Mar. 25, 2016

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC,

On Sunday, Mar. 20, we attended the Get to Know Each Other program at Masjid Al-Taqwa in Altadena. This is a monthly event that we started alongside Masjid Bilal to promote intra-faith dialogue. Each month, the program rotates to a new mosque and we engage in a conversation surrounding a unique topic. The topic for March was "Islam for Social Justice" and our panel was comprised of four speakers: Arva Syed (Masjid Al-Taqwa), Desha Dauchan (Masjid Al-Taqwa), John Hyde (Interfaith Study Group), and Jimmy Licante (Baha'i Center). 

With such a diverse group of individuals on the panel this month, each of our speakers had a different perspective to share. Desha spoke of taking the initiative when she told us a story from the first Ramadan that she shared with her husband, "We decided to make sandwiches and take them to those in need. I'll call it empathy in action. Do it now. You don't need to find a soup kitchen to volunteer at. Go to the store now, buy your supplies, and put your faith in action." John explained that to make a change, we need to get uncomfortable, "Get proximate to the places where injustice, suffering, and abuse are profound. Problem solving from a distance is ineffective because we often miss the details. Change the narrative from fear and hate to hope and justice." 

As the afternoon came to a close and we prepared for our potluck and socializing, Salam Al-Marayati closed the program by reminding us that in the Qur'an it says, "Justice is closest to piety." In our week ahead, let us keep this in mind and strive to seek justice for those who may be struggling around us.

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Panel: John Hyde, Jimmy Licata, Arva Syed & Faheem Pasha (MC)

In peace,

Islamic Center of Southern California

In this Issue

Friday Khutbaskhutba

 Salam Al-Marayati

Hassan Zeenni

Listen to Lask Week's Friday Khutba (MAR. 18)

Dr. Gasser Hathout - "Justice Principles in Islam"

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This Weekend
(3/25 - 3/27)

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"

Next Week
(3/28 - 4/3)

TUESDAY (3/29)
6:30 p.m. - Qur'an Recitation Class
Asim Buyuksoy

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

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

5:45 a.m. - Fajr & Sunrise Hike
Asim Buyuksoy
Pray, Explore, Connect, & Serve
10:00 a.m. - ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.
6:00 p.m. - New Horizon Appreciation 
Dinner - "Confidently Muslim, Proudly American"
7:00 p.m. - Young Muslims Grab the Mic!
@ Cal State Northridge

SUNDAY (4/3)
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. Wayel Azmeh
"Misconceptions About the Caliphate in Islam"

Upcoming Events
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Young Muslims Grab the Mic Banner
New Horizon Fundraising Dinner Banner
Save the Date 

More info to come, but save the date for now.


  • Rituals & Symbols of Islam (Apr. 9)
  • Serve + Connect (Apr. 17)
  • Speaker: Ed Bacon (Apr. 17)


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. 27)
We will have a discussion surrounding Taboo Topics such as tattoos & piercings

Next Sunday (Apr. 3)
Dr. Rose Aslan will be visiting from the Christian University

Zubair Ali from MYG

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.

"Be just: that is next to piety.

(Qur'an 5:8)

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