A Web site is being used to stop the spread of misconceptions and provide answers about Islam and American Muslims. is doing so through its recently launched “Say No to Islamophobia” campaign. The Web site defines Islamophobia as prejudice against or demonization of Muslims.

Mahmoud Harmoush, director of the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley and a adviser, said the Web site is important because people are ignorant about Islam and need to get the facts from credible sources.

The site lists Southern California Islamic centers, more than 30 documents and several books about Islam that can be downloaded and a link for community groups to request a presentation about Islam.

Also included are discussion about how Islam connects to current events, such as a fire that killed 10 people in New York City, and interesting facts, such as how Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota, the first Muslim elected to Congress, used Thomas Jefferson’s Quran in January when he took the oath of office.

The Web site has the support of the Southwest Riverside County Interfaith Council, which has about 25 members, and the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Hussam Ayloush, a Corona resident and executive director of the Southern California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, is pleased that lay people are running

“It seems to be a genuine attempt to extend the arms of friendship and cooperation of others,” Ayloush said.

He said he was impressed by the large database of articles and reference materials on the Web site. He is frequently asked to recommend Web sites where people can learn about Islam and now plans to recommend


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