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09 5 10

Muslims take to Minn. State Fair to repair image


(September 4, 2010) By PATRICK CONDON, Associated Press Writer


Despite the smells of fried dough and roasted meat wafting from the Minnesota State Fair, Salim and Zuleyha Ozonder were focused on the people who were leaving, not the food or festivities beckoning from across the street.


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09 4 10

Mosque debate: Behind America’s anxiety over Islam

Controversy over the New York and other mosques underlines the struggle to balance values of religious tolerance with fears, real and imagined, in an age of terrorism. By Harry Bruinius


(New York, September 3, 2010) – As the maelstrom over the proposed Islamic center near ground zero rages a short distance away, Shahid Farooqi, a devout Pakistani immigrant, is handing out book bags and school supplies to hundreds of needy children and their parents for the start of the school year.


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09 4 10

Quran Burning “Misguided”: ICNA Ups Quran Distribution

Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA (August 25, 2010) – The Southern California chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) issued a press release today calling the planned desecration of the Quran by a church in Gainesville, FL “misguided,” and announced that it would distribute 10,000 free copies of the Quran through its 1-877-WhyIslam outreach project in response to the Gainesville event.
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09 4 10

International Hijab Day


Hijab, the veil, is an integral part of the everyday life of hundreds of millions of women across the globe; it is no wonder that the commandment of Hijab is found in so many religious scriptures including the Torah, Bible and the Quran, and Hijab is practiced in many cultures. For Muslim women, Hijab is not only a basic human right, but also a religious one.


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09 2 10

Franklin Islam Center Opens Doors to Public for Iftar


August 24, 2010


Pastor George Montanari of the Middlebush Reformed Church will be one of a group of Franklin’s religious leaders gathering at the Why Islam Center Thursday night to take part in a traditional iftar dinner, celebrating the holy month of Ramadan.


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08 26 10

Radio Ads About Islam Target State Fair Crowd

Minneapolis, MN (August 25, 2010) – Islamic Circle of North America, Minnesota is launching a public awareness campaign by running ads about Islam on WCCO 830 AM news radio. Starting on August 30th 2010, during the Islamic month of Ramadan, several radio ads will be broadcast daily.
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08 25 10

Emancipation Day in Guyana


GEORGETOWN, Guyana (August 25, 2010) – Emancipation Day in Guyana commemorates the August 1, 1834 end to the chattel slavery of Africans in the South American country. Muslims in Guyana, particularly the Guyana Islamic Trust, Guyana Muslim Mission, and Masjid Muhammad, organized events for the first time this year highlighting the significant role that African Muslims played in the nation’s ending of slavery.


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07 19 10

Info Booth at The California State Fair for 19 Days

SACRAMENTO, California (July 22, 2010) – The Sacramento Chapter of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and its 877-Why-Islam project are hosting an information booth at the California State Fair from July 14th until August 1st. They will be handing out free copies of the English translation of the Quran, Islamic literature and answering questions about Islam.
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06 24 10

ICNA Washington Condemns Vandalism on its Van

Seattle, WA, (June 24, 2010) – In a press release issued today, the Islamic Circle of North America’s Washington State Chapter condemned the act of vandalism on its van and called on law enforcement agencies for investigation of this possible hate crime.
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06 15 10

ICNA Launches Outreach and Relief efforts in Alaska


By Suzanne Khazaal


ICNA members were hosted by the largest mosque in Alaska, the Islamic Community Center of Anchorage, Alaska (ICCAA) from May 21-28 where they visited to help establish ICNA activities.


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06 13 10

Mid-Atlantic Catholic-Muslim dialogue

WASHINGTON, (May 17, 2010) – Inter-religious education and the danger of stereotypes were discussed at the 14th annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Dialogue between Catholics and Muslims, in Somerset, NJ, May 5-6.
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06 10 10

“A Window to Islam”


By Haseeba Syed


Let’s imagine, you come home after a long hard day of work, or school. Or, you’ve been running errands and doing other chores all day. You turn on the television, and tune to the news channel after dinner. Some of the words you hear most often include Muslim, Islam, and Muhammad. But what do you really know about Muslims and Islam besides what you’ve heard on the news and seen on TV?


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06 6 10

Seeking Truth at ‘Window to Islam’


By Rida Bint Fozi


“You really have to go and find what the truth of people is.”- Dr. Ingrid Mattson, President, Islamic Society of North America


The amount of people that flooded into Window to Islam at the ICNA-MAS Convention this past weekend attests to many things, among them this— that there is a relentless desire to find the truth of Islam, by Muslims and non-Muslims alike.


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04 26 10

WhyIslam Sets Record again at LA Festival of Books


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.


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12 15 09

Informational Billboards on Islamic Faith Are Going Up

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.


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09 28 09

Intro to American Muslim Family

Meet the Ansaris! They are among an estimated seven million Muslims living in the United States, with over 1200 mosques throughout America.

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09 22 09

WhyIslam Billboards Reach Out to Los Angeles Residents


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.


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09 19 09

Billboards in Bay Area Answer Questions About Islam

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.

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09 15 08

Fasting Muslims Give out Free Information and Water to New Yorkers

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.
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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 after 11 PM EST or call 718-658-1199. If this website becomes unavailable due to a traffic overload please visit 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