Feb. 26, 2016

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC,

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our events last weekend and those of you who welcomed our guests with open arms. We had both our hiking outing and our monthly Get to Know Each Other program with Masjid Bilal.  It was a beautiful weekend full of community building and service.

Coming up on March 5 & 6, we would like to invite each of you to attend our Spiritual Night at the center and the Interfaith March, "In the Path of the Prophet Abraham" - starting at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple and ending here at ICSC. Please mark your calendars, sign up to volunteer, and RSVP to these events. Insha'Allah we will see you there.

In peace,

Islamic Center of Southern California

In this Issue

Friday Khutbaskhutba

Hassan Zeenni

March 4
Tariq Aquil

Listen to Lask Week's Friday Khutba (FEB. 19)

Jihad Turk - "Commit to Service"

Coming up at ICSCcomingupagain
This Weekend
(2/26 - 2/28)

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

5:30 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
Healthy Living Education Series

Next Week
(2/29 - 3/6)

6:30 p.m. - Qur'an Recitation Class
Asim Buyuksoy

6:30 p.m. - Islam 2.0 for New Muslims
Asim Buyuksoy

FRIDAY (3/4)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Tariq Aquil
5:00 p.m. - Qur'an Class for Kids
Asim Buyuksoy

5:30 a.m. - Saturday Morning Circle
Recitation, Reflection, & Breakfast
Asim Buyuksoy
10:00 a.m. - ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.
6:00 p.m. - Spiritual Night
Tariq Aquil & Marwa Abdelghani
Prayer, Speakers, Socializing

SUNDAY (3/6)
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)
1:00 p.m. - Interfaith March
We will meet at the Wilshire Blvd. Temple and finish our march at the Islamic Center. Please join us.

Get to Know Each Otherpantry
"Partnerships for Positive Change"
by Kristen Stangas

In January, we began a monthly, joint session with Masjid Bilal called the "Get to Know Each Other" Program. For the first session, we visited them at their center, but the February program was held here at ICSC. The goal of this program is to meet our brothers and sisters from other mosques, learn about what makes us different, and connect through the many similarities that we share.

On Sunday, we invited Mike Farrell, actor, author, and civic activist to come and share his perspective on how Muslims can make change by getting involved in community programs that he has come across during his time as an activist. We also welcomed Mr. Omar Ricci, Ms. Hedab Tarifi, Wasi Momin, and Waffa Abu-Hajar to the podium to share insights from their respective positions in our greater community. Following the formal program, we joined together for sandwiches, salad, and ice cream sundaes. Our center was flooded with a diverse group spanning all ages. This was a nurturing event for children, teens, and adults and we hope to see you all at the next one on March 20th at Masjid Taqwa in Pasadena. Stay tuned for more information.

Photo of Get to Know Each Other Program
Sharing a lunch with our new friends from Masjid Bilal

A special thank you goes out to Lionel Joge, Ahmed Merghani, and Badriyyah Anjali Salaam for making this a successful event!
Upcoming Events
Spiritual Night Banner
Interfaith March Poster
Save the Date 

More info to come, but save the date for now.
  • Volunteer at the L.A. Food Bank (Mar. 4)
  • "United Against Bigotry" An Interfaith Coalition (Mar. 13)
  • "New Horizon Annual Appreciation Dinner" (Apr. 2)
What's new in our community?
New Horizon and newhorizon
Sunday School

Town Hall Meeting:  We had our Town Hall Meeting on Feb. 23 for our Board of Directors and New Horizon parents. In this meeting, we were able to discuss a few things down the road for our school including the adoption of Common Core curriculum, our tardy policy, and our approach towards teaching our students about & celebrating American holidays. Thanks to all who were able to participate.

Photo of New Horizon kids

New Horizon Appreciation Dinner: We will have our annual Appreciation Dinner on April 2 and will honor Ms. Shahida Alikhan. Please call/visit the office for more information. 

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

Thank you to Salam and Laila Al-Marayati for coming to visit us on Feb. 21st and discussing "Building Healthy Relationships."

This Weekend (2/28):
We will host visitors from the Neighborhood Church - A Unitarian Universalist youth group who will be touring our center and then participating in an interfaith dialogue with our MYG. From 3-5 p.m., there is a "Fro-yo & Getting to Kno-yo" event in Santa Monica with our friends from Interfaith Inventions.

Next Weekend (3/6):
We will participate in the Interfaith March, "In the Path of the Prophet Abraham".
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
  • We need help at the L.A. Food Bank on March 4

Food Pantry Banner
Food Pantry Poster
Photo of Maimouna D.
Maimouna D.
ICSC Food Pantry
by Maimouna D.

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure to meet a very kind, friendly woman who was having a very interesting conversation about history with her friends. She was in the parking of lot the Islamic Center, patiently waiting in line for her turn to get her groceries. She nicely agreed on sharing her story. Her name is Leota and she is from Los Angeles.

After George W. Bush took presidency, most of the jobs in Technical Engineering drastically decreased, so she had to follow them up North. Leota found a job in Silicon Valley as Project Coordinator and Documentation Person for Computer-Tech and Bio-tech companies. After she turned 55 she got laid off. Sadly, the following month, Leota lost her mother. Not long after that, her two aunts also passed away. This occurred in 2008, and now, she was really struggling. Leota lost her apartment as she could not find work. As a result, she became homeless.

In 2010 she had her 40th High School reunion. When Leota told her friends that she was homeless, they asked her to come back to Los Angeles so that they could help her. They gave her gas money and rented a storage locker where Leota could put her belongings. Her friends would check on her throughout the day to make sure that she was okay and that she had something to eat. It's an interesting story - Leota came home to be homeless.

Finally after one year, she was able to find an apartment in the SRO (Single Room Occupancy) for homeless people. 

"Last year I turned 62 - and now, I don't really qualify for food stamps because I make $859 in Social Security - so they dropped my food stamps to $16 a month and I started coming to this Food Pantry...and that's how I met you, THANK YOU ISLAMIC CENTER!" 

Leota shared her story and ended, with the brightest smile on her face. Below is a picture of Leota and her friends Cornado and Jim. 

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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.

"Is there any reward for good
other than good?" 

(Qur'an 55:60)

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