Islamic Circle of North America - San Francisco Bay Area

Serving the Creator by Serving the humanity

aka ICNA SF Bay Area   |   Santa Clara, CA   |


To enhance the understanding of Islam, clear misconceptions, encourage dialogue, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote social justice, inclusion, and mutual understanding To offer educational and training opportunities to enhance character, develop skills and shape personalities to promote a healthy and productive society To oppose immorality and oppression in all forms, and support efforts for civil liberties and socio-economic justice in the society To strengthen the bonds of humanity by serving all those in need anywhere in the world, starting with our Bay Area neighborhood To cooperate with and support other organizations for the implementation of this program

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Mr. Nilamudeen Shaihu

Main address

2086 Walsh Ave Ste A

Santa Clara, CA 95050 USA

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NTEE code info

Islamic (X40)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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ICNA Bay Area is focusing on uplifting the suffering of a

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Feed The Hungry

Since 2007, we have been in the forefront of serving the most-needy across the Bay Area with nourishing hot meals. The food is cooked fresh in the morning, carefully packed in single serving boxes, and delivered in a truck – equipped with food warmers, to places where the homeless people gather. Once there, it serves as a brick-and-mortar soup kitchen, serving the people with a smile. We call it MERCY ON WHEELS(SM).

Our volunteers gather every other Saturday to serve 700+ needy people. The below diagram provides a visual representation of the overall process from start to finish

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

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

Outreach Booths is one of our popular projects. Given the prevalent misinformation, misunderstanding and stereotypes coupled with our duty to spread truth about Islam and our community, this project provides an ideal platform for people of other faiths to connect with muslims, in person. For many, this turns out to be their first ever with a muslim in which they learn about Islam and get clarity on misunderstandings and stereotypes.

With a pool of well trained volunteers, we setup our booths at the following venues on a bi-weekly basis:

Shopping malls
Bart Stations
County Fairs and Festivals
Flea Markets and Farmers Markets
And more

We have attractive pamphlets that inform readers about everything related to “What does Islam say about Terrorism”, “Status of Women in Islam”, “Human Rights in Islam”, “Who is Jesus?” and more. We also have FREE translations (English and Spanish) of Qur’an which we gladly provide to anyone who asks for it.

Your support (Donate | Volunteer) is critical for continuing and increasing our efforts to build a tolerant, diverse and understanding community.

Population(s) Served

WhyIslam Billboard Ad Campaign, started back in 2008 in the South and East Bay. Our toll-free number, 1-877-Why-Islam and the website have been live and active ever since.

WhyIslam Bus Dawah Ad Campaign, started many years ago with ads on multiple bus lines around the bay area . A toll free number, 1-877-Why-Islam, and the website are posted for interested viewers to call and obtain more information about Islam.
Among the objectives of WhyIslam Billboard and Bus Ad Campaigns is to instill a sense of curiosity through strategically located billboards thereby encouraging people to search for unbiased information on Islam and to promote understanding and dialogue between people of different faiths.

The need for this outreach now is greater than ever before to help build a future without hate, prejudice, discrimination or bigotry.

Population(s) Served

No figure in history is a greater unifier of the world’s prophetic traditions than Prophet Abraham, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him. Jews, Christians and Muslims alike view him as the patriarch of their respective faiths.

To honor the tradition of the great prophet, ICNA Relief annually celebrates Abraham’s Day post Eid Al-Adha festival. It is a day for hundreds of volunteers to exemplify that prophetic characteristic of goodwill by providing hot meals and other necessities to the downtrodden.

On Abraham’s Day, men and women, young and old come together across national, racial, ethnic and religious divides, to pack and distribute:

warm meals
winter clothes
and hygiene packs

Prophet Mohamed (Peace Be Upon Him(PBUH)) was asked: “What actions are most excellent?” He replied: “To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured.” (Tabarani)

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

One of the core driving concentrations of ICNA’s energies is the spread and dissemination of authentic Islamic knowledge through grassroots means. This has been manifest through a few initiatives:

Outreach booths setup at local farmer markets and festivals
The 877-Why-Islam hotline
Bus and billboard ad campaigns

By the Grace of God, this has lead to many heart to heart conversations, the clarification of a lot of misconceptions and biases, a deeper sense of oneness in our communities, and the inception of many journeys into Islam.

