Question about Islam? Call a Muslim

Billboards in two dozen American cities are advertising a phone number — 1-877-WHY-ISLAM — where you can reach actual Muslims to ask questions about Islam.

It’s part of a campaign by the Islamic Circle of North America to educate non-Muslims about the faith, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Volunteers in New Jersey field about 1,000 calls a month.

Questions can also be emailed to

“The idea was to help answer the questions that people have about Islam,” said ICNA board member Hanif Harris, a 38-year-old Realtor. “This way, they’ll get the answers directly from Muslims.”

I haven’t seen a billboard myself. But I may have to find one. It seems to be a pretty neat idea.