By ERIC CARPENTER, 2011-08-23
ANAHEIM – Leaders of the Islamic relief organization that drew protests at a fundraiser in Yorba Linda last winter say they are using some of the money raised to give back to the local community during Ramadan.
HOUSTON (KTRK) — Houston-area Muslims are uniting this weekend to help needy families in the community get prepped for the start of the school year.
By KIM SEVERSON
RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Some couples spend retirement playing the nation’s best golf courses or hopping cruise ships. Not Marteen and Wiley Blankenship. They collect disasters the way other retirees collect passport stamps.
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LOS ANGELES, California (April 3, 2011) – Nearly 700 people attended the seventh annual fundraiser by WhyIslam, an Islamic Circle of North America project, on Saturday, April 2, 2011. The night centered on Islamophobia and importance of rising up to the challenge.
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What is ICSJ’s main focus in the National Campaign Against Hunger?
Imam Khalid Griggs: The main focus of the ICNA Council for Social Justice (ICSJ) National Campaign Against Hunger is to assist in raising awareness among Muslims and non-Muslims about the hunger crisis in America today, while suggesting practical steps that individuals can take to address this scourge on the social well being of the nation.
A man asked the Prophet Muhammad “What is the best Islam?” He replied: “The best Islam is that you feed the hungry and spread peace among people you know and those you do not know.”
Several feeding events were scheduled as part of ICNA’s national campaign against hunger and many more are scheduled across the nation.
John W. Wimberly Jr., Pastor of Western Presbyterian Church, today issued the following statement regarding ICNA’s campaign against hunger:
“Western Presbyterian Church gives thanks to God for ICNA’s Campaign Against Hunger.
Among the most basic needs of every human being lies the need for food and sustenance. Although this basic necessity is no revelation to anyone, the amount of people that must go without food in this country is alarming. Since the US. Department of Agriculture began measuring food security in 1995, hunger levels in America have steadily increased,with hunger present in 14.6 percent of households in 2008. That’s 13 million households and a total of 49 million Americans, the highest level of hunger since the measurement began.
Adding to the magnitude of this problem is the amount of children affected by hunger. Children experienced hunger in 506,000 households; an increase of 183,000 households from 2007. Many children face losing school meals at the end of the school year, and families end up tightening their food budget to pay for other expenses (i.e. rent, utilities, insurance, etc).
We are reminded in the Qur’an :
‘find they (servants of Allah) feed, for the love of Allah, the poor and the orphan, and the captive.” ( Al-lnsan, 76 )
With this obligation to the hungry in mind and fresh off the heels of a month of fasting during Ramadan, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) invites you to take part in our National Campaign Against Hunger and help alleviate hunger in our communities, in our states and in our nation in a month of awareness, service and advocacy.
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JAMAICA, New York (September 28, 2010) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) announced today its National Campaign Against Hunger, a month-long campaign of advocacy, awareness and service to battle the growing effects of hunger on our nation. Bearing the slogan “United Against Hunger – Standing Up For Justice,” the campaign will begin on October 1, 2010. We invite people of all faiths to join hands in support of poor and needy Americans.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 17, 2010) – In a press release issued today, the ICNA Council for Social Justice (ICSJ) addressed a shocking report on national poverty statistics in 2009.
Staggering figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau in its annual report on poverty, income and health coverage pin the national poverty rate at 14.3 percent, its highest level in the past 15 years.
Monday, September 13, 2010
By MELISSA REPKO / The Dallas Morning News
ARLINGTON – Toting strollers and water bottles, thousands of Muslims visited Six Flags Over Texas on Sunday for the fourth annual Muslim Family Day at the amusement park.
Muslim Family Day is sponsored by the local chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America and was timed to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The event began at the Six Flags in New Jersey in 2000 and later was adopted at other Six Flags parks.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Assalamu alaikum and greetings to all,
As you are aware, there is an alarming rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric throughout the country that is guided by calculated bigotry and racism for political gain, and is aimed at excluding Muslim Americans from the economic and social life of this nation.
The Islamic Circle of North America is launching a month-long National Campaign Against Hunger during the month of October 2010. The National Campaign Against Hunger aims to tackle hunger from both a social service and social justice perspective. This initiative follows “Save Family Save Society,” a grassroots national family campaign successfully held by ICNA in October 2009.
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BOCA RATON, Florida (September 8, 2010)- In a press release issued today the Islamic Circle of North America Southeast Region expressed support for upcoming charitable and interfaith events being hosted by Muslims in Gainesville, FL.
Gainesville recently made headlines when a local church announced plans to burn copies of the holy Quran on the ninth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Despite condemnation from several political and religious leaders, the church’s pastor insists the event will be held as planned. ICNA Southern California has already pledged to distribute 10,000 free copies of the Quran in response to the church’s plans.
A true champion in the fight against hunger and homelessness, Miriam’s Kitchen has been feeding the hungry in Washington, DC for over 25 years and providing individualized services for the homeless in a comfortable environment.
WASHINGTON DC (August 2, 2010) – ICNA Council for Social Justice, the social justice division of the Islamic Circle of North America and ICNA Relief, along with other interfaith partners, today announced their appeal to US lawmakers to support the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act that expires September 30, 2010.
By Lisa Fernandez
This summer, a group of Silicon Valley-based Muslims will serve all-halal meals to the hungry from a roving food truck — an effort that’s the first of its kind in the Bay Area, perhaps in the nation.
The Bay Area chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America, or ICNA, will officially debut its yellow Mercy on Wheels truck today.
By, Sabrina Enayatulla
At the end of the month, the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) will launch its first mobile soup kitchen through its Feed the Hungry initiative, which will aim to feed close to 1,000 homeless people across the Bay Area each month.
Over 1400 years ago, the spirit of justice and equality was paving its way into society through the example of Prophet Muhammad (S). Ibn ‘Abbas told Ibn az-Zubayr, “I heard the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, ‘A man is not a believer who fills his stomach while his neighbor is hungry.'” (Bukhari) On this day and others we channel this spirit in an effort to better society.