—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
KANSAS CITY, Kansas (January 24, 2012) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Kansas City chapter issued a press release today announcing the launch of its billboard campaign as part of ICNA’s national “Defending Religious Freedom and Understanding Shariah” campaign.
“In the past couple of years, a group of conservative pundits, analysts and bloggers have identified Shariah, or Islamic religious law, as a growing threat to the United States. These pundits and analysts argue that the steady adoption of Shariah’s tenets is a strategy extremists are using to transform the United States into an Islamic state.
The main purpose behind their agenda is to generate Islamophobia and the perception that Islam and Muslims should not be part of American Society. What is quite amazing, however, is that the vast majority of those who argue against Shariah know very little to nothing about its definition, its scope or even the processes of its implementation.
In Islam, Shariah is the religious teaching that the Creator (Allah) has prescribed for His creation, which includes the deeds, sayings and decisions of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.
Shariah governs the different spheres of the life of a Muslim such as worship (prayer, charity, fasting, and pilgrimage) and dealing with others (being honest, fulfilling oaths, being loyal & trustworthy, and having good ties with one’s kindred). Shariah also includes the forbidding of murder, fornication or adultery, and all harmful acts against people or animals. Shariah also teaches people to stay away from all low and immoral acts and from all that could demean their honor as human beings.
To help our fellow American brothers and sisters understand Shariah, and to remove misconception and fear of Shariah, Islamic Circle of North America, Kansas City Chapter (ICNA-KC), has launched an educational campaign in Kansas City. During this campaign, which will run from Jan 23rd until Feb 19th 2012, ICNA-KC will air messages on Shariah through KMBZ 980 AM radio and post a billboard on Shariah at I-70 and 38th street.
The campaign messages are expected to reach over 200,000 people per week. The messages will invite the public to call the 1-855-SHARIAH hotline or visit our website to learn and ask questions about Shariah and Islam. Visitors to the website and callers to the hotline can request a free copy of the English translation of the Quran and other free literature on Islam and Shariah.
We ask God to bless anyone and everyone involved in spreading the word, and we hope that through these efforts we can become united as one nation to fight against injustice and strive for peace.”
Press Contact: Riyaz M. Lareef
Outreach and Public Relations
Islamic Circle of North America- Kansas City
P.O. Box: 3621
Olathe, KS 66063
Office: (913) 732-3875
The Islamic Circle of North America is a leading American Muslim organization dedicated to the betterment of society through the application of Islamic values. Since 1968, ICNA has worked to build relations between communities by devoting itself to education, outreach, social services and relief efforts.
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