August 5, 2016

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC,

This week, our brother, friend, and and supporter while the world lost a brilliant scientist, scholar, and ambassador for Islam when Dr. Ahmed Zewail passed away. We pray that Allah grants him the highest level of heaven and has mercy on his soul. May his family be comforted by the fact that his contributions will continue to serve mankind. After this great loss, may we all be reminded that our time here is short as we navigate through this world towards the next, insha'Allah. 

Tomorrow, we will have a Spiritual Night at the center where will will pray and reflect as a community. Our topic will be "Keeping the Ramadan Spirit Alive" and Dr. Saleh Kholaki will be our keynote speaker. Please join us and bring your loved ones.

In peace,

Islamic Center of Southern California

In this Issue

Friday Khutbaskhutba
Salam Al-Marayati
AUG 12

Asim Buyuksoy

Listen to Last Week's Friday Khutba (July 29)

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"Honoring a Man Who Asked Life's Big Questions"
By Kristen Stangas (Communications Coordinator)
Last night was a somber evening at the Islamic Center as we commemorated the life of our brother and friend, Dr. Ahmed Zewail, who passed away on Monday. Most of the world knew Dr. Zewail for his accomplishments as an Egyptian American Muslim femtochemist, a professor, and a Nobel laureate. Hundreds gathered to recognize his remarkable accomplishments and also share their personal stories and memories of Dr. Zewail as a father, a husband, and a friend. The room was filled with familiar faces - including his Caltech colleagues, Thomas Rosenbaum (President of Caltech), and Ambassador Lamia Mekhimar, Consul General of Egypt in Los Angeles.

In the words of his oldest son Nabeel,

"My dad was my hero and one of my best friends." 

This statement rings true to many of us in our own way. As a pioneer in chemistry, Zewail was definitely a hero. He changed the course of science, and while he did so, he ensured that his family and friends always felt seen, heard, and appreciated. Amani, Dr. Zewail's daughter, reflected on when she would approach her dad for advice. When they would sit down to share uninterrupted conversations on life and work, he would always give her his full attention and Amani always left their talks feeling that life was going to be okay. 

Dr. Zewail had a heart full of love and a life full of wisdom to share. It's hard to believe that only a small portion of his impact on the world came down to his scientific advancements when compared to the number of invaluable life experiences that he dispersed amongst his loved ones.

As Hani, Dr. Zewail's son, stepped up to the microphone, he turned inwards for creativity and shared a bit of his writing that his father always loved.

"I can picture him now opening one of his hundreds of books to discover the answers to life's deeper questions. His laugh, bountiful, it makes you feel good inside. Why? Why does he search? In order to answer this question, I asked a little help from a poet...someone who is much better at words than I am. A Noble laureate, an Egyptian - Naguib Mahfouz. 'You can tell whether man is clever by his answers, but you can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.' My father is a wise man."

Dr. Eba Hathout closed out the memorial service with a few poetic words:

"A rare breath is freed from its restless tide so that it can rise and meet God, unencumbered. And here we are, struggling together, crying together, grieving together... to bid farewell to a legend. In an instant, a bright star vanishes and a constellation drags on. For those who ever wondered if black holes are real, there is a huge one in our collective hearts tonight."

Dr. Zewail, your kind heart and inquisitive mind will be missed, but your lessons and your legacy will live on through the lives of those you inspired, insha'Allah.

Guests paying respects at Dr. Ahmed Zewail's Memorial Service on August 4

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This Weekend
(8/5 - 8/7)

FRIDAY (8/5)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Salam Al-Marayati

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.
7:45 p.m. - Spiritual Night
Speaker - Dr. Saleh Kholaki
"Keeping the Ramadan Spirit Alive"

SUNDAY (8/7)
11:15 a.m. - Highlights of the Qur'an
Mahmood Waseeq
"Islam and Repentance"
12:00 p.m. - Special Program
Dr. Saleh Kholaki
"The Prophet: An Example of Anti-Violence and Anti-Racism"

Next Week
(8/8 - 8/14)

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

FRIDAY (8/12)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Asim Buyuksoy

5:00 a.m.  
Saturday Morning Circle
Asim Buyuksoy
7:00 a.m. 
Sunrise Hike
Griffith Park Observatory

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

SUNDAY (8/14)
11:15 a.m. - Highlights of the Qur'an
Mahmood Waseeq
12:00 p.m. - Speaker
Asim Buyuksoy
"Islam: The Religion of Peace and Tolerance"

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What's new in our community?
ICSC Food PantryFoodPantry
Bagging bananas 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

Current Volunteer Opportunities
  • Sign-In Table assistance is needed at various events 
  • Greeters at our Friday Prayers and Sunday Program
  • 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

Employment Opportunity

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