POMONA >> From Christian jewelry to a hand-washing booth to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Shopping Place at the L.A. County Fair has a little of everything except a lot of customers.
Vendors said business was a little slow this year. Most said it was because of the hot weather outside. According to http://www.accuweather.com, the temperature hit 100 degrees at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Jonathan Ghaffar of Chino was at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community booth where people could get free Qurans or other free literature on Islam just for giving their email.
“We’ve had it be a little slower than last year,” said Ghaffar, who records anyone who comes to his booth in a positive or negative category.
Last year, Ghaffar recorded 2,000 visitors, but the number sits at over 500 so far. Additionally, Ghaffar has had 98 percent positive visits and just 2 percent negative.
“Christians who want to convert us, that’s a positive visit,” Ghaffar said. “Most people don’t stop. Some people come back year after year. Any information on Islam, they’ll want to get because they don’t go to a bookstore.”
Ghaffar said a negative visit would be someone who asks, “How come all you Muslims are terrorists? I ask them, ‘Why are you Christians terrorists? The Ku Klux Klan … are Christians. We got nut jobs in Islam. You get them all over.”
On Friday the 13th, Ghaffar said he a woman who described herself as an atheist stole a Quran.
“She left me a copy of the Constitution,” Ghaffar said with a laugh.
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