August 19, 2016

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC,

It's back to school season and that means that it's time to reunite with our friends and teachers at New Horizon Los Angeles, Sunday School, and JYG.

This weekend, we are hosting a special program for the senior members (60+ yrs.) of our community. It will be an opportunity to bring together a generation of wisdom, memories, and friends to celebrate all of the chapters of life. We will reminisce on past memories from the Center and lay a foundation for upcoming Senior Day programs. Dr. Mahmoud Abdel-Baset and Asim Buyuksoy will be speaking. We will also serve lunch. This is a free program. Please share this event with your family and friends who might be interested in participating. 

We look forward to seeing you at the Center!

In peace,

Islamic Center of Southern California

In this Issue

Friday Khutbaskhutba
AUG 19
Asim Buyuksoy
AUG 26

 Hassan Zeenni

Listen to Last Week's Friday Khutba (Aug. 12)

Community Cornercommunitycorner
"Advancing Forward"
By Kristen Stangas (Communications Coordinator)
Every four years, people from every country together to celebrate the achievements of athletes around the world in the Olympic Games. This year is a significant landmark in American Muslim history, as Ibtihaj Muhammad represents Team USA for Women's Fencing in Rio. Muhammad is the first Olympian to compete while wearing hijab and has shattered the stereotypes of how Muslim women are portrayed in the media. In an interview before her Olympic qualifiers, Muhammad said,

"Never let another person's misconceptions about your race, gender or religion hinder you from reaching your goals." (Ibtihaj Muhammad)

We saw her bring this to life as she accepted her bronze medal on behalf of Team USA.
In addition to the many who Ibtihaj's accomplishments have inspired around the world, her impact has been felt very close to home here at the Islamic Center. As classes resumed this week for New Horizon Los Angeles, one of our students brought a collection of photos and souvenirs for a special show and tell. On Thursday, he told the class about what it was like to see Muhammad, his family relative, compete in the Olympics before his very eyes and the room full of children buzzed with excitement and hope. Jolanda Hussain-Hendriks, the newly hired Principal of New Horizon Los Angeles said, 

"It is critical that these children know that they can be whoever they want to be; irrespective of skin color, gender, or religion. And it is wonderful that it can be reinforced by these powerful images in the media that break stereotypes." (Jolanda Hussain-Hendriks)
As an exciting week comes to a close at New Horizon, the Islamic Center prepares for Sunday School and JYG program to begin again on August 21. MYG has not yet announced an official start date for their 2016 program, but they are aiming to begin meeting in the second half of September.

Ibtihaj Muhammad after winning bronze medal at 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

(Photo credit: Tom Pennington)
Coming up at ICSCcomingupagain
This Weekend
(8/19 - 8/21)

FRIDAY (8/19)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Asim Buyuksoy

5:30 a.m. 
Saturday Morning Circle
Recitation, Reflection, Breakfast
Asim Buyuksoy
10:00 a.m. ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.

SUNDAY (8/21)
11:00 a.m. - Senior Day Program
Dr. Mahmoud Abdel-Baset and Asim Buyuksoy
"Taking a Stroll Down Memory Lane"
Ages 60+
4:00 p.m. - Serve & Connect
We are serving dinner at the Union Rescue Mission. Please RSVP. Spots are limited.

Next Week
(8/15 - 8/21)

MONDAY (8/22)
6:30 p.m. - Qur'an Recitation Class
Asim Buyuksoy

6:30 p.m. - Message of the Qur'an Class
Asim Buyuksoy

FRIDAY (8/26)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Hassan Zeenni

5:30 a.m. 
Saturday Morning Circle
Asim Buyuksoy
10:00 a.m. ICSC Food Pantry
Volunteers arrive @ 9:45 a.m.
6:15 p.m. - Sunset Hike

SUNDAY (8/28)
11:15 a.m. - Highlights of the Qur'an
Mahmood Waseeq
"Islam and Love"
12:00 p.m. - Speaker

Save the Datesavethedate
What's new in our community?
New Horizon, Sunday School & JYG
ICSC Food PantryFoodPantry
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

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.

"My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up when I was small."

(Qur'an 17:24)

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