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Jan. 15, 2016

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC,

Thank you to those who came out to support our first "Get to Know Each Other" event last weekend at the Bilal Islamic Center.  Mark your calendars for next month's program that will take place here at ICSC on Feb. 21. More details to come.

This Sunday (Jan. 17), we will have a special program on the significance of making your intention when setting goals.  Since it is the beginning of a new year, insha'Allah we can all find a way to benefit from the wisdom of DreamChaser Coach, Tasneem Noor.

We look forward to seeing you all soon.

The Islamic Center of Southern California

In this Issue

Friday Khutbaskhutba
Photo of Tarek Shawky

TODAY: 1/15
Tarek Shawky
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Hassan Zeenni

Listen to Last Week's Friday Khutba (1/8)
Dr. Gasser Hathout - "Profiling the Shaytan" 

Photo of Retired LA Councilman_ Robert Farrell
"Get to Know Each Other"
with the Bilal Islamic Center
by Kristen Stangas

On Sunday, Jan. 10, we trekked across town to visit our brothers and sisters from the Bilal Islamic Center.  This was the first in a series of monthly intra-faith events that have been scheduled to strengthen our relationships with Muslims from other Islamic centers in Los Angeles.

It was a beautiful event that featured two youth speakers from their community, Aziza Hasan from NewGround, and retired LA Councilman Robert Farrell. The youth expressed how Islam plays a role in their lives as American teenagers and shared their aspirations for the future.  Aziza then shared a life-changing story from her childhood where she emphasized the importance of speaking up in challenging situations and the need to be vulnerable in order to build relationships.  She summed it up in three short words - courage, support, and investment.  We need the courage to venture into uncomfortable territory, to address the important issues.  Next, it is critical to have a support system.  Surround yourself with people who will stand beside you in difficulty.  Finally, invest in the causes that are meaningful to you. Put the necessary effort into maintaining relationships with people and organizations that you courageously ventured into so that you may strengthen your community.

Our closing speaker was retired LA Chairman, Robert Farrell.  During his time on the podium, he took a walk down Memory Lane - recalling his early days in the South Central neighborhood and the challenges that the community faced.  He spoke of Malcom X and the role he played in bringing Islam to the African American Muslim population. His stories were enriching and reinforced the need to not only shine a light on interfaith work, but also the intra-faith community building.  This exchange allows for history to be passed on to generations to come so that we can learn from each other and grow together.

"Those of you who are pioneers, I hope you will tell your stories." - Robert Farrell

For those of you who were unable to attend this unique event, please mark your calendars for Feb. 21 when our brothers and sisters from Bilal Islamic Center will be coming to visit us for the next session of the "Get to Know Each Other" Program.

Coming up at ICSCcomingupagain
This Weekend
(1/15 - 1/17)

5:30 a.m. - Saturday Morning Circle
Recitation, Tajweed, & Breakfast
Asim Buyuksoy
10:00 a.m. - ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.

SUNDAY (1/17)
10:00 a.m. - Breakfast
10:30 a.m. - Parenting Circle
Edina Lekovic & Tarek Shawky
11:15 a.m. - Highlights of the Qur'an
Asim Buyuksoy
"The Virtues of Patience in the Qur'an"
12:00 p.m. - Speaker
Tasneem Noor
"The Power of Intention"

Next Week
(1/18 - 1/24)

TUESDAY (1/19)
6:45 p.m. - Qur'an Recitation Class
Asim Buyuksoy

6:45 p.m. - Islam 2.0 for New Muslims
Asim Buyuksoy

FRIDAY (1/22)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Hassan Zeenni

5:30 a.m. Saturday Morning Circle
Recitation, Tajweed, & Breakfast
Asim Buyuksoy
10:00 a.m. - ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.

SUNDAY (1/24)
10:00 a.m. - Breakfast
10:30 a.m. - Parenting Circle
11:15 a.m. - Highlights of the Qur'an
Dr. Najeeba Syeed
"Lessons from the Qur'an: What Nature Teaches Humans about Peace" (Part 1)
12:00 p.m. - Speaker
Munira Lekovic Ezzeldine, Omar Ezzeldine, and Yusef Ezzeldine
"Family Resolution & Goal Setting"

What's new in our community?
New Horizon and newhorizon
Sunday School

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Shoe Drive:
We've hit a standstill. Please bring us your old shoes!

The New Horizon shoe drive has been extended until January 31.

Our goal is 2,500 pairs of shoes. You may donate any old shoes as long as they do not have holes in the soles. All donations will be distributed to those in need.

If we reach this goal, New Horizon will receive $2,000 for the school. Please help support our students.

of the way to our goal!

Do you shop at Ralphs?

If you're a Rewards Card member, it's easy for you to donate a portion of every purchase to our New Horizon School through the Ralphs Community Contribution Program.  By linking your existing Rewards Card to our non-profit ID number, you can benefit our school by just buying your groceries!

For additional information, please link to the instructions on our ICSC website.

Muslim Youth Group (MYG:)MYG

MYG meets every Sunday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Youth Room

This Sunday (1/17):
Interfaith event with our Jewish friends from IKAR 

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Next Sunday (1/24):
Youth Service Opportunity! We will be going to the Ronald McDonald House to cook dinner for children with terminal diseases.

For more information, please contact MYG President, Omar Badr or MYG Youth Coordinator, Yusif Lee.
Want to get involved?volunteers
We're working on updating our volunteer database right now.  If you are interested in sharing your time and talents with ICSC, please send us an email with your name, phone number, and email address to let us know how you want to get involved. Contact Kristen Stangas

Part-Time Job Opportunity
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JYG girls in the cafeteria after class

Current Volunteer Opportunities
  • ICSC Food Pantry (Every Saturday morning @ 9:45am, doors open to the public at 10 a.m.)  
  • Experienced photographers to help take photos at our events
  • Experienced babysitters to help with children at events

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Prayer Timesprayers
We are open for prayers five times a day, every day.  Iqama is ten minutes after the athan is called.  You can find prayer times on our website.

"And seek help through 
patience & prayer."
(Qur'an 2:45)

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Kristen Stangas, Communication Coordinator

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