American Muslims Launch Public Awareness Campaign in Ramadan
OLATHE, KS. Aug. 16, 2010 –Islamic Circle of North America, Kansas City Chapter (ICNA-KC), is launching a public awareness campaign in the month of Ramadan (9th month of Islamic Lunar Calendar). Muslims from all over the word fast everyday from dawn till dusk during the entire month of Ramadan.
Ramadan is a month of deep reflection and understanding of responsibilities between Almighty God and His creation. One of the key responsibilities of the American Muslims at this time is to reach out to our neighbors and fellow Americans to dispel the misconceptions about Islam and know one another better to improve harmony and peace among the citizens of this great country.
Almighty God says in the Qur’an: “O Mankind, We created you all from a single male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another [and not despise one another]. Verily the noblest of you in the sight of God is the most righteous of you. Surely God is All-Knowing, All-Aware.” (Qur’an – 49:13)
As part of this public awareness campaign, ICNA-KC will have Islamic Billboards at two major highways: I-435 and Birmingham Road and I-435 and N/O 24 Highway. In addition to the billboards, Radio ads will run onKMBZ 980 AM and KCUR 89.3 FM (NPR).
Both billboard ads and radio ads will primarily invite the people to call Gain Peace project’shotline, 1-800-662-ISLAM, and to visit http://www.gainpeace.com (GAIN PEACE) website to ask questions about Islam. The callers can request a free copy of the English translation of the Quran and other free Islamic literature.The campaign will last during the entire month of Ramadan beginning August 16th 2010.
Islamic Circle of North America, Kansas City Chapter, hopes that this campaign, like the previous outreach campaigns, will encourage our neighbors to call Gain Peace hotline or visit Gain Peace website to clarify their questions and concerns about Islam and Muslims.
There are an estimated 1.5 billion Muslims around the world and 8 million in United States. Muslims believe in the “Oneness of God” and “Prophet Muhammad” as the last Messenger from God. Islamic Circle of North America, parent organization of Gain Peace and Islamic Circle of North America – Kansas City Chapter, is one of the largest, non-profit, independent, and grassroots organization of American Muslims with twenty five chapters and affiliates around the nation. The organization’s mission is to promote proper understanding of Islam and Muslims.
As American Muslims, we wish peace to all the human beings in the world in this sacred month.
Riyaz M Lareef
Secretary, ICNA –KC
Phone: (913) 226-0030