Mar. 11, 2016

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC,

Thank you for coming out to support our Spiritual Night program and the interfaith march, "In the Path of the Prophet Abraham." We had a beautiful weekend and look forward to sharing more events with our community in the near future.

We had approximately 250 people present for Spiritual Night program, where we celebrated the topic, "Serving Humanity...A Way of Life", by listening to some insightful thoughts from Tariq Aquil and Marwa Abdelghani. Tariq reminded us, "Always try to look for the best side of every situation. We're told by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that it's always best to take the good side. We need to be the leaders, the ones who always seek to see the good in things." Following our prayer and reflection, we all shared a dinner from Shish Mediterranean and socialized. Stay tuned for our next Spiritual Night and come join the fun!

Speakers: Tariq Aquil & Marwa Abdelghani

The Interfaith March was also a great success. On a weekend that forecasted rain, Allah blessed us with a sunny sky and approximately 350 Muslim, Jewish, and Christian brothers and sisters who marched from Wilshire Blvd. Temple to our Islamic Center. We had inspiring speakers along the way and wrapped up the event with a closing ceremony and refreshments at ICSC. Check out our Facebook page for more pictures from the event and search our event hashtag #interfaithmarchla to see photos that others may have posted. 

Photo from Interfaith March
Interfaith March at St. Basil's Catholic Church


In peace,

Islamic Center of Southern California

In this Issue

Friday Khutbaskhutba
Photo of Asim Buyuksoy

 Asim Buyuksoy
"Positive Thinking and Hope"
Photo of Dr. Gasser Hathout
Dr. Gasser Hathout

Listen to Lask Week's Friday Khutba (MAR. 4)

Coming up at ICSCcomingupagain
This Weekend
(3/11 - 3/13)

FRIDAY (3/11)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Asim Buyuksoy
5:00 p.m. - Qur'an Class for Kids 
Asim Buyuksoy

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

SUNDAY (3/13)
11:30 a.m. - United Against Bigotry:
An Interfaith Coalition
Aziza Hasan, Mahmoud Abdel-Baset, Ph.D, Rabbi Susan Goldberg & Reinhard Krauss, Ph.D

Next Week
(3/14 - 3/20)

TUESDAY (3/15)
6:30 p.m. - Qur'an Recitation Class
Asim Buyuksoy

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

FRIDAY (3/18)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Dr. Gasser Hathout
5:00 p.m. - Qur'an Class for Kids
Asim Buyuksoy

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

SUNDAY (3/20)
1:00 p.m. - Get to Know Each Other
"Islam for Social Justice"
Speakers, Potluck, Socializing @
Masjid Taqwa in Altadena

Upcoming Events
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Save the Date 

More info to come, but save the date for now.
  • New Horizon Annual Appreciation Dinner (Apr. 2)
  • Fajr & Sunrise Hike (Apr. 2)
  • "Young Muslims Grab the Mic" (Apr. 2)


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


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

This Sunday (Mar. 13)
MYG will attending the "United Against Bigotry" event in the Lecture Hall

Next Sunday (Mar. 20)
We will have a discussion surrounding Taboo Topics such as tattoos & piercings

T-Shirt Sales:
MYG will be selling t-shirts to spread awareness about shooting that took place in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Feb. 24. Profits will be used to fund more projects that shine a light on the issues that our young Muslims are facing. Please stop by the front desk to reserve your shirt.
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 @ 9:45 a.m. 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

ICSC Food Pantrypantry
by Dr. Karima Hirani

On March 4th, we volunteered at the LA Food Bank. About 15 of us from the ICSC Food Pantry group showed up to package approximately 14,000 pounds of food that will go to feed 11,000 people who are hungry in Los Angeles. The Food Bank staff told us that the amount of food we packaged is normally completed by eighty volunteers, not fifteen. Alhamdulillah. We worked very hard and I am so proud of our volunteers. It was an incredibly rewarding experience. Our group wants to volunteer there again soon and insha'Allah we hope to get more volunteers next time.

Photo of Food Bank Volunteers

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"Allah is the Guardian of those who believe: He leads them out of the darkness into the light.

(Qur'an 2:257)

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