Feb. 18, 2016

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC,

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the ICSC, I would like to greet each of you with the peace and blessings of Almighty Allah (SWT). 

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Hedab Tarifi

2016 ICSC Chairwoman

I am humbled, blessed and honored to have been elected to serve as the Chairperson of ICSC for this coming year. It is my intention to lead and serve the community to the best of my abilities as we move forward in our mission to practice and share the values of Islam in the United States of America, by providing religious, educational, and family oriented social services for our community. 

As a board, we cannot do it alone. We need all of your support. I call on every community member to take ownership of our beloved center - volunteer with a committee of your choice, attend activities at the center, make financial contributions, and join the effort to ensure that our center's future is bright and inspiring. I plan to follow an open door policy, and encourage you to share your thoughts and feedback by sending an e-mail to chair@icsconline.org

Please welcome and congratulate our 2016 Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. In the days to come, committee heads will also be appointed, and the list will be shared. 
2016 ICSC Board of Directors:
1.     Ms. Hedab Tarifi - Chairwoman of the Board
2.     Mr. Ali Tweini - Vice-Chairman of the Board
3.     Mr. Usman Mohammed - Secretary of the Board & Parliamentarian
4.     Mr. Abdul Rahim Aref - Board Member
5.     Mr. Habib Veera - Board Member
6.     Mr. Ahmed Iqbal - Board Member
7.     Mr. Muhammad Adaya - Board Member
8.     Mr. Iqbal Hassan - Board Member
9.     Mr. Mahmood Waseeq - Board Member

2016 ICSC Nominating Committee:
1.     Mr. Salam Al-Marayati
2.     Dr. Saleh Kholaki
3.     Dr Tanveer Hussain
4.     Mr. Ramsey Hakim
5.     Mr. Omar Ricci
At this time, I would like to thank our outgoing Board members, Mr. Omar Ricci, Dr. Zeinab Abdel Baset, Mrs. Shaheen Veera, and Mr. Ahmed Elhadary for their dedicated leadership and service during their tenure as Board Members.
And finally, I would like to thank each of you, our dear community members, for your support and participation. We look forward to a productive and fruitful year as we continue our efforts to raise the bar, insha'Allah.
May Almighty Allah (SWT) guide us in our efforts, in His name, and in His cause.


Hedab Tarifi
Islamic Center of Southern California

In this Issue

Friday Khutbaskhutba

Jihad Turk

Hassan Zeenni

Listen to Lask Week's Friday Khutba (FEB. 12)

Dr. Gasser Hathout - "Islam and the Constitution"

Coming up at ICSCcomingupagain
This Weekend
(2/19 - 2/21)

FRIDAY (2/19)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Jihad Turk
5:45 p.m. - Qur'an Class for Kids 
Asim Buyuksoy

5:30 a.m. Fajr & Sunrise Hike
Prayer, Hike, Breakfast, Service
Asim Buyuksoy
10:00 a.m. - ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.

SUNDAY (2/21)
10:30 a.m. - Parents Circle
Edina Lekovic & Tarek Shawky
11:15 a.m. - Highlights of the Qur'an
Dr. Saleh Kholaki
"Concept of Love in the Qur'an" 
(Part 2)
12:00 p.m. - Get to Know Each Other
Mike Farrell, Omar Ricci, Hedab Tarifi, Wasi Momin, Waffa Abu-Hajar
"Partnership for Positive Change"
Joint program with Masjid Bilal

Next Week
(2/22 - 2/28)

TUESDAY (2/23)
6:45 p.m. - Qur'an Recitation Class
Asim Buyuksoy

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

FRIDAY (2/26)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Hassan Zeenni
5:45 p.m. - Qur'an Class for Kids
Asim Buyuksoy

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

SUNDAY (2/28)
10:30 a.m. - Parents Circle
Edina Lekovic & Tarek Shawky
11:15 a.m. - Highlights of the Qur'an
Dr. Saleh Kholaki
"Concept of Love in the Qur'an" 
(Part 2)
12:00 p.m. - Speaker
Topic: To Be Announced

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"Why I Love JYG"
by Wafaa Merzougui 

Wafaa Merzougui (11 years old)
This is my first year in JYG. I'm eleven years old and I have been coming to the ICSC for as long as I can remember. I really enjoy being a part of the Muslim community. I used to come here during Ramadan when I was younger - I stayed with the babysitter and we would watch movies and play games. Then, when I was four years old, I started Sunday School where I made many new friends and learned a lot about our religion. After I graduated from Sunday School, I joined JYG. Our Islamic Studies teacher is Ms. Maryam and our Arabic and Qur'an teacher is Ms. Hinda. They're amazing teachers! JYG is different than Sunday School because now we have more conversations and get to share our opinions about the topics we discuss. We also have presentations from leaders in the community. I am really looking forward to my next two years in JYG.

Upcoming Events
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Save the Date 

More info to come, but save the date for now.
  • Volunteer at the L.A. Food Bank (Mar. 4)
  • Spiritual Night - "Serving Humanity... A Way of Life" (Mar. 5)
  • "In the Path of the Prophet Abraham: An Interfaith March" (Mar. 6)
What's new in our community?
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Sunday School

The Music Guild (2/22): They will be coming to perform for our New Horizon students

Town Hall Meeting (2/23):  Our New Horizon LA Board would like to invite all parents of New Horizon students to join in our discussion about new school programs and a roadmap for the 2016-2017 school year.

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World's Finest Chocolate: We raised $3680 from our chocolate bar sales. Thank you to all those who supported our school.

Enrollment Packets: For the 2016-2017 school year will be available in the school office starting the first week of March. Please stop by to pick one up.

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 past weekend, we went to Big Bear for our annual Ski Trip. Click here to see photos.

My favorite part of the 2016 MYG Ski Trip was...

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Lionel Joge
"It gave me the opportunity to relax and think about my choices in life. Just sitting in silence, feeling the wind, hearing the birds, looking at the mountains, and reflecting on some of the dawahs that led me to Islam. I thought, 'wow, you just can't deny the beauty of this creation.' I started tearing up too. Not in a bad way, in a good way."
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Rita Taoufik
"The whole experience was a lot of fun. I love how we got to bond with so many people." 

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Mohammed Elhawary
"Snowboarding, for sure."

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Mohammed Dalati
"The bonding and making new friends - like Gabriel and Zein. Oh, and me and Mohammed got to have a reunion."

This Weekend (2/21):
Salam and Laila Al-Marayati will be visiting and leading us in a conversation surrounding the topic, "Building Healthy Relationships." Following this discussion, we will head downstairs to join the Get to Know Each Other Program - "Partnerships for Positive Change".

Next Sunday (2/28):
Our friends from a Unitarian Universalist church will be coming to engage in an interfaith dialogue. Also, from 3 - 5 p.m. we have be invited to attend "Fro-yo and Getting to Know-Yo" with a second interfaith organization called Interfaith Inventions.

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


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
  • Do you like to COOK? We are looking for help in the kitchen at some upcoming events.
  • Experienced babysitters to help with children at events

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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.

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(Qur'an 57:20)

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