July 15, 2016

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC,

This Sunday, July 17, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. the Islamic Center of Southern California will open its doors for an open conversation surrounding the increased violence and racism that has been flooding our media outlets and communities. The event is titled, "Solidarity Against Violence and Racism" and will be held in our lecture hall. We will welcome a lineup of speakers who have faced violence and racism firsthand and are now working daily on the front lines to combat these diseases that have infected our society. 

This event has been organized to learn about these issues firsthand  and stand in solidarity with those who have been marginalized. We encourage you to spread word of this event to your loved ones and we request that you share it with your interfaith family and friends. We look forward to seeing you this weekend.

In peace,

Islamic Center of Southern California

In this Issue

Friday Khutbaskhutba
Photo of Dr. Ahmed Younis
Dr. Ahmed Younis
Photo of Hassan Zeenni

Hassan Zeenni

Listen to Last Week's Friday Khutba (July 8)

Dr. Aslam Abdullah - "Road to Success"

Coming up at ICSCcomingupagain
This Weekend
(7/15 - 7/17)

FRIDAY (7/15)
1:00 p.m. Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Dr. Ahmed Younis

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

SUNDAY (7/17)
10:30 a.m. 
Parents Circle
Edina Lekovic & Tarek Shawky
11:30 a.m. - Solidarity Against 
 Violence and Racism

Next Week
(7/18 - 7/24)

TUESDAY (7/19)
6:30 p.m. - Qur'an Recitation Class
Asim Buyuksoy

FRIDAY (7/22)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Hassan Zeenni

10:00 a.m. - ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.

SUNDAY (7/24)
10:30 a.m. - Parents Circle
Edina Lekovic & Tarek Shawky
11:15 a.m. - Highlights of the Qur'an
12:00 p.m. - Sunday Program

Community Cornercommunitycorner
A Ramadan Project
By Kristen Stangas (Communications Coordinator)
Giving charity is one of our five pillars in Islam. As Muslims, there is great emphasis put on the importance of helping those in need and doing our part to make the world a better place. In the holy Qur'an we are told, 

"Those who believe and do righteous deeds are the best among creation." (98:7)

The Islamic Center has always been actively involved in community service projects and providing social services to those in need of assistance. Over the past couple of months, we have been working to take our engagement to the next level with the establishment of our new Social Services committee.

Our Social Services committee is a small but mighty team of familiar faces that you have likely seen buzzing around the center - Mustafa Anwar, Sazzad Hossain, and Altaf Kazi - three highly invested members of our community. Their energy is high to make a difference and they have been busy planning social activities for the center and finding meaningful opportunities for service. In May, the committee threw a successful Memorial Day Barbecue in the back parking lot and June was dedicated to a special Ramadan Project. As many of you are aware, each Saturday, ICSC holds a food pantry that is open to the community. The Social Services committee saw an opportunity to partner with the Zakat committee, MYG, and the food pantry volunteers to build upon the current model and specifically lighten the burden of struggling Muslim families during the month of Ramadan by establishing a grocery delivery service. By the end of the month, they had successfully donated nutritious food such as rice, chicken, eggs, and potatoes to 11 Muslim families (equating 43 individuals). After the bags of groceries were prepared, the MYG helped deliver to families from Los Angeles, Glendale, Van Nuys, and all the way to Winnetka. After seeing the impact that this program made, they have decided to continue the program on a monthly basis, masha'Allah.

In the months to come, keep your eyes open for ways to participate in their events. Some of the social events include family movie night and a community picnic. We will also let you know when there are more opportunities to volunteer and help with their service projects. We are so blessed to have established this team of dedicated leaders at our center and look forward to all the projects to come! Please consider making a donation today to help fund future programs from the Social Services committee.

For more information on the Social Services committee, please contact Mustafa Anwar.

Photo of Social Services Committee
Mustafa Anwar, Altaf Kazi and Sazzad Hossain from the Social Services committee

What's new in our community?
ICSC Food PantryFoodPantry
Grocery delivery for 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


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

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.

"Enjoining all that is good is sadaqa."


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Kristen Stangas, Communication Coordinator

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