News ID: 156
Publish Date: 28 December 2008 - 18:32
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City buses in Broward and Miami-Dade counties have been advertising information on a religious topic that some people have found surprising- Islam

The advertisement reads ''Islam: Got Questions? Get answers,'' and gives this telephone phone number:           1-888-ISLAM-55.

According to Iqna, Rohama website reported it is an effort to educate Americans about a faith that has been villainized in the media, said Dr. Sabeel Ahmed, a physician from Chicago who is director of the effort.

Ahmed is a member of Gain Peace, an outreach group founded under the umbrella of the national organization Islamic Circle of North America.

 

''There are many misconceptions with what is being shown in the media in the Middle East and, therefore, we would like to create a bridge between people of different nationalities and religions and platforms and talk in a friendly and courteous manner, compared to out there in the battlefield,'' Ahmed said.

''Instead of people taking out their differences in a physical way, we want to sit down at the table and discuss the misunderstandings,'' he said.

The educational effort began in Chicago and has spread to other areas, including Miami-Dade and Broward, where buses have been painted with the message for eight weeks, from early November to the end of December, according to Phyllis Berry, spokeswoman for the Broward County Transportation Department.
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Assalam Alaykum ShaykhJazakAllah khayr for bringing this to ttienaton. I found the following statement quite thought-provoking: It could be that studying Islam has been glamorized and students of knowledge are treated like celebrities I would go further and state that the culture of commericalisation of pretty much everything, which includes within in it a glamorised marketing package to sell an artifiical world to the people has impacted the way the sphere of seeking ilm. The point of Shuyukh as celebs I have found to be quite true and the statements sometimes made by sisters, I can confirm. Its all rather MTV-esque. What happened to the nasheed culture upon the onset of its commercialisation is happening in the case of seeking knowledge.What do you think Shaykh? though the marketing element can be used as a tool for Dawah, do you think it is perpetuating a culture along with it, its' adverse effects at the same time?
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