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The Most-Visited Booth at the LA Book Festival 2011


05 22 11

 

 

 
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.

“You guys had the busiest booth the whole weekend,” said Chris Clark, a volunteer for the festival. “You had a great amount of traffic and a great amount of engagement—it was really nice.”

“You guys had the busiest booth the whole weekend,” said Chris Clark, a volunteer for the festival. “You had a great amount of traffic and a great amount of engagement—it was really nice.”


The biggest highlight, according to volunteers, was the acceptance of Islam by an anonymous booth visitor. He came with hesitancy about converting to Islam, but after a long discussion with Imam Mustafa Umar, he was compelled to become Muslim.
Volunteers distributed more than 2,500 free copies of the Qur’an translated in English, Spanish and Farsi and more than 6,800 pamphlets in English and Spanish, covering various topics such as Jesus, women, hijab, terrorism, the Qur’an, concept of God and the Prophet Mohammad.

Volunteers distributed more than 2,500 free copies of the Qur’an translated in English, Spanish and Farsi and more than 6,800 pamphlets in English and Spanish, covering various topics such as Jesus, women, hijab, terrorism, the Qur’an, concept of God and the Prophet Mohammad.

Mustafa, the Religious Director at the Islamic Center of Corona-Norco, believes ICNA is fulfilling a vast void left unmet by other organizations.

“It is informing people about what Islam really is. It’s giving them access to free literature, showing them the sincerity of Muslims and giving them an opportunity to learn,” said the local leader. “This is the best thing about WhyIslam.”

“It’s important for people to pick up a copy of the Qur’an and read it, to understand for [themselves] what Islam is really about,” said Kate Rivera, a festival visitor.

“There are a lot of misconceptions about what it is to be Muslim and Islam itself. Events like this help bridge a gap. It’s not just guys in goatees preaching Allah, you see a different dimension that the media portrays,” said Rivera. “So I think it’s really important for WhyIslam to be [at the festival]—especially for tolerance.”

It’s important for Muslims to be present and reaching out to people to help open up minds and free people’s thoughts, believes Tamika Jenkins, a booth visitor.

“I just came to get some pamphlets, but the more and more I talked to the gentleman [at the booth], it made light bulbs go off and got me more interested. I try to gain as much knowledge as I can to help me figure out what I’m doing here in this lifetime,” said Jenkins.

 

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    Thank you have submitted news festival 2011 LOS ANGELES, California, the beauty of sharing knowledge about Islam, true Islam does not impose any other religion to hug him, but give good guidance to all mankind. that the Religion of Allah is Islam diridhoi according to the instructions of the Qur’an and Sunnah of Prophet Shalallahu’alaihi wasallam. fraternal greetings from Muslim Indonesia.

  • Khan

    It is a duty of every Muslim( in Quran and Hadiths) to spread the truth of Islam, before it is too late, otherwise the hypocrites and some Non Muslims will talk about Islam in their fabricated and evil way which is becoming popular nowadays.

    Please go to Islamic Online University (Bilal Philips) and take a course in Dawah (FREE) and watch Ahmed Deedat, Zakir Naik, Yusuf Estes and other famous true Scholars for guidance.