June 3, 2016

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC,

This weekend we prepare to welcome our holy month of Ramadan. Our first night of taraweeh prayers is planned for Sunday, June 5, insha'Allah.

We still have a few tickets left for our annual Pre-Ramadan Fundraiser. Don't miss out on our special pre-event pricing!

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In peace,

Islamic Center of Southern California

In this Issue

Friday Khutbaskhutba
Photo of Dr. Ahmed Younis

Dr. Ahmed Younis
Photo of Dr. Gasser Hathout
Dr. Gasser Hathout

Listen to Last Week's Friday Khutba (May 27)

Dr. Saleh Kholaki- "Helping our Community Grow"

Ramadan Reflections:ramadan
"Ramadan is Upon Us"
by Asim Buyuksoy (Religious Director)
Ramadan is our month of fasting, reflection, devotion, generosity and sacrifice. It is a month of Qur'an and mercy. The feelings and lessons we experience in Ramadan, should stay with us throughout the year.

In the Qur'an, we are commanded to fast, so that we may "learn self-restraint" (2:183). Through fasting, we experience hunger and thirst and sympathize with those in the world who have little to eat every day. Insha'Allah, during this time, we increase our devotion and feel closer to the Almighty. We recognize that everything we have in life is a blessing from Him. In this holy month, we develop feelings of generosity and goodwill toward others through increased charity. By self-control, we practice good manners, good speech, and good habits. And by changing our routines, we gain a chance to establish additional healthy lifestyle habits. When we participate in family and community gatherings, we strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood in our communities.

May God accept our fasting, forgive our sins, and guide us all to the straight path. May God bless us all during the month of Ramadan, and throughout the year, with his infinite forgiveness, mercy, and peace, and bring us all closer to him and to each other. Ameen.

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This Weekend
(6/3 - 6/5)

FRIDAY (6/3)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Dr. Ahmed Younis
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.
6:00 p.m. - Pre-Ramadan Fundraiser

SUNDAY (6/5)
10:30 a.m. - Parents Circle
Edina Lekovic & Tarek Shawky
Pre-Ramadan potluck & discussion about family activities in Ramadan
11:15 a.m. - Highlights of the Qur'an
Mahmood Waseeq
"Qur'an in the month of Ramadan"
NOON - Speaker
Hassan Zeenni
"Intro to Ramadan"
10:15 p.m. - First Night of Taraweeh
8 raqa'as (until approx. 11:00 p.m.)

Next Week
(6/6 - 6/12)

MONDAY (6/6)

FRIDAY (6/10)
1:00 p.m.Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Dr. Gasser Hathout

10:00 a.m. - ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.
10:00 p.m. - Isha & Spiritual Night
Asim Buyuksoy & Dr. Saleh Kholaki


Ramadan 2016 Graphic
Ramadan Program Flyer
Commentators Schedule
Ramadan Prayer Schedule
*Our Ramadan Programs are a cornerstone of our holy month. Iftar will be served every night during the first week of Ramadan and Fridays through Sundays during the remaining weeks. Insha'Allah, we can raise funds to cover Monday through Thursday nights as well, but we are dependent on the generous contributions of our community in order to make that possible. Please consider becoming an iftar sponsor this Ramadan.*
Last weekend at ICSC
Photo of Malak Abu-Hajar
Malak Abu-Hajar at the Qur'an Competition
Photo of Salam Al-Marayati_ Malek Al-Marayati_ Omar Elmasri at our Memorial Day BBQ
Salam Al-Marayati, Malek Al-Marayati, Omar Elmasri at our Memorial Day 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.

Last Day of Class for New Horizon students: June 8, 2016

Last Day of Class and Graduation for Sunday School: June 5, 2016

New Horizon Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony - June 2, 2016
Junior Youth Group (JYG:)jyg

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

This Sunday (June 5)
Last day of class! Graduation party.

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

Muslim Youth Group (MYG:)MYG

MYG is on a break until Saturday Spiritual Nights during Ramadan.

New 2016 MYG Board
President: Omar Badr
Vice President: Ahmed Ali Mohamed
Social Director: Zaviar Mapara
Spiritual Director: Marah Hasan
Community Service Director: Abdullah Hasan

For more information, please contact MYG President, Omar Badr

ICSC Food PantryFoodPantry
Photo of Khurram Ahmed and Sarah Ali at the food pantry
Khurram Ahmed and Sarah Ali at the 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

Part-Time Job Opportunity


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!


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.

"When the month of Ramadan arrives,
the doors of mercy are opened."

(Sahih Muslim 2496)

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