Assalamualaikum Brother Naushad and Damon,
Thanks for taking up this initiative. I really appreciate your clarity of thought and the fact that you have already started working on your plan.
I read through the entire chain of posts and would like to assist you in this mission in any way I can. I do have a suggestion. On my last visit to my home town, I realized that many of my of the people I knew were just following Islam because they inherited it from their elders. Most of us not only don't know much about Islam, we don't know why we need to follow a religion. I made a small presentation titled, " Why do we need Religion?" using very simple logic to a group of about 20. My thought was to start with a very basic questions and then try to answer it in such a manner that even a 10 year old can understand it. The questions I thought were as follows:
1. " Why do we need Religion?"
2. " If we do need religion, which one do we choose? Why Islam?"
3. " If Islam is the religion to be followed, how do we learn more about it?",
4. "Once we have learned about Islam, how do we bring our life in accordance with it?" I think this is where community activities and educational programs can get started.
If you would like to see my presentation (in powerpoint & word format), I would be glad to send it to you. Please also let me know how I can contribute in this mission.