Apr. 8, 2016

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC,

Spring is upon us and the Islamic Center is stirring with energy and fun activities for the whole family. We started last weekend off with our Fair & Sunrise Hike, headed to the food pantry to package groceries for over 200 people, enjoyed a dinner with our New Horizon family, and closed with a presentation from Dr. Wayel Azmeh on the "Misconceptions About the Caliphate in Islam."

On Saturday, Apr. 9, the Guibord Center will be hosting an event called "Decoding Rituals and Symbols of Islam" at the Islamic Center.  The presentation and discussion will be led by Imam Jihad Turk, President of Bayan Claremont Graduate School and Advisory Council Member of The Guibord Center. This is a great opportunity to bring friends to learn about Islam in its context and meet local Muslims. Please RSVP for this event if you plan to attend.

Group Photo from Fajr _ Sunrise Hike on Apr. 2
Group Photo from Fajr & Sunrise Hike on Apr. 2

In peace,

Islamic Center of Southern California

In this Issue

Friday Khutbaskhutba
Photo of Salam Al-Marayati

Salam Al-Marayati
Dr. Gasser Hathout

Listen to Last Week's Friday Khutba (Apr. 1)

Photo of Yusuf Mutafungwa
"I have been looking at the sun and seeing God at work since I was a very young boy.  Serving with the food pantry is just another reminder."

(Yusuf Mutafungwa - ICSC Food Pantry Volunteer)
Coming up at ICSCcomingupagain
This Weekend
(4/8 - 4/10)

FRIDAY (4/8)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Salam Al-Marayati
6:30 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.

SUNDAY (4/10)
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
Hassan Zeenni
"Steps to a Healthy Marriage" 
5:00 p.m. - Interfaith Study Group
Dr. Shamim Ibrahim

Next Week
(4/11 - 4/17)

TUESDAY (4/12)
6:30 p.m. - Qur'an Recitation Class
Asim Buyuksoy

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

FRIDAY (4/15)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Dr. Gasser Hathout
6:30 p.m. - Qur'an Class for Kids
Asim Buyuksoy

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

SUNDAY (4/17)
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
Ed Bacon
"Understanding the Environment of Hate"

Upcoming Events
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Save the Date 

More info to come, but save the date for now.
  • Get to Know Each Other Program (Apr. 23)
  • MPAC Media Awards (Apr. 24)
  • Pre-Ramadan Fundraising Dinner (Jun. 4)


What's new in our community?
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Proudly American
by Hadir Elsayad (Principal of New Horizon LA)

On Saturday April 2, 2016, New Horizon Los Angeles hosted our 2016 Appreciation Dinner honoring the former principal Ms. Shahida Alikhan. The evening consisted of two heartfelt speeches and a delicious dinner. The first speaker, Shiekh Jamal Diwan reassured us that we are like seeds because people might try to bury us but instead we just grow. Next Mr. Shahed Amanullah reminded us to stay optimistic and showcased the amazing things that Muslims are doing all around the world. Students from NHSLA read Surahs from the Qur'an and sang a beautiful song. Ms. Shahida was then presented with the appreciation award and followed with a very sincere, emotional speech. It was a beautiful night filled with smiles and tears of joy. Thank you Ms. Shahida Alikhan for all that you have done to support our New Horizon School.

Photo of Jamil Momand presenting Ms. Shahida Alikhan with the 2016 NH Appreciation Award
Jamil Momand presenting Ms. Shahida Alikhan with the 2016 NH Appreciation Award

New Horizon & Sunday 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 Sunday (Apr. 10)
"Policies of Presidential Candidates": The MYG will be discussing controversial policies of some Front-Runner Candidates. The discussion will be followed by Question Box, which is a platform for participants to ask any question, anonymously.

MYG Photo
Zubair Ali, Fee Ali, Omar Badr (MYG Members) and Osamah (Front Desk Staff)

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

ICSC Food PantryFoodPantry
For the past 10 years, ICSC has been serving groceries to the local community.  Each weekend, approximately 25 volunteers meet in our cafeteria to take part in this event.  We have partnered with HopeNet to provide high quality food such as organic meat and fresh produce. If you are interested in being a part of our team, come join us at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday! Doors open to the public at 10:00 a.m.   View photos from last week's Food Pantry
Photo of Dr. Karima at the Food Pantry
Celebrating Dr. Karima Hirani's (Food Pantry Organizer) Birthday at the Food Pantry
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.

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