Apr. 22, 2016

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC,

On April 17, the Islamic Center hosted Rector Ed Bacon from All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, who shared his thoughts on "Interfaith Peacemaking During a Time of Hate."
Rev. Bacon reflected on a life changing moment in his life when an imam once told him  "to be religious in the 21st century, is to be inter-religious."

This was a turning point in his legacy of interfaith work, and he soon began to make changes at All Saints.  With time, he began to tackle some of the bigger issues facing many spiritual communities, hating what is different.  He said sometimes we end up hating who and what is different. But hate is fear based and the answer to a hate-filled world is to be inter-religious. His words  remind us that everything in life stems from either fear or love and it is up to us to take responsibility and define a new narrative of love. 

"Peace can never come from fear," he said. "Peace can only come from love. Justice can never come from fear, justice can only come from love."

Chairwoman Hedab Tarifi presented him with an ICSC Abrahamic Peacemaking Award for his "outstanding work and leadership in reconciliation among Muslims, Christians and Jews." Rev. Bacon will be giving his final church service at All Saints in the next couple of weeks. Thank you, Rev. Bacon, for your continued service to our Muslim community and we pray that you are blessed in the next chapter of your journey.

Photo of Rector Ed Bacon receiving the Abrahamic Peacemaking Award from Hedab Tarifi
Rector Ed Bacon from All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena receiving the Abrahamic Peacemaking Award from Hedab Tarifi (ICSC Chairwoman)

In peace,

Islamic Center of Southern California

In this Issue

Friday Khutbaskhutba
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Asim Buyuksoy
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Aslam Abdullah

Listen to Last Week's Friday Khutba (Apr. 15)

Dr. Gasser Hathout - "No Matter What"

Community Corner:communitycorner
Qur'an Academy
By Alicia Mesco (ICSC Community Member)

"Recite! In the Name of Your Lord" (Qur'an 96:1)

As parents, we want what is best for our children. As Muslim parents, this includes instilling in our children a deep respect and love for our holy scripture, the Qur'an. We are all required to memorize Qur'anic verses in order to pray, but it is in childhood that there is a greater facility with which to learn to recite Qur'an in the traditionally prescribed manners called tajweed.

My husband Rasheed and I have been blessed with three beautiful children. They have had a series of excellent tajweed teachers, masha'Allah, the most recent one being brother Asim Buyuksoy. Brother Asim, in the ICSC's Qur'an Academy, offers a dedicated group of children the benefits of his own training and experience as a gifted Qur'an reciter. The children repeat his recitation together and individually, and they're assigned verses to practice during the week for which they are tested. This provides a steady discipline and reinforcement of what they've learned.

Qur'an Academy is not all work and no play, however. Friendship is what binds the children together, and they look forward to playing basketball after class, along with occasional pizza treats. Brother Asim is a patient, encouraging teacher, and he often invites his students to recite for special events and during Ramadan at the ICSC.

We encourage our children to do well with their tajweed practice, as it is a benefit for their hearts and minds, and it is divine music to our ears, Alhamdulillah! 

The ICSC Qur'an Academy is currently in the process of being restructured to make space for new students. Class is currently held on Friday nights between Maghrib and Isha. If you have children ages 9-16 yrs. old and would like more information on our Qur'an Academy, please contact Asim Buyuksoy, Religious Director, for more information.

Coming up at ICSCcomingupagain
This Weekend
(4/22 - 4/24)

FRIDAY (4/22)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Asim Buyuksoy
7:30 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
Dr. Salman Khan (NISWA)
"Vitamin Intake: Pros & Cons"
5:00 p.m. - MPAC Media Awards
At the Omni Hotel

Next Week
(4/25 - 5/1)

TUESDAY (4/26)
6:30 p.m. - Qur'an Recitation Class
Asim Buyuksoy

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

FRIDAY (4/29)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Aslam Abdullah
7:30 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 (5/1)
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 
  • Fair & Sunrise Hike (May 14)
  • 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.

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New Horizon L.A. Students at the Zoo
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. 24)
Our students will present activism projects. We will also have a presentation of Al-Tabari and will welcome a guest speaker.

Our JYG is looking for a Junior Youth Coordinator. Apply today.

Muslim Youth Group (MYG:)

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

This Saturday (Apr. 23)
Hollywood Hike: We will meet at the center at 8:30 a.m. and head to Griffith Park for a Hollywood Hike. Please register here.

This Sunday (Apr. 24)
Entrepreneurship: MYG will be splitting into groups to develop their own business plans
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MYG President Omar Badr highlighted Rev. Bacon's impact on youth interfaith efforts 

at Apr. 17 award Presentation

For more information, please contact MYG President, Omar Badr

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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

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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.

"'If Allah knows any goodness in your 
hearts, He will give you something better than what has been taken away from you, and He will forgive you. 
Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful."

(Qur'an 8:70)

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