May 13, 2016

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC,

We hope that you all had a blessed week. This Sunday, we are happy to present you with an opportunity to meet representatives from the Department of Justice and various community agencies to gain a better understanding on what to do if you ever experience or witness a hate crime/hate incident. Please join us for our special program at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 15 in the lecture hall.

In peace,

Islamic Center of Southern California

In this Issue

Friday Khutbaskhutba
Photo of Dr. Gasser Hathout

MAY 13
Dr. Gasser Hathout
Photo of Ahmed Soboh
MAY 20
Ahmed Soboh

Listen to Last Week's Friday Khutba (May 6)

Ramadan Reflections:ramadan
By Marium Mohiuddin

This year, the longest day of the year falls during the middle of Ramadan. When I realized that this is what lay ahead of me, I couldn't help but sigh because it's going to be a long month with some very long fasts. 

However, the sigh was fleeting, because my anticipation of the month is actually is one of excitement and tied around three Cs - community, celebration and contemplation. As I have gotten older, Ramadan has changed in its meaning from a time of hunger and to one of self nourishment. I look forward to a month where I have been granted the luxury by God to take a step back form my life to refocus and recenter. 

We also live in the blessed LA County, where an ifar between Jews and Muslims to an iftar with the mayor is our reality. We are blessed to live in a city, where the consulates invite people into their offices and where non-Muslims want to partake in our festivities. 

I look forward to being with my LA Muslim family and seeing familiar faces. This year, I now am adding two Cs to my Ramadan - compassion and communication. With the election year upon us, this is a time for us to pay it forward and educate LA about Islam and Muslims. It is a time for us to strengthen the community voices alongside our individual voices.  

Marium Mohiuddin is a longstanding member of the Islamic Center of Southern California. In the past, Marium worked as Communications Coordinator for the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Today, she is active in the Los Angeles interfaith scene - sitting on six boards, speaking about civic engagement and interfaith relations, and donating her time to bringing people together.  Recently, Marium returned to her passion in communications by launching her own communications firm, Pracca, Inc.

Please join us in welcoming Ramadan at our Pre-Ramadan Fundraiser on June 4, 2016 and consider being one of our Iftar Sponsors. Click here to learn why both of these programs are vital to the success of a spiritually fulfilling Ramadan.

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Coming up at ICSCcomingupagain
This Weekend
(5/13- 5/15)

FRIDAY (5/13)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Dr. Gasser Hathout
7:30 p.m. - Qur'an Class for Kids 
Asim Buyuksoy


5:15 a.m. - Fajr & Sunrise Hike
Asim Buyuksoy
10:00 a.m. - ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.

SUNDAY (5/15)

10:15 a.m. - Parents Circle
Edina Lekovic & Tarek Shawky
11:00 a.m. - Special Program
Department of Justice
"Interagency & Community Forum on Hate and Backlash"

Next Week
(5/16 - 5/22)

TUESDAY (5/17)
6:30 p.m. - Qur'an Recitation Class
Asim Buyuksoy

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

FRIDAY (5/20)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Ahmed Soboh
7:30 p.m. - Qur'an Class for Kids
Asim Buyuksoy

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

SUNDAY (5/22)
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 - Speaker
Dr. Najeeba Syeed
"Ramadan and Everyday Peacemaking"

Upcoming Events
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Save the Date
  • May 22 - Get to Know Each Other Program
  • May 29 - Islamic Center BBQ

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

Enrollment Packets: For the 2016-2017 school year are available in the school office. 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.

Mother_s Day Photo
Our Sunday School students wish you a Happy Mother's Day!
Mother's Day:  Photos from our special Mother's Day program on May 8th
Shahidah Morrison and daughter Shahria _9 yrs_
Shahidah Morrison and daughter Shahria (9 yrs)
Suzan Hedayat and daughter Amanda _9 yrs_
Suzan Hedayat and daughter Amanda (9 yrs)
Victoria Toprak_ son Reshat _11 yrs__ _ daughter Meryem _8 yrs_
Victoria Toprak_ son Reshat (11 yrs), & daughter

Meryem (8 yrs)
Junior Youth Group (JYG:)jyg

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

This Sunday (May 15)
Our students will present activism projects and continue our presentations on Prophet Musa and Prophet Haroun. We will have a Spirituality Session on Subhan'Allah.

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 15)
MYG will have a session surrounding the importance of environmentalism.

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
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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

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Current Volunteer Opportunities
  • 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

We are looking for Greeters, Dinner Crew, and Bookstore Assistants. Sign up today!


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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.

"And whoever relies upon Allah,
then He is sufficient for Him."

(Quran 65:3)

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