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Jan. 21, 2016

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC,

We have exciting news! On Sunday, January 17th, our Imam, Asim Buyuksoy and his wife Azima welcomed a healthy baby boy named Mustafa into the world, alhamdulillah. Over the next few weeks, please pay close attention to the normal class schedule as his availability is limited.

Thank you for all of your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in the days to come.

In peace,

The Islamic Center of Southern California

In this Issue

Friday Khutbaskhutba
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Hassan Zeenni
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Dr. Ahmed El-Gabalawy

Coming up at ICSCcomingupagain
This Weekend
(1/22 - 1/24)

FRIDAY (1/22)
12:45 p.m. - Umma Clinic Health Insurance
Representatives will be here to answer health insurance questions
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Hassan Zeenni

5:30 a.m. - Saturday Morning Circle
10:00 a.m. - ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.

SUNDAY (1/24)
9:30 a.m.Umma Clinic Health Insurance
Representatives will be here to answer health insurance questions until 1 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - Breakfast
10:30 a.m. - Parents Circle
11:00 a.m. - MYG Impact Event
Ronald McDonald House volunteer event for Muslim Youth Group
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. - Speakers
Munira Lekovic Ezzeldine, Omar Ezzeldine, and Yusef Ezzeldine
"Family Resolution & Goal Setting"

Next Week
(1/25 - 1/31)

TUESDAY (1/26)
6:45 p.m. - Qur'an Recitation Class

6:45 p.m. - Islam 2.0 for New Muslims

FRIDAY (1/29)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Dr. Ahmed El-Gabalawy

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

SUNDAY (1/31)
10:00 a.m. - Breakfast
10:30 a.m. - Parents 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 2)
12:00 p.m. - Speaker
To Be Announced

Serve + Connect: Union Rescue Missionserveandconnect
by Kristen Stangas

Have you seen the signs for our "Serve + Connect" events? Do you know what they are promoting?  

A group of us here at the Center have started coordinating monthly community service opportunities.  These events were established with two main goals in mind: 1) To go beyond talking about the importance of helping those who are less fortunate, and put that into action, and 2) To connect with our brothers and sisters through service, which requires communication and teamwork.

This past Sunday, Jan. 17, we met at the Union Rescue Mission (URM) on Skid Row to serve dinner to the homeless.  Our volunteers ranged from ages 15 to 60 and included men, women, and teens. Although some people were local to Los Angeles, others drove in from Chino, Northridge, La Caņada, Glendale, and the South Bay to participate in the event.  A few of us had volunteered at the URM before, but for others, it was an eye-opening, first-time experience. 

We started out the evening by making our intention to do this service for God and then got to work.  Over the course of 3 1/2 hours, we served four dinner services.  We rotated stations throughout the night, taking on new tasks and getting to know new people.  In order to make this dinner run smoothly, we needed people to work the hot food stations, hand out soda, pass out ice cream, cut vegetables, clean tables, and help with other kitchen tasks.  This experience is what you make it - if you put your heart into it and take the time to greet each person as they come down the line and smile, the impact of this volunteer work can resound deeply.  You have the opportunity to engage in a conversation with someone who might otherwise feel unseen or unheard.  It is truly a beautiful experience.

Alhamdulillah, all of the volunteer spots filled up within 12 hours of announcing the event this month (the Union Rescue Mission has a limit of 15 volunteers per dinner service).  Our next "Serve + Connect" event is scheduled for Feb. 21 from 4:15 - 8 p.m.  If you were unable to attend this month, please RSVP as soon as possible in order to reserve your spot for February!

Photo from Serve _ Connect Event
Need Health Insurance?

Would you like to learn more about health insurance?  On Friday, Jan. 22 (12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.) and Sunday, Jan. 24 (9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.) we will have representatives from the UMMA Clinic here to go over health insurance information.  Please stop by to learn more.

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

Qur'an Competition: New Horizon students will participate in a Qur'an competition next week, Jan. 28.  Good luck students! 

World's Finest Chocolate: The New Horizon PTO is selling chocolate bars as a fundraiser for the school.  Each bar is $1 or you can buy a box for $60.  Please contact the school office for more information.

Samar Ghannoum at ISNA Conference - Sunday School Teacher

ISNA & SCALTC Conferences: Our New Horizon and Sunday School teachers attended the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Southern California Arabic Language Teachers' Council (SCALTC) conference in Irvine from Jan. 15 - 17.  The ISNA conference hosted workshops to curate an authentic Islamic school environment and adopt new technology into the classrooms.  SCALTC was an opportunity for our teachers to network with other foreign language teachers and discuss ideas for teaching Arabic in the school. It was a great experience and we thank our teachers for taking the time to attend these trainings!

We are always accepting new students.  For more information about our New Horizon elementary school or our Sunday School program, please contact Hadir Elsayad.

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

MYG Impact Event Poster

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Coming up (2/13):
It's that time of year - time for the MYG to hit the slopes and have some fun.  The annual Ski Trip is coming up on Feb. 13.  This is a Youth Group favorite. Don't miss out!  Sign up today

For more information, please contact MYG President, Omar Badr or our 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

Food Pantry Poster

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.

"Knowledge without action 
is vanity, and action without 
knowledge is insanity."
(Imam Al-Ghazali)

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Kristen Stangas, Communication Coordinator

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