 5.34 am, 1.43 pm, 6.13 pm, 7.13 pm
Atlanta – WVEE/WAOK (8 spots)
Sept. 12: 6.38 am, 9.52 pm
Sept. 13: 10.17 am, 3.23 pm
Sept. 14: 8.52 pm
Sept. 15: 6.47 pm
Sept. 16: 6.46 am, 5.16 pm
Dallas – KRLD AM (21 spots)
Sept. 12: 5.07 am, 12.19 pm, 10.33 pm, 11.02 pm
Sept.13: 6.53 am, 10.18 am, 4.12 pm
Sept. 14: 7.47 am, 11.19 am, 5.13 pm, 8.18 pm
Sept. 15: 5.11 am,7.20 am, 12.20 pm
Sept. 16: 5.11 am, 6.09 am, 7.07 am, 11.19 am, 1.18 pm, 7.29 pm
Miami WIOD AM (20 spots)
Sept. 17: 5.32 pm
Sept. 18: 7.06 am, 8.15 am, 9.17 pm
Houston KTRH AM(11 spots) (Tentative)
Sept. 17: 5.19 pm
Sept. 19: 2.16 pm
Sept. 20: 10:19 am, 11.54 am
Sept. 21: 9.18 am, 2.33 pm
Sept. 22: 8:05 am
Sept. 23: 9.21 am
Kansas City KMBZ AM(23 spots)
Sept.17: 12.58 pm, 1.58 pm, 3.34 pm, 4.32 pm, 6.03 pm, 9.34 pm, 10.51 pm, 11.33 pm,
Sept.18: 10.02 pm, 12.55 pm, 4.51 pm, 6.51 pm
Sept.19: 5.08 am, 11.04 am, 5.50 pm, 10.21 pm
Sept. 20: 5.17 am, 5.58 am, 5.58 pm
Sept. 21: 5.17 am, 9.50 am, 12.58 pm
San Francisco KCBS AM(15 spots)
Sept. 17: 11.43 am, 9.23 pm, 10:36 pm
Sept. 18: 1.49 pm, 9.43 pm, 10.46 pm
Chicago WBBM AM (30 spots)
Sept. 17: 2.46 am, 11.50 am, 6.43 pm, 8.36 pm
Sept. 18 2.10 am, 10.13 am, 7.10 pm, 11.36 pm
Los Angeles KFWB AM (28 spots)
Sept. 17: 11.46 am, 1.09 pm, 7.35 pm, 9.27 pm, 11.27 pm
Sept. 18: 5:16a, 10:23a, 11:23p, 10:16p
Boston WBZ AM (14 spots)
Sept. 17: 10.41 am, 2.17 pm
Sept. 18: 12.58 pm, 9.35 pm
Wichita KNSS AM (38 spots)
Sept. 17: 6.17 am, 6.47 am, 7.17 am, 1.29 pm, 11.33 pm
Sept. 18: 6.16 am, 7.30 am, 3.31 pm, 4.32 pm, 10.20 pm, 11.16 pm
Sept. 19: 6.23 am, 7.30 am, 7.53 am, 6.31 pm, 8.43 pm, 11.46 pm
Sept. 20: 9.32 am, 10.28 am, 2.57 pm, 4.47 pm, 9.17 pm
Sept 21: 6.53 am, 7.58 am, 12.44 pm, 2.05 pm, 9.47 pm, 11.55 pm
Sept. 22: 12.21 pm, 1.21 pm, 3.19 pm, 4.05 pm, 5.32 pm
Sept. 23: 7.19 am, 12.50 pm, 1.50 pm, 5.19 pm, 6.53 pm
Detroit WWJ AM (23 spots)
Sept. 17th: 11:53am, 1:36pm, 2:53pm, 9:53pm
Sept. 18th: 2.13 pm, 11.24 pm
Phoenix – (pending)
New Orleans WWL AM
Sept. 18th: 4.21 pm, 1.17 pm
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JAMAICA, New York (September 17, 2009) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) has launched its National Radio Campaign across major cities in the US. The purpose of these radio ads on Islam is to inform fellow Americans about the true teachings of Islam and to clear up any misunderstandings regarding Islam. This campaign will run from Sept. 10 – 23rd, 2007.
By GENENE SALMAN, Staff Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. – An airport employee accidentally became Muslim after reading an Islamic book left behind by a traveler.
This was just one of the stories Siraj Wahaj, Imam at Al Taqwa Mosque in New York, shared at the WhyIslam Banquet underscoring the need for "da’wah," or educating others about Islam.
Matters of faith: Updates on the world of religion
By Jane Lampman
Muslims reach out
American Muslims are most aware of the paucity of understanding on both sides, and some are experimenting with their own remedy. Earlier this month, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), a grass-roots group aimed at strengthening Muslims in their faith practice, had a full-day "Window on Islam" for non-Muslims at their annual convention in Hartford, Conn.
Imams and scholars held a lively seminar with more than 100 guests on such topics as what Muslims believe, jihad, how Muslims view other religions, the status of women, the role of the prophet Muhammad, and how Islam views evil.
In a discussion on jihad and terrorism, Dr. Jamal Badawi, a prominent author and scholar from Canada, said "holy war" is not in the Koran, but is an English phrase – and an oxymoron. Jihad refers to various means of striving and relates to combat only for "just causes, such as to repel aggression or resist severe oppression, and only if peaceful means to achieve peace fail." Such war is strictly regulated, including not hurting noncombatants and not destroying infrastructure or the environment. The Koran condemns excesses, even in worship, he added.
Imam Shabir Ally, an expert on biblical religions, discussed similarities and differences in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Two converts – a former evangelical pastor from Texas and a British woman journalist – shared their perspectives.
ICNA invites questions on Islam at their hot line: 877-Why-Islam.
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By JENNIFER WARNER COOPER
It was fear that drove me to attend the Muslim convention in Hartford on July 7.
In the days and weeks that followed 9/11, we were gripped with incomparable fear. Mothers on soccer sidelines whispered about gas masks on e-Bay. We questioned the efficacy of duct-taped plastic wrap as a household barrier against chemical warfare.
By David A. Brensilver
Hartford — East Lyme resident Imran Ahmed recently received an e-mail in response to comments he posted on the Internet about terrorism and the war in Iraq. The e-mail, Ahmed said, came from a former U.S. serviceman who opined that Islam was a bankrupt religion and that Muslims subscribe to terror and violence.
Forum Reaches Out To Ease Suspicions
July 08, 2007|By HILARY WALDMAN; Courant Staff Writer
Laurie and Stephen Janecko could have spent Saturday afternoon swimming in their pool.
Instead, the Roman Catholic couple from East Hartford chose to mingle among 15,000 Muslims — most of the women covered in head scarves or full-length veils — gathered for a convention in Hartford.