Source: The Seattle Times
Running on the sides of several Metro buses, they merely say: "Q: Islam. A: You deserve to know," with a phone number and Web site.
For Bilal Aijazi, a Bellevue software developer, the ads are meant to stir conversation and steer people toward information on Islam.
As a Muslim, Aijazi sometimes fields questions about his faith. Especially during Ramadan, which began about two weeks ago, people ask Aijazi why Muslims fast during this Islamic holy month.
Then there are the questions he gets other times of the year: Why some women wear head scarves; whether Muslims condone terrorism.
"We feel often Muslims don't have a voice," said Aijazi, one of about six people who helped coordinate the local effort to get the ads onto the outside of six Metro buses and the inside of about 25. About 10 local Muslims contributed to the nearly $5,000 campaign.
"This is just a way to present the community with a source of information about Islam that comes from Muslims themselves," he said.