Apr. 15, 2016

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC,

On Sunday, April 17, the Islamic Center of Southern California is honored to host Rector Ed Bacon from All Saints Church in Pasadena. Ed has been a lifelong friend and supporter of our Muslim community. This weekend he will be giving a talk titled, "Interfaith Peacemaking During a Time of Hate." This will not only be another opportunity to learn and grow from his immense wisdom, but also a time to thank him for many years of partnership before he retires in just a few short months. Please invite your friends and family to attend this special Sunday program.

Last weekend, we were blessed with an opportunity to work alongside the Guibord Center and Jihad Turk from Bayan Claremont in a presentation titled, "Decoding Rituals and Symbols of Islam." The event was highly successful - with more than 150 community members attending to learn the basics about the 5 pillars of Islam and visit a mosque. The feedback on this event was tremendous and we are looking forward to future events with the Guibord Center in the future. If you were unable to attend the program, please check out some of the photos below.

Photo of Jihad Turk at Decoding Rituals and Symbols of Islam
Jihad Turk  (President of Bayan Claremont) at Decoding Rituals and Symbols of Islam

In peace,

Islamic Center of Southern California

In this Issue

Friday Khutbaskhutba
Photo of Dr. Gasser Hathout

Dr. Gasser Hathout
Photo of Asim Buyuksoy
Asim Buyuksoy

Listen to Last Week's Friday Khutba (Apr. 8)

Community Corner:communitycorner
Fajr & Sunrise Hike
By: Gilbert Brown

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Gilbert Brown - Friend of ICSC

In my travel from Seattle to Texas, I have had the pleasure of being able to visit mosques all along the West Coast.  During my time in Los Angeles, I was blessed to experience the Saturday Fajr & Sunrise Hike in Griffith Park at the Islamic Center of Southern California.  It has been said that Fajr prayer is better than sleep - and this has proven to be very true.  The friendly association with Muslims in the ummah here at the Islamic Center combined with viewing the creation of Allah S.W.T. is greatly inspiring.  After the hike, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the food pantry. This was not only a chance to serve, but it was a personal experience to me because about seven years ago at this same pantry, I received a booklet that introduced me to Islam.
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This Weekend
(4/15 - 4/17)

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

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

SUNDAY (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
4:00 p.m. - Serve + Connect
At the Union Rescue Mission

Next Week
(4/18 - 4/24)

TUESDAY (4/19)
6:30 p.m. - Qur'an Recitation Class
Asim Buyuksoy

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

FRIDAY (4/22)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Asim Buyuksoy
6:30 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 (4/24)
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

Upcoming Events
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Save the Date 

More info to come, but save the date for now.
  • MPAC Media Awards (Apr. 24)
  • Kids Qur'an Recitation Competition (May 29)
  • Pre-Ramadan Fundraising Dinner (Jun. 4)


What's new in our community?
New Horizon & Sunday School nh

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.

Junior Youth Group (JYG:)jyg

JYG meets every Sunday at 10 a.m. in the JYG room

This Sunday (Apr. 17)
Earth DayOur students will present activism projects. We will continue presentations on Prophet Yusuf and our Spirituality Sessions will cover Astagfir Allah.

Our JYG is looking for a Junior Youth Coordinator. Apply today.
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JYG Kids listening to presentations of Prophet Yusuf

Muslim Youth Group (MYG:)

MYG meets every Sunday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Youth Room

This Sunday (Apr. 17)
MYG will be attending the Ed Bacon event, "Interfaith Peacemaking During a Time of Hate."

Xavi (Member of 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

ICSC Food PantryFoodPantry
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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 10:30 a.m.   View recent photos from our 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

Prayer Timesprayers
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.

"You will not gain righteousness
until you give of what you love."
(Qur'an 3:92)

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