September 2, 2016

Assalamu Alaikum

Dear Family & Friends of ICSC,

Social events are a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and reconnect with old ones. This Sunday, enjoy yard games and a halal meal at the Center's Labor Day Picnic that will be held at Griffith Park from noon until 4 p.m.

There will be no Sunday School or Sunday Program this weekend. Also, more information will be released in the days to come about our special Sunday Program scheduled for Sept. 11. We will resume our regular Sunday Program on Sept. 18.

Looking forward to seeing you at Griffith Park this weekend!

In peace,

Islamic Center of Southern California

In this Issue

Friday Khutbaskhutba
Dr. Saleh Kholaki

 Dr. Gasser Hathout

Listen to Last Week's Friday Khutba (Aug. 26)

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Sharing our Blessings:
Giving Zakat Changes Lives

Generosity comes alive every day at the Islamic Center in small and big ways, whether it's providing a warm meal or medical attention to those going through hardship. And working diligently behind the scenes to help brothers and sisters in need is the Zakat Committee. After each Jumma'a prayer, the committee meets community members requesting zakat funds for basic necessities that many of us take for granted such as clothing, food, furniture, or paying utility bills.

"Indeed, the men who give zakat and the women who give zakat and [they who] have loaned Allah a goodly loan - it will be multiplied for them, and they will have a noble reward." (Qur'an 57:18)

"We help people with many things," says Wafa Tarifi, head of the Zakat Committee. We will pay bills, or parts of rent, or grant food coupons."

One time, a doctor donated a hair transplant surgery for a young burn victim, she explains. "He closed his clinic for the entire day and brought in two nurses. Then he did the eight hour surgery for free. When he finished the surgery, he thanked me for helping her."

Wafa recalls how she became involved in serving the community. "I have always made it a point to come to the masjid, but after 9/11, I was scared and I knew that I needed to come more often," she says. "Dr. Maher Hathout told me I shouldn't be scared. Instead, I should show them who we Muslims are. Not long after that, I became a part of the Zakat Committee. I love it and have been a part of it ever since."

If you, or someone you know, are in need of zakat assistance, please stop by the front desk before Jumma'a prayers to fill out an application to meet with the Zakat Committee.

To financially contribute to the charitable fund, please write "Zakat Fund" on your envelope or in the memo portion of your check. Or you can donate gently used clothing, shoes and accessories to those in need at our "Pack the Truck" event in September. More details to come!
Wafa Tarifi reflected on her experience on the Zakat Committee, "I love helping people. I love making a difference. It's not always easy work though. We want everyone to have their needs met, so at times it can be difficult to determine what assistance we can and cannot provide."

During the month of Ramadan, a young girl quietly dropped off a giant Quaker Oats container full of loose change and a $5 bill at the front desk. There was a total of $31.58. She said she saved all her money and brought it to the mosque for zakat, masha'Allah. If you know who this girl was, please have her email us. We would love to hear more about her story!
Coming up at ICSCcomingupagain
This Weekend
(9/2 - 9/4)

FRIDAY (9/2)
1:00 p.m. Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Dr. Saleh Kholaki
6:30 p.m. - Kids Qur'an Academy
Asim Buyuksoy

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

SUNDAY (9/4)
12:00 p.m. 
Labor Day Picnic
Griffith Park
We will sell halal BBQ for $5
Bring your favorite yard games!


Next Week
(9/5 - 9/11)

MONDAY (9/5)
6:30 p.m. - Qur'an Recitation Class
Asim Buyuksoy

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

FRIDAY (9/9)
1:00 p.m. - Jumma'a Prayer & Khutba
Dr. Gasser Hathout
6:30 p.m. - Kids Qur'an Academy
Asim Buyuksoy

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

SUNDAY (9/11)
Special Sunday Program about 9/11
More information to be announced

Save the Datesavethedate
Want to get involved?volunteers
If you are interested in sharing your time and talents with ICSC, please send us an email with your name and phone number and let us know how you want to get involved. Contact Kristen Stangas.
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

Other Volunteer Opportunities


  • Sign-In Table assistance is needed at various events 
  • Greeters at our Friday Prayers and Sunday Program
  • Experienced photographers  and videographers to help take photos at our events
  • Experienced babysitters to help with children at events


Employment Opportunity

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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.

"And be steadfast in prayer; 
practice regular charity; and bow down your heads with those who bow down in worship."

(Qur'an 2:43)

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