Mar. 18, 2016

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC,

Over the past week, we have opened our doors to our Islamic Center family and friends, our interfaith partners across Los Angeles, our civic leaders, and our friends in the greater Los Angeles community. Thank you for coming out to support our events - United Against Bigotry: An Interfaith Coalition and the LAPD Homelessness Outreach Town Hall

On Sunday, Mar. 13, Dr. Mahmoud Abdel-Baset organized an event called "United Against Bigotry: An Interfaith Coalition" with the goal of bringing together a panel of interfaith leaders to discuss the roots of violent extremism that is leading to anti-Muslim rhetoric in America and to further discuss potential ways of restoring understanding and civility. In addition to Dr. Abdel-Baset, the two other panelists included Dr. Reinhard Krauss and Rabbi Susan Goldberg. Aziza Hasan from NewGround was the moderator. 

The panel dug deep into the importance of building friendship and understanding across religions. Rabbi Susan Goldberg reflected on the power of an image saying, "I don't care if they're even talking. Even having an image of a Muslim and a Jew that isn't contentious would make a difference." At the end of the discussion, Aziza asked all three panelists to share a challenge with those in attendance to take with them and put into action:

Rabbi Goldberg: "Think about how we can take individual conversations and put them on a larger scale. Stand up. It's time to take action. This is a critical juncture in American history. Commit to many, many, many, many, many acts of love."

Dr. Reinhard Krauss: "Be yourself. I have learned by being involved in interfaith dialogue that there is no typical Muslim, no typical Jew, no typical Christian... Nobody can deny your own experience or condition. I believe that being yourself is the strongest antidote."

Dr. Abdel-Baset: "If God is compassionate and merciful - and something doesn't fit that mold - reject it."

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Dr. Mahmoud Abdel-Baset at "United Against Bigotry: An Interfaith Coalition"

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LAPD Town Hall on Homelessness Outreach


In peace,

Islamic Center of Southern California

In this Issue

Friday Khutbaskhutba
Photo of Dr. Gasser Hathout

 Dr. Gasser Hathout

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Salam Al-Marayati

Listen to Lask Week's Friday Khutba (MAR. 11)

Coming up at ICSCcomingupagain
This Weekend
(3/18 - 3/20)

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

6:00 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"
Masjid Al-Taqwa in Altadena
Speakers, Potluck, Socializing

Next Week
(3/21 - 3/27)

TUESDAY (3/22)
6:30 p.m. - Qur'an Recitation Class
Asim Buyuksoy

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

FRIDAY (3/25)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Salam Al-Marayati
5:00 p.m. - Qur'an Class for Kids
Asim Buyuksoy

6:00 a.m. - Saturday Morning Circle
Asim Buyuksoy
Recitation, Reflection, & Breakfast
10:00 a.m. - ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.

SUNDAY (3/27)
10:30 a.m. - Parents Circle
Edina Lekovic & Tarek Shawky
11:15 a.m. - Highlights of the Qur'an
Dr. Saleh Kholaki
"Love in the Qur'an" 
12:00 p.m. - Speaker
Dr. Salman Khan
"Obesity and Weight Management"

Upcoming Events
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Young Muslims Grab the Mic Banner
Take a Hike Banner
Save the Date 

More info to come, but save the date for now.
  • New Horizon Annual Appreciation Dinner (Apr. 2)
  • Rituals & Symbols of Islam (Apr. 9)


What's new in our community?
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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.

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New Horizon students welcomed two officers from LAPD on Mar. 15 to learn about safety
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. 20)
We will have a discussion surrounding Taboo Topics such as tattoos & piercings

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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

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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.

"He is with you wherever you are.

(Qur'an 57:4)

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