President Atif Fareed of the American Muslim Community Centers is leading a campaign to foster commonality between Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the United States. He stresses that we are all American Citizens who are loyal and hoping for the good of America. Growing frequency of terror attacks throughout the globe has created a rift between Muslims and people of other faiths. Fareed tells everybody that terrorists do not represent Islam. Terrorists are not honoring Mohammed or Allah’s teachings but instead are defiling them. Americans, regardless of religion, should band together and standing up against terrorism.
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“Why Islam” Billboard Campaign
To achieve or at least come closer to having commonality between Americans of different faiths, Atif Fareed launched the “Why Islam” billboard campaign. He led the installation of four billboards throughout Orlando and Daytona Beach. The campaign aims to erect the billboards in key areas of all major cities in the United States. As of 2016, more than a hundred billboards have already been installed by the campaign.
Same Family, Same Message
Fareed believes that the best way to clear the various misconceptions about Islam and Muslims is to let non-Muslims know the truth about Islam and the teachings of Mohammed. The Quran teaches Muslims to love and be loyal to the country where they live. So to be good Muslims, American Muslims must be loyal to the United States over any other country. The billboards aim to remind non-Muslims of this teaching so that they realize the Muslims are not the enemy. Muslims are their family and their neighbor.
Why Islam Information Campaign
The billboard campaign also acts as an information campaign, encouraging non-Muslims to know more about Islam. Each of the billboards contains a toll-free number and an email address. The toll free number leads to an information center where a representative will answer any question relevant to Islam. The website, on the other hand, is for people who do not have any particular questions but just want to know anything about the religion. Fareed strongly believes the fear of Islam will be alleviated if people only knew the truth about the religion.
Opening of Mosques and Muslim Centers
Fareed is also a strong advocate of opening the doors of Mosques and Muslim centers to non-Muslims. Muslim places of worship are the best locations for spreading the true words of Allah. He also invites people of other faiths to attend even just one sermon or a single religious lesson to have an idea how Muslims practice their faith.