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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.



Lunch with a Muslim”, an event designed for people of other faiths was held by ICNA SF Bay Area for the first time on December the 3rd, 2016. It was hosted in the Cypress Community Center in San Jose. The program consisted of a presentation about Islam, a question-and-answer session, and a meal of flavorful Mediterranean food. Over fifty guests were present. Many came to show support for the Muslim community.


This event revealed to us that there are many people, previously unfamiliar with Islam, who can understand, appreciate, and even accept our creed. People, who are receptive to the teachings of Islam, are within our reach. They are our neighbors. We as Muslims are answerable in front of Allah (SWT) for sharing the message of Islam with our neighbors. All we have to do is to provide the opportunity for them to discover Islam.


Events like this provide us the right platform to build bridges between different communities, as well as within the greater society.


Check out what some of our guests had to say about the event:


  • It was so wonderful to meet you and all the beautiful people of Muslim community.” – George.


  • “The presentation and luncheon was a wonderful experience. Thank you and all of your sisters and brothers for taking the time, and opening up your hearts to a group of strangers - my husband and I left feeling so grateful.” – Patty.


  • “You did a fabulous job. Very organized, very clear, very patient." – Joe.


  • “I found the lunch meeting very informative, and it was good to meet all of you. Know that you are supported in our community, and we enjoyed sharing time” – Nancy and Tony.


  • “I very much enjoyed learning more about Islam and meeting the good people who taught us. And the hospitality and food were wonderful! I'm going to look for more opportunities to meet my Muslim neighbors. I'm learning that we Christians have much in common with Islam.” – Steve.


In the light of this success, ICNA SF Bay Area is planning to make “Lunch with a Muslim” a regular event throughout San Francisco Bay Area at different locations. We already received a request for another event at a church. Please continue to support WhyIslam Outreach Program with your generous donations and earn the pleasure of Allah (SWT).



ICNA SF Bay Area and AlMaghrib welcome fans at Super Bowl 50


San Francisco, CA (February 7, 2016) – The Bay Area Chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America, along with Al-Maghrib organized an outreach event called “#meetamuslim” to welcome the Super Bowl 50 fans.

Volunteers offered not just gifts but handshakes and hugs as well. Several attendees engaged the volunteers in frank and positive discussions on Islam and Muslims. The volunteers were very excited to have been part of this unique event and have plans to continue such positive efforts to improve the image of Islam and Muslims.

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On the Media

San Jose Mercury News: At the final security checkpoint on Tasman Drive near the east entry to Levi's Stadium, a group wearing T-shirts that said "Meet a Muslim" was handing out clear plastic bags to fans walking into the stadium. The bags met the NFL's strict security standards of transparency for this event. The Muslim community, which had to learn the hard way how to make it successfully through airport security in the wake of 9/11, saw the game as a goodwill opportunity.

"With all the negative information out there right now," said Bilal Ahmad, of Santa Clara, "we are out here just trying to create a positive image."

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Outreach Program

Sant Calra County Fair 2007

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.




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




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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