WhyIslam To Host Dawah Booth For 18 Days In A Row At The California State Fair


By Br. Shane Yoder

Assalamu alaikum,

I work with the Sacramento Chapter of WhyIslam and wanted to take this
opportunity to let the readers of Imam Suhaib’s blog know about a huge
upcoming dawah project in Sacramento, CA.


The Sacramento Chapter of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and
its 877-WHY-ISLAM project are hosting an information booth at the
California State Fair from August 15th until September 1st.  We will
be handing out free Qurans, brochures and answering questions about
Islam.  The mission of the project is to encourage people to search
for unbiased information on Islam and to promote understanding and
dialogue between people of different faiths.

WhyIslam volunteers will be there to answer all questions regarding
Islam, its teachings and help clear up any misconceptions. WhyIslam
will also be highlighting the cultural diversity of Muslims.  We will
be giving dawah for 18 days straight, 12 hours a day Friday through
Sunday and 10 hours a day Monday through Thursday.  We need donations
to help purchase materials and volunteers to help us at the booth.
Please visit http://sacramento.whyislamwest.org to sign up as a
volunteer or to contribute.  Note that we provide free dawah training
and orientation classes, free admission to the fair and parking for
volunteers and that the booth is inside an air conditioned building.
We have a variety of shifts available and need both brothers and
sisters to volunteer.  Also please come and visit us at the California
State Fair in Building B, space # 243 to show your support.

Due to the presence of much negativity and Islamophobia, the general
public has the daunting task of sifting through uninformed and biased
sources before they can find reliable outlets. We are providing an
opportunity to anyone who has questions to have them answered by
informed Muslims.

Islam, the religion of approximately 7 million Americans, promotes
peace, prayer, humility as well as social, communal and family values.
However, despite the many similarities and values shared with other
faiths, such as Christianity and Judaism, Islam remains the most
misunderstood religion in America. Ignorance is recognized as a major
source for the hatred and violence that exists in today’s world. By
eliminating ignorance, we can help create a more peaceful and tolerant
environment where we can understand and appreciate each others’ faith.

Approximately 900,000 people will attend this event. The opportunity
to do dawah is immense. Please support this noble cause by donating
your time and money. The following items are required to make this
effort successful.

♦ 3500 Quran (only English translation) ($4.00 ea.) $14,000
♦ 12 English brochures (total # of brochures 6000) ($.10 ea.) $600
♦ 12 Spanish brochures (total # of brochures 6000) ($.10 ea.) $600
♦ Misc. additional expenses (booth fee, admission/parking etc) $5000

Total (estimated cost) $20,200

► Please contribute generously as follows
♦ Cash / Check (Make payable to “WhyIslam Sacramento”)
♦ Online @ www.sacramento.whyislamwest.org
♦ Donate Quran (English translation only) by Yusuf Ali
♦ Donate your time by signing as a Volunteer, on our website
☞ Note: All contributions are tax deductible

About Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)

Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is one of the largest,
non-profit, independent, grass roots organizations of Muslim Americans
which focuses on Education, Outreach, Social Services and Youth
programming.  We are dedicated to the dissemination of correct
information on Islam and Muslims through our WhyIslam project which
can be found at http://WhyIslam.org.

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6 Comments

  1. Baqara Ngoyi says:

    subhannallah for this dawah effort, i hope Muslims will realize what a great opportunity this is for each of us to contribute and do our obligation to speak about islam. Can you believe over 3000 people will possibly come to that booth!

    Subhanallah may Allah bless those who are working tremendously for this cause and please dear brothers and sisters, make a donation.

  2. Shane says:

    Assalamu alaikum Sr. Baqara,

    Jazakallah sister for your comment and duas. Just a small correction: Over 900,000 people will attend the California State Fair so there is a possibility for many more than just 3,000 people will come to the booth, Insha’Allah.

    Wassalam,

    -Shane

    p.s. Please see the new Press Release on the website at:

    http://whyislamwest.org/sacramento/WhyIslam_Sacramento_State_Fair_Press_Release.pdf

  3. Abdallah says:

    Jazakallahu khairan Br. Shane. This looks great masha Allah. By the way what’s the difference between ICNA and WhyIslam? Are they sister organizations or related to one another some other way?

    May Allah help you make your presence in the state fair a successful venture, Aameen ya Rab.

  4. Zubair says:

    Br. Abdallah,

    WhyIslam is one of many departments of ICNA. It is their outreach/dawah department.

  5. Baqara Ngoyi says:

    thank you brother Shane for the correction, so there will be 900,000 people, not just 3000. Wow, that’s really amazing. I would like to offer my assistance to the whyIslam group, this looks like a huge project to put together!

  6. Loga says:

    Salaam alaykum akhi,

    In case it is useful, here is some information I've posted for dawah purposes we can use inshaAllah:

    http://loga-abdullah.blogspot.com/2009/03/dawah

    JazakAllah khier

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