Chicago Muslims use billboards to condemn violence in Orlando, Saudi Arabia and other places.
CHICAGO, IL. July 4, 2016 – GainPeace, an outreach organization in Chicago, has launched an outreach campaign using highway billboards to condemn the Orlando shooting and other forms of violence.
The campaign, which runs from June to Aug 16, includes three billboards on Chicago highways, each running for a month.
GainPeace’s campaign is in response to the increasing rhetoric by presidential nominee, Mr. Donald Trump, and the recent mass shooting in Orlando, FL, and bombings in Turkey, Bangladesh, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
Besides condemning violence, these billboards offer the public the opportunity to call GainPeace’s outreach hotline to ask any question on Islam and request a free copy of the Quran in English or Spanish.
Dr. Sabeel Ahmed, director of GainPeace, proclaims: “the billboards have generated numerous calls of support for the Muslim community and commend GainPeace on embarking on a campaign to educate and build bridges.” He added: ‘Hopefully, by learning from the source of Islam, the Quran, the readers will find that Islam stands against violence, killing and injustice and for justice and preservation of all lives.”
So far this year, GainPeace has hosted 26 such billboards across Chicago, Detroit and Kansas City. Approximately 600 Qurans, have been mailed in June 2016 from request by callers placed on GainPeace outreach phone line, 1-800-662-ISLAM and GainPeace.com website.
Due the profound success of the billboard campaign, GainPeace plans to add another 15 billboards across other cities in 2016.
GainPeace is an outreach project of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). ICNA is one of the largest, non-profit, independent, and grassroots organization of American Muslims with several chapters and affiliates across the nation. ICNA is also a leading American Muslim organization dedicated to the betterment of society through the promotion of Islamic values. Since 1968, ICNA has worked to build relations between communities by devoting itself to education, outreach, social services and relief efforts.
Article Courtesy: Chicago Tribune