But this is not enough:

Hate crimes are on an all-time high
Bigotry and xenophobia are become wide spread and normalized
The separation and mistrust between the dominate cultures and the ‘others’ is increasing, instead of there being a sense of appreciation and welcoming embrace

Along similar lines, ‘Lunch with a Muslim’ was started at the end of 2016 and later Coffee with a Muslim to address these very concerns, with the aim of bringing much needed ease and clarity in this stiffling climate of manufactured fear and ignorance.
The Event

After picking a local venue (such as a park or a community center), invitations are sent out to all surrounding neighbors, and not too long after everyone breaks bread together over a curated discussion on Islam and muslims. Covering all the major aspects of the faith, this is followed up with a Q&A, so the neighbors have a chance to gain clarity on issues of concern or interest to them.
“Open Mosque Day” is a unique event that provides the welcoming atmosphere needed to portray Islam in its true essence as a religion that teaches respect, compassion, and coexistence. Attendees receive a moving, first-hand experience of the true beauty of the faith, while breaking away from misinformation and misconceptions.
A National Initiative

This successful initiative has been held in communities across the nation in conjunction with ICNA’s First National Open Mosque Day Campaign, and with the expertise and guidance of our partners at GainPeace and WhyIslam.

We are eager to build lasting friendships from this initiative and further conversation with our fellow Americans.

Population(s) Served

ICNA’s mobile health clinic started with a sad realization: The Bay Area community has a sizable, largely forgotten, segment of society that cannot afford healthcare. This causes them to go through cycles of preventable hardship and suffering; not only does this affect their health and quality of living, but also their families, dependents, and work places. And the damage doesn’t stop there: This in turn causes greater stress on the local health care infrastructure as they have to deal with a greater influx of emergency cases, which are again preventable.

To understand how best to address this ‘snowball effect’ problem in a God pleasing way, time was spent to study and understand the needs of the affected community, the current solutions in the market (most of which were for-profit), and the charitable models vividly present in the prophetic tradition. Over the course of this evaluation and reflection process, the consequent solution become increasingly obvious: Invest early in this vulnerable segment of society.
Our Services

Launching in 2019, the Mobile Health Clinic will compliment ICNA’s ‘Mercy On Wheels(SM)’ program by making scheduled rounds in the Bay Area with the best doctors from our community, providing:

Primary health care
Physical examination
Diabetes/blood pressure screening
Lab work

As funding and volunteer staff grows, we can increase our services to provide:

Seasonal vaccinations and immunizations
Dental health care
Behavioral health care
Specialties (Pediatric, STD, OB/GYN, Cancer, etc)
Starting a mobile clinic fleet

Your Support

Making sure this great initiative takes off will need much more than market research and great planning. We urgently need your support for:

Maintenance/Operational costs
Insurance (malpractice, coverage for volunteers, vehicle)
Medical records hardware/software
Inspection and certification
Lab reports

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ICNA SF Bay Area has a regular Feed The Hungry drive year-round. It is organized by our dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers every other Saturday. Operated as part of our Mercy on Wheels program, Allah has blessed us with the opportunity to serve the homeless and needy communities in Oakland, San Francisco, Stockton and San Jose.

The annual Abraham’s Day, which coincides with Eid ul Adha, is celebrated as a day of goodwill towards mankind. ICNA Relief leads many Bay Area organizations to come out in support of the needy amongst us by providing them food, clothing, blankets and other necessities to gear up for the winter.

The Family and Funeral Assistance program provides assistance to individuals and families in need of immediate financial assistance. Families have used these funds to cover burial costs, pay rent to stave off homelessness, and for vehicle repair.

The Back To School Program distributes backpacks filled with school supplies to local families in need with school going children.

And finally our latest initiative, the ICNA Relief Mobile Clinic, an addition to the Mercy on Wheels program, is the first Muslim mobile clinic that will provide free healthcare to those who don’t have insurance, or those who are struggling financially. Serving the Creator by Serving Humanity.


Islamic Circle of North America - San Francisco Bay Area

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Islamic Circle of North America - San Francisco Bay Area

Board of directors
as of 11/11/2020
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Board chair

Nilamudeen Shaihu

Buland Malik

Saad Quraishi

Nimah Haq

Mautasim Hussain

Ahmed Alsum

Ammar Aijazi

Mohamed Sulthan

Nilamudeen Shaihu

Inayat Razzack

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No