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FEED THE HUNGRY

ICNA-Relief arranges its Feed the Hungry program TWICE a month in San Francisco, Oakland, and Stockton 

Volunteers are needed for 2 hours to help
prepare meals in South Bay and distribute food in Oakland or San Francisco.



 

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Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh,

All praise belongs to Allah SWT who has blessed the Bay Area Muslim community and allowed us to witness its generosity. I would like to thank you for your tremendous display of support at the ICNA Annual Supporters' Dinner. This support is what will be critical for us to continue to reach out through our WhyIslam, Social Services and Tarbiya activities and generate a meaningful difference in our society.

Alhamdulillah, while we were able to raise $198k*, we are still $52k short of our target. If you did not get a chance to come to the fundraiser or make a donation, you can still contribute towards the success of these projects by donating online.

A small aside: as we mentioned at the dinner, we would love to have you all join us as volunteers as well. Even a couple of hours of your time would help. Please contact us through icnabay.us for details. Most importantly, please continue to remember us in your prayers and best of wishes.

Saad Quraishi
President, ICNA Bay Area Chapter

*This is the revised total after accounting for a couple of double entries

 

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WhyIslam (Outreach program) is one of the most well known ICNA projects. Given the prevalent misinformation, misunderstanding and stereotypes coupled with our duty to spread truth about Islam and our community this is one of the most significant projects that ICNA has embarked and continues to maintain Alhamdulillah.

WhyIslam uses some of the most unconventional, innovative, and creative approaches of spreading the truth about Islam, it’s the dawa (invitation to Islam) of modern day society.

 

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South Bay Muslims deliver meals from mobile soup kitchen

By Lisa Fernandez
San Jose Mercury News

Mercy on Wheels

This summer, a group of Silicon Valley-based Muslims will serve all-halal meals to the hungry from a roving food truck — an effort that's the first of its kind in the Bay Area, perhaps in the nation.

The Bay Area chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America, or ICNA, will officially debut its yellow Mercy on Wheels truck today.?

Beginning in July, the truck, which cost about $35,000 to buy and retrofit, will be used to serve nearly 400 meals a month in San Francisco and Oakland, at a cost of an additional $45,000 a year, organizers said. All the funding comes through community donations.

 

Synagogues, churches, mosques and temples help out with soup kitchens, and sometimes even staff their own meal programs. And of course, Meals on Wheels delivers food to seniors and other homebound people. But no other community group operates a mobile soup kitchen with a halal menu.

"I've never heard of it before," said Lynn Crocker, spokeswoman for Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

For the past three years, on the last Saturday of each month, a group of 50 to 100 ICNA members have been driving to San Francisco in their own cars, serving meals at the United Nations Plaza, and two blocks away, in front of a mosque, said Ameen Ashraf, vice president of the group. At the same time, other volunteers have gone to 32nd Street and San Pablo Avenue in Oakland to feed the hungry.

 

The delivery spots will continue to be the same, Ashraf said, but now, the rice, mixed vegetables and curried chicken, mostly donated by the Shalimar Restaurant chain and Crescent Circle in Santa Clara, will be delivered, hot and steamy, from a converted DSL delivery truck that's painted bright yellow. ICNA bought another truck but can't afford to retrofit it yet.

Ashraf said ICNA has tried to purchase a brick-and-mortar soup kitchen in the Bay Area, but it was too costly. Also, the group tried delivering food to the hungry in Silicon Valley, but Ashraf said his volunteers noted the demand simply wasn't as great as in San Francisco and Oakland. There are no immediate plans to add the South Bay to ICNA's route, even though the group's located in Santa Clara and many of its members live in the valley, Ashraf said.

The Muslim group doesn't ask for any credentials or references before handing out the food and doesn't know how many Muslims or non-Muslims it feeds.

"Frankly, we don't ask, and we don't care," Ashraf said.

Still, Ashraf said the group chooses to use donated food that's halal, prepared according to Muslim dietary law, because those are the restaurant owners they know, and they want to accommodate any devout Muslims who may be hungry. That also means no dishes containing pork.

He did note that the clients, whatever their religious or ethnic background, seem to like the spicy Indian-Pakistani cuisine.

"We started sharing food during a time of sacrifice and feast," Ashraf said. "Doing it once a year was good, but we thought we should be sharing food more often. It's our faith. God requires us to feed the hungry."

Courtesy: San Jose Mercury News

 

1-877-WHY-ISLAM HOTLINE

 

What is 877-Why-Islam Hotline?

ICNA's 877-Why-Islam project is a leader in pioneering up to date strategies to better convey the true understanding of Islam to others and clarify many of the misconceptions of Islam.

From Billboards to interviews to Radio campaigns, Islam Ads on Buses in different metropolitan cities and NY Subway, ICNA through 877-Why-Islam has introduced the Islam and reached out to millions of people. Everyone deserves to know what Islam is all about. Click here for more info on ICNA.

I Deserve to Know!

  -  Some of the people will decide that they do deserve to know and will make the phone call (or visit WhyIslam.org).

-  The phone call is forwarded to our 877-Why-Islam representatives who are eager to answer any questions the caller may have.

-  An 877-Why-Islam representative will handle the inital questions and answer any questions about Islam clearly.

-  If the caller requests literature (ie. a copy of the Qur'an or reading material on Islamic beliefs and issues), it will be mailed to the caller, free of charge.

-  If someone is interested in visiting a local mosque in their area and interact with other Muslims, 877 Why Islam will help facilitate a meeting with the local Muslim community.

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