Apr. 29, 2016

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC,

As April comes to an end, Ramadan is on the horizon and we will begin our spiritual preparations to welcome our holy month. Join us at the center this weekend as Religious Director, Asim Buyuksoy, centers us in a reflection about al-Isra wa'l-Mi'raj (The Night Journey).

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In peace,

Islamic Center of Southern California

In this Issue

Friday Khutbaskhutba
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Dr. Aslam Abdullah
Photo of Dr. Saleh Kholaki
Dr. Saleh Kholaki

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

Community Corner:communitycorner
MPAC Media Awards
By Marwa Abdelghani

The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) was born out of the Islamic Center 25 years ago. On April 24th, MPAC held its 25th Annual Media Awards with over 600 people in attendance. Since 1991, MPAC has been honoring voices of courage and conscience in the film and television industry. This year, the organization honored four incredible voices that MPAC's President Salam Al-Marayati believes are "courageous, that cut against the grain and that are said with conviction."

Photo of George Takei at MPAC Media Awards
Keynote speaker, George Takei, at MPAC Media Awards 2016

George Takei, famous for playing Mr. Sulu in Star Trek, was among the honorees of the night. Takei has been a prominent voice in speaking out against bigotry and anti-Muslim rhetoric. The Daily Show's Hassan Minhaj was another honoree who has used comedy and wit to shed light on the American Muslim community in today's unstable political climate. One of the documentaries MPAC honored was Salam Neighbor, a critical film that brought increasing amounts of attention to the humanitarian crisis in Syria. The cameras followed two filmmakers, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci, who bring out the humanity of the Syrian people. The second documentary honored that night was Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's Oscar-winning film A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, highlighting the number of horrifying honor killings that happen every year, as well as challenging the wrong view that Islam justifies such killings.

MPAC continues to engage with Hollywood in order to create a better narrative of Islam and Muslims on television and in film.

Coming up at ICSCcomingupagain
This Weekend
(4/29 - 5/1)

FRIDAY (4/29)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Dr. Aslam Abdullah
7:30 p.m. - Qur'an Class for Kids 
Asim Buyuksoy

5:15 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" 
Noon - Speaker
Asim Buyuksoy
"al-Isra wa'l-Mi'raj" ("The Night Journey")

Next Week
(5/2 - 5/8)

6:30 p.m. - Qur'an Recitation Class
Asim Buyuksoy

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

FRIDAY (5/6)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Dr. Saleh Kholaki
7:30 p.m. - Qur'an Class for Kids
Asim Buyuksoy

5:15 a.m. - Saturday Morning Circle
Asim Buyuksoy
Recitation, Reflection, Breakfast
10:00 a.m. - ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.

SUNDAY (5/8)
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" 
Noon - Speaker

Upcoming Events
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Save the Date 
  • Interfaith Study Group - "Understanding Compassion" (May 15)
  • 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.

New Horizon L.A. hosted the 2016 Interschool Spelling Bee on Apr. 27. Seventeen Islamic elementary schools in the Los Angeles/Orange County area participated. Pictured above 

are three students from the final awards ceremony  of the day.
Junior Youth Group (JYG:)jyg

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

This Sunday (May 1)
Our students will present activism projects. We will also have a presentation of Prophet Musa and cover "Alhamdulillah" in our Spirituality Sessions.

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

Muslim Youth Group (MYG:)MYG

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

This Sunday (May 1)
Vices: MYG will be speaking about vices (drugs, alcohol, etc...) that young American Muslims are exposed to and what we can do to stay away from them.

Photo MYG Members on their Hollywood Hike on Apr. 23
MYG Members on their Hollywood Hike on Apr. 23

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
  • Do you want to join our Ramadan volunteer list?
  • Sign-In Table assistance is needed at various events 
  • 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.

"Indeed, all matters belong to Allah."

(Qur'an 3:154)

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