The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) has announced the expansion of its advertising campaign to San Francisco. According to the announcement :
WhyIslam Bus Ad campaign, YOU DESERVE TO KNOW!, is started on February 9, 2009, with ads on more than 140 San Francisco MUNI buses…. ‘You Deserve to Know’ refers to the right of every person to know what Islam is really about. It also refers to the idea that everyone should be aware that in an age when popular stereotypes about Muslims are undermining a faith and an entire civilization, explaining and clarifying the religion is a moral obligation on Muslims…. 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.
The ICNA Bus Ad campaign was also endorsed by the Muslim American Society (MAS).
The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is a less well-known part of the Muslim Brotherhood network in the U.S., generally thought to be closely tied to the Jamaat-e-Islami organization of Southeast Asia, itself known to be allied with the Muslim Brotherhood. ICNA is particularly close to the Muslim American Society and the two organizations have been holding joint annual conventions for many years. Previous posts have discussed similar ad campaigns in Chicago , Seattle Tampa,and New York. The New York campaign drew national media attention when it was reported that Siraj Wahajj, an American Islamic convert associated with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, was behind the New York campaign.