May 20, 2016

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC,

Thank you to everyone who participated in our event, "Interagency and Community Forum on Hate and Backlash", with the Department of Justice last Sunday. If you didn't make it to the forum, you can learn more about it below in an article from our Chairwoman, Hedab Tarifi. Also, just a reminder that we are only two weeks away from our Pre-Ramadan Fundraiser. Please make sure to purchase your tickets if you have not already done so. Time is running out - don't miss out on our pre-order prices!

In peace,

Islamic Center of Southern California

In this Issue

Friday Khutbaskhutba
Photo of Dr. Ahmed Soboh

MAY 20
Dr. Ahmed Soboh
Photo of Dr. Saleh Kholaki
MAY 27
Dr. Saleh Kholaki

Listen to Last Week's Friday Khutba (May 13)

Ramadan Reflections:ramadan

Please take a moment to watch a short video from our Chairwoman, Hedab Tarifi as she extends a personal invitation to our Pre-Ramadan Fundraiser on June 4th at 6 p.m. Insha'Allah you and your loved ones will join us as we welcome Ramadan, nourish our souls, reflect and prepare for our beautiful holy month. Tickets are available for purchase online or in-person at our front desk. 

Pre-Ramadan Video Invitation from Hedab Tarifi

Click here to learn why both our Pre-Ramadan Fundraiser and Iftar Sponsorship program are vital to the success of a spiritually fulfilling Ramadan.

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Coming up at ICSCcomingupagain
This Weekend
(5/20- 5/22)

FRIDAY (5/20)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Dr. Ahmed Soboh
6:30 p.m. - Emir Abdelkader Project
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"
Noon - Speaker
Dr. Najeeba Syeed
"Ramadan and Everyday Peacemaking"
1:00 p.m. - Get to Know Each Other
(At Masjid Al-Shareef in Long Beach)

Next Week
(5/23 - 5/29)

TUESDAY (5/24)
6:30 p.m. - Qur'an Recitation Class
Asim Buyuksoy

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

FRIDAY (5/27)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Dr. Saleh Kholaki
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 (5/29)
10:00 - Qur'an Competition
Asim Buyuksoy, Dr. Saleh Kholaki, and Dr. Ragaa Hathout
1:00 - Memorial Day Barbecue
ICSC Social Services Committee
In the parking lot behind the center

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Featured Article:

"Deflate the Hate"
By Hedab Tarifi (ICSC Chairwoman)
On Sunday, May 15, the Islamic Center of Southern California was honored to host an "Interagency and Community Forum on Hate and Backlash" alongside the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Services.
The purpose behind the event, was to address and validate the impact of hate and backlash felt by the Muslim community and those perceived to be Muslim. This forum was incredibly relevant - especially during a time when tragic events around the world lead to an increase in levels of hate crimes, and overall increase in micro-aggressions/hate incidents against the Muslim community.
When one of our brothers/sisters is targeted for their religion, he/she may feel vulnerable and might not understand the difference between a hate incident and a hate crime. Some may become the recurring victims of discrimination and aggression without knowing when or how to report to a law enforcement or understand the resources or agencies they can look to for support.
The forum attempted to better position our community by providing a space in which we could discuss the impact of hate crimes/incidents on our community.  The agencies present, introduced our community to the relevant stakeholders able to provide assistance. By clarifying and demystifying questions related to hate crimes and other relevant issues, we were successfully able to introduce how communities and stakeholders can stand against hate together.
A special thanks to Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) for his support in making this event happens. It was indeed educational and empowering.

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Government and community agency representatives from the

"Interagency and Community Forum on Hate and Backlash"
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.

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Our Sunday School welcomed 140 visitors from the Jewish Learning Center on May 15
Junior Youth Group (JYG:)jyg

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

This Sunday (May 22)
Our students will present activism projects and continue our presentations on Prophet Musa and Prophet Haroun.

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

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JYG is painting a mural on a wall in their JYG Room

Muslim Youth Group (MYG:)MYG

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

This Sunday (May 22)
MYG will have nominations for their executive board.

For more information, please contact MYG President, Omar Badr

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Photo of Latif Diop and Ibrahim James at the ICSC Food Pantry
Latif Diop and Ibrahim James at the ICSC Food Pantry
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

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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.

"Have patience. Allah does not 
deny the rewards of the righteous."

(Quran 11:115)

